A Time of Self Discovery
McLean’s dynamic Middle School program is designed to help students in Grades 5 through 8 thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. It’s a time of tremendous change, challenge, and also satisfaction as children become more accomplished and confident learners.
It’s exciting to see our students develop insights about who they are and how they learn, and we are prepared to accelerate and support accordingly. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment in which to foster increased independence and fortify a range of skills so students are poised for success in our college-preparatory Upper School
Middle School Highlights
A personalized learning experience for each child, with a 9:1 student-teacher ratio and some classes as small as five students.
All teachers in Grades 5 and 6 have a degree, license, or background in special education, which allows them to meet a variety of learning needs within our homeroom model. In our departmentalized Grades 7 and 8, content experts understand best practices and pedagogy for working with all learners.
We promote positive community building in a variety of ways, including through the Responsive Classroom curriculum and P.R.I.D.E. system (Positive interaction, Respect/Responsibility, Individual and community safety, Decision making, and Empathy).
An emphasis on learning outside the classroom around shared interests and activities through sports, STEAM and Robotics, service-learning, visual arts
and theatrical performances
, and weekly clubs.
“Early in my career, as I began to understand kids with dyslexia, ADHD, and executive functioning challenges, and why some schools fail them, I understood the power of differentiated instruction. But the truth is that every student should learn this way; no one is going to be underserved by multi-modality lessons. Learning can and should be enjoyable and accessible, and that’s what we strive for at McLean.” - David Roth, Head of Middle School