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

Welcome to the Upper School

At Potomac, we believe education should be something more than the mere accumulation of knowledge and skills. Learning is a process of discovery and transformation, achieved through pursuing individual passions and unearthing new ways of viewing the world.

When you visit our school, you will find engaged learners – in the classroom, studio, and laboratory – working closely with inspiring teachers. We are a community that embraces diverse voices and viewpoints, and this diversity enriches a Potomac education in myriad ways. Our campus is distinguished by a spirit of joy and camaraderie that supports each student's journey of learning and personal growth.

Kindergarteners and seniors start the year together at Opening Day Assembly.

Students and teachers enjoy the outdoors whenever possible

Seniors spend a few September days together in Chincoteague, Va.

Saturday afternoon football games bring out the entire community.

The Homecoming bonfire is an annual highlight

The library offers a quiet place to study or relax with a good book.

Potomac’s robotics program has won a host of national competitions

Upper School students enjoy performing in three plays each year, one of which is a musical

One of several music groups performs at the Winter Lights assembly

Many students play in the band or orchestra

Faculty working one-to-one with students is a common sight

Students work on designs in their Architecture class

Art classes provide the opportunity for students to discover hidden talents.

Students enjoy lunch together and then ...

it is time for a quick soccer game before the next class, or ...

a few benches are put together for a quick volleyball game.

Students on their way to US Assembly.

Our seniors enjoy time together in the Crossroads.

9th grade students enjoy our glass-enclosed bridge.

Crossroads is a great place for students to reconnect after classes.

Students have space available to meet in group settings.

Potomac's 90-acre campus is an integral part of the outdoor-education curriculum.

Red-Blue Day - a great way to end the school year. Some years the red team wins, and some years ...

the Blue team comes out ahead.

Potomac Welcomes New Upper School Head

Douglas McLane became head of Potomac’s Upper School on July 1, 2017. Mr. McLane previously led the Upper School at Saddle River Day School in New Jersey. Before that, he served as dean of students at Princeton Day School.

In addition to his administrative leadership positions, Mr. McLane has taught all levels of Spanish language and literature, including AP, during the past two decades.

Mr. McLane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, with a dual major in Spanish and education, from Hartwick College, and a Master of Education in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Lisa, have two young children, Kira and Garrett.

As he takes up his new role at Potomac, Mr. McLane says, “My family and I are elated to be joining this warm and vibrant community. During my visits to campus this past spring, I was struck by Potomac’s commitment to excellence. We have a great team in place; I look forward to working with them to continue to enhance the Upper School experience and ensure that every student is known, engaged, challenged, and supported.”