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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
McLean High School is a top rated, public school located in McLean, VA. It has 2,069 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 93% of students are at least proficient in math and 98% in reading.
Address
1633 Davidson Rd
McLean, VA 22101
Telephone
(703) 714-5700

McLean High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
98%
Percent Proficient - Math
93%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1330
531 responses
Average ACT
30
171 responses
AP Enrollment
46%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$193,426
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,969
National
$949
Median Home Value
$990,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 54 responses
Report
  • Games against our rivals, Langley.
    33%
  • Pep rallies
    20%
  • Musicals/Plays
    13%
  • Performances
    13%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • The annual post-game Mexican standoff at McDonalds
    6%
  • Friday night ice hockey games
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,069
Free or Reduced Lunch
8%
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.32 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.32 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.32 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,938
Teachers in First/Second Year
10%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.46 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.46 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.46 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$15,160/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.49 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.49 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.49 responses
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McLean is academically challenging and full of passionate, dedicated staff members who positively impact their students greatly. I learned an immeasurable amount in my four years there and met some of the best people I know. That said, because McLean is so high achieving there is an intense and unreasonable amount of pressure placed on students and an unforgiving academic culture that can teach students to equate their grades to their self-worth. Also, the administration tends to give more money to sports (many of which are consistently unsuccessful) while other activities (debate, performing arts, etc.) are far more successful, yet far less funded.
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Mclean High school has shown itself to be a school which puts priority on academics and arts far more than sports. While this might seem like a downside to some, I have heard from McLean alumni that the work and effort this high school demanded of them prepared them for college to such an extent that their first year at university was easier than the past two years of high school. While, currently being a senior, I cannot personally attest to that, I can say that the variety of AP classes and the atmosphere created at McLean truly breeds excellence and a determination to do better than before.
My problems with McLean stem from my inability to divorce my experiences as a student from my experiences as a person. The teachers, with a few key exceptions are phenomenal. They’re patient, and classes aren’t a struggle while I was in them. If I fall behind it isn’t because of my apathy, because I care about the classes, which seems almost miraculous when I hear about my friends’ struggles with monotony in neighboring schools. There’s just something about the environment that is so hostile and majorly uncomfortable. No one seems to care about much of anything. Positive people became saturated in layers of cynicism. It’s an outstanding institution, and I know that I’m lucky to have ever attended. My experience is average. I’m an average person who hates high school for the same reasons everyone else does. McLean is no different from any other high school, in that it’s great for students, and miserable for everyone else.