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

Advisory System

Potomac’s Upper School advisory program plays an essential role in creating a community where every student feels affirmed, respected, and known.

Our advisory program engages a network of caring adults and students who nurture productive, honest, and enduring relationships and build a culture of mutual support and cooperation within each advisory group. Through the themes of Wellness, Relationships, Digital Citizenship, and Academic Habits, advisory reinforces the School’s mission of fostering each student’s intellectual growth, love of learning, and strength of character.

The advisor serves as the primary bridge between home and school. Students, parents, and advisors partner to build relationships based on communication, compassion, and trust, ultimately supporting each student’s autonomy and well-being.

The advisory selection process begins during the summer before grade 9. In consultation with a team of advisors, the Academic Dean assigns each ninth grade student to an advisor and advisory group. A typical grade 9 advisory group includes one advisor and six to seven advisees.