McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 5/2/2022

Important Upcoming Dates

May 14 - Prom at Hilton McLean - 8:00pm-12:00am

May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday - School closed

May 26 - Convocation

June 1 - Graduation 

June 2 - Physical Night at McLean High School

Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Information

All information regarding Advanced Placement (AP) testing, including this spring's testing schedule, can be found on our AP Testing Information page

Planning for Spring SOLs

For up to date information regarding the SOL testing schedule, logistics, policies & procedures, check out our SOL Testing Infromation page

Senior Events & Graduation

All of the information you need to help celebrate your senior and plan for graduation can be found on our Senior Events page. Check back often for updates. 


Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank you to the wonderful teachers at McLean High School!  We are fortunate to have such a professional and caring group of teachers!

Learner's Permit Test at McLean

McLean High School is pleased to announce that students can take the Virginia DMV learner’s permit test online at the school. Students will be eligible to test if they are 15 years 6 months or older on the following dates:

Monday, May 9th, Silver Lab, 3:15-5:30

Monday, May 16th, Silver Lab, 3:15-5:30

Monday, May 23rd, Silver Lab, 3:15-5:30

Please visit this link for all of the details to register.  15 people permitted per session.

E-Hall Pass

McLean High School is committed to providing our students with a safe and secure learning environment. With that in mind, we have an opportunity for a new pass system, called e-hallpass, that will replace our current paper pass system. We continue to focus on keeping our students in the classroom and engaged in learning and are excited to be piloting e-hallpass school-wide, with a plan to continue use next school year.

We will hold a meeting on May 9 in the auditorium starting 6:00 for parents to learn about the e-hallpass.  To learn more about the pass please visit this link.  We have videos and frequently asked questions posted.

Head Over Heels

Theatre McLean's Production of: Head Over Heels - New Dates!!

Visions, vacations, and a vapid princess. Experience Theatre McLean’s production of Head Over Heels the musical. Featuring music from the Go-Gos, this jukebox musical follows the journey of the royal family of Arcadia as they leave their kingdom to flee from the unfavorable prophecies prescribed to them by the Oracle. Watch as King Basilius and Queen Gynecia, accompanied by their daughters Pamela and Philoclea, try and escape their fate, learning lessons of love, loss, and loyalty along the way. 

The production runs from May 4-6 at McLean High School. “Get Up and Go” buy tickets, $8 for students and $15 for adults, which can be purchased at

High School Rankings

Over the last two weeks, many high school rankings have come out.  Here is a compilation of all of the 


U.S. World News High School Rankings

Here is how U.S. World News finds their rankings 


Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.  We are listed #3 public high school in the state. 

Jay Mathews Challenge Index High School Rankings

The Jay Mathews Challenge Index ranks high schools by a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. The list is designed to recognize schools that challenge average students, so magnet or charter schools that have few or no average students (such as TJHSST) are placed on a separate Public Elites list.

Top 300 Schools Index

  • #229 – McLean
  • #235 – Oakton 
  • #255 – Langley
  • #256 – Madison
  • #275 – Chantilly
  • #285 – Woodson
  • #286 – Marshall
  • #287 – Robinson
  • #298 – Centreville

See the complete 2022 Top 300 Schools Index.


Student Equity Ambassador Leaders

Student voice is imperative for the implementation of Equity centered work we strive for in FCPS. Our students have the answers and it’s time that we empower them. Student Equity Ambassador Leaders is a leadership program that amplifies student voice and provides an increased understanding of diversity, inclusion and equity through leadership development, projects and relevant experiences. The goal is to empower students to take an active role in fostering a school culture of inclusiveness and creating a welcoming and culturally responsive environment for students, families and staff. All applications are due by May 6, 2022

SEAL Information

SEAL Application

Physical Night - June 2

McLean Sports Physical Night is Thursday, June 2nd. If you are interested in playing a sport during the 2022-23 school year you must have a sports physical on file at the school dated after May 1 of 2022.  This will satisfy that requirement. Details below

When: Thursday, June 2

Where: McLean HS

Cost: tax deductible donation of $50 (all proceeds go to the athletic training program for supplies and equipment.)

MySchool Bucks link coming soon!

