Experience the McLean Difference

We help each student find a learning approach that lets him or her soar. A math whiz who finds writing difficult can move beyond grade level in areas of strength while getting extra help with challenging subjects. Because one size never fits all, even transformation at McLean is personal.

Where some schools see disabilities, McLean sees abilities. That mindset is at the heart of our Abilities Model TM. This approach to teaching and learning allows us to accelerate where students are successful while supporting them in areas that do not come as easily. We start by asking, “What are your strengths?” and then we teach to those and respond to any challenges.

Our broad curriculum encompasses engaging, essential academics as well as the arts, physical education, and mindfulness. Our students rise to the challenge of a rigorous curriculum with high expectations provided in a school climate that is supportive, respectful, and kind.


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.
8224 Lochinver Lane, Potomac, Maryland 20854  301.299.8277  admission@mcleanschool.org