Maclay School

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Maclay School
3737 North Meridian Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32312
United States
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
Type Private college preparatory
Established 1968
Principal James Milford
Grades PreK3 –12
Number of students ~1000
Color(s) Blue and white
Mascot Marauders
aerial view

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.

Although the school is open today to students of all races, it was founded by a group of white parents in 1968, in response to the federally mandated racial integration of Leon County Schools.[1] (See Segregation academies.) It was named in memory of Alfred B. Maclay, Jr., a World War II veteran whose mother was a major benefactor; his father's nearby estate became Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. Maclay is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), and the Florida Kindergarten Council. Tuition for 2016-17 is about $12,000.[2]


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.


Maclay School offers Advanced Placement courses. These Include:

  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP Latin: Virgil
  • AP Biology
  • AP Studio Art
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP World History
  • AP United States History
  • AP European History
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Government and Politics: United States


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.


Maclay offers a wide variety of sports programs: crew, baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, American football, lacrosse, softball, swimming, tennis, and track and field.

State championships[edit]

  • 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, 2004, and 2017 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: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • Florida High School Athletic Association All-Sports title among 2A private schools: won in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009


  1. ^ Glenda Alice Rabby, The Pain and the Promise: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Tallahassee, Florida, Athens, Ga., University of Georgia Press, 1999, ISBN 082032051X, p. 255.
  2. ^, retrieved July 6, 2016.


  • [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