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

Ben

Extracurriculars: I play soccer, squash, and track and field. I also am a part of the chess club and math team.
Favorite Class: My favorite class is probably math class. I find that through math different aspects in life can be explained.
Favorite Thing About Potomac: My favorite thing about Potomac is the welcoming and accepting nature of both teachers and students. Teachers take the time to insure that the students understand the material presented, and the students are welcoming to anyone who wishes to join either a sports team, club, or activity.
Memorable Potomac Moment: One of the most memorable moments for me during my time at Potomac would be the Freshman trip and particularly the bonfire. The class was really open, and we learned a lot about each other.


Ben
12th GRade

At Potomac, I have had the opportunity to participate in the many different peer tutoring opportunities. I have helped with a variety of different subjects, including math, science, and English. I have served as a math tutor the longest and have always enjoyed seeing my fellow students begin to grasp and understand the different topics.

As a senior, I am now helping in the Writing Center and the Math and Science Collaboration Center, or MSC2 for short.

I remember consulting a Writing Center tutor for one of my essays as a freshman, and I found the experience very rewarding. In fact, I still use the advice and tips that the tutor gave to me, and when I help others, I try to pass along the same good counsel. Since I have been in the same shoes as the students I'm currently helping, I recognize some of the prompts and novels and enjoy asking the students about their opinion of the works.

Meanwhile, the MSC2 not only provides a location to help others with either math or science but also serves as a place to work on different assignments in a relatively quiet environment. Personally, I enjoy spending my time using the whiteboards in the room to try to solve a proof, do a problem, or explain a concept visually to another student. The MSC2 also gives me the opportunity to continue my tutoring from the previous years, and having a physical space gives more structure to the previous program and allows it to benefit more people.

As I help my fellow students with the different subjects, I feel as though that I gain a greater grasp of the material, which not only supplements my own learning but also will help me explain the same topic to others in the future.


As students begin to proceed into their later years of high school, the mind often begins to drift toward college. With testing, visits, and applications, the entire process can be pretty stressful. However, I have found the assistance that Potomac provides to be quite helpful for getting a good start on the process, which reduces stress down the road.

In the spring of my junior year, the first signs of college began to emerge. More students began to go on college visits, and a few even already had some interviews. In conjunction with this entrance into the college process, the school began to dedicate more time to informing students about the college application journey.

This information came from a variety of resources, including the college counselors, to whom students were assigned as juniors. Counselors would also talk to us about applications in a group setting. During these sessions, I had the opportunity to look over sample applications as well as practice interview skills to help prepare me for the real life events. My favorite session was when I got the opportunity to review sample applications with application readers from different schools, and discuss with them what they believed to be the strengths and weaknesses of the different applications.

Over the past two years, I have visited my college counselor many times, either to discuss my application or college in general. Regardless of whether the question is small or large, my counselor is always happy to speak with me. Especially during this period, which is typically filled with stress, he always presents and offers advice to relieve that stress and keeps the entire process in perspective. I know that as the college process continues, I will meet with him more to further discuss both my options—and eventually, my decisions—in the process.

Every week, there is time allotted in the schedule for students to explore different areas of interest. There are a variety of different clubs offered, which include diversity groups, academic clubs, and athletic clubs among others. Potomac even offers the opportunity to create a new club if there is enough interest and if there is also a teacher to sponsor the club or activity. Overall, this period allows students to pursue an interest that the regular school day might not account for, as well as offer teacher sponsored assistance to help drive and educate the students.

Students have the opportunity for joining multiple clubs, and while most meet around the same time, there are other clubs that meet during times throughout the week. The differing times allows exposure to different clubs, and the clubs that meet at the normal time during the week offer a welcoming environment that accepts newcomers.

Once again, the clubs allow students from across the grades to work together and form better connections. The students that meet during the activities block might not have gotten to know each other outside of the club, and so the period helps make the Potomac community closer as a whole.

