The Potomac School

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The Potomac School 5

The Potomac School is an Independent K-12 school on a beautiful wooded campus, 3 miles from Washington, D.C. Since its founding, The Potomac School has steadfastly believed that developing a student’s character is as important as educating for intellectual growth. Informed by values, students learn to use their intellect and skills productively and in service to others. The school has identified the following five core values as the ethical and moral guideposts that enable all of us in the Potomac community to develop good judgment and live principled lives:

  • Courage
  • Humility
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance
  • Respect
The Potomac School strives to be a great school. Our mission, simply put, is to prepare students to achieve academically and to live healthy, principled, and successful lives. The three dynamic women who founded our school set out with this mission in 1904, and it is still what makes Potomac one of the finest independent K-12 day schools in the nation today.

Basic facts

  • Age Range:  K - 12
  • Years Established:   1904
  • Enrollment:  1,060 students
  • Tuition:  $34,440 - $39,770
  • Who you serve:  Co-ed, Elementary, High School, Middle School
  • Mission/Philosophy:  

    The School's 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 of 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 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.

    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.

    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.

Contact Details

  • Address: 1301 Potomac School Road, McLean, VA 22101
  • Zip Code: 22101

  • Phone: 703-356-4100

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    We really wanted to like Potomac, but the facade only lasts so long. They don’t support a community feel and gradually made us feel like a number and not a family. The academics are pretty good, but we were hoping to get a country club (admittedly) feel.

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