Course Load

The course requirements for Students at McLean's Upper School are outlined below. Students must take a minimum of 6 credits each year.

Typical Freshman Course Load Typical Sophomore Course Load
English 9 English 10
Foundations in Literature Global Literature
US History Western Traditions
Mathematics (Algebra 1 or Geometry) Mathematics (Geometry or Algebra 2/Trig)
Biology Science (Environmental or Chemistry)
Foreign Language (Spanish, ASL, or Latin) Foreign Language
Elective Elective
Physical Education Physical Education
Off Campus Education Off Campus Education
Total: 6-7 Credits Total: 6-7 Credits

Typical Junior Course Load Typical Senior Course Load
English 11
American Literature
The Modern World or AP European History
Senior Humanities (AP English Literature and Composition, 20th Century Culture and Thought, Constructing the Past, or Creative Writing)
Mathematics (Algebra 2/Trig or Precalculus) History (AP Gov't, or AP Macroeconomics)
Science (Physics, Chemistry, AP Chem, or AP Bio)
Foreign Language
Mathematics (Precalculus, Discrete Math, Probabilty and Statistics, AP Calculus AB, or Multivariable Calculus)
Physical Education
Off Campus Education
Science* (Physics, Physiology and Public Health, Disease and Biotechnology, Chemistry, AP Chem, AP Bio, or AP Physics)
Total: 6-7 Credits Foreign Language
Off Campus Education
Physical Education
 Total: 6-7 Credits
Visual Arts:
Art I: Foundations in Art
Art II: Elements and Principles of Design
Independent Art
AP Studio Art 2-D Design
Animation and Video Exploration
Web and Graphic Design
Introduction to Computer Programming
Introduction to Engineering
AP Computer Science A
Performing Arts:
Jazz Band
Rock, Pop & Blues
String Ensemble 

Music Technology
Music Production

Behavioral Science

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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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