A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B+
The Potomac School is an elite, private school located in McLean, VA. It has 1,060 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. Tuition is $38,550 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
1301 Potomac School Rd.
McLean, VA 22101
Telephone
(703) 749-6313
Organization Memberships
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$38,550
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1350
87 responses
Average ACT
32
52 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
  • Homecoming Bonfire
    24%
  • Spirit Week
    24%
  • Guest Speakers every week
    19%
  • Fall Frolics
    14%
  • Book fair
    10%
  • Spring on the Quad
    10%
  • Homecoming
    0%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,060
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
16:1
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.7 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.7 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.7 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
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Middle school at Potomac is great. I was at this school from K-8th grade, and middle school was my favorite part of potomac. My teachers were wonderful, the courses were so much fun (especially the Greek gods project in fifth grade and the architecture project in sixth grade!). Potomac is a school that really values academics, and so it’s not ideal for people with slow processing speed, like me. Even so, I really enjoyed my time at Potomac. They have wonderful teachers who provided me with help when I needed it.
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The Potomac School's small size and dedicated faculty aid make the challenging course work exciting and frame the curriculum as a challenge rather than a chore. However, the lack of racial, religious, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity can be constricting for students. Students receiving financial aid to attend often feel somewhat separated from their peers, as do students of minority groups. The school has been working, in recent years, to expand their diversity programs and celebrate all cultures, ethnicities, races, and religions in respectful manners. The school works to establish a safe and welcoming environment for students and faculty to work together within a culture of inclusion and mutual excitement for each other's successes. The facilities are safe, clean, beautiful, and the food is excellent. Overall, an excellent school that works to create well-rounded citizens with critical thinking and problem solving skills rather than single-minded test-takers.
I attended Potomac for 13 years -- I was a lifer -- and had an overall amazing experience. My peers, the campus, the clubs that I was a part of -- they were all excellent. The school was a bit cliquey but each class got along very well. My teachers, above all, were phenomenal. I still keep in touch with teachers from all 4 divisions, and have even met up with them outside of school to catch up. Furthermore, I always felt respected and appreciated on campus. I love and miss this school dearly.