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student athletes listen to team member

Whether learning to speak clearly and with purpose, to writing persuasive letters to members of government, holding the door open for someone, or looking for ways to rally a group of students to help a friend in need – Potomac students demonstrate leadership - and character – each day.

Students jump with school spirit


IS students celebrate the first day of athletic games in their division. On this traditional day, student leaders are asked to guide the division with team introductions and activities; they even invited the Potomac Panther to join in on the fun! Student leaders encouraged their peers to rehearse the Potomac Fight Song to show school spirit when cheering on all of our Panther teams.


Committees in Lower School offer students leadership opportunities. Third graders in the Student Environmental Action (SEA) Committee learned about the important role bats play in the ecosystem. For their SEA project, they took charge and decided to build houses for these nocturnal mammals.

Many thanks to Mr. Conroy and Mr. Pingree for researching and designing bat houses, purchasing the necessary materials, and getting the preliminary drilling and cutting done so the students could participate in the construction process. The students worked together on shared and individual responsibilities to bring this project to a successful completion. 

Leadership opportunities present themselves in a variety of ways and are an integrated component of the Potomac curriculum. We are especially proud of the tremendous breadth of these opportunities that are available to students in each division. In fact, more than 25 percent of our students hold leadership positions.

  • In the Lower School, students serve on Committees that help shape the student experience for their peers.
  • Middle and Intermediate School students have the opportunity to serve on Student Council to plan activities and advise faculty on proposed change.
  • And in the Upper School, Potomac leads a Summer Leadership Retreat for students in grades 11-12. 
  • Additionally, all students have the opportunity to speak at assemblies, participate in service activities, and lead in the classroom. 

Learn about Upper School Leadership Opportunities. 


The Institute for Social and Emotional Learning welcomed two Potomac students to share their Open Session experiences. Sonali K. ’26 and Iris Z. ’27 spoke to educators during a Summer SEL Institute, hosted at Potomac. The students fielded multiple questions from a very supportive and interested group.

Open Session is a type of conversation held in advisory to support the social/emotional welfare of students and is a cornerstone practice for effective Middle and High School SEL programs. Open Sessions promote empathic listening and group problem-solving using student-generated issues from their own life experiences.

Students speak at IFSEL Conference