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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Potomac High School is a public school located in Dumfries, VA. It has 1,946 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 68% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.
Address
3401 Panther Pride Drive
Dumfries, VA 22026
Telephone
(703) 441-4200
Website

Potomac High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
68%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1080
298 responses
Average ACT
23
31 responses
AP Enrollment
7%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$94,712
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,498
National
$949
Median Home Value
$298,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
63%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.32 responses
Poll
66%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.32 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 90 responses
Report
  • Spirit week
    26%
  • Club/organization field trips
    20%
  • Sports events
    19%
  • Pep rallies
    12%
  • I love the end of the school year cookout.
    8%
  • Homecoming
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    7%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,946
Free or Reduced Lunch
44%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.36 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.36 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.36 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,286
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.4%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.48 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.48 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.48 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,144/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.52 responses
37%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.52 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.52 responses
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I have to say from personal experience PHS is a wonderful school. We have had terrific teachers and even experienced a sexual Harassment case with my child . I contacted the school Counselor director and principal and it stopped immediately and made sure proper action was taken. My child enjoys being at school and have learned a lot. To us, aside from the last Counselor that was assign to my child (now fired) , as she could not get my daughter grades in the system on time. Overall great school, safe and terrific teachers! Thanks for making us feel like family. The Principle is great and the security guards are always watching out for my child.
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I am proud to say i go to Potomac, although it may not be the best high school, i definitely had a great 4 years here! The culture and diversity here is so grand and i absolutely take pride in that. I hope to see Potomac continue growing, continue it's mission on getting kids into college and pushing kids to their full potential in class.
A diverse school. Great clubs. Even though the admin team is kind of tough sometimes they tend to back their reasons up. The teachers are kind but some are tough just like admin. Potomac senior high school also has the Cambridge Program, which offers AICE course classes. I personally am not a fan of it; most students just take it for the GPA boost. The school does offer a few AP classes: government, statistics, and some that are online (virtual Virginia). Overall, I've had a great experience at Potomac. I have made many good friends, memories, and unbreakable bonds with other people.