These clubs also offer the opportunity to demonstrate leadership as club captains to organize events either with other clubs or to get the school involved to learn more about the club itself. These captains can announce events for and speak about their club during one of the weekly assemblies, which helps bring more students into the activity. As more people join these clubs, the connections between the students across the grades continue to grow, which strengthens the overall Potomac sense of community.

Potomac has many different traditions, including assemblies such as the Winter Lights. The Winter Lights assembly is one of my personal favorite Potomac traditions because the Upper School is able to see both the hard work put into the performances of the school’s musical groups, such as the chorus, band, handbells ensemble, and a cappella groups, as well as hear stories from seniors and faculty members.

The stories are interspersed between the musical performances, and we learn how other students and faculty spend their holidays. We hear how their families celebrated the holidays over the years, and we also learn how these traditions change with time. Additionally we learn a lot about the speaker, even if we might not have interacted with them in the past. Overall, this assembly helps bring the community closer.

Also, alumni and previous teachers come back to Potomac on this day to revisit the campus and interact with teachers and friends. Some of the younger alumni were on the same sports teams and/or enrolled in the same classes as current Upper School students, so the reunion between alumni and student friends really brings back memories.

The overall sense of connection throughout the entire Upper School makes the Winter Lights one of my favorite Potomac traditions!

Two weeks before the start of school, the fall sports teams begin to practice and prepare for the start of the season. I have always enjoyed these practices, as during these times I am able to see people I might not have had the chance to see over the summer, and even get the chance to meet new people—either new to the school or just to the Upper School, as rising freshmen.

I was a new student to Potomac as a freshman, and with most transitions, the different environment and people seemed somewhat frightening. However, with soccer as my fall sport, I journeyed to the field on the first day of preseason tryouts and hoped for the best.

As I got to the field, I saw some older students just hanging out, and welcoming the kids as they walked to the field. These people were extremely friendly and made the whole aspect of transitioning between schools seem easier for me. After that preseason, and going into the academic year, the people I met became new friends, whom I still see in the halls or on the field. Preseason was a great chance for me to meet different students so that I would know some students going into the school year.

Therefore, when the end of summer and the beginning of preseason rolls around again, I will prepare for the new season and get ready to welcome a new round of players into the team, just as those older students did for me during my freshman year.

At Potomac, I have had the opportunity to participate in the many different peer tutoring opportunities. I have helped with a variety of different subjects, including math, science, and English. I have served as a math tutor the longest and have always enjoyed seeing my fellow students begin to grasp and understand the different topics.

As a senior, I am now helping in the Writing Center and the Math and Science Collaboration Center, or MSC2 for short.

I remember consulting a Writing Center tutor for one of my essays as a freshman, and I found the experience very rewarding. In fact, I still use the advice and tips that the tutor gave to me, and when I help others, I try to pass along the same good counsel. Since I have been in the same shoes as the students I'm currently helping, I recognize some of the prompts and novels and enjoy asking the students about their opinion of the works.

Meanwhile, the MSC2 not only provides a location to help others with either math or science but also serves as a place to work on different assignments in a relatively quiet environment. Personally, I enjoy spending my time using the whiteboards in the room to try to solve a proof, do a problem, or explain a concept visually to another student. The MSC2 also gives me the opportunity to continue my tutoring from the previous years, and having a physical space gives more structure to the previous program and allows it to benefit more people.

As I help my fellow students with the different subjects, I feel as though that I gain a greater grasp of the material, which not only supplements my own learning but also will help me explain the same topic to others in the future.


As students begin to proceed into their later years of high school, the mind often begins to drift toward college. With testing, visits, and applications, the entire process can be pretty stressful. However, I have found the assistance that Potomac provides to be quite helpful for getting a good start on the process, which reduces stress down the road.

In the spring of my junior year, the first signs of college began to emerge. More students began to go on college visits, and a few even already had some interviews. In conjunction with this entrance into the college process, the school began to dedicate more time to informing students about the college application journey.

