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Dumfries, VA
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3130 Panther Pride Drive
Dumfries, VA 22026

(703) 221-4996
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September 16, 2014
I have not had a good experience with this school. I have reached out to the school a few times on a simple request, yet no one has contacted me back. Overall, poor communication...

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
To have the student who is in high school now right about this middle school shows you how much I loathe Potomac middle school. I went before the "change of command". Bullying was always present and there were gangs. The students heavily prejudiced and was absolutely ridiculous at the rate they had handout conduct referrals. These kids just didn't know how to act. Principal seem absolutely nonchalant about the school and the concerns of the students and parents. I hated this school. I do not recommend.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2013
Showing signs of little improvement since the first principal. My son went to this school and now my daughter. It was a new school when my son was there. Students were misbehaved back then...fights and drugs. Bullying was also present back then. Staff were rude and unfriendly. Discrimination was a big thing in this school starting from the former principal all the way to the students. Now, that there's a new principal and obviously my 2nd kid to go this school, I've seen a tiny improvement. It is better than none at all. Staff are friendlier and helpful. But, I believe they are under-staffed right now....no permanent nurse present. Some of the Kids are still unruly. Fights & drugs are still present. Teachers are okay, though. They always challenge their students academically. Something I like in this school. As for the new principal, she's more into looks and clothing. How the students dress up. Go figure.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
This school has taken a nosedive since the "change of command" in administration. The teachers are not supported, the students are running the school, and a staff member told me there had been 24 fights already this year. I emailed the principal about a concern I had with my son's teacher and I was never responded to. When I called the school, the secretary put me through to the wrong teacher. I wish where I lived was in different boundaries. The teachers are the only bright spot in this school; each one I have encountered is amazing and goes over and beyond for every child, but they have way too many unnecessary things on their plate. I don't know how my child will get through the rest of this school year - and it's April!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2013
I just moved to Potomac Middle School from Irving Middle School about a month ago and I hate it. Some students and the teachers are nice but there is too much drama, drugs and other things involved. I have a very hard time fitting in and have been getting bad grades and I seem to miss a lot of school since I don't like it. I love the teachers but I don't like the school in general. I wish I could move back to WIMS!

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2012
My son just completed his first year @ this school. considering we had just moved here from across the U.S. and he was starting 6th gr. he had a hard time adjusting, however during a quick conversation in the beginning by a chance encounter w/one of the asst. principals (Mr. King) I was put @ ease. He offered to help keep and eye out on my son, but withing a month he had adjusted and all was well. He had 10 teachers during the school year and all but one was excellent. The principal @ the time (Dr. Stephens) was great. She nipped any problems in the bud, very strict, but I never heard of any fights or bullying. Not to say that there were no incidents of kids trying to start "gangs" or hanging out in the restrooms trying to make it their hangout, but she stopped that nonsence quickly! I hope the new principal (Turner) can follow in her footsteps! The staff here is great, the teachers are tough though, they expect the students to start acting like young adults...with brains, which I am all for, though before I got to know them it was intimidating for both him & myself! Sometimes I felt the school was too strict but I prefer that than to be worried about my sons safety @ school!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2012
Principal Alfie Turner has been "promoted" to be your Principal next year at Potomac Middle. Watch out. Parents should look at the reviews for Coles Elementary, Principal Turner's former school, in order to prepare themselves. She gruffly reprimanded me IN FRONT OF MY CHILD on one of the first days school during the 2011-2012 year because I didn't understand the procedure for picking up my kindergarten child. Another teacher told me she has a reputation for being very harsh and making teachers cry. Heads up Potomac Middle.

- submitted by a community member
June 08, 2012
As a teacher in this school, I can say that I have never taught in a better place. The staff is incredible and well-versed in their content areas, as well as the middle school child as a whole. The administration is incredible and supports the teachers any way they can, especially with discipline. Without the admin team, the students would be a completely different ballgame. I can say I am proud to be part of the staff where teachers, parents, and students work together as one.

