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Mclean High School

Public | 9-12 | 2003 students

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Posted May 2, 2014

I go there now & I have to say, it's okay. I haven't seen any bullying, people are always really nice to special ed kids, the classes range in difficulty based on reg., HNRS, and AP, and while I know some kids who are drinking & doing drugs, few are. My only complaints are the large class sizes and the short time periods between classes.


Posted April 2, 2014

Many students are immoral and have illegal habits. There is a fellowship of Christian athletes group so that is a place for moral students to find friendships. The teachers were good and educate the students well. It's not easy to join a team even if you are very talented because there are so many students trying out for sports. We took our child out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

As having a child with dyslexia he has had an IEP since 3rd grade. He is currently in team taught English and regular/honors in all other subjects. He has available accommodations for all classes if needed. The school assigns each child a special education teacher for all 4 years to be the case manager. The IEP is truly individualized as his needs have changed as he continues through high school. There are a variety of special needs challenges throughout the school and each student appears properly placed. The regular teachers he has had have been willing to make accommodations (listening to tests with earphones, extra time, take the test in the library) with no problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2013

McLean is a well-run school with great academics and extra-curricular opportunities for students. The pride that administrators, students and parents take in the school is obvious, and the new principal seems to have developed a good relationship with the community. The school also gets great support from the business community in downtown McLean as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2013

I am an Asian-American currently at Mclean High School. Contrary to what most are saying, it is the best! It's WAY better than Langley and we have top scores. Plus, our school teams are not that bad in some areas like football and track. Asians arent discriminated against. The only reason somebody may be unpopular is because they are either annoying or a bully themselves! Don't put some random stereotype on us that we allow bullying and that sort of nonsense. We don't. Once again, this is an amazing school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2013

As a parent of a former MHS student, this school doesn't not deserve ANY stars. The teachers and the assistant principals mistreat kids who are not popular. And, bullying is tolerated. I worked on various volunteer programs and parent participation was dismal at best. If you are moving to the DC area DO NOT move to Fairfax County for the schools-- not worth it. Across the river in Montgomery county are the best schools in the nation: Winston Churchill HS, Wooten, BCC, Whitman, and Walter Johnson are the best. Bullying is not tolerated and the teacher are there to serve the students and parents, and not the other way around as is the case with McLean. Even people who can well afford to send their kids to private school don't because the quality of education is superior. I did have a teacher at MHS tell me that the parents were snobby and it was tough to break in to any group. I agree with the one student reviewer that MHS was the worst experience of their life. My child agrees. I took my child out. My only regret is that they spent ANY time at MHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2013

I was a former student at this school. It was the most miserable experience of my life. If you are a transfer student or come from a military family do not go here!!! They are not accommodating at all. You'll be forced to take standardized tests from classes you had already completed without helping you review. The teachers like to berate students and brag to other faculty about how many students they fail. I received no help from anyone and ended up slipping between the cracks.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2013

I'd just like to address the two one star reviews of the school- in my experience as a student, the counseling staff is well organized and has continued to improve my experience. I am very pleased with all of my teachers, and can do well in my classes with an appropriate amount of effort. As for drugs and alcohol, that is up to the student. The problem is not nearly as bad as some other schools in the immediate area, and there is a strong program about anti-drug and alcohol education. I don't think the reviewers have noticed just how amazing this school really is for a student serious about his or her education, and that this school is easily one of the best in the country by a large margin.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 20, 2011

I am an alumni of McLean High School, graduated in 2004. Teacher/Student Ratio - Classes ranged on average from 25-30 students per faculty member. Teachers were also very accessible during after school hours for students who needed additional tutoring/help. In addition to after hours help, there were lunch programs and study halls for continuing education. Class curriculam - A very demanding schedule of math, english, history, science, and foreign language were requirements. In addition, a vast offering of electives were given to students. I was able to take beginning business courses that layed a great foundation for me being a finance major in college. College Guidance - Due to the amount of students and lack of counselors, minimal time was given to each to student to research colleges, prepare applications, or select target schools. Most of the prementioned activities took place during my own time with my parents. Overall McLean High School provided me with an encouraging learning environment that fostered my academic development, and layed a great framework for my university studies and professional career.


