Maret School

Maret School is a coeducational, K-12 independent school in Washington, D.C. It was founded by Marthe Maret in 1911 as a French primary school for girls and boys.

Maret School
3000 Cathedral Avenue, NW

MottoNoscere Vivere Est: "To Learn is to Live"
FounderMarthe Maret
HeadmasterMarjo Talbott
GradesK – 12
Color(s)Forest green and White
AthleticsCross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Swimming, Wrestling, Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee
MascotFighting Frogs
AccreditationAssociation of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS)
NewspaperThe Woodley Leaves
YearbookThe Woodley Oaks


In the late 1800s and early 1900s, three French sisters, Mlles Marthe, Louise, and Jeanne Maret, left their home in the village of[1] Marignan (Sciez) in France close by Geneva, Switzerland to teach. Louise taught in Russia, Jeanne in the Philippines, and Marthe (who became blind at age 18), in Washington, D.C.[2]

By 1911, Louise and Jeanne had joined Marthe in Washington, where they were inspired to bring an international flavor to education. They founded the Maret French School, later named Maret School. In 1923, the sisters moved the school to 2118 Kalorama Road with an enrollment of 62 culturally diverse students.[2]

By 1950, Margaret Williams had joined the school, which she led for the next 18 years. In 1952, growing enrollment compelled the School's Board of Trustees to secure a larger campus at 3000 Cathedral Avenue, NW. In 1953, boys were admitted to the Upper School. By 1966, enrollment totaled 375 students.[2]

Maret School was led by three headmasters throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s: William Laxner, William Layton, and John Francis. Starting in the mid 1970s, Peter A. Sturtevant, Sr. led Maret for two decades. To accommodate a growing enrollment, the school added additional facilities for athletics, arts, and academics.[2]

Marjo Talbott replaced Sturtevant as headmaster in 1994.[3]

Student body

Forty percent of Maret's 635 students identify as students of color. Students are from 45 nations and 24% of students receive financial aid.[2]

Notable alumni


  1. Le messager 2012
  2. "Maret School History". Maret School. Archived from the original on September 25, 2008. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  3. "Leadership at Maret School | K-12 College Prep School in Washington, D.C." Retrieved February 26, 2018.

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