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


Ryan Woods
IS Head
(703) 749-6390

Mary Cahill
IS Academic Dean
(703) 873-6120

Lucia Campisano
Dean of Student Life
(703) 749-6359

Joleen Hyde
Assistant to IS Head
(703) 749-6390


Providing a stand-alone division for our seventh and eighth grade students creates the optimal environment for social, emotional, artistic, athletic, and academic growth. Guided by teachers who particularly enjoy and understand this age group, Intermediate School students develop confidence, individual senses of identity, and leadership capabilities that prepare them for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Science classes involve hands-on learning.

Our students are proud of their musical accomplishments!

Students work together to solve problems.

On nice days, students may choose to study outside.

Orchestra is a great option for musically inclined students.

Studying together is a fantastic way to get to know fellow students.

Student art, like the Intermediate School mask project, is frequently hung up in the hallways.

Heading back to class after a delicious lunch!

Intermediate Schoolers spending time outside on our beautiful campus.

The friendships that are made in Intermediate School can last a lifetime.

Students perform in several concerts over the course of the school year.

The fun and independence of Intermediate School can't be beat!

From the Desk of Mr. Woods

When most people think back on the seventh and eighth grades, awkward and comical moments come to mind. Beyond such not-so-easily forgotten memories, we know that these years are marked by unprecedented physical, social, emotional, and academic growth. Potomac’s four-division structure addresses the unique needs of this age group through the Intermediate School (IS) – a division in which teachers who fully appreciate and understand adolescents deliver a program that effectively supports and challenges students as they navigate these formative years. 

The IS offers seventh and eighth graders a rigorous, age-appropriate curriculum. Through their course work, students are pushed to develop habits of effective learning essential to their future, including time management, organization, perseverance, collaboration, and active listening. Across all disciplines, teachers deliver hands-on, engaging lessons that inspire students to give their best. Each IS student has a personalized schedule; a number of world language options and different levels of mathematics are offered, along with a core set of required classes. In addition, each student selects a music option – band, strings, handbells, or chorus – as well as athletic activities from a menu of competitive and non-competitive offerings. 

Along with advancing academic skills, cultivating the social and emotional growth of each student is central to the mission of the IS. Through field trips, service learning activities, advisory conversations, special assemblies, clubs, and social events, students are afforded authentic opportunities to form their identity and solidify their character. Each student is assigned an advisor who actively supports their social and emotional development. The advisor also functions as the primary liaison between school and home, helping to ensure clear communication and a shared commitment to the student’s success and well-being.

Ultimately, Intermediate School provides solid preparation for the next level of academic and personal challenge – Upper School. In their time in IS, students leverage healthy and supportive relationships with peers and teachers to gain a strong academic foundation, build self-confidence, and hone social and emotional skills. We believe that this is the best possible preparation for the opportunities that await these young people in the years ahead.

Potomac’s Intermediate School is a stimulating, challenging, and nurturing learning community. I invite you to contact me if you would like to learn more about all that we have to offer.

Ryan Woods
Intermediate School Head