Posted June 7, 2011

My son used to try to talk to a consular about college application, she almost had no time for the kids. Maybe it was because the school could not pay overtime. The ESOL teachers we met in another public school paid a lot more attention to the students than those here. I do not know how the average american school is, so I am not sure relatively how many stars MLH deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

My two children are recent graduates of McLean H.S. and they loved their experience. One will be a junior in college next year and says that MHS did a great job in preparing her academically. I also coach at the high school and the athletes are respectful,attentive and committed. My families 6+ years of experience with MHS has been absolutely wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2011

The classes are well taught, but the drug use at school and at football games is unbelievable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

Deserves no stars. Principal is oblivious to how bad kids attending this school are. Smoking and drinking on campus and off is so easy to get away with here. Teachers treat popular kids better and let them cut classes. Unorganized school. Bullying all the time. Academics and teachers are terrible and do not understand the material. Please do not send kids here. Kids are bad influences to new students and faculty is oblivious and uncaring towards kids. Getting into college was so hard for me b/c my counselor didnt know anything and was very unorganized. Complained but never got help...
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2010

My daughter graduated from Mclean High School last year. She transferred in from an international private school and the transition went very smoothly--Mclean is used to having a very large international student population so she felt like she fit right in right away. We were very happy with the quality of the education my daughter received. The standard of academics at Mclean is excellent. The majority of the teachers are not only well qualified teachers, they care about the students. The Fine Arts department at Mclean is top-notch and impressive. The band, the orchestra, the Chorus, the theater departments have great reputations and receive many awards in competitions. The majority of the students are very high acheivers who are aiming for top universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2009

Amazing crew team. Gave my daughter a family, and has great teachers too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

I came from a foreign country 4 months ago and i have never seen such an organized and academically successfull school in all mt life. The teachers elaborte and explain each detail of the subject. The students are disiplined and smart. The whole school staff is always right behind you and prepared to help you through the harsh times in highschool. However the Principal is not always available in school hours. Although it has its ups and downs, i feel that Mclean Highschool is the best place to disipline and enhance your child with the knowledge that they deserve!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2008

Having lived in a number of states throughout the country, I can confidently say that MHS is, hands down, one of the bet schools around. Top notch teachers, engaged students. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2008

This school boasts excellent academics and extracurricular activities. Mclean High School is the place to go.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2007

I am very pleased with the level of professionalism from most teachers at McLean. Most have extensive knowledge of their subject area combined with a passion for teaching so absent nowadays. We relocated from the Northeast and are impressed with the variety of courses offered. What's more the language department offers an impressive number of languages that stress oral and written fluency. As parents who work in the business and diplomatic sector, we have been pleased they focus on using languages not just learning about verbs and vocabulary. We looked into private schools in the area and they can't compete. One negative is that too many well-intentioned parents hover over their kids and teachers and think their children are more important than mine. Sigh!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2005

I am a grad of McLean HS, and would highly recommend it to any parent in McLean looking for a school for their child to go to. Even though the overall student population is growing, the teachers still make MHS feel like the close community a high school should be. The extracurricular activities are excellent with almost every sport, musical activity, or theater activity with a championship or high award under their belt. And while there is plenty of inter-school rivalries, it makes the school come together to support the teams. The security team at the school may seem overbearing to the students, but if the small effort is made to get to know them, its easy to realize that they are there to help and not hinder the students. I had a wonderful time at McLean, and would encourage anyone to go there.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 76% in 2013.

471 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

593 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

483 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 83% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 89% in 2013.

478 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
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English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 87% in 2013.

476 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

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Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

471 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 85% in 2013.

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World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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World History II

The state average for World History II was 85% in 2013.

485 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students82%
Female students85%
Male students79%
Black students76%
Asian students89%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English83%

Algebra II

All Students85%
Female students87%
Male students82%
Black students46%
Asian students86%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial88%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English85%

Biology

All Students93%
Female students95%
Male students92%
Black students78%
Asian students96%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial96%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English97%

Chemistry

All Students94%
Female students95%
Male students93%
Black students79%
Asian students96%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial88%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English95%

Earth Science

All Students98%
Female students96%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

English: Reading

All Students97%
Female students97%
Male students97%
Black students94%
Asian students96%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities84%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English99%

English: Writing

All Students97%
Female students97%
Male students96%
Black students94%
Asian students97%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English98%

Geometry

All Students93%
Female students93%
Male students94%
Black students79%
Asian students95%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial83%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English95%

History and Social Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Virginia and United States History

All Students96%
Female students96%
Male students97%
Black students94%
Asian students94%
Hispanic96%
Multiracial95%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities85%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students86%
Proficient in English97%

World Geography

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students96%
Female students96%
Male students96%
Black students94%
Asian students100%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial96%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students86%
Proficient in English98%

World History II

All Students96%
Female students96%
Male students96%
Black students88%
Asian students93%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial96%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English98%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Paul L. Jones

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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1633 Davidson Rd
Mclean, VA 22101
Phone: (703) 714-5700

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