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The Potomac School
School Name:
The Potomac School
Street Address:
1301 Potomac School Road
McLean, VA 22101
Head of School:
Mr. John Kowalik
Founding Date:
Religious Affiliation:
Full Accreditation
Day / Boarding:
Day Only
Grade Levels:
Enrollment Size:
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Admissions Contact:
Mr. Carson Roy
Admissions Email:
7/22/2019 10:39:00 AM Nondenominational School
Mission / Philosophy / Objectives:

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. 

School Fast Facts:
  • Independent coeducational K-12 day school located on a wooded 90-acre campus, just three miles from Washington, DC
  • Founded in 1904
  • Head of School:  John Kowalik
  • Four Divisions:
    • Lower School – grades K-3
    • Middle School – grades 4-6
    • Intermediate School – grades 7-8
    • Upper School – grades 9-12
  • 2018-19 enrollment: 1,050 students, representing 105 zip codes in DC, MD, and VA
  • 39% students of color
  • 168 faculty, 71% with advanced degrees 
  • Bus transportation system includes more than 20 neighborhood routes and shuttle stop service throughout the Washington, DC, metro area
  • $5.4 million in need-based financial aid awarded to approximately 20% of the student body
  • Colleges with five or more graduates attending, from the classes of 2015-2018:
    Boston College, Bucknell University, Clemson University, College of William & Mary, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Middlebury College, New York University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Vermont, University of Virginia, Villanova University, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest University, Washington University in St. Louis, Williams College       
  • Uniforms (grades 4-8)
  • Extended Day program for grades K-8
  • Summer camps program open to the public
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