Experts in Learning


For over 60 years, McLean has ensured that every student receives the instruction that he or she needs to learn best - in the classroom - not removed from the classroom. Students are supported academically and socially by trained, expert teachers, and specialists. Students discover their strengths, strengthen their challenges, and find joy in learning. Please click on the links to view the many ways we serve our students.


Research-Based Reading Intervention

 
Lower School and Middle School Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, and Speech and Language Pathologists are trained in Orton-Gillingham methodology. Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory methods and materials are used by our teachers in grades K-4 and, as needed, in Middle School to meet the individual needs of students with dyslexia and challenges in decoding. Assistive technology, such as iPad text-to-speech functions and Learning Ally audio books, provides easy access to grade-level reading materials.
 
 

Explore our other specialized learning approaches:

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  • Brilliant Outcomes for Lifelong Learners

    McLean is a K-12 independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for bright students. We welcome both traditional learners and those with mild to moderate learning challenges —including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, anxiety, and challenges related to executive functioning. We offer small classes and differentiated instruction. Many of our students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
     
    McLean School recognizes that we are all lifelong learners – and that every student can benefit from the most current, research-based strategies to enhance learning in the 21st century. Wherever a student is on the learning continuum, our teachers, learning specialists, and support team can help her or him to achieve brilliant outcomes, in areas of challenge as well as giftedness.
  • Student-Centered Pedagogy

    At McLean, we believe in student-centered pedagogy, employing talented professionals with a background in teaching students with a variety of learning needs. By utilizing cutting-edge, research-based educational programming along with small classes, we ensure that every student receives the instruction that he or she needs to learn best. Our teachers and support staff meet regularly to continue assessing a student’s needs for both support and accelerated instruction.  Our Learning Specialists in all three divisions craft a Student Learning Profile™ for each student to document strategies and accommodations that will be most supportive for each student.
     
  • Research-Based Reading Intervention

    Lower School and Middle School Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, and Speech and Language Pathologists attend an intensive Orton Gillingham training program in Baltimore, sponsored by the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education. Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory methods and materials are used by our teachers in grades K-4 and, as needed, in Middle School to meet the individual needs of students with dyslexia and challenges in decoding. Assistive technology, such as iPad text-to-speech functions and Learning Ally audio books, provides easy access to grade-level reading materials.
     
  • Classroom Support for Executive Functioning and ADHD

    In Kindergarten through 12th grade, teachers and support team members focus on explicit instruction to support the development of executive functioning skills - so that students can pay attention, organize, remember things, prioritize, plan, and complete tasks. Cognitive processes such as working memory, reasoning, task flexibility, and problem solving are critical for success in school and beyond. Whether it’s an organized locker and notebook, breaking down a long term project into manageable chunks, or the completion of multi-step word problems, our faculty are skilled at providing strategies, tools, and instruction in a structured, systematic way. Our small classes reduce typical distractions, and create engaging learning environments. Movement is built into every day with a morning break in K-12, recess in K-6 and daily Physical Education in K-8. Other accommodations such as fidget toys, preferential seating on a yoga ball, pedal desks - or even gum chewing - support students who learn best while moving.
  • Writing Intervention

    All students at McLean benefit from our explicit, structured approach to teaching writing. In Lower School, students start by mastering the mechanics - such as handwriting, pencil grip, spelling and grammar. Occupational Therapists teach the Handwriting Without Tears program, and introduce keyboarding in grades 3 and 4. From the youngest ages, students also simultaneously develop their “writer’s voice,” using both pencil and paper, as well as digital storytelling and iPad speech-to-text functions. Teachers use Donald Graves’ Writing Workshop to help students' brainstorm, organize, elaborate and edit their writing. As students move into the Middle School years, our focus remains on explicit writing instruction. Separate English and Literature classes allow for more time to develop both writing skills and literary analysis techniques. This separate English and Literature model continues through the Upper School, where the focus is on writing across the disciplines, and delves deeper into both research and writing for expression.
  • Math Intervention

    McLean teachers lay a firm foundation for math success in the early grades by building students’ number sense, and a positive attitude to math. Brain-based programs like Stan Dehaene’s Number Race remediate dyscalculia - and open the door to a lifelong, confident love of math and STEM-related fields. Programs like Marilyn Burns Do the Math engage young learners in multi-sensory math explorations and hands-on, game-based activities. Our fabulous K-8 Math Specialist also collaborates with teachers to create customized math instruction to meet the individual needs of each learner in small-group instruction. Best practices for developing math-fact fluency, help students rely on automaticity to solve more complex math operations later on. Problem-solving strategies, such as drawing pictures or diagrams, working backwards, highlighting key words and unpacking symbols guide students to become confident word-problem solvers. In the Upper School, a full range of Honors and AP math courses ensure a rich college-prep math curriculum. Wonderful math teachers know how to make complex math material come alive, so that students deeply grasp concepts, and math phobias do not emerge.
  • Assistive Technology

    At McLean, we ensure that the most cutting-edge, research-based technology is integrated across the curriculum in order to extend the historical McLean mission in ways that were previously unimaginable.  Assistive technology such as dyslexia fonts, video games that build number sense, speech-to-text software to support students with dysgraphia, visual organizers and digital executive functioning aids can all play an important role in differentiating instruction and personalizing the learning experience. At the same time, these Universal Design for Learning (UDL) tools can also improve classroom instruction for all students. Visit our Student Computing Initiative Page for more information.
  • Learning Specialists and Support Team

    Our Learning Specialists provide support and acceleration to ensure success for all students. Click here to learn about our Academic Specialists. 
Have you seen the new Rhyme to Read beginning Reading app?
 
The co-author of the books is our very own educator, Sara Hines. Rhyme to Read is a beginning reading program for young children.

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