Self Discovery in Middle School
McLean’s Middle School is uniquely tailored to the complexity of adolescence and the often confusing years of self-discovery. Our highly qualified teachers understand students' individual learning strengths and challenges and appreciate this important period of growth and change. Our learning specialist, reading specialist, math specialist, and speech-language pathologist
provide expertise and problem-solving techniques in meeting the students’ academic needs. Counselors
promote character development while encouraging self-advocacy and self-confidence. All of our teachers, counselors, specialists, and advisors serve as role models and mentors.
Middle School is critical in preparing students for academic success in Upper School
and beyond, and we offer a strong, competitive curriculum
. In grades five through eight, English and literature are separate courses, producing exceptional writers and enthusiastic readers. Fifth graders use a multisensory approach to American history; sixth graders explore ancient civilizations; seventh graders focus on geography; eighth graders examine various perspectives on United States history.
Math students in grades five through eight work in small groups based on skill level; eighth-grade math lays the groundwork for Upper School algebra and geometry. Science students are introduced to the scientific method and develop skills in hypothesizing and scientific reporting. Courses in Spanish, Latin—and American Sign Language in grades seven and eight—provide exposure to other languages and cultures. Students engage daily in physical education classes
, in addition to PE classes students can participate in soccer, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, softball, basketball, track and field, cross country, and wrestling
. The 2014, 2015, and 2016 Girls 7 & 8 Basketball team was the unbeaten PVAC champions. Girls 7 & 8 Softball and Volleyball teams also won the PVAC Championships for 2016. Seventh and eighth graders may choose electives in art, drama, band, strings, chorus, and technology.
Weekly Community Meetings strengthen our connections through discussion groups, poetry readings, musical performances, and guest presentations. At McLean, students feel accepted and supported, and they emerge with a stronger sense of self and the wider world.