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

World Languages

I n Potomac’s world language programs, students take a communicative, integrated, skills-based approach that is firmly rooted in developing their interest in, and appreciation for, diverse cultural perspectives. Through carefully designed immersion, students develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills while acquiring the cultural background and knowledge necessary to communicate meaningfully in real-world settings in their target language.

As students progress through our programs, they engage in a wide variety of creative and collaborative experiences that promote their continued linguistic mastery and build their confidence. Students expand their knowledge of, and respect for, other cultures and peoples while improving their critical thinking skills through analysis of literature, key historical periods and figures, important works of art and modern media. Students strive toward mastery of the target language in supportive environments that allow them to take the linguistic risks necessary for language acquisition and successful cross- cultural communication.

Click on the language to see how students progress through each curriculum: Chinese, French, Latin, Spanish.

In order to fulfill the departmental requirements for graduation, a Potomac student must successfully complete three Upper School courses in the same language—Chinese, French, Latin or Spanish. The completion of a level-four course is strongly recommended. Course offerings may vary from year to year and are contingent upon adequate enrollment.

SYA: School Year Abroad

In the fall of 2017, The Potomac School became a member of the School Year Abroad program.  We encourage our students to participate in SYA programs in Spain, France, Italy or China. The immersive programs offer language mastery, deepen cultural awareness and global understanding.