Course Load

The course requirements for Students at McLean's Upper School are outlined below. Students must take a minimum of 6 credits each year.

Typical Freshman Course Load Typical Sophomore Course Load
English 9 English 10
Foundations in Literature Global Literature
US History Western Traditions
Mathematics (Algebra 1 or Geometry) Mathematics (Geometry or Algebra 2/Trig)
Biology Science (Environmental or Chemistry)
Foreign Language (Spanish, ASL, Latin) Foreign Language
Elective Elective
Physical Education Physical Education
Off Campus Education Off Campus Education
Total: 6-7 Credits Total: 6-7 Credits

Typical Junior Course Load Typical Senior Course Load
English 11
American Literature
Senior Humanities ( AP English Literature and Composition, Musical Traditions of the US & Creative Writing)
The Modern World or AP European History History (AP Gov't)
Mathematics (Algebra 2/Trig or Precalculus)
Science (Physics, Chemistry, AP Chem, AP Bio)
Mathematics (Precalculus, Senior Math, Probabilty and Statistics or AP Calculus)
Foreign Language Science* (PAID, Physics, Chemistry, AP Chem, AP Bio)
Electives Foreign Language
Physical Education Electives
Off Campus Education Off Campus Education
Total: 6-7 Credits Physical Education
 Total: 6-7 Credits
*Some seniors elect to take PAID in lieu of chemistry or physics
Visual Arts:
Art I: Foundations in Art
Art II: Elements and Principles of Design
Independent Art
AP Studio Art 2-D Design
Animation and Video Exploration
Web and Graphic Design
Introduction to Computer Programming
Introduction to Engineering
Autonomous Robotics
AP Computer Science A
Performing Arts:
Jazz Band
Rock, Pop & Blues
Strings Ensemble 

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.
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