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Two Great CampusesOne Transformative School

We are thrilled to announce the new home of our Lower School, McLean School Falls Road, opening Fall 2023!

Over the last decade, McLean has enriched its program and carefully and gradually grown its student body. As a result, space has become tight, sometimes constraining programmatic opportunities, and complicating scheduling.

Our new Campus is located just a mile down Tuckerman Lane, on a beautiful site shared with the Julia P. Bindeman Suburban Center of the Washington Hebrew Congregation.

The Lower School will benefit from larger classrooms and outdoor space, while the Middle and Upper Schools spread out within the Lochinver Lane Campus enabling us to deliver an even richer and more effective program to our students in all three divisions.

The new Campus will allow us to continue measured and gradual growth of our K-12 program, while maintaining our commitment to small classes where expert faculty teach the way students learn, and see students first for their strengths.

McLean’s warm, nurturing, and close-knit community has been, and will continue to be, a hallmark of our program.

We will share more with you about the Lower School Falls Road Campus in the coming months and look forward to welcoming students when the new school year begins in 2023!

Lower School Falls Road Highlights

  • checkmarkA schedule centered around young students
  • checkmark17 large, light-filled classrooms
  • checkmarkExtensive outdoor space, including three playgrounds geared to different ages
  • checkmarkA Learning Commons Library designed specifically and exclusively for K-4 students
  • checkmarkLarge All Purpose Room for community-wide events
  • checkmarkEasy carpool drop-offs and continued bus transportation between Lochinver Lane and Falls Road

The Right MoveAt the Right Time

Get a glimpse of our Lower School Falls Road Campus and hear from Head of School, Michael Saxenian, and Head of Lower School, Dr. Niesha Keemer, as they share more about this exciting opportunity and what it means for McLean.

Enjoy visiting fourteen virtual 360° photos of rooms/spaces at our new Campus, and imagine the possibilities! To enjoy this interactive experience, after entering a 360° photo, hold your touchpad down, and move up/down/right/left. After you’re ready to move into the next room, simply find the blue dot (on some devices a white circle with a small ‘i’) and click it.

Get a Glimpse of theFalls Road Campus

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FAQFrequently Asked Questions

Will there be more students and larger classes in Lower School?

We are committed to maintaining the same low student-teacher ratio that sets McLean apart from other schools. The plan is to create larger grades and peer groups over time by adding classes, not just students, which will create greater social opportunities.

Will there be additional staffing to support the expansion?

Yes. Additional classroom teachers will be hired as needed to support Lower School enrollment growth. The Falls Road Campus will also have its own dedicated receptionist, nurse, and librarian. In addition to the educators and Learning Services team associated with the Lower School, programs including Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language, Strings, along with 3:20 Club (afterschool care) and afterschool activities, will be fully staffed on site.

Is my tuition going to go up to support the expansion?
No. In fact, the modest growth we are planning for will enable us to moderate tuition increases.
What is the timeline?

Following some minor renovations, modifications, and enhancements over the summer, we look forward to welcoming students for the start of the 2023 school year!

Will buses serve the new Campus?
Yes. Buses from our cluster and satellite stops will serve both campuses.
Can parents drive to the Falls Road Campus?
Yes! At the start of the 2023 school year families are welcome to drop off and pick up their children at the Falls Road Campus. In addition, large indoor and outdoor gathering spaces will continue to make it possible for families to join us for events and performances.
Is there any affiliation with Washington Hebrew Congregation?
No. McLean has no religious or programmatic affiliation with the Congregation. We have dedicated leased space for the exclusive use of the Lower School.
Will there be an opportunity to tour the space?
Yes! Our entire school community is invited to participate in The Hunger Service Project at the Lower School Falls Road Campus on Sunday, February 5. After the event concludes tours will be offered.
Where is the new Campus located?

The Falls Road Campus is conveniently located five minutes away from our Lochinver Lane Campus at the corner of Falls Road and Tuckerman Lane on a beautiful site that is both private and accessible.

At-a-GlanceGrowth Through the Years

1954

Euclid Nursery School

Opening of Euclid Street Nursery School in Washington, DC

1957

Building on Mclean Gardens

Relocation to McLean Gardens & renamed McLean School

1978

Building on Lochinver Lane

Relocation to Lochinver Lane in Potomac, MD as a K-9 school

2001

Upper School Building

Opening of Upper School

2019

Expansion and enhancement of Lochinver Lane Campus

2023

Schools Fall Road Campus Building

Opening of Lower School Falls Road Campus