Students must successfully complete 26 Upper School (post grade 8) credit hours in order to qualify for a McLean School diploma.
A unit of credit is awarded for a course that meets one class period per day for the entire academic year. A partial credit is awarded in the same ratio. Any Upper School courses taken prior to grade 9 will be listed on the individual student’s transcript; grades will not be listed nor will students receive Upper School credit for these courses.
Students in Upper School are required to carry a course load of six year-long academic classes (English, literature, foreign language, history, mathematics, and science). They must take physical education (or an independent physical education contract) for 2 years, and select courses in art, music, computer, and other electives to complete graduation requirements. Study halls are offered in the rare circumstance in which a student, with departmental permission, becomes exempt from a certain course requirement, such as a foreign language.
Students will be required to receive credit for two years (six athletic team seasons) of physical education. Credit can be received in one of three ways; interscholastic team participation, physical education class, or independent physical education contract. Most students elect to complete their requirements during grades nine and ten. Some complete their requirements with participation on a team or class in their junior or senior year.
To receive credit through participation on a school team (1/3 credit per season) a student must be willing to commit fully to the team adhering to all athletic department and team rules designated by the coach. During the first seven practices, each student will be given an opportunity to experience the demands of practice as well as understand the team demands and rules, after which each team member is expected to finish the season on the team. If a student decides to quit after that time, there will be no credit given for that season. That student will not be permitted to participate in a physical education class or contract for that season in order to make up the lost credit.
Physical education classes will meet at the end of the school day. In each season, a weight training/conditioning class will be offered in the school’s weight room. [A more traditional class in team sports such as street hockey, basketball, or volleyball will be offered also. With sufficient interest, on or off campus classes may be offered in activities such as yoga, self-defense, bowling, or aerobics. A modest fee may be required to participate in these classes.] To receive credit for P.E. classes, a student must participate in a minimum of 75% of the classes.
The final option, that of contracting to receive credit for an out-of-school activity, requires adherence to the following regulations: