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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Excellent facilities, great JROTC program, great advance classes, very clean, good teachers. The best HS in the county.
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!
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 .
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I have two children that graduated from Potomac High. I never had any problems and neither did my kids
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.
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
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