An independent K-12 school on a beautiful wooded campus, 3 miles from Washington, DC

Welcome to Potomac!

From the Head of School

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 faculty nourish 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 dedicated to developing strength of character and excellence in all dimensions of its students' lives. And it is a place that has a distinctive and lasting impact.

The Potomac School strives to be a great school. Our mission, simply put, is to prepare students for lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit. The three dynamic women who founded our school set out with this mission in 1904, and it continues to guide everything that we do.

As a connected K-12 learning community, Potomac offers many exciting advantages. Just three miles from the rich resources of the nation's capital, our modern campus is situated on 90 beautiful, wooded acres. Our talented faculty are experts in their disciplines with a deep commitment to student success; they truly get to know each child, providing the challenge, support, and encouragement that fosters learning and personal growth. Our rigorous program of inquiry and study empowers students to exercise their intellectual curiosity, expand their understanding, and develop critical skills for future success. And our emphasis on character and values challenges each student to be a person of integrity, a contributing member of our school community, and a thoughtful and involved citizen of the world.

I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about all that The Potomac School has to offer. I also invite you to visit us in person; please contact our Admission Office to schedule your campus tour. We hope to see you soon!

All my best,

John Kowalik
Head of School

 

POTOMAC’S MISSION AND VALUES

MISSION

At The Potomac School, we believe that intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character are complementary, and equally essential, educational goals. With a firm commitment to our core values and a rigorous academic program, we prepare students to lead lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit.
 

PHILOSOPHY & PRACTICE

We achieve The Potomac School’s mission through our educational philosophy and practice. At Potomac we

  • foster a diverse, inclusive learning community where all voices and viewpoints are valued
  • provide a balanced educational experience that integrates academics, athletics, and the arts
  • empower our students to become independent thinkers and learners by emphasizing the rewards of inquiry, initiative, and reflection
  • emphasize appreciation for the natural world and each person’s responsibility for environmental stewardship
  • call upon all members of our community to act with compassion, civic conscience, and a commitment to serving
    others
     

CORE VALUES

Since its founding, The Potomac School has steadfastly believed that developing a student’s character is as important as educating for intellectual growth. Informed by values, students learn to use their intellect and skills productively and in service to others. The school has identified the following five core values as the ethical and moral guideposts that enable all of us in the Potomac community to develop good judgment and live principled lives:

COURAGE  ~  INTEGRITY  ~  HUMILITY  ~  PERSEVERANCE  ~  RESPECT

 

 

Head of School

John Kowalik has been a teacher, coach, and leader of independent schools for more than 30 years. Click here for more about John and to read an interview with him about education and leadership.

School Leadership

Please click here for a list of Potomac's leadership team.