Mission, Core Values & Commitment to Diversity

Mission Statement

McLean School’s mission is to make education accessible, stimulating, and meaningful to a broad range of learners.

Our students flourish because McLean responds to students’ strengths and challenges.
McLean prepares students intellectually and socially by encouraging self-advocacy and building self-confidence.

Our students succeed because they learn how to learn.

Core Values

McLean School is an inclusive community dedicated to fostering confidence, empathy, and academic achievement for each student. At McLean, the teacher-student relationship is fundamental.  

We value:

Creativity, innovation, and intellectual curiosity - by presenting opportunities for exploration and expression in an atmosphere where all community members flourish

Diversity - in the academic, social and professional environment as a fundamental ingredient to the full development of the individual

Flexibility - to adapt our curriculum and teaching methods to the strengths and challenges of the individual learner

Respect - through attentiveness to attitudes, behaviors, thoughts, words, and interactions

Wellness - in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes physical, social, emotional, and academic well-being

A Welcoming Community - in which students, faculty, administration, and parents work collaboratively, combining their talents and ideas to improve the overall quality of our shared experience at McLean and more broadly

McLean's Commitment to Diversity/Equity

McLean School’s commitment to diversity/equity is an extension of our mission to make education accessible, stimulating, and meaningful to a broad range of learners.

McLean embraces diversity and values the integrity of all individuals. We offer equitable opportunity to learn from the wealth that diversity renders to all community members in the recognition of differences of ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, culture, color, sexual orientation, or gender. This recognition enriches our community and encourages our students to be better leaders and more responsible citizens. We believe that our students will acquire an appreciative sensitivity to different people and cultures and that they will be more secure in themselves and better prepared to enjoy the richness and possibilities of the wonderfully diverse world they will inherit.

Toward this end, McLean School commits itself:

  • to continue to develop a school culture and curricula that will teach our students both the skills and the sensibilities necessary for living in a world of change and difference;
  • to achieve an educationally enriching level of diversity in the student body, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees;
  • to provide the resources and support equitably to secure the self-esteem of every child;
We expect that all community members will support diversity/equity at McLean School, just as we expect that all community members will benefit from that work.

K-12 College Preparatory School Supporting Bright Students’ Individual Strengths and Challenges.

McLean School is an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school serving Maryland, Washington, and Virginia. McLean has for over sixty years been helping students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. We embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and challenges related to anxiety and executive functioning. Many of our students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
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