Student Registration:

We are in need of volunteers for this event. If you, or someone you know, think you might be interested in volunteering, please email Michael Tierney, for more information.  We are in need of medical professionals, specifically MDs, DOs, PAs, and NPs.  We are also looking for PTs as well. If you would like to register as a volunteer, please follow this link:


Prom tickets are on sale!  Juniors and Seniors may purchase their tickets through MySchoolBucks for $65.  Prom will be at the McLean Hilton from 8:00-12:00am on May 14.  


McLean Juniors Win 1st Place in Diamond Challenge

The team of McLean Juniors Zoe Li and Ben Woods, with TJ Junior Myles Bao, won 1st place ($11,000 prize), Social Innovation track, in the 2022 Diamond Challenge Summit, April 21 – 23, at the University of Delaware. The Diamond Challenge is an annual international entrepreneurship competition where high school students present innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. This year’s participants numbered 2,000 teens comprising 700 teams from 37 countries and 28 states competing before 300 judges. The McLean/TJ team – with its proposed solution to plastic pollution – was among the 64 teams that advanced from the semi-finals back in February before capturing 1st place in the final rounds of the Summit in April. Congratulations to Zoe, Ben, and Myles on their outstanding achievement!

Diamond Award

McLean Highlander Math League 

Join us in congratulating the McLean Highlander Math League (MHML) members' outstanding achievements!

Ethan Zhou qualified for the 2022 USA Mathematical Olympiad - 2022 USA Mathematical Olympiad

Aiden Feyerherm, Minseo Kim, Ethan Zhou, Youngmin Kwon, Daniel Leverett and Christopher Tillotson received an overall Honorable Mention in the 2022 Purple Comet! Math Meet - 2022 Purple Comet! Math Meet

Aiden Feyerherm qualified for the 2022 USA Junior Mathetical Olympiad -   2022 USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad

McLean High School won 1st place in the Virginia Math Leage, with Ethan Zhou as the league winner - April 2022 High School Score Report Summary


FIDM Entrepreneur of Tomorrow Challenge

Olivia Zhang and Morgan Link tied for 2nd place in the FIDM Entrepreneur of Tomorrow Challenge sponsored by the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.  

Here is the link announcing our students as 2nd place finishers and a link to their video submission.  

Weekly Reminders

Suspension of Attendance Notifications

In order to accommodate the expanded student testing windows for SOLs and AP tests, morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mails will be suspended during the AP and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools only. Evening attendance notification will continue as normally scheduled.  Note that we are only suspending attendance notifications.  Here are the dates during which morning attendance notifications will be suspended:

  • High school:  April 25, 2022 through the last day of school, June 10

Virtual Helping Highlanders

Math and English teachers began hosting virtual study sessions via Zoom in the afternoons/evenings. Subjects offering study sessions include: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Precalculus, English 10 and English 11. The schedule for each session and Zoom links are posted to the All Students course in Schoology each week for all students to access. Please consider encouraging your student to attend a study session for extra support in the offered subject areas!

After-School Counseling

The Department of Student Services will be offering counseling opportunities for all students every Wednesday and Thursday after school. Select counselors will be available to meet with students until 4:30pm. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this extra availability and can meet with the counselors on staff regardless of their alphabetical designation. Late bus transportation will be provided every Wednesday and Thursday for all students. 

McLean HS Tech Support for Students

If you are experiencing issues with your FCPS issued laptop, please use the link below to enter your information.  The tech support team will then get back to you as soon as possible.

We will continue to support students remotely as much as possible. If a computer has been identified as needing hands-on repair, we will schedule an appointment for you to come to the school to exchange it.  

Description:  This form should be filled out by a student if they are experiencing issues with their FCPSOn laptop.

Please click on the link below to access the Tech Support Request Form.

Parent/Student Support Portal Link:

Social-Emotional Support Information

Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

McLean’s Clinical Staff are available to consult with parents and students regarding mental health related concerns and behaviors.  They are also able to provide community resources as needed.  Please see their contact information below:

Carol Ann Forrest, School Psychologist,

Beverly Parker-Lewis, School Psychologist,

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker,

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares

Do you know a McLean High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.