FAQ for New Families

  • If you still have questions after reading the FAQ, you can ASK ROWDY at askrowdy@maclay.org

    When is New Student Orientation?  
    Upper School New Student Orientation is Thursday, August 8th at 8:45 in the Cartee Gym. Middle School is the same day beginning at 10am and Lower School is Friday at 12:45pm in the Lanford Lilbrary (returning students arrive at 1:30).
    What is the New Family Fair?  
    The New Family Fair is held on Thursday, August 8th and Friday, August 9th in the Dining Hall during the orientations.  Tables with Marauder Meals, IT to assist you with passwords, locks for upper school lockers, information for the many clubs, school nurse, yearbook - pretty much anything you need to know or sign up for at Maclay all in one spot. 
    How do I find the library/gym/main office/uniform sales?
    Click here for a Campus Map.
    How do I find out information and get emails?
    The maclay.org website is your hub for information.  Enews is emailed to parents on Monday's with school wide information.  Emails are sent to the email addresses we have in PowerSchool. If you want to confirm your correct email is on file, email news@maclay.orgIf you have unsubscribed, you will need to re-register on-line.  In an effort to reduce costs of postage and to be more environmentally responsible, most information will be emailed or posted on the website. You can also update your contact information by clicking here.

     What are the drop-off and pick-up times?

    Drop off for Lower School and Middle School is 7:45am and go to their respective black tops outside.  There is no supervision for students before 7:30am. Please do not drop off children unsupervised. Pick-up for Pre-K is 12pm/2:40pm, Lower School 2:50pm, Middle and Upper School dismiss at 3pm.  Wednesday is a 2pm dismissal.


    What is Early Dismissal?

    Early dismissal is 2pm every Wednesday for all students in order for our teacher's to participate in professional development. 


    Where can I find a school calendar?

    The school calendar icon is on the website home page.


    How do I pay for my child's lunch? 
    You can go the Marauder Meals link under Parents and download your enrollment form or parents can register their student for a Marauders Meal account by going by the dining hall. Once the account is created with an initial deposit, you can go to myschoolaccount.com to monitor food choices and make deposits.

    Who do I call if my child is sick and needs to miss school?  Only Upper School students must have a parent call the US office by 10am. It’s a good idea to email your teacher and let them know.

    Where do I buy uniforms for my child? Can I buy clothing somewhere else and have them monogrammed at a specific place? Can I sell the uniforms back someplace once my child has outgrown them?

    Go to www.maclay.org/uniforms for details. Several independent retailers or individuals have the ability to embroider the seal.  Gently used uniforms ONLY can be place in the “old” PreK building near the Maclay Road entrance and they will be resold for $1 by the MPO.

    Where can I purchase Maclay gear?  
    The MPO Store is located in the front office but a larger selection is located on-line and can be viewed here. 
    How do I log into the Parent Grade Portal and see a report card?  
    New Families will need to get a username and password to log in for the first time and create a custom log-in.  To access the Grade Portal, click the grades icon on the home page.

    Is there an equivalent to a gifted/ IEP curriculum at Maclay?  If and when are students who are able to advance moved ahead?

    There is no gifted program, however, if a student shows the need to be challenged, the division heads and teachers will consult with the parents. 

    How do you evaluate special needs students and how are their needs addressed (ie. reading specialists, speech therapy, etc.)? 

    The Head of School for each division, the student's teachers, and parents collaborate on any evaluation needs.

    Is there standardized testing in place of the FCAT?  

    The ERB test is given to students in the Fall.  It is not a pass-fail, but rather a tool used to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses. 

    What about technology devices?  

    The Lower School 4th and 5th grades are required to have iPads and Middle School through 11th grade participate in a Bring Your Own Device division.  For specs on devices, visit the division's home page.

    How can I find a tutor for my child?
    Please consult with the Division Head of School or in Lower School, Frank McKeown at fmckeown@maclay.org, Director of the Center for Learning.  Upper School students can also take advantage of the free Maclay Academic Resource Center (MARC) in the Library for tutoring assistance.

    My child is interested in participating on an athletic team. Where can I find information about this? 

    75% of the Upper School students participated in at least one sport last year.  We encourage all students to try one of the 50+ athletic and club teams.  Season start dates can be found on the Athletics homepage or by emailing AD von Scherrer at jvonsherrer@maclay.org

    What service clubs and interest-based clubs exist and how do I get my child involved in this? 

    Check the announcements and website. Both Middle and Upper School will host a club fair the first month of school.

    Are there class trips? If so, at what grade level do these happen and where do they go? 

    There are several field trips at each grade level including 6th grade NASA trip, 7th grade Washington, 8th Grade, Civil Rights trip,  9th grade Freshmen Challenge, 10th grade Sophomore Safari to North Carolina, and 11th grade Ski Trip to Colorado.

    What graduation events happen at different grade levels? 5th, 8th, and 12th.

    I am interested in supporting Maclay by volunteering my time and/or making a donation. How do I get involved in my child’s classroom or elsewhere on campus?

    Parent volunteers are encouraged. Sign-ups in the classroom, open houses and at MPO events take place the first few weeks of school.  Please visit the MPO page on the website.

    What is MPO? What do they do? 

    The Maclay Parents Organization is a support organization that hosts community events and fundraiser for the school.  If you are a parent, you are a member of the MPO. Come get involved.