Welcome to The Potomac School

You probably already know that The Potomac School is one of the top independent K-12 coeducational college preparatory schools in the nation. Potomac is also an entirely unique educational community.

You feel the vitality of our School the minute you step onto campus. Ours is a joyful learning environment where every student shares in the exhilaration of intellectual discovery and personal growth. In our classrooms and on the athletic fields, in dramatic performances or on woodland trails, Potomac students experience firsthand the excitement and power of learning together.

They grow up compassionate, independent thinkers with a keen sense of social consciousness, personal integrity and academic vigor. Explore our website and call us to schedule a visit. We invite you to see for yourself how Potomac prepares students to lead exemplary lives.



The School's mission is to foster each student's intellectual development, love of learning and strength of character within an inclusive community distinguished by a spirit of support and challenge.

We encourage students to become independent thinkers and learners. The School's richly varied curriculum draws students beyond a mastery of fundamental skills toward the rewards of inquiry, initiative and reflection. Believing that aesthetic and physical development are essential to an education, we offer students opportunities to excel in art and music classes, on stage and on the athletic fields.

We expect students to act with kindness, civility and generosity of spirit, and, in our daily activities, we find opportunities to foster their integrity of character and civic conscience.

More than mere tolerance, this standard calls students to act with compassion for others and to reach beyond the School in service to the community.

We strive for diversity in the conviction that a learning community is intellectually and morally strengthened when many different voices, viewpoints and backgrounds are present.

As we prepare students for a rapidly changing and demanding society, we encourage them to reflect on the beauty that surrounds them and to enjoy the company of their friends and the many traditions celebrated at school.

Head of School


John Kowalik has been a teacher, coach, and leader of independent schools for nearly 30 years. Click here for more about John and to read an interview with him about education and leadership.