- submitted by a teacher
September 18, 2011
This school is so amazing I'm a six grade student here at potomac middle school and I love it the teachers are nice,and i love all the clubs and activities.....

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2010
I believe, that Potomac Middle School is a great and safe school where young children learn. I believe that it is so amazing with all the clubs and activities the students are involved in and still get high test scores.

- submitted by a student
April 12, 2010
Great school in regards to discipline. The principal does not tolerate foolishness nor does she bend the rules for anyone. Students are presented with the code of conduct policy at the beginning of the school year and are expected to follow it accordingly. I think some of the punishments are a bit harsh but the code of conduct rules are explained along with the consequences during the beginning of each school year. It's unfortunate that some students have difficulty going to school and following the rules (my student included). The academic test scores are above the state average for the 8th grade SOLs and they don't deviate that much from the state average for the 6th and 7th grade SOLs. Edulink allows you to stay in tune with your student(s) progress at any time along with contacting staff if you have any concerns.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
My son has attended this school for 2 years now and I'm really pleased with the ease of communication with teachers via school fusion. So far he has no major complaints either......

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
The administration is great but the students are not mature. My classmates get into trouble every day. The teachers need to be more discipline.

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2009
I have never dealt with a more incompetent team of administrators. There is too much drama there and no real leadership.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
August 16, 2009
This school is so much fun and education for anyone who would preferre to have there child to attend.The teachers are all nice and helpful with anyone and love to help u with any problem or conflict in the school.I love potomac Middle School,it rocks!=)

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2009
This school is very bad at communication. It's like being in jail, especially when your parent has to argue with the school's office.

- submitted by a student
June 02, 2009
My daughter attended 7th and 8th grade here. Overall I think the school was great and the Principal is outstanding and very communicative with parents. My daughter was well prepared for the advance level classes she now enjoys in high school and she took several advanced placement classes while here (spanish, advanced math and science). There were typical teenager issues, but I felt the principal and staff dealt with things accordingly. My daugher felt the school was too strict but that helped her stay focus on her goals and not get involved with the cliques that are common in middle school aged children. The one complaint I did have was some of the teachers made it obvious they only cared about 'collecting a pay check'. This is sad, but again, this view can be found in all industries, to include teaching.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2009
The students are all treated like criminals by the administration. The Principal has no interest whatsoever in interacting with parents. The rest of the administration seems better, but the school would be better off with a less negative Principal

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2009
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October 28, 2008
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October 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 30, 2008
This school is really awesome i love to go here. but the only thing that i have a problem with is that there is too much chicken in the lunch menu. Other wise the school has excellent teachers and i really learn a lot.

- submitted by a student
June 04, 2008
After two years with Potomac I can honestly say they are a few very dedicated teachers my kids were lucky to have, but agree with the 'guilty to proven innocent' statement.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
I have been unimpressed by the performance of the staff and faculty. The school has not performed well -- academically or conduct-wise. I don't think the 'no nonsense' environment is working. There have a number of instances of misconduct. I believe the greatest challenge for this school is to overcome the 'guilty until proven innocent' environment that is prevalent within this school. The situation is not good.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2007
My daughter is attending Potomac Middle School for the second consecutive year. The Principal has exceptional leadership skills with three outstanding assistant principals. They have provided the correct level of learning for my daughter placing her in two advanced classes in 6th and 7th grade. By doing this, my daughter is remains with a challenging learning experience. She also ran track last year, which was also an excellent experience. The county provides activity buses to get the kids home after their extracurricular activities. I have nothing, but great things to say.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2006
Potomac is an awesome school. We are a military family and have moved abroad, and are estatic that we have found this school. Our daughter is involved and is learning from excellent teachers. The principal demonstrates a 'No Nonsense' environment of learning coupled with the knowledge and expertise of an outstanding staff. Extra-Curricular activities include all sports, art, drama, dance team, step team, conservation club, newspaper/yearbook and much