MacLachlan’s Upper School operates on a year-long academic program. The Upper School program offers eight courses on a two-day cycle. Students have one set of 4 classes every other day. We believe that there are several advantages to year-long academic schedules. Offering courses from September to June allows the continuation of knowledge, and ensures students do not have a gap in their understanding between grade levels. It also allows them to make major connections and recognize over-arching themes between the courses they are enrolled in.
MacLachlan also recognizes the importance of tolerance, respect and teamwork through various extracurricular activities and clubs offered on campus. MacLachlan provides students the chance to excel on and off campus through debate teams, DECA, sports teams, and intramurals. MacLachlan also incorporates semi-formal and formal events, creating a high school environment where Upper School students can interact and socialize in a non-academic setting.
Many of our senior students participate in service trips to places such as the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Arizona, Mexico, and Kenya. These trips focus on constructing schools, youth and educational programs. These service trips not only help the communities in which they are built, but help the students cultivate team work, communication, and hands-on skills establishing them as global citizens. The immersion in different cultures helps them understand their own ecological and global footprint, expanding their horizons on diversity and giving them a global perspective.