Life at potomac
A Community of Panthers
Whether during class, sports, co-curricular activities, or free time - Potomac students aspire to exhibit pride of character through teamwork, collaboration, and community.
The Potomac Experience
At Potomac, students might be wading in one of the campus creeks in the morning then recording a podcast after, donning a costume for a dress rehearsal after lunch, and speaking French at The Phillips Collection in the afternoon. With 90 acres of outdoor space, state of the art facilities, proximity to Washington, DC, and clubs, athletics, and co-curriculars galore – the Potomac experience is as distinct as our offerings.
Growth and Challenge
Applying a growth mindset to learning; embracing new endeavors; seeking out people who can help; and persevering through uncertainty and challenge are habits that we believe, foster success. At Potomac, we wish for our students to build these habits each year.
The student experience matters here.
Potomac has shaped me through close connections with faculty and students. I learned very early in my career at Potomac that the community around me is incredible. I'm grateful to have had so many amazing teachers and friends come and go throughout my experience at school. Each person has further emphasized the importance of the Potomac community, and the special support system at a K-12 school. No other place has that same family surrounding you, committed to watching you grow as a student and a person. It is truly a unique aspect of being a Potomac student, and especially a 'lifer.'
Ella Adamec, Grade 12
Life at Potomac is lively, meaningful, and special. From the ride to school to the afternoon activities and everything in between, the school days leaves an impact on each member of the community.
Take a look at what life at Potomac looks and sounds like!
Potomac honored nine Speech and Debate Academic All-Americans at a special lunch hosted by Head of School John Kowalik and Upper School head Doug McLane. The four seniors and five juniors were presented with their certificates.
For Potomac to have so many Speech and Debate Academic All-Americans is an impressive achievement: only about 1.5% of the 150,000 student members of the National Speech and Debate Association are named Academic All-Americans during their high school careers.
Teacher and student - one of the most important first relationships and connections kids will ever have. Potomac teachers engage with their students to build confidence, foster autonomy, challenge them , and earn their trust.
SUSTAINABILITY AND STEM
Students in Dr. Isabelle Cohen's science, technology, and society elective were investigating the importance of ground water in environments around the world. The main project for this unit was to build a well on Potomac's campus.
This project would not have been possible without the patience, guidance, and support of Potomac's sustainability and environmental studies team, Sean Conroy and Albert Pingree, who helped the class achieve their goal. The well will be used to assess water quality in the coming years.
Our sixth grade robotics team joined four IS teams at the Virginia State Robotics Championships, earning the Think Award in recognition of their robot’s creative and effective programming. This group of roboticists had a very successful season, earning their place in the state tournament through their resilience and dedication to improvement in both driving and programming skills. This was the youngest team from Potomac to ever attend a VEX IQ state tournament.
ASSEMBLIES BUILD COMMUNITY
Students and teachers enjoyed community-strengthening programming that included an informative Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month assembly, at which students shared their personal histories and learned about various traditions, stereotypes, and the contributions of Asian American/Pacific Islander citizens to our country’s spirit and prosperity. Assembly presenters highlighted this group’s impact on American history.
SUPERHERO FUN WITH TECHNOLOGY
Superheroes and Star Wars figures filled the hallways and classrooms of the Middle School in celebration of the second annual "Super Hero/Star Wars Day"! Activities in tech classes were superhero-related, and students were able to have their photos taken in front of a green screen, which made it seem as though they were flying through the air, traipsing around Tatooine, or saving the Earth from evil forces.