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

Middle School CurriculUm

Grades 4-6

In Middle School, grades 4-6, students grow exponentially as independent learners and sophisticated thinkers. As students complete the shift from "learning to read" to "reading to learn," an inquiry-based curriculum allows them to dig deeply into their growing passions in a wide variety of curricular areas.

Children thrive in small classes, so we provide four sections for each grade level. Students study math, language arts, and social studies with their classroom teacher. These classrooms are true communities unto themselves, where students have voices and ideas that matter. A strong emphasis is placed throughout the Middle School experience on children's social and emotional growth. The Potomac tradition of assembly helps students to improve poise and self-confidence, especially when speaking in public.

The curriculum is enriched several times a week with special programs in library, science, art, Spanish, music, physical education, and technology. Middle School learning truly occurs everywhere, from fourth grade outdoor education classes to our annual Invention Convention to field trips on the Chesapeake Bay.

We aim to develop critical thinkers and skilled readers and writers. Homework ranges from 30 minutes to one-and-a-half hours, depending on grade level, in addition to daily independent reading.