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

Student Leadership

We are especially proud of the tremendous breadth of leadership opportunities available to Upper School students. In fact, more than 25 percent of our students hold leadership positions. For example, our Activities are entirely student-run, awarding the student body significant responsibility. Leaders are supported throughout the year by faculty advisors, who guide students and help them to cultivate their personal leadership style.

Upper School Student Leadership Roles


The Potomac Upper School Summer Leadership Retreat is a two-day workshop focusing on the relationship of character, commitment, vision and life skills in the development of leadership. Open to all students in grades 10-12, the retreat touches on five principle topics: resilience, difficult conversations, communication, cultures of power and presence. During the workshop, students engage in various activities, discussions and group initiatives designed to explore a principle-based understanding of leadership. Lastly, students have an opportunity to assess their own style and development as leaders and set personal and group goals for the coming year.