Mission: At The Potomac School, we believe that intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character are complementary and equally essential educational goals. With a firm commitment to our core values and a rigorous academic program, we prepare students to lead lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit.
Core Values: Courage, Integrity, Humility, Respect, Perseverance
The Potomac School is an independent K-12 day school, located on a wooded 90-acre campus in McLean, Virginia, just three miles from the nation's capital. For academic year 2018-19, the enrollment totals 1,050 students, representing more 105 zip codes in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Potomac is a connected community organized into four academic divisions: Lower School (grades K-3), Middle School (grades 4-6), Intermediate School (grades 7-8), and Upper School (grades 9-12). Students in each division benefit from a rigorous curriculum and supportive relationships that empower them to exercise their intellectual curiosity, expand their knowledge, and build essential skills for academic and life success.
A Potomac education integrates academics, athletics, and the arts, offering students diverse opportunities to explore their interests and develop their talents. A focus on critical life skills – including public speaking, financial literacy, information literacy, cultural competence, and real-world problem solving – helps Potomac students build a strong foundation for the future.
In July 2018, construction began on the school’s new Center for Athletics and Community, which
is slated to open in late fall 2019. The 76,500-square-foot center will include a gym with a competition basketball court and three practice courts; seven squash courts; an indoor jogging track; a weight room, cardio room, and multipurpose activity room; and flexible spaces that can be configured for various academic, athletic, and social events. In addition to supporting Potomac’s robust interscholastic athletics program, the new facility will serve as the venue for a variety of events and activities, enhancing the strong sense of community for which The Potomac School is known.