The Potomac School

1301 Potomac School Rd
Mc Lean, VA 22101-0221
Tel: (703)749-6313
Grades: K-12 | 1039 students
The Potomac School mission is to foster each student's intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character within an inclusive community distinguished by a spirit of support and challenge.
We encourage students to become independent thinkers and learners.
The School's richly varied curriculum draws students beyond a mastery of fundamental skills toward the rewards in inquiry, initiative and reflection.
Believing that aesthetic and physical development are essential to an education, we offer students opportunities to excel in art and music classes, on stage, and on the athletic fields.
We strive for diversity in the conviction that a learning community is intellectually and morally strengthened when many different voices, viewpoints and backgrounds are present.
We expect students to act with kindness, civility, and generosity of spirit, and, in our daily activities, we find opportunities to foster their integrity of character and civic conscience.
More than mere tolerance, this standard calls students to act with compassion for others and to reach beyond the school in service to the community.
As we prepare students for a rapidly changing and demanding society, we encourage them to reflect on the beauty that surrounds them and to enjoy the company of their friends and the many traditions celebrated at school.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded 1904

Student Body

Total Students 1039 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
38%
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade The Potomac School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 160 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 6

School Notes

  • The Potomac School mission is to foster each student's intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character within an inclusive community distinguished by a spirit of support and challenge. We encourage students to become independent thinkers and learners. The School's richly varied curriculum draws students beyond a mastery of fundamental skills toward the rewards in inquiry, initiative and reflection. Believing that aesthetic and physical development are essential to an education, we offer students opportunities to excel in art and music classes, on stage, and on the athletic fields. We strive for diversity in the conviction that a learning community is intellectually and morally strengthened when many different voices, viewpoints and backgrounds are present. We expect students to act with kindness, civility, and generosity of spirit, and, in our daily activities, we find opportunities to foster their integrity of character and civic conscience. More than mere tolerance, this standard calls students to act with compassion for others and to reach beyond the school in service to the community. As we prepare students for a rapidly changing and demanding society, we encourage them to reflect on the beauty that surrounds them and to enjoy the company of their friends and the many traditions celebrated at school.
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School Reviews

5.0  12/7/2016
I have two children at Potomac, and I literally do not have any complaints. This is the school I wish I'd gone to when I was a kid! My kids look forward to going to school every day and are thriving! There is a wonderful balance of academic, social, athletic and performing arts at this school. We also enjoy the active parent community who support a variety of ventures, including service learning and community engagement. The whole child is important at Potomac and every child is nurtured and respected.
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