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

The Spangler Center for Athletics and Community 

A Potomac School education integrates academics, arts, and athletics, challenging students to develop their interests and talents in diverse areas. Physical education and athletics are an important part of the overall picture, reflecting Potomac's commitment to health and well-being, sportsmanship, teamwork, and the development of leadership skills. 

The Spangler Center, opened in November 2019, supports Potomac's robust athletics program, which fields 71 teams at various levels (intermediate, junior varsity, and varsity) in 25 interscholastic sports. The facility also offers resources to promote health and wellness, including a fitness center, a strength and conditioning room, a multipurpose studio, and an indoor jogging/walking track. 

The Spangler Center's flexible spaces can be configured for a variety of academic, athletic, and social events -- and its gymnasium is an indoor space large enough to accommodate the entire Potomac community for K-12 assemblies and other gatherings.

At Potomac, school spirit and a strong sense of community are important. The Spangler Center is an amazing resource that brings the campus community together and fuels our PANTHER PRIDE!

Spangler Center for Athletics and Community
Spangler Center
Thanksgiving Assembly

The Center will include:

  • a gymnasium with two full-size competition courts for basketball and volleyball, and divider curtains that allow for three full-size cross-court practice spaces
  • an indoor jogging/walking track
  • seven squash courts with spectator seating
  • a fitness center, strength and conditioning room, and multipurpose studio, all outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and technology
  • a team meeting room, athletics offices, and conference room
  • the "Panther Den" student lounge
  • flexible gathering spaces that can be configured to accommodate a wide variety of academic, athletic, and social events
Tess Weinreich

Potomac senior Tess Weinreich is among just 161 seniors nationwide to be recognized as 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars. This is a very significant achievement: Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, only about 6,000 were considered for the award. Successful candidates are chosen based on their academic success, SAT or ACT performance, character, excellence in their areas of interest, and/or community service and leadership. The Presidential Scholars Class of 2021 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer.

Tess reflects, “It’s nice to be recognized for the work I’ve done so far, but I’m most excited to take that work and carry it into the next four years. I’m eager to use the intellectual curiosity that Potomac has instilled in me in new ways.” She will attend Princeton University in the fall, where she hopes to study English, French, or sociology while working toward a journalism career.

Debate girls

The Potomac School debaters competed in two major events in April – with some spectacular results. Kay Rollins ’21 won her third consecutive Tournament of Champions (TOC) national title in extemporaneous speaking. In doing so, she set two TOC records: her three consecutive national titles are a first for the tournament, and she has now won a total of six TOC championships. Kay wrote her name in the history books of American high school speech and debate with her victory.

The tournament also resulted in amazing outcomes for three other students. Both Christian Herald ’21 and Samira Abbasi ’22 semifinaled in original oratory. Thus, two of the top 12 orators in the country are right here at The Potomac School. In addition, Kaitlyn Maher ’21 advanced to quarterfinals in congressional debate.

While the TOC was underway, Potomac debaters were also competing in the Virginia National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) state qualifiers. Potomac finished first in speech and second overall. Two of our debate students advance to the NSDA nationals in June: Kaitlyn in senate debate and Olivia Eads ’23 in house debate. Additionally, the event determined that all three Virginia teams permitted in the worlds schools tournament will be from Potomac. With those who previously qualified in March, a total of 25 Potomac students will compete at the NSDA national tournament.

Photo, clockwise from top left: Samira, Christian, Kaitlyn, and Kay.

Ben Choi

Congratulations to Ben Choi ’22, who was just named the second-place winner in the Polyspectra Make It Real 3-D Printing Challenge! This competition examines entrants’ 3-D printing designs and provides finalists with the materials to make their dreams a reality.

Ben, a junior in Potomac’s SERC program, became the challenge’s youngest finalist for his prototype of a prosthetic arm, controlled by a neural electrode placed on the scalp. Ben explains, “My initial inspiration came from watching a documentary about neural interfaces being used to control prosthetic limbs. A lot of them cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and require risky open-brain surgery, so I thought if I could make it less invasive and less expensive, that would result in prosthetic limbs being much more accessible.”

As the second-place winner, Ben has won $5,000 worth of materials, product testing, and other services that will help him move his project out of the prototype phase. Click here to learn more about Ben and the competition.

This has been a great year for Ben so far. In addition to this honor, he was named a 2019-20 U.S. Squash Scholar, and he was also selected for the highly competitive 2020 Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra.