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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
250 responses
Average ACT
23
27 responses
AP Enrollment
5%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$90,264
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,495
National
$949
Median Home Value
$304,600
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
64%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 79 responses
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  • Spirit week
    27%
  • Club/organization field trips
    19%
  • Sports events
    19%
  • Pep rallies
    10%
  • I love the end of the school year cookout.
    9%
  • Homecoming
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    6%

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.32 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.32 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.32 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,286
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.5%
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.44 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.44 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.44 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
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.48 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.48 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.48 responses
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This is a great school besides the typical flaws of any high school. There is an extreme amount of diversity and culture found throughout the students and faculty. Teachers fight to make sure you have the best grades ever and security tries their best to keep all students wide awake and safe everyday. Many fights occur on the daily but you can easily isolate yourself from the mess. Breakfast is amazing! It consists of real fruit smoothies, cinnamon pancakes, and tasty french toast. Lunch consist of ethnic themes every single day from Baja Cantina to American Deli. The school is amazing and filled with opportunities but you have to learn to make it your own experience!
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Attending Potomac Senior High School was definitely an experience that you wouldn't be able to have anywhere else. The school in itself is extremely diverse. There are tons of clubs and activities that represent the schools diversity such as Black History Club, AFA, Spanish Honor Society and the Spanish Dance Club. There are also a lot of programs for all interests, such as the culinary program, cyber security, the Cambridge program, criminal justice and welding. Also most of the teachers and staff that work there care about not just your education but your well being and helping you succeed in the future. So overall Potomac was a pretty great school the only thing that I would change is to update the facilities because they are outdated and to also provide the school with better food. Other than those two things the school itself is pretty great and i wouldn't trade my high school experience for anything.
The school has felt like a second home to me during the past 3 years I've been there. I have made close friends and met some adults that have mentored me through my high school career. school culture is great and very strong. The This is due to the diversity the school has. Many different backgrounds, races, and sexualities are represented at the school. The curriculum at the school provides a challenge and still remains interactive and fun. The only gripe I have with the school is Cambridge and AICE program it has. Instead of AP or IB classes, our school has AICE classes. They are the same difficulty if not harder than AP and IB classes but it is a British program so few colleges in the U.S. accept it. This causes me and the other students at the school to miss out on possible college credits and scholarship opportunities. If I had one suggestion for my school it would be to ditch this program and adopt an AP or IB program, or have more AP classes available to students.