What distinguishes a great school from a good school? I believe that clarity of purpose, exceptional teachers, and demonstrated outcomes are hallmarks of great schools. A great school is a place with a deep commitment to student learning, where a faculty nourishes the intellectual, moral, emotional, and social growth of every student. It is a place where students, teachers, and parents embark together on an academic journey with clear and well-defined objectives. It is filled with the joy of discovery and the excitement of personal challenge and growth. It is a community unto itself, dedicated to developing strength of character and excellence in all dimensions of a student’s life. And it is a place that has a distinctive and lasting impact on students, developing who they are today and shaping who they will be in the years to come.
The Potomac School strives to be a great school. Our mission, simply put, is to prepare students to achieve academically and to live healthy, principled, and successful lives. The three dynamic women who founded the School set out with this mission in 1904, and it is still what makes Potomac one of the finest independent K-12 day schools in the nation today.
On behalf of the students, faculty, administration, and parents, I welcome you to The Potomac School. I hope you will spend some time getting to know us and learning about the extraordinary education we offer. In the Washington area, Potomac is unique as a coed K-12 school located on a single campus. Just three miles from downtown Washington, Potomac’s modern campus is surrounded by 90 acres of woods and natural beauty.
Thanks to our talented faculty, we truly get to know each child—their interests and passions and what lights their intellectual fire. We challenge students with a rigorous program of inquiry and study, and in turn ask that they challenge themselves to higher standards and reach for excellence in all aspects of their lives. We prepare our students intellectually, while developing a love of learning and sound judgment. Ultimately, we provide our graduates a framework for understanding the world and the skills and traits to succeed in it.
I encourage you to explore our website and learn more about our program and curriculum, our faculty and staff, and our school community. If you would like to learn more or schedule a visit to Potomac, I invite you to contact our admission office.
Again, welcome to The Potomac School!
Head of School