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

Admission Process & Forms

How To Start

All Applicants to The Potomac School -- Please follow these steps:

The Potomac School is one of many DC area independent schools that has partnered with Ravenna for the submission of inquiries and applications and to manage the entire application process. Through Ravenna, you will be able to register for Admission events (Tours, Information Sessions), submit your online application, electronically request teacher recommendations, track your application process, and view the decision notification.

How to start:

To begin your application, click here to create a Ravenna account. (Please note: Potomac does not issue an I-20 Visa.)

Make sure to create your account using an email address to which you will have access throughout the admission season, as this will be your primary email contact with our school.Once you have created your account select "The Potomac School" to begin the application process.

  • Once you have a Ravenna account, you may schedule a tour.
  • When you have completed the application, you will select a visit date for your child.
  • Submit the transcript request to your child’s current school.
  • Using Ravenna, email teacher recommendation form/s to your child’s current teacher/s.
  • Schedule necessary testing for your child. See tabs for testing requirements by grade.
  • Test results (WWPSI-IV, WISC-V, SSAT, ISEE, PSAT or SAT), current teacher recommendation/s, and a current official school transcript or progress report are due in the Admission Office by January 12, 2018. Applicants to Grades 9 – 12 are also required to submit the completed Student Questionnaire. This is to be hand-written by the applicant and submitted separately from the application by January 12, 2018.
  • While we do not ask for a written parent statement, we look forward to your comments during your visit.
  • Late applications are processed if space allows.
  • Admission and financial aid decision letters will be available through the Ravenna admission portal on March 2, 2018 after 4:00 pm.

Lower School: Grades K-3

Tour and Information Sessions for Lower School

Kindergarten - Grade 3

  • Tours are offered between mid-September and the end of January. We recommend you schedule your tour by December 1.
  • If your child is applying to Kindergarten – Grade 3, you may choose to attend the Lower School Information Session on December 5, 2017.
  • If you attend an Information Session and have submitted an application (and have not previously had a tour/meeting), please call the Admission Office to schedule a phone meeting with an Admission Officer, 703-749-6313.

Visit Information

Kindergarten

  • Once you have completed the application, you will select a group visit date for your applicant. Kindergarten visits take place on Wednesday afternoons in January and February.

Grade 1

  • The First Grade visit will occur on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Grades 2 - 3

  • The Second and Third Grade visits will occur on Saturday, January 20 or 27, 2018.

Testing Information

Kindergarten - Grade 3

  • Children 5-years-old and under should take the WPPSI-IV (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence). Please note: Kindergarten applicants must be five-years-old by September 1 of their Kindergarten year. Children 6-years-old or older should take the WISC-V (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children). Please schedule testing through an independent examiner.
  • Appointments are more easily obtained in the fall than the winter, so please call the testing center as soon as possible.
  • Testing Centers: Although Potomac is unable to endorse a particular testing center or individual, we have compiled a reference list that provides organizations that offer testing for admission purposes.

Teacher Recommendation and Transcript Information

  • Kindergarten – Grade 3: We require a current teacher recommendation
  • Optional Recommendation Form (K-12): May be sent to an additional individual familiar with the applicant, such as an athletic coach, religious or scout leader, or art or music teacher.
  • Submit the transcript request to your child’s current school.

Applicants living Out of the Area

  • Families and applicants from overseas or outside the area are not required to come to the campus. However, if possible, we ask that you attend a Saturday visit in January. If you are unable to attend in January, we will send Potomac School assessment tests directly to your child's current school if your child is applying to grade 2 or 3.

  • Testing Requirements for Out of Area applicants:
    • Kindergarten - Grade 1: An individually administered aptitude test (WPPSI-IV or WISC-V) given by any qualified evaluator
    • Grades 2 - 3: An individually administered aptitude test (the WISC-V) given by any qualified evaluator AND Potomac School assessment tests sent directly from us to your child's current school.

Middle School: Grades 4-6

Tours for Middle School

Grades 4 and 6
  • Tours are offered between mid-September and the end of January. We recommend you schedule your tour by December 1. Tours are for parents only.
  • Parent meetings may be scheduled via the Ravenna portal once an application has been submitted.
  • If your child is applying for Grade 4 or 6, you may also choose to attend the All School Open House on November 12, 2017.
  • If you attend the Open House and have submitted an application (and have not previously had a tour/meeting), please call the Admission Office to schedule a phone meeting with an Admission Officer, 703-749-6313

Grade 5
  • Tours are offered between mid-September and the end of January. We recommend you schedule your tour by December 1. Tours are for parents only. Please schedule via the Ravenna portal.

Visit Information

  • Once you have completed the application, you will select a group visit date for your Grade 4, 5, or 6 applicant. The group visits will occur on Saturday, January 20 or 27, 2018.

Testing Information

GRADE 4
  • Schedule WISC-V (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children) testing by an independent examiner.
  • Appointments are more easily obtained in the fall than the winter, so please call the testing center as soon as possible.
  • Testing Centers: Although Potomac is unable to endorse a particular testing center or individual, we have compiled a reference list. that provides organizations that offer testing for admission purposes.

