McLean School

We understand students first for what they can do, not for what they cannot.
Serving kindergarten through grade twelve, McLean School's comprehensive college preparatory curriculum is traditional without being rigid, challenging without being intimidating, and designed with the real world in mind. Our Abilities Model enables bright students, including those with dyslexia, anxiety, ADHD, or organizational challenges, to be successful in and out of the classroom.
For over 65 years we have helped students realize their full potential.
We recognize each child for their strengths, provide embedded classroom support in areas of need, and foster resiliency. Whether it's on the playing field, or the theater stage, in the robotics lab or art studio, we offer a full-scope program of opportunities for students. At McLean, we believe in our students.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 481 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $25,990
  • Average class size: 7 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling

Top Rankings

McLean School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for:

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Attribute
Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Mild to Moderate Learning Challenges, Executive Functioning, ADHD and Anxiety
Year Founded
1954
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
481 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
Students by Grade
McLean School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
78 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
71%
Average Class Size
7 students
Number of AP Courses
12 courses
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
1130
Average ACT score
25
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(Lower & Middle School: uniform; Upper School: casual dress code)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition ranges from $25,990 to $45,990 depending on grade.
% on Financial Aid
24%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$15,000
Admissions Director
Cathy Patterson
Admissions Associate
Taryn Tenney

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
17 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Activities Committee, Brain Teasers, Discipline Committee, Dress Code, Environmental Awareness, Equity Board, Faculty/Student Wellness Committee, Film, Honor Committee, Music, Prom, Service League, Sounding Board, Spirit Committee, Student Climate Committee, Student Government Association, Ultimate Frisbee

School Notes

  • K-12 College Preparatory School
  • Robost extracurricular offerings in the Arts, Athletics, Music, and Robotics
  • The strength of our program is reflected in our college admissions, which echo the range of interests and abilities of our graduates. Upper School graduates have gained acceptance to highly selective colleges and universities, including Boston College Honors Program, Brandeis, Berklee College of Music, High Point, Howard, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Smith College, Syracuse University's School of Communications, and Tulane, among others. Over the last 3 years, our seniors have received over $4 million in merit aid. 
  • McLean School is proud to provide: An innovative approach to instruction that embraces each students' preferred learning style. A Student Learning Profile developed for each child to inform instructional practice. A team of educational specialists to otimize the growth and development of each child. A wide range of extracurricular opportunities including athletics, fine arts, outdoor education and community service opportunities. An educational environment that instills confidence in students as learners and individuals.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
5  
I have two daughters. Rachel started McLean in 3rd grade and graduated in 2018. She is currently thriving in college due to the education she received! She went to college with study, self-advocacy and organizational skills that have allowed her to be very successful in a large public university. Molly began McLean in 5th grade and is a current senior. I am confident that she is also well prepared for college. I also cannot say enough about the college counseling department. Due to there knowledge and one-on-one attention we did not have to hire an outside service to get through this process.
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5  
I highly recommend this school to a parent that is looking for a K-12 school who embraces your child for who they are, celebrates their talents, supports their challenges and invests in positive outcomes for every student. This dynamic, empathetic community puts the students at the heart of every decision and every aspect of school culture. McLean teachers truly care about the social-emotional well-being of the students, not just the academics (although the academics are strong). The relationships they build with the students are authentic and last through the students` tenure at the school you can see it in the hallways and at school events. The faculty helps foster learning by creating a nurturing and supportive classroom community that enables students to take risks in their learning, make mistakes, voice their opinions, share their perspectives and learn how to self-advocate. Simply put, they make kids feel good about themselves and recognize the greatness they have within.
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Both of our girls attend the McLean School. Our youngest attends the Middle School and is a traditional learner. Our oldest attends the Upper School and has mild to moderate learning challenges. We love McLean's small class sizes. The girls are supported academically and socially by experienced and qualified teachers, specialist and administrators. Most importantly, McLean has a supportive and friendly environment that fosters physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth. It is a place where our children are happy, thriving and can live up to their full potential. The girls often say that "It feels like I have been here my whole life." We have heard Mr. Saxenian say that McLean is transformative. In fact, it has been transformative and life-changing for our family.
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5  
Incredible place, terrific educators, dedicated staff. Individualized learning, geared toward all types, experiential, makes learning very desirable!!
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5  
Both of our girls attend the McLean School. Our youngest attends the Middle School and is a traditional learner. Our oldest attends the Upper School and has mild to moderate learning challenges. We love McLean's small class sizes. The girls are supported academically and socially by experienced and qualified teachers, specialist and administrators. Most importantly, McLean has a supportive and friendly environment that fosters physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth. It is a place where our children are happy, thriving and can live up to their full potential. The girls often say that "It feels like I have been here my whole life." We have heard Mr. Saxenian say that McLean is transformative. In fact, it has been transformative and life-changing for our family.
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5  
I have 2 children at McLean and they are both finishing up their third year. The teachers and staff at McLean are truly amazing and have transformed the lives of my children and our family. When my children came to McLean, they lacked confidence, doubted their intelligence and were a shell of who they are now. My daughter has discovered a passion for singing and science, and my son has become a master at math, and wholly dedicated to the award-winning school robotics team! Both of my children are thriving in the progressive and individualized culture of McLean school. We are lucky to have found it when we did!
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5  
McLean is such a great school! I love the small classes, wonderful teachers, administrators and counselors. Truly an amazing team!
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5  
My daughter bounded out of the car the first day I dropped her off at McLean School, eager for all that awaited her. Three years later, she still beams with excitement as she enters the school each and every day. The teachers are dedicated, the instruction is individualized, and the atmosphere is positively transformative. We couldn't be happier!
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5  
So proud to work at a school with engaged students, expert faculty, and dedicated parents.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 481 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $25,990
  • Average class size: 7 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling

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