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The mission of McLain Community High School is simply to provide an alternate path to a life of learning, opportunity and choice.

McLain is more than just one school. McLain’s unique design provides a variety of school programs housed at one location. McLain’s programs have been tailored to meet the needs of the diverse students and families that we support. Students earn their high school diploma by completing the graduation requirements as outlined by Jeffco Public Schools.

Our programs prepare students to be college and work-ready upon graduation. Students are provided opportunities that encourage self-confidence and success. Our personalized communication with parents and guardians also supports our students in their education.

McLain students come to us for a variety of reasons. The majority of students at McLain are working, parenting, volunteering or are enrolled in Warren Tech programs. Our students are motivated and successful!

A group of McLain students posing with a mountain background.

Learning Communities

McLain has a learning community for every learner. Our youth communities include two Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE) programs.

The ACE and Achieve learning communities emphasize the importance of being prepared to work in addition to being college-ready. McLain also provides the LIVE program, designed for students in the ninth and 10th grades with 0 to 4 credits; no age minimum. McLain LIVE provides an experiential, direct instruction, highly interactive alternative for students. For those students who are older than 18, McLain has an adult high school program, CB, with both day and evening schedules.

For our students who are also parents, McLain provides affordable child care services during the day.

What to Expect

What our students and their families should expect:

  • Mandatory daily attendance
  • Participation in a school that includes a diverse student body
  • Personalized and timely communication from staff
  • Compact curriculum
  • Frequent field trips
  • Participation in classroom discussions and activities
  • Close relationships with Red Rocks Community College and Warren Technical Center

What our students and families should not expect:

  • A fast track for credits
  • Any clubs or activities
  • Transportation (McLain is served by the No. 17 RTD bus)
  • Traditional course progression

Option Schools

Option schools offer a particular educational focus such as highly structured programs, experiential learning or technical training. Jeffco students can choose to enroll in an option school during the choice enrollment process.

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Regular attendance is crucial to student success. Review Jeffco’s attendance policies and procedures. 

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Stay up to date on McLain events, activities and other happenings. Plus, view the school year calendar.

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Get contact information for McLain faculty and staff.

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Dress Code

McLain follows Jeffco’s guidelines for appropriate student dress.

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Inclement Weather

Weather can impact school-day operations. View Jeffco’s inclement weather policies and procedures.

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Meet the Principal

Get to know McLain’s school leader.

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The safety and well-being of students and staff is McLain’s top priority.

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Student & Family Handbook

The student & family handbook outlines policies, procedures and student expectations.

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A to Z Guide

View McLain programs and other offerings listed A through Z.

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