The Potomac School

The Potomac School is an independent coeducational day school, located on a beautiful 90-acre campus just three miles from Washington, DC. Guided by the principles of academic excellence and personal character, Potomac prepares students to lead lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit.

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1301 Potomac School Road
McLean, VA 22101

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Student to Faculty Ratio

8 to 1

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Located on a wooded 90-acre campus in McLean, Virginia, The Potomac School offers students in grades K-12 a rich educational experience that incorporates academics, athletics, and the arts. Here, learning is joyful and active; the school’s richly varied curriculum and expert faculty challenge students to put their intellectual curiosity, creativity, and initiative to work every day. With small classes and a commitment to building relationships, Potomac offers students opportunities to collaborate with their peers and work closely with faculty who care about each individual’s success.

In addition to intellectual growth, a Potomac education supports character development. The school’s core values – integrity, respect, courage, humility, and perseverance – infuse the curriculum and campus life. Potomac is a diverse and inclusive learning community, where each person’s ideas and talents are valued. Students in every grade have opportunities to gain understanding of real-world issues and help to make a positive difference through Potomac’s K-12 service learning program.

School highlights (amenities):

  • A vibrant learning community, with students in grades K-12 on one campus
  • Three libraries; science labs and technology centers; art and photography studios; a performing arts center; two gymnasiums; playing fields and track; playgrounds; wooded nature trails with steams, ponds, and outdoor classrooms
  • A rich curriculum that provides opportunities for depth and breadth of understanding in various subject areas
  • Emphasis on essential life skills, including cultural competence, public speaking, financial literacy, and real-world problem solving
  • K-12 service learning program
  • Expert faculty who are inspired and inspiring!
  • Advisory program provides support for students in grades 7-12
  • Intensive specialty programs in the Upper School for science and engineering, visual and performing arts, and global studies
  • 72 teams in 26 different interscholastic sports for students in grades 7-12
  • Diverse extracurricular offerings, including award-winning robotics and speech and debate teams
  • Extended Day and after-school enrichment programs
  • Bus service in DC, MD, and VA