Message From Head of School
McLean School thrives in the understanding that great minds don’t think alike.
We provide a comprehensive K-12 college preparatory program that is joyful and nurturing, while challenging each student to meet her or his full potential.
We accomplish this with expert teachers, in small classes, with an average of fewer than 12 students, allowing us to adapt our approach to meet students' needs. We embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges—including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, anxiety, and challenges related to executive funtioning
. Our students often excel in one or more areas while benefiting from support in others.
Our teachers are innovators. Creating and drawing upon a wide range of classroom approaches, they give students needed tools and support and, in turn, expect them to work hard so that they can succeed.
By emphasizing each student’s strengths and interests—and by believing in each student--we build self-esteem, self advocacy skills, and a solid academic foundation. A fundamental aspect of our approach is to integrate learning support into the classroom wherever possible rather than pulling students out.
In the Upper School our students are challenged through extensive Honors and AP offerings, and they have the option of coursework at local colleges and Universities, including American University
- or through One Schoolhouse's Online Independent School. And in all three divisions students find further expression and growth through extensive curricular and extracurricular offerings in art
, physical education and athletics
The results are striking: 91% of parents report that their child’s self-esteem increased when they joined the school. And, our graduates routinely gain acceptance at leading colleges
such as Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Brandeis, Case Western Reserve, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Smith, and Tulane. Over the last 3 years, our seniors have received mostly merit-based scholarship offers, totaling over $4 million dollars. From students who begin with McLean in kindergarten to those who join us in Middle School or even Upper School, the experience is transformative, and the results inspiring.
I hope your visit to our website will lead you to visit our school
. We look forward to meeting you personally and showing you, firsthand, how we transform lives.
Head of School