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Potomac High School

Public | 9-12 | 1635 students

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Posted June 5, 2014

This school is a diamond in disguise. It's unfortunate the past reputation of this school perpetuates through the rumor mill. The principal shows great leadership and is regularly seen around the school and at after school activities (the same for many of the teachers and administrative staff). We are a military family and this was our teen's 1st year here (junior). Our teen is in the Cambridge program which has a very challenging curriculum and we feel our teen is very well prepared for any college. The class sizes are smaller and our teen has been treated and expected to perform as a college student. The counselors and administration have gone beyond the call of duty and have been very responsive to our concerns (prior credits/test scores, graduation requirements, etc) . The teachers are top notch, care about students' education, and are involved with supporting clubs & extra curricular activities; even concession stand duty for the booster club. It's unfortunate many parents aren't as involved; many work in the DC metro area and have long commutes and bad traffic). It appears the majority of the students come from working class homes where both parents work outside the home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

Excellent facilities, great JROTC program, great classes, very clean, good teachers. The Principal plays an active role in all actitives. My daughter is happy, and I am happy. Great school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

My son is a senior this year and his overall experience at Potomac has been great and the same was for my daughter who attended Potomac and now she is a sophomore at Virginia Tech. Being involved in many sport and other civic activities makes the difference. There are excellent teachers who volunteer for after school activities and go beyond their way to teach and support the students. The new Principal is on top of all activities, his enthusiasm has reflected in many aspects of the school. Another important thing is the parents' involvement which will make a difference in this or any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

Potomac is an excellent school with a diverse student body. The size of this school is one of its greatest strengths, and students get more attention than at other schools in the area.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 27, 2014

Potomac is a extremely diverse school which offers great academics, athletics and community service. Many of our graduates have gone on to successful careers in academics, medicine, business and the military.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 27, 2014

The late 90s early 00s reputation of Potomac is not only unfairly casting its shadow on the success of our school, it has blinded many to the statistical results we have achieved. Thanks to Prince William County's outdated specialty school programs, many families have sent their kids to the "bigger" neighboring high schools where they just become one of the crowd. What I see at Potomac is nothing short of amazing given our diversity and hamstrung budget capabilities thanks to the horrible site based management strategy still dominating from the previous old boy network of former supervisor Kelly. Watch out $$$ schools of PWCS. We are on our way to actually earn our academic success through the dedication of the greatest staff in PWC and the leadership of the best principal I have worked under during my 10 year tenure. The fifth star is the one we will always be striving for.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 27, 2014

There have been major changes to this school in the past few years (for the better). Administration is becoming more consistent with student discipline. I think the staff would benefit from more team building as an entire staff. Overall a great place to work, good students and admin is working hard to support the teachers however they can.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 25, 2014

We have been very pleased with Potomac HS. The new principal and recent renovations have made all the difference for the school and Students. The Principal attends all PTSO, student meeting and all school activities, The Cambridge Programme is a challenging program that prepares students for college much better than the traditional method of teaching. There are several new programs coming to the school. Pleased our son is a student here! Submitted by a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2013

Great all around High School in Prince William County public school system. My son is now a Jr. who love the small room teacher to student ratio.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2013

Excellent facilities, great JROTC program, great advance classes, very clean, good teachers. The best HS in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

We have been very happy with Potomac HS. The new principal and recent renovations have made all the difference. The Cambridge Programme is a challenging program that prepares students for college much better than the traditional method of teaching. So happy our son is a student here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

The New Principal Is Just Fantastic , It's Just the teachers that don't do a great job at potomac and that really upsets me that the teachers do not do their job .


Posted March 18, 2013

My child has attended this school all 4 years. He has done well with his SOL's and SAT's. This is what matters most to me when selecting a school. They have prepared him well. His teachers have held him to high standards and he has taken some tough classes. Teachers are helpful, but I did much emailing and had to use School Fusion to keep up. The new principal has brought excitment to the Potomac program. He clearly is involved with the students, attends games and activities.The renovations have also contributed to brought excitment. His counselor is good, but again, I had to communicate with them. Front office personnel is ok. Not the friendliest, but ok. Sports program is excellent. Safe school. The students are kind and respectful. It's not a perfect school, but it has been a great experience for my kid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2013

Excellent administration, excellent renovations, and more excellence to come. Classrooms are engaging, excellent extra-curricular offerings, high quality performing arts and sports programs... something for everyone! There's a place for every student at Potomac, and it's an exciting place to be! The faculty and staff feel more like a family, and much emphasis is given to the student. It's a smaller PWC school, so students are given more individual attention than they would receive in a larger school. The principal is VERY communicative, with very high standards for students and staff. Please do not hesitate to send your student here!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 14, 2013

I was told when I moved to the area that this school was bad but I underestimated the level. This is one of the worst school environment that I have ever encountered. The students are rude, irresponsible and unexcited about learning. From my observation,the teachers just go with the flow which makes the place a worst learning environment for a kid that actually wants to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2012

As a current student in the my mid-career of high school, Potomac High School is much better than what I heard it was. With the renovations and new administration, the school is a much better place to be. Also, they have something called Cambridge program which puts me in harder classes and challenges your knowledge. I like it because my counselor says it'll help with college applications.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2009

As a previous student of this school, I loved my time there. My guidance councelor was great and attentive, the school nurse knew me and understood what to do when I was sent there (I have asthma) and my teachers were overall excellent. The music department teachers were all incredible, caring but no-nonsense, so choir was like an actual class, not an 'easy A' as it was in other schools I've attended.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2009

I have two children that graduated from Potomac High. I never had any problems and neither did my kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2009

Potomac High School has made such great strides over the past 10 years that it is unfair to compare it to its past. SOL scores are in the upper 80's to low 90's, the athletic coaches are among the best in Prince William County, teachers are among the most caring I have ever encountered, athletic teams are competitive or dominating in spite of the fact that the school is Division 5 competing with Division 6 schools, and the new administration (principal) has been embraced by the students and faculty. The only thing lacking (as always) is community and parental support. As someone else said, 'This is the best kept secret in Prince William County'. As a former high school administrator and college professor with 37 years of experience in education, I fully endorse Potomac High School in Dumfries, Virginia.


Posted December 4, 2008

My son and daughter attend the school and i am pleased with it, it all depends on the student and the parents working with the teachers. My son he is a junior, and my daughter is freshman, they have cambridge program which i tried to let my son particpate, it requires commitment from the student. Overall i say it is a good school
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 76% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 83% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 89% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 87% in 2013.

407 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

395 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
93%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 85% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
n/a
World History II

The state average for World History II was 85% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students57%
Female students59%
Male students55%
Black students55%
Asian students81%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial65%
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English58%

Algebra II

All Students76%
Female students76%
Male students77%
Black students80%
Asian students74%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial74%
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English77%

Biology

All Students74%
Female students73%
Male students75%
Black students72%
Asian students86%
Hispanic66%
Multiracial78%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students57%
Proficient in English77%

Chemistry

All Students91%
Female students91%
Male students92%
Black students86%
Asian students95%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial100%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English91%

Earth Science

All Students77%
Female students69%
Male students84%
Black students67%
Asian students91%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial94%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English80%

English: Reading

All Students88%
Female students87%
Male students88%
Black students82%
Asian students92%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English91%

English: Writing

All Students86%
Female students88%
Male students85%
Black students85%
Asian students89%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial93%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English89%

Geometry

All Students59%
Female students62%
Male students57%
Black students53%
Asian students69%
Hispanic57%
Multiracial60%
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient students51%
Proficient in English61%

History and Social Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Virginia and United States History

All Students85%
Female students86%
Male students83%
Black students79%
Asian students95%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial89%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English87%

World Geography

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students84%
Female students82%
Male students85%
Black students79%
Asian students91%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial95%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English84%

World History II

All Students72%
Female students74%
Male students70%
Black students66%
Asian students92%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial65%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities34%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Michael Wright

Programs

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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3401 Panther Pride Drive
Dumfries, VA 22026
Phone: (703) 441-4200

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