Maclay School

  • Maclay School is an independent, non-sectarian college preparatory school dedicated to providing a liberal arts education, enabling each student to develop inherent ability to the fullest extent with a balance of discipline and freedom.
  • Maclay School supports its students in fulfilling their potential academically, emotionally, physically, and artistically.
  • Its purpose is to establish and maintain a curriculum designed to teach creatively the liberal arts; to create a civilized community of learning guided by a dedicated faculty of superior qualifications; to provide patient and understanding ways to challenge each student; to engender by teaching and example self-discipline, hard work, integrity, and persistence at school and at home; to stimulate each student to inquire, learn, recognize obligations, develop self-respect, and understand others; to build a meaningful spirit among students, parents, faculty, and community by faithful fulfillment of the Maclay School mission and philosophy; and to prepare well-balanced students able to meet the future challenges of higher education, service to others, and life, with wisdom and fortitude.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1968
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students979 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
13%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Maclay School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers106 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
57%
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses22 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced Courses2D Studio Art, 3D Studio Art, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French Language and Culture, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Mobile Computer Science Principles, Music Theory, Physics I, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio, US Government and Politics, US Government and Politics, US History, World History
Average SAT score1270
Average ACT score27
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(LS and MS have Uniforms)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$7,025
Tuition NotesFinancial Aid Available. Tuition rates vary visit www.maclayadmissions.com
% on Financial Aid
10%
Admissions DirectorMichael Obrecht
Admissions AssociateGarret Robinson

Sports

Total Sports Offered16 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Diving, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
DivingEquestrian,
FootballGolf,
LacrosseSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
WeightliftingWrestling,

School Notes

  • We welcome prospective families to complete application.  There may be other requirements such as teacher recommendations, admissons testing, academic history, and interview with the admissions director as part of the admissions process.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Tallahassee
    Grades: NS-12 | 520 students
    2.5 miles
    3000 N Meridian Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32312
    (850) 386-6327
    2.5 NS-12
    520
  • Tallahassee
    Grades: PK-12 | 149 students
    5.2 miles
    2532 W Tharpe St
    Tallahassee, FL 32303
    (850) 385-5920
    5.2 PK-12
    149
  • Fort Lauderdale
    Grades: PK-12
    392.8 miles
    3375 SW 75 Avenue
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
    (954) 262-4506
    392.8 PK-12
    n/a
  • Fort Lauderdale
    Grades: PK-12 | 1726 students
    390.7 miles
    1501 Ne 62nd St
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
    (954) 492-4135
    390.7 PK-12
    1726
  • Quincy
    Grades: NS-12 | 316 students
    26.7 miles
    91 Old Mt Pleasant Rd
    Quincy, FL 32352
    (850) 856-5500
    26.7 NS-12
    316

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
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As a mom of two high energy boys, 9 and 5 years old, Maclay offers the opportunity to learn in a structured environment with flexibility to develop the leadership, academic, and social skills necessary for their success. The class sizes are small, which allows for individual attention. The teachers offer a variety of experiences in the classroom and around campus with outside instruction based on what is best for their class group. The loving attention provided by the faculty encourages the excitement of school for our family and the relationships we have built with other families provides a close community for our boys to grow. Academics in Lower School focuses on hands on learning and social development paired with academic achievements. We love our Maclay family and appreciate all of their support.
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As alumni, I had a great experience at Maclay. I feel I received a wonderful education and was surrounded by kind friends and supportive faculty and staff. As a parent of students attending Maclay, I see those qualities continue in this school. We are very pleased with the education our kids are receiving there and the attributes of hard work, kindness, fun, and character that are being reinforced at school.
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We have three children at Maclay and all are different learners. They have many opportunities available to them and have found success while discovering their passion. We have been thrilled with the education they are receiving faculty is exceptional and always willing to go the extra mile for their students. I know they will be prepared for college and beyond.
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Great Upper School teachers.
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Our kids have attended Maclay since middle school (now high schoolers). Transitioning the kids to Maclay at middle school was the perfect time. We feel confident both kids are receiving an excellent education with a focus on college prep. Each kid focuses on their unique academic, athletic and extracurricular desires and strengths. Maclay is a wonderful community of staff, students, and very engaged families.
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