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


Stacy Richardson
Director of College Counseling
(703) 749-6382

Christopher Zissi
Associate Director of College Counseling
(703) 873-5545

Sally O'Rourke
Interim Associate Director of College Counseling
(703) 749-6386

James Hightower III
Director of Community Engagement
(703) 873-6154

Karen Djorup
College Counseling Coordinator
(703) 883-2242

College Counseling

2019 Grads

The success of our college counseling program is due to our student-centered approach focused on self discovery, intellectual passion, and personal goals.

W e encourage students to reach beyond their comfort zones, think critically about their strengths, and develop options for life after Potomac. Through a process that begins in freshman year, when students are encouraged to take intellectual risks, to senior year, when students develop college choices, our experienced counselors and academic advisors work one-on-one with students to enable them to take increasing responsibility for decision-making. Our ultimate goal is to enable each student to choose a college or university where they will flourish.

How We Work

Beginning in junior year, the college counseling staff conducts a series of group meetings and individual conferences with students and parents. Throughout the school year, college admission professionals from over 100 colleges and universities visit Potomac to meet with our students and staff. In addition, the college counselors visit college campuses regularly and attend college admission events. Such professional activity provides the Potomac community with counselors who are knowledgeable, current, and connected to their professional peers on college campuses and at other independent schools.

We work in close cooperation with faculty, advisors, administrators, and parents, who are key to the success of the process. Although college counseling is primarily focused on students and their families during the junior and senior years, we welcome questions that students or their parents may have at any time. We look forward to helping each student navigate the college search and find the best place to continue his or her educational career after Potomac.

As members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the staff of the Potomac School affirms NACAC’s statement of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities in the college admission Process. In addition to NACAC, the Potomac college counselors continue their professional development and networking with college admission professionals by being active members of the College Board, Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC), and Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS), of which Potomac is one of the 42 Founder Members.



We are so proud of our class of 2022. Take a look at where many of our grads will be next year.

College Visits

Dartmouth College
George Washington University
University of Chicago
University of Georgia
College of the Holy Cross
Johns Hopkins University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
College of Charleston
Ringling College of Art and Design
Stevens Institute of Technology
Boston University
Drexel University
Lawrence University
University of Southern California
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach