2nd Grader doing a match assignment at McClelland SchoolMcClelland’s curriculum is designed to teach students strong foundational skills while at the same time teaching them how to think critically about the world around them. Young students are naturally curious and want to learn just about everything. McClelland is a special place where kids love coming to school.

  • Emphasis on learning by doing – hands-on projects
  • Integrated curriculum focused on thematic units
  • Strong emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking
  • Group work and development of social skills
  • Understanding and action as the goals of learning as opposed to rote knowledge
  • Collaborative and cooperative learning projects
  • Emphasis on lifelong learning

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Lower School (Grades Preschool - 2)

The early childhood program (preschool & prekindergarten) is influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to education.  We believe all children are capable, competent, and have the ability to be active participants and co-constructors of their own knowledge.   At McClelland, we invest in relationships; we believe in the whole-child approach to education.  Each child is appreciated as a unique individual with much to offer.  Their learning is a personal journey supported through a partnership between the child, his/her parents, and teacher.

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Uptown & Middle School (Grades 3 - 8)

At The McClelland School, we believe in the promise in every child.  We believe in developing all aspects of our students: cognitive, social/emotional, physical growth & wellness, and ethical leadership & character growth.  To that end, we have developed our Personalized Education Program that puts students at the center of of their learning.  We achieve this through building a learning profile of each child, ensuring that every child participates in Spanish, music, art and Health & Wellness, through formal collaborative conferences, comment based report cards, and through our Standard and Accelerated academic options. The uniqueness of this program is centered around the uniqueness of your child.

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