An Independent K-12 school on a beautiful wooded campus, 3 miles from Washington, D.C.

Program Initiatives

Parent Cultural Competence Committee

The Parent Cultural Competence Committee works with The Potomac School community and faculty to ensure that parents are active partners in fulfilling the school's mission statement as it relates to diversity. Our goal is to foster an inclusive environment for all social and ethnic groups at Potomac and to celebrate our community. We plan to sponsor and encourage various groups in the community to participate in educational, cultural, and social events to promote awareness of cultural and human diversity in the community.

PROGRAMS

Cultural Competence Forum (CCF)

At these forums, we gather to learn and discuss aspects related to cultural competence. This will include the use of articles, video clips, and current social events. Meetings occur once a month. Attendance at every meeting is not required; we understand that there may be other obligations that you have throughout the school year. You are always welcome to join us as often as your schedule permits.

Competence Leadership Team (CCLT)

This team meets twice a month on average. CCLT is a resource for all faculty and staff on campus; its mission is to provide professional development regarding equity and cultural competence education and to support faculty and staff as they implement best practices through their curriculum and interactions with students.

Cross-Divisional Conversations

K-12 faculty and staff meet twice a year to have discussions focused on a diversity and inclusion-related issue.

Strengthening Engagement at The Potomac School (STEPS)

At Potomac we want to ensure that every student is fully engaged in all aspects of school life. Our STEPS program provides faculty and peer mentors who support and guide any student who might need extra help academically, socially, or emotionally. All students in grades 7-12 are eligible.

While academic achievement is a critical focus for every student at Potomac, children reach their full potential only when they have self-confidence, a sense of pride and responsibility, and investment in the community; simply put, students do best when they are fully engaged. However, at times students are slow to develop these ingredients for success because they are new to the school, feel different, or struggle academically or socially. STEPS mentors work alongside such students, offering encouragement, help, and problem-solving skills.

The Real Me

This voluntary program is offered to 6th grade girls in order to help them deal with the challenges they may face as adolescents. This program gives girls an opportunity to grow emotionally and socially and helps them explore their identities and develop healthy self-confidence.

Third Grade Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Identity Development Program

The third grade Social & Emotional Learning and Identity program provides an opportunity for students to learn and explore aspects of their identity within a Social and Emotional learning framework.

Affinity Groups at Potomac

Lower, Middle, Intermediate, and Upper School African-American Affinity Group, Upper School Asian Affinity Group, 9th Grade Girls Group.

Affinity Groups allow students to share an identity of some kind. Joining an affinity group lets students be in a special space with people who are similar to them in a key way. If you are in an affinity group, you can speak from the “I” perspective.

Alliance Groups

US Gay-Straight Alliance Activities Club, US X-Alliance Activities Club, US Student Diversity Leadership Conference Activities Club (SDLC)

Alliance Groups allow students to join in solidarity with others. Joining an alliance group helps to show support of people with a different identity and work with them to make the community more understanding and inclusive.

Alliance groups include both members of the identity itself and their allies. Think of it as an expansion of the affinity group. You might lose some of the openness and honesty, while gaining bridge-building and advocacy.

Interest Groups at Potomac 

  • US Asia Activities Club 
  • US Hip-Hop Matters Activities Club 
  • US Student Diversity Leadership Club 
  • US Many Voices, One Community (MVOC) Activities Club - (sponsors Conference Conversations 
  • MS Spanish Language/Culture Lunch Club (monthly) 
  • US Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch 
  • IS Student Diversity Alliance 

Interest means wanting to learn more about something. Join an interest group to learn more about a particular identity, tradition, or experience alongside others who may understand more about it than you currently do. While an affinity group focuses on safety and an alliance group focuses on advocacy, an interest group focuses on education. Enter an interest group with an open mind, and be willing to question your assumptions.

Around the World

ARW is Potomac’s annual celebration of the diverse ethnic heritage and interests of Potomac students. Parents and students are involved in cultural presentations, delicious food, and amazing performances.