This information came from a variety of resources, including the college counselors, to whom students were assigned as juniors. Counselors would also talk to us about applications in a group setting. During these sessions, I had the opportunity to look over sample applications as well as practice interview skills to help prepare me for the real life events. My favorite session was when I got the opportunity to review sample applications with application readers from different schools, and discuss with them what they believed to be the strengths and weaknesses of the different applications.

Over the past two years, I have visited my college counselor many times, either to discuss my application or college in general. Regardless of whether the question is small or large, my counselor is always happy to speak with me. Especially during this period, which is typically filled with stress, he always presents and offers advice to relieve that stress and keeps the entire process in perspective. I know that as the college process continues, I will meet with him more to further discuss both my options—and eventually, my decisions—in the process.

Every week, there is time allotted in the schedule for students to explore different areas of interest. There are a variety of different clubs offered, which include diversity groups, academic clubs, and athletic clubs among others. Potomac even offers the opportunity to create a new club if there is enough interest and if there is also a teacher to sponsor the club or activity. Overall, this period allows students to pursue an interest that the regular school day might not account for, as well as offer teacher sponsored assistance to help drive and educate the students.

Students have the opportunity for joining multiple clubs, and while most meet around the same time, there are other clubs that meet during times throughout the week. The differing times allows exposure to different clubs, and the clubs that meet at the normal time during the week offer a welcoming environment that accepts newcomers.

Once again, the clubs allow students from across the grades to work together and form better connections. The students that meet during the activities block might not have gotten to know each other outside of the club, and so the period helps make the Potomac community closer as a whole.

These clubs also offer the opportunity to demonstrate leadership as club captains to organize events either with other clubs or to get the school involved to learn more about the club itself. These captains can announce events for and speak about their club during one of the weekly assemblies, which helps bring more students into the activity. As more people join these clubs, the connections between the students across the grades continue to grow, which strengthens the overall Potomac sense of community.

Potomac has many different traditions, including assemblies such as the Winter Lights. The Winter Lights assembly is one of my personal favorite Potomac traditions because the Upper School is able to see both the hard work put into the performances of the school’s musical groups, such as the chorus, band, handbells ensemble, and a cappella groups, as well as hear stories from seniors and faculty members.

The stories are interspersed between the musical performances, and we learn how other students and faculty spend their holidays. We hear how their families celebrated the holidays over the years, and we also learn how these traditions change with time. Additionally we learn a lot about the speaker, even if we might not have interacted with them in the past. Overall, this assembly helps bring the community closer.

Also, alumni and previous teachers come back to Potomac on this day to revisit the campus and interact with teachers and friends. Some of the younger alumni were on the same sports teams and/or enrolled in the same classes as current Upper School students, so the reunion between alumni and student friends really brings back memories.

The overall sense of connection throughout the entire Upper School makes the Winter Lights one of my favorite Potomac traditions!

Two weeks before the start of school, the fall sports teams begin to practice and prepare for the start of the season. I have always enjoyed these practices, as during these times I am able to see people I might not have had the chance to see over the summer, and even get the chance to meet new people—either new to the school or just to the Upper School, as rising freshmen.

I was a new student to Potomac as a freshman, and with most transitions, the different environment and people seemed somewhat frightening. However, with soccer as my fall sport, I journeyed to the field on the first day of preseason tryouts and hoped for the best.

As I got to the field, I saw some older students just hanging out, and welcoming the kids as they walked to the field. These people were extremely friendly and made the whole aspect of transitioning between schools seem easier for me. After that preseason, and going into the academic year, the people I met became new friends, whom I still see in the halls or on the field. Preseason was a great chance for me to meet different students so that I would know some students going into the school year.

Therefore, when the end of summer and the beginning of preseason rolls around again, I will prepare for the new season and get ready to welcome a new round of players into the team, just as those older students did for me during my freshman year.