Bus Transportation

The School's Bus Transportation system is an integral part of our school life. We are committed to minimizing vehicle traffic in the neighborhood and eliminating carpool lines; thus kindly requiring all students to come and leave school via bus.  

Satellite Maps

The School operates four "Satellite" Bus Stops in which students can be dropped off and picked up at no charge.

Cabin John Village Map  11325 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac, MD 20854  (Google Street View)
Grosvenor Metro Area Map

5300 Block of Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, MD 20852 (approximate location) (Google Street View)
Latter Day Saints Church Map 11700 Falls Road Potomac, MD 20854 (Google Street View)
Potomac Woods Shopping Center Map 1075 Fortune Terrace Potomac, MD 20854 (Google Street View)

Cluster Maps

McLean operates several "Cluster" Bus Routes in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Colombia. The cost of these is heavily subsidized by the School and will remain $2,500 for the year. 

DC Sites

DC Route 1
MacArthur Blvd. (Safeway) Map 4865 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Google Street View: Pick UpDrop Off )
Glen Echo Park Map 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812  (Google Street View: Pick UpDrop Off )

DC Route 2
Fessenden & 42nd St. Map Between Fessenden and Emery Pl on 42nd St. NW
(approximate location) 4999 42nd St. NW Washington, DC 20016 (Google Street View
Friendship Heights Map On Jennifer St. near the corner of 44th St. NW (Google Street View)

MD Sites
MD Route 1
IKEA Shopping Center Map 10100 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD (Google Street View)
Four Corners Safeway Map 116 University Boulevard West Silver Spring, MD 20901 (Google Street View)
Glenmont Shopping Center Map 12331 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20906 (Google Street View)

MD Route 2
Pinehurst Circle Map 10 Pinehurst Circle NW and Worthington, Washington, DC 20015 (approximate location) (Google Street View)
Elm Street Park Map 
Bethesda Pool Map

MD Route 3

12193 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 (Google Street View)
Quince Orchard and Clopper Road (Aldi's) Map 666 Quince Orchard Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 (Google Street View)

VA Sites
VA Route 1
Chesterbrook Shopping Center Map                        6244 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22101 (Google Street View)

VA Route 2
Georgetown Pike & Walker Road (Safeway) Map

9881 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066 (Google Street View)
Old Dominion Drive & Spring Hill Road Map 1038 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22102 (Google Street View)
1020 Balls Hills Road McLean, VA 22101 (Google Street View)

Late After School Activity Bus 
Upper & Middle School Students
5:00 & 6:30 pm

An Upper & Middle School Late After School Activity Bus (sports practices, sports games, and performing arts practices) will operate at 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm to the Grosvenor Metro, and then continue onto Virginia. Parents are to select via SchoolPass, the appropriate late bus your child will ride.

List of 2 items.

  • Bus Buddy Program

    McLean students are required to board a bus from a satellite site, and students from the three divisions ride together. Students in 7th and 8th grades volunteer to serve as “bus buddies” for younger students. The buddies are trained by a Montgomery County Police Officer, a school patrol liaison, to support student bus riders who need assistance or reminders about behavioral expectations and safety procedures. The Director of Student and Community Wellness meets with the buddies regularly and is available daily if there are issues or concerns. 
  • Bus Policy

    All students riding a school bus -- either to and from school or on a school field trip -- are representatives of McLean School and as such are expected to conduct themselves in the manner consistent with their behavior at school.
    Students are expected to be polite, courteous, and respectful of the bus driver and fellow riders. At all times, they must adhere to the following expectations:
    1. Afternoon Dismissal. ALL students (Lower, Middle, and Upper School) must check in with the bus checker before boarding the bus. Lower, Middle and Upper School students may NOT change from their assigned bus without a parent or guardian notifying McLean School via the SchoolPass system.

    2. Follow the Driver's instructions the same way you listen to a classroom teacher. Cooperation with the bus driver is mandatory to enable the driver to provide a safe ride for all students.

    3. Remain seated, face forward. Students must stay seated in their assigned sections - Lower School students in the front, Middle School students in the middle of the bus and Upper School students in the rear. Students must remain in their seat at all times while the bus is in motion. Students must keep all parts of their body inside the bus. They may not put their feet on the seat.

    4. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself. Students may not push, wrestle, tease, or bother other students on the bus or at the bus stop. They may not throw anything, at any time on or out of the bus.

    5. Be respectful. Students may not use inappropriate language or gestures or share with other students inappropriate social media content.

    6. Keep the Bus Clean. Students are discouraged from eating or drinking on the bus. Students may NOT share any food or drink.
    Students should report any safety issues or incidents to the bus driver/or the Director of Student and Community Wellness, Frankie Engelking at 240.395.2446.   
    Drop off and pick-up procedures:
    Each site has a unique traffic pattern that must be followed in order to maintain a safe environment. Please consider this when you drop off or pick up your children. Do not cut in front of the bus with your car. Parents of younger children may walk their children to the bus door. For everyone’s safety, please drive slowly and be patient at these times.

    It is very important that no McLean family cars come into the neighborhood between 7:45 am and 8:30 am or 2:45 pm and 3:30 pm without permission. Permission may be granted by a Division Head or members of the Administration for meetings, conferences, etc. It should be mentioned that this limited access is required by the Board of Education of Montgomery County and is an obligation of our lease. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Click here to print and sign the agreement for this Bus Policy.

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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