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

Student Support at Potomac

Potomac students are provided a variety of resources to ensure that their potential for academic and personal success is maximized both inside and outside the classroom.


By promoting wellness through healthy choices and balance, the Counseling Department's primary goal is to facilitate each student’s ability to experience success academically, emotionally, and socially at The Potomac School.

Our program is developmental in nature, based on the premise that children at different stages face a variety of challenges. We work with students who have everyday issues and concerns. Students learn that seeking help and developing strategies to manage setbacks are lifelong skills.

Three Counselors cover the four divisions and provide services in the following ways:

  • One-on-one counseling

  • Small groups

  • Lunch Clubs

  • Guidance and Health classes (in collaboration with the K-12 Health Educator) 

  • Support parents, faculty, staff and administration

  • Consult with outside support services and specialists

Potomac Counseling Team

Allison Klothe, Grades K-4
(703) 749-6303

Weezie Parry, Grades 5-8
(703) 873-6164

Paul Singleton II, 7-12
(703) 873-5573

Josie Woods, Grades 9-12
(703) 873-5573


Learning Support

At Potomac we believe in fostering a diverse, inclusive learning community where all voices and viewpoints are valued and academic diversity is recognized. Our K-12 learning specialists utilize a strengths-based approach. We work in collaboration with teachers, students and parents. Tools, methods, and accommodations are identified that will support the needs of students to be successful in our rigorous curriculum without significant curricular modifications as determined at each divisional level.

Potomac’s learning specialists are a resource for students, teachers and families. Across divisions, learning specialists work with teachers to differentiate instruction while modeling and implementing best practices. Student support is provided individually, within small groups and in classrooms  and for enrichment. If a student is diagnosed with a learning difference, learning specialists develop a learning plan and act as a liaison to summarize and share diagnostic information and learning plans with faculty members.

For more information on learning support at each divisional level, follow the links below:

Coronavirus Resources

Potomac's Counseling Team is here to support our students and families. Here are some resources that you may find helpful. Please reach out if you have questions or would like to talk with one of us directly.