GRADES 5 - 6

  • Register for the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) that is administered in November, December or January. Our SSAT code is #5872. The Potomac School will accept the ISEE (See www.erbtest.org for testing information.) in lieu of the SSAT. Our ISEE code is #472555.

TEACHER RECOMMENDATION AND TRANSCRIPT INFORMATION

  • Grades 4, 5, 6: We require a current teacher recommendation
  • Optional Recommendation Form (K-12): May be sent to an additional individual familiar with the applicant, such as an athletic coach, religious or scout leader, or art or music teacher.
  • Submit the transcript request to your child’s current school.

Applicants living Out of the Area

  • Families and applicants from overseas or outside the area are not required to come to the campus. However, if possible, we ask that you attend a Saturday visit in January. If you are unable to attend in January, we will send Potomac School assessment tests directly to your child's current school if your child is applying to Grades 4, 5, or 6.
  • Testing Requirements for Out of Area applicants:
    • Grade 4: An individually administered aptitude test (the WISC-V) given by any qualified evaluator AND Potomac School assessment tests sent directly from us to your child's current school
    • Grades 5 and 6: The SSAT (see www.ssat.org for testing information) or the ISEE (see www.erbtest.org for testing information).

Intermediate School: Grades 7-8

Tours for Intermediate school

Grades 7 - 8

  • Tours are offered between mid-September and the end of January. We recommend you schedule your tour with your child by December 1. Your tour will include a meeting with an Admission Officer.
  • Tours will also be offered at the All School Open House on November 12, 2017.
  • Parents of applicants who attend the Open House and have not previously had a meeting should schedule a time to speak with an Admission Officer.

Visit Information

Grades 7-8

  • Once you have completed the application, you will select a Saturday visit for your Seventh or Eighth grade applicant. This hour-long visit will consist of an interview with a faculty member and a writing exercise. Intermediate School applicant visits will take place on January 20 and 27, 2018.
  • A morning classroom shadow visit during January or February is optional for those students who have already applied.

Testing Information

Grades 7 - 8

  • Register for the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) that is administered in November, December or January. Our SSAT code is #5872. The Potomac School will accept the ISEE in lieu of the SSAT. Our ISEE code is #472555.

Teacher Recommendation and Transcript Information

  • Grade 7 – 8: We require a current English teacher and current math teacher recommendation.
  • Optional Recommendation Form (K-12): May be sent to an additional individual familiar with the applicant, such as an athletic coach, religious or scout leader, or art or music teacher.
  • Submit the transcript request to your child’s current school.

Applicants living Out of the Area

  • Families and applicants from overseas or outside the area are not required to come to the campus. However, if possible, we ask that you attend a Saturday visit in January. If you are unable to attend in January, please schedule a Skype interview once you have completed the application via the Ravenna portal.
  • Testing Requirements for Out of Area applicants: Grades 7 - 8: The SSAT (See www.ssat.org for testing information) or the ISEE (see www.erbtest.org for testing information).

Upper School: Grades 9-12

Tour and Information Sessions for Upper School

Grades 9 - 11

  • Small group tours are offered between mid-September and the end of January. We recommend you schedule your tour with your child by December 1.
  • As an alternative to a small group tour, you may choose to attend an Upper School Information Session and Tour on October 24 or November 17, 2017.
  • Tours will also be offered at the All School Open House on November 12, 2017.

Visit Information

Grades 9 - 11

  • An interview for each applicant is required. An opportunity to visit classes (also known as a shadow visit) is offered, to each student who submits an application.
  • Shadow visits include an interview at some point during the half-day visit. We recommend you schedule a shadow visit as soon as you have completed the application, as these days are limited.
  • If you choose not to have your child do a shadow visit, please call the Admission Office, 703-749-6313, to schedule the interview.

Testing Information

Grades 9 - 11

  • Register for the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) that is administered in November, December or January. Our SSAT code is #5872. The Potomac School will accept the ISEE in lieu of the SSAT. Our ISEE code is #472555.
  • The PSAT or SAT can be submitted in lieu of the SSAT for Grades 10 and 11 applicants.

Teacher Recommendation and Transcript Information

  • Grades 9 – 12: We require a current English teacher and current math teacher recommendation.
  • Optional Recommendation Form (K-12): May be sent to an additional individual familiar with the applicant, such as an athletic coach, religious or scout leader, or art or music teacher.
  • Submit the transcript request to your child’s current school.

Applicants living Out of the Area

  • Families and applicants from overseas or outside the area are not required to come to the campus. However, if possible, we ask that you attend a Saturday visit in January. If you are unable to attend in January, please schedule a Skype interview once you have completed the application via the Ravenna portal.
  • Testing Requirements for Out of Area applicants: Grades 9 - 11: The SSAT (see www.ssat.org for testing information) or the ISEE (see www.erbtest.org for testing information). The PSAT or SAT can also be accepted for Grades 10 and 11.

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