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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A
The Potomac School is a top rated, private school located in McLean, VA. It has 1,060 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 6 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.

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
20%
Average Financial Aid

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1390
110 responses
Average ACT
33
84 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 40 responses
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  • Homecoming Bonfire
    23%
  • Spirit Week
    20%
  • Guest Speakers every week
    13%
  • Spring on the Quad
    10%
  • Fall Frolics
    10%
  • Homecoming
    8%
  • Book fair
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,060
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
6:1
National
17:1
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
Poll
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
Poll
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$201,570
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$3,088
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,019,400
National
$184,700
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A school that prides itself on readying students for a competitive Ivy League or private college education, but in reality creates a harmful school culture. Potomac is incredibly white, wealthy, and focused on sports. It does not make space to accommodate low-income students or students of color, and it promotes ideals that are harmful to any students that are not White, wealthy, straight, and cisgender. It is also overly competitive academically, and it does not provide many ways to engage with the community other than athletics.
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My ongoing academic career at The Potomac School has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life.

When considering what has made my time at Potomac so great, I can immediately refer back to the student body, the class personified teachers, and above all, the fine education they provide.

The student body at Potomac is full of pleasant yet dedicated students who continuously drive me to work harder whether it be in athletics or our strenuous academics.

Another factor that has made my time at the school so great has been the professionalism of the staff and almost everyone who has taught me has appeared to be interested in wanting to know you beyond an academic setting.

Finally, one of the most impactful elements of my school is the impeccable education they provide. The academics have not only allowed me to refine my work habits necessary to help me succeed in college, but they have provided the basis of my individualism and skillfulness as a working adult in America.
You probably know by now that Potomac is an outstanding school academically and in terms of athletics and activities and resources. However, there is definitely an expectation that if you are going to Potomac, you are of a higher socioeconomic class overall, but I've never really seen anyone bullied because of it. However, Potomac is DEFINITELY a party school– over half of my class does drugs, drinks, and/or parties quite regularly. The students at Potomac are always wearing posh and trendy brands, and if you are not, you're almost guaranteed to not be in the "in-crowd." Also, if you are religious whatsoever, be wary. Despite boasting a Christian club, many kids are laughed at or become the brunt of jokes if they practice a religion somewhat devoutly. I know my class has been one of the worst ones recently, but I've also noticed some of these habits and trends in other grade levels as well.