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




DEFINING EXCELLENCE AT THE POTOMAC SCHOOL

At Potomac, we work to combine academic achievement with a focus on preparing our students to lead exemplary lives. This is a bold vision that requires extraordinary teachers, talented, creative, motivated students, and a community that values lifelong learning and generosity of spirit. Click on the video to learn more about our great teachers and great teaching.


Relationships

When heroes of history, literature, and lore set out on a quest, they don’t go it alone. They carry with them the voices of their mentors, people who challenge them to try harder, go further and do more. At Potomac, our teachers are those mentors, daring their students to take the intellectual risks that will make them not just good students but exemplary human beings. Our advisory program pairs students with carefully selected mentors, ensuring that each student is truly known, nurtured and put to the test.

Risk

Our students are well-rounded.That might not sound risky, but it is. Because it’s one thing to excel naturally as an athlete, artist or academic, and quite another to try something new – something he or she is not, at the outset, very good at. That’s why all of our students perform, learn a new language, play sports. And when it comes time to choose an essay topic or science project, you can bet they don’t shy away from a challenge.

Resilience

In asking our students to take risks, we are asking them to fail. In return, it is our obligation to teach them to bounce back, dust off and try again. Tenacity, more so than talent, will serve our students in the long run. Is doggedness something that can be learned? We think so. It takes practice, patience, and a supportive community that has your back, now and forever.