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Potomac High School

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Posted April 16, 2013

Is it too much to think that stakeholders should exercise a reasonable level of confidentiality and/or discretion? My concern about this school is related to the way administrators handle issues. I sent a letter to a stakeholder requesting clarification of whether or not an instructor's remarks in class were appropriate. The letter was forwarded to others (including students). The content of the letter became a debate within the class. This may not have been an issue except that personal information (email) was contained within the document. Iv'e heard complaints from others with regard to administration, and I hope they make every attempt to improve they way concerns are handled. It would be unfair to rate this school at this time, but becaue I must in order to post, I will give a 2 star on this incident.


Posted December 12, 2012

My daughter has been going here for all three years of high school, and I can say that the negative reviews here are old, out-dated, and no longer true. Any negative aspects of the school are the fault of the parents in the community, and their inability to care for their children properly. The parents at this school only seem to care about sports-- and even then their participation is still low. The administration could involve the community more, but it's getting better at this. Overall, I'm happy to send my daughter to Potomac rather than Suitland, Crossland, or even Oxon Hill HS.


Posted November 24, 2012

I AM Student Of Potomac AND I Wanna Say Potomac Is Not Really A Bad school AT All I Mean SOME Students do Get Out of Line But the Teachers && Staff Itself Are Doing A Very Good Job Themselves I'm An Graduate Of 2011 And I Loved My Every Year At Potomac The Students Are Very Open Outspoken People && The Teachers Are More Helpful Than Ever I Reccomend Potomac High For A Schools && Promise You You'll be A Proud Wolverine :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2012

You know... Its my daughter's first year here. My main complaint is transportation. In less than a month, the school bus has failed to pick-up children at our stop! Other than that, I haven't had too many issues. So far, the instructors and staff seem genuinely involved in the children's education and participation. I would like to say that I don't see as many parents as I would like during events (e.g. homecoming parade: I saw perhaps one or two parents; back-to-school night: The head of the PTSA informed us there were only 10 members; during classroom visits, there were never more than four parents getting acquainted with teachers *shocking*). The children that I have come into contact with, when picking-up my child after Drill practice (of which the Commander stays until the last child is gone), seem really well-mannered and courteous (nothing like I expected! I admit, I thought the worse.) I understand there may be children in the school who aren't informed of their worth (will not call them bad) but I have yet to come in contact with them. I think the school could be a bit more organized. Its like they're on the cusp of something new and are still figuring things out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2010

I must say that I haven t heard many quality comments about Potomac High from parents or students on this site or otherwise. However the comments are very limited, there are only 14 posts from 2008- 2004. This is my son first year at the school and he is coming from an awful PG county school, Suitland High. I m happy that he is out of there and can only encourage him to do better, try harder, be thankful for a fresh start, and stay prayed up and faithful that he will be paired with teachers and students that share his spirit and have his educational needs at heart. What I have found to be true is that it s extremely hard to support your child in a school system that doesn t return your calls or emails or simply isn t available. We need to support each other and this website is a great avenue to do so! Make sure that you and your child use it! Report all things that are going on at Potomac. These are our children s last years of public school let s see them cross that stage. Maybe the school board will hear our collective voices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

I personally enjoyed my tenure at Potomac High School. Prince George's County Schools aren't the best, and certainly are not the worst public school in the district. I graduated in 2007, and as i walked that stage I felt prepared to continue with my life. Well I attended Potomac I can honestly say it's what you make of it. I got tired of coming to school looking at my fellow peers quick to call there parents when they felt as if they were treated wrong. Mommy and daddy, and sometimes grand-parents will not always be there. School and like life....'it's what you make of it.' So parents please remember that it starts at home.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2008

My grandson attends this school and what I hear regarding the student-teacher relationship is at a bottom level. The Security Staff handles and talks to the young adults as if they were in jail vs school. I'm not sure all of the teacher staff members can really handle the stressful problems that arise in class. Principal -who is that - is she at the school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2008

We all want to think that our children are getting the best education possible and we must take responbility for there actions. But as a parent of a child who attends Potomac HS I think the school has it's advantages and disadvantage like any other place. The teachers and staff rarely return calls and the children are talked to at times like prejudge criminals on the street. (This I have witnessed several times due to me popping up at the school for different reason). The principal is hardly available due to her being absent and the administrative staff only offers there full support in the presence of the parents to present the imagine of full support of the students and there education. Above all I think the school should be secretly evaluated by the School Board to see how the the students and teachers really enter act with each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2006

This school has done its best in activating the children's minds. However, i still think it can do better in all areas. All schools have their share of bad students and inexperienced teachers, but if you want an education then you'll get it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2006

I have two twin daughters that attend Potomac high school and I have to disagree with everyone. I think Potomac is a good school that needs some help just like every other school in Prince Geroges County. Of course you have your bad students and those few teachers that don't care but if I can say anything the staff is there waiting for us to push our children. We can't expect the teachers to do everything and we don't do our part. When we become responsible for our actions then maybe the students will become better students and maybe the teachers will show more affection. Maria Spinner
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2006

I am a prouudt of Potomac and I know the teachers have done a wonderful job in educating those students that Want to learn. Potomac is one of PG's finest school and I would recomend it to any one.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 21, 2006

Many people complain about the quality of Potomac but I attended here and teachers are only doing what that can with what they have. There sports seem to be the only thing good for the school and security seems to have trouble maintaining control over the students. The teachers shouldn't be blamed for the lack of quality in the school but the students should be accountable for their own actions. The guidance department is one area that needs severe improvement.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 2, 2005

This school is horrible. Each year, children are not in the rightful classes. Then it is not determined until the end of sememster. The systems are always down, counselors don't return phone calls or know any relvant information pretaining to the students. I have never seen such incumbetent administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2005

This school is one of the worst schools by far. The teacher's don't care, some of the students don't care and the prinicipal is not right herself. You have more kids roaming the halls then in the classrooms. I think uniforms is a most and should implemented ASAP. Because there are no Charter Schools in P.G. County, parents should have a choice as to where their child should go, if they think the neighborhood school is not right for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2005

This school is horrible. No call backs. Please assist with potomac high school otherwise our kids will be going to the birds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2005

I think the school is terrible, my son's attitude and total disposition about school has changed. I believe the teachers really do not care and play too much with the students. Educators lets get back to educating our children. Also uniform is a must Potomac is the only H.S. In the region that hasn't adopted uniform's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2005

The parent involvement at Potomac is the worst that I've ever seen. In the beginning of last school year, I signed up for PTA and my check was never cashed and I was never contacted regarding PTA meetings, etc. My daughter attended Potomac for 9th and 10th grade and I noticed my daughter's behaviour and attitude change for the worse. She was very unhappy and was not happy with the quality of teachers. Some of the teachers there are good teachers but I noticed that most of the students there just don't care about learning and it seems as though their parents are not involved in their child's life nor future. My daughter has been accepted at Crossland's technical program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2005

My daughter attended this school several years ago and she would always tell me how bad things were here. September 2004 was my son's first year at Potomac High School and all throughout the school year I noticed a change for the worst in my son's attitued and disposition. Occassionally I had to stop by the school and I was appalled by the student's attitudes and dress. My son has not been the best student academically, and I knew from this obersavation that this would not be of any encouragement to him. I think this is one school that should definitely have UNIFORMS. Also, my husband and I both called the school several times, left messges, and never had a returned phone call. At the end of the school session, one teacher called to discuss my son's grades and performance. Well, with some things timing means everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2004

The teachers are good but can't say the same for many of the students. Not the best school to give you kids an education in. Aviod it, if can.
—Submitted by an administrator


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
57%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
39%
English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 96% 35%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
White 0% 42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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