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


For over 100 years, Potomac students have explored the worlds of music, visual, and performing arts, developing their skills and confidence, and deepening their habits of artistic expression. Our faculty lead by example, as mentors and fellow explorers. Within an organized and stimulating environment, teachers help stir dialogue between students and raw materials, between students and musical instruments, and between students and their own inner cast of characters.


You’ll learn rhythm on African drums, hit high notes on the recorder, rap, or sing a cappella or ancient hymns. Music, be it singing or playing, is central to our weekly assemblies, class plays, and larger community gatherings. As students progress, opportunities for chorus, band, bells, strings, and jazz beckon.

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Observation, imitation, and play are intrinsic for children and the foundations of their understanding of others. Theater is a natural extension of play, from creating characters to the search for adventure and drama. At Potomac, we offer every student multiple opportunities to experience the stage.

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Visual Arts

At Potomac we don’t offer exposure to the arts. We offer experience. Our students are not just learning about the work of others, or even emulating them. Our students are creating art for themselves, in their own way, at the edge of their own abilities, every day.

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