Maclay School

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Maclay School
MaclaySchoolLogo.jpg
Address
3737 North Meridian Road
Tallahassee, Florida, 32312
USA
Coordinates 30°31′24″N 84°16′30″W / 30.5232548°N 84.2749003°W / 30.5232548; -84.2749003Coordinates: 30°31′24″N 84°16′30″W / 30.5232548°N 84.2749003°W / 30.5232548; -84.2749003
Information
Type Private college preparatory
Established 1968
Principal Bill Jablon
Grades PreK–12
Number of students ~1000
Color(s) [Blue and white
Mascot Marauders
Website
An aerial view of most of Maclay School, Tallahassee FL.

Maclay School is a private, not for profit, non-sectarian college preparatory school located on about 100 acres (0.40 km2) of land in Leon County, Florida, about ten miles (16 km) north of the state capitol building in Tallahassee, FL.

A group of parents founded the school in 1968 naming it in memory of Alfred B. Maclay, Jr., a World War II veteran whose mother was a major benefactor. Maclay is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), and the Florida Kindergarten Council.

Students[edit]

Approximately 1,000 students are enrolled annually at the school, which includes all grades from Pre-K through 12. There are about 90 teaching faculty at Maclay School. Eighty-nine students graduated from the school in 2011, or 100%.

Essentially all Maclay graduates are pursue higher education after leaving Maclay: about 85% at four-year institutions and about 15% at 2-year schools.

Academics[edit]

Maclay School offers a challenging curriculum and offers a large number of college level and Advanced Placement courses.

Students in the Upper School are required to study English, World History, United States History, Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics, Geometry, Algebra II and Trigonometry, and also meet various requirements in the Arts, Computer Science, Health & Counseling, and Physical Education. Students must go beyond these basic requirements in at least some, if not all, subjects.

Starting in eleventh grade, students have more flexibility with their requirements and can choose from courses in Economics, Psychology, Classical History, Government, Religion, Political Philosophy, Calculus, Statistics, Science and Public Policy, among other elective classes.

Campus[edit]

The campus at Maclay is a non-traditional school yard. The four schools on the campus are divided into Pre-Kindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), Lower School (grades K through 5), Middle School (grades 6 through 8), and High School (grades 9 through 12). All four of the schools on campus use the same library, cafeteria, and gymnasia. In 2011 a new Pre-Kindergarten was built on campus to allow for more room for the growing 3 & 4 year old programs at Maclay.

Lower School[edit]

Lower School students at Maclay School celebrating Grandparents Day in 2008.

The Maclay PreKindergarten and Lower School are housed in two separate buildings. The 3 and 4 year olds are in a new 2 million dollar facility made up of 8 classrooms capped at 12 students each. The Lower School building is home to grades K through 5 as well as a technology lab, science lab and art room. Students have PE, Spanish, Computer, Music, Art and Drama on daily basis along with traditional subjects. The main office of the school and other administrative offices are also located in the lower school. Lower School students wear uniforms, unlike students in middle and upper school. Average class size in Lower School is less than 20 students per teacher.

Middle school[edit]

The classrooms In Middle and High School open directly outside. There are no major indoor hallways. In Middle School the students are no longer required to wear uniforms but do still have to follow a dress code. The school is separated into 3 parts, one for each grade (6-8). In 2001 three new buildings were added to allow for more students to join the school.

Upper School[edit]

Maclay Middle School, Tallahassee FL, August 2007.

The Upper School is divided into quads and, unlike the Middle School, each quad is for a different subject, including: Math, English language, history and social science, and foreign language. The science department is in a different building. Twelfth graders are allowed access to the "Senior Shack", containing televisions and video game systems, as well as couches and lounge chairs.

Sports[edit]

Maclay offers a wide variety of sports programs: crew, baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, American football, lacrosse, softball, swimming, tennis, and track and field. Awards won by students at the school include:

Volleyball: 1975 Class A State Champions, 1995 and 1996 Class 2A State Champions.

Boys' Basketball: 1979 Class A State Champions.

Girls' Basketball: 1976, 1978, and 1993 Class A State Champions.

Baseball: 1991 and 1993 Class A State Champions.

Girls' Soccer: 1998 Class 3A State Champions.

Boys' Soccer: 1986, 1991, 1995, and 2004 Fall Soccer State Champions.

Boys' Track: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2010 State Champions.

Girls' Track: 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2002 State Champions.

Boys' Cross-Country: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 State Champions.

Girls' Cross-Country: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2005 State Champions.

Boys' Football: 2011 Conference Champions.

Florida High School Athletic Association All-Sports title among 2A private schools: won in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009

After many years of deliberation, Maclay started its football program in 2007. Former Florida State University and Detroit Lions wide receiver Kez McCorvey was hired in March 2009 to be the Head Football Coach. In 2011 former FSU football player Kyler Hall was hired, leading the Marauders to a 9 and 2 record and conference championship in his first season.

Sources[edit]

  • [1] Maclay School web-page.
  • [2] Private School Review for Maclay School.
  • [3] Maclay at SchoolDigger.
  • [4] Florida Council of Independent Schools.
  • [5] Florida High School Athletic Association