CHOOSE McKean! We want YOU to join the Highlander family!

  • Thomas McKean High School is a public high school in the Red Clay Consolidated School District. We are set apart by our robust support for a diverse student body and our service to the greater community. 

    McKean has 4 school counselors, 3 special education coordinators, and 3 school psychologists among a plethora of specialists serving our advanced, general, and special needs populations. We also house dedicated special programs and the Christiana Care wellness center to further support all our students in accessing rigorous academics, inclusive extra-curriculars, and work-based experience opportunities.  

    Our school hashtag is #FutureReady as we support students' development of academic and professional college and career readiness skills.

    Our motto is We A.R.E. McKean, encompassing our commitment to nurturing Achievement, Responsibilty, and Empathy.

    And always remember, It's a GREAT day to be a Highlander!

  • McKean Pathways

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    • Animal Science
    • Audio, Radio, & Video Engineering (ARV)
    • Automotive Technology
    • Culinary & Hospitality Management
    • Early Childhood Education 
    • Jobs for Delaware Graduates (JDG)
    • K-12 Teacher Academy
    • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
    • Marketing Communications
    • Plant & Horticulture Science

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  • McKean's Fine Arts

    • Instrumental
      • Marching Band, Concert Band, Piano, Guitar
    • Vocal
      • Choir, Advanced Women's Choir, Highlander Chorale
    • Visual
      • 2-D & 3-D Design, Drawing & Painting, and so much more!

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  • Student Leaders - Service Advisories

    McKean offers a variety of service opportunities for students through a 1/4-credit "Student Leaders" advisory period. These groups meet during the school day once per week and work together to raise awareness about a cause while completing service projects to improve our community.

    Examples include: Student Leaders for the Planet, Best Buddies, Crafting & Service, Youth in Government, FCCLA, Cultural Celebrations, McKean Advocacy, TSA, FFA, SGA, Yearbook, Multilingual Scholars, and so many more!

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  • Notable Programs


    AVID stands for 'Advancement via Individual Determination.' AVID is a comprehensive program that assists underrepresented students in applying to, and prepares them for, the rigors of four-year colleges and is available to 9th through 12th graders at McKean. (Click on this link for more info.)


    Work Based Learning

    WBL offers opportunities for students to gain real-life work experience in various fields. Students are offered opportunities to help run in-school buisnesses as well as work (even for pay sometimes) in the surrounding community. (Click on this link for more info.)

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  • Red Clay Consolidated School District

    School Choice Resources

    Use these links to find information about all the high schools in RCCSD and to be able to know definitively that McKean HS is the right CHOICE for you! :)

    Course Catalog

    RCCSD Choice Office

    High School Guide

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