• McCleary School District - Our Story


  • The McCleary School District is located in eastern Grays Harbor County, in and around the City of McCleary, Washington. McCleary is a small town of 1,500 residents lying just off State Route 8, close to the Olympic Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and Interstate 5. The District serves an area of approximately 20 square miles and provides programs for students in PreKindergarten (PreSchool) through grade eight. Most of our high school students attend Elma High School.


    This year, McCleary School is projected to have 50 three and four year olds in our Community PreSchool and 305 students in grades K-8th. The McCleary School District is committed to preparing its students to become productive and responsible human beings. We believe that all students can learn and develop to their fullest potential with the support and dedication of family, staff, and community.

    Our school goals recognize the individuality of each student and provide an atmosphere where positive self-esteem is nurtured. A high regard for personal achievement and the learning process is sustained through an environment where participation, communication, and problem solving are keys to the learning process.

    Students, parents, community members and staff of the district share a special pride in the quality of the total school program. The Music and Band programs are dynamic parts of the school as evidenced by an overflowing school gym at Winter and Spring concerts. Beginning and Advanced Band is offered for students in grades 5-8. The McCleary Band is featured prominently each year in the McCleary Bear Festival in July. Our parent-staff-community organization, Parent Teacher Association, (PTA), is actively involved in sponsoring school fund raising, evening programs, including Basket Bingo, Father/Daughter Winter Dance, and Mother/Son Movie Night. The Spring Carnival and Accelerated Reader (AR) Celebration/Field Day are super fun.  Huge benefits to our students are the supplemental materials and field trips PTA helps provide for our classrooms. Joan Odle is the PTA President this year.  Meetings are the 2nd Monday of each month @ 6:30.

    The curriculum reflects a commitment to the development of the basic skills and opportunities for inquiry and exploration that motivate students to learn. Students in the primary grades receive strong phonics instruction along with development in reading for literacy and comprehension. A hands-on approach is widely used in both mathematics and science to promote a strong foundation in mathematics concepts and an appreciation for the sciences. An innovative Fitness and Health program encourages full participation in fitness activities and promotes making positive choices through its health curriculum.

    We are particularly proud of our technology program.  The use of computers, document cameras, and presentation systems in the classroom enhance instruction and classes in the school’s computer lab help prepare students to meet the technological advances of the 21st century.

    The staff is a mix of newer employees who bring fresh ideas and methods with those of more experience who have a deep knowledge base and established skills. The staff is committed to success for all students.

    Our 5-8th grade students have opportunities to participate in a wide range of extracurricular interscholastic activities including girl’s volleyball, co-ed football, girl’s and boy’s basketball, and co-ed track. 6th graders participate in outdoor education at Lake Panhandle where they study water quality, native plants, freshwater ecosystems, and learn to canoe. Middle School students also participate in Student Council, learning the fundamentals of student leadership.

    The present school building was constructed in 1952 and added on to during three different construction phases in 1958, 1979 and 1990. A 6.4 million dollar bond was passed by our voters in February 2007 and along with state matching funds, provided a complete remodel and six new classrooms. In addition, the project provided a new music/band building, new library, new computer lab, bus loading zone, student drop-off zone, and additional parking.

    Student transportation for all grades, including transportation to Elma High School, is provided by the school district. Many of our students live close to the school and have the option of riding one of our district school buses, being transported by their parents, or walking to school.

    The district's assessed valuation is $182,000,000 and the current operating budget is approximately 3.7 million dollars. A two-year maintenance and operations levy was passed in February 2014. Thanks to great community support, the district continues to have favorable passage of 2 year levies. Our levy provides many programs not supported by state and federal funding. The new maintenance and operations levy amount is $685,000 in 2015 and $685,000 in 2016. The levy also generates significant levy equalization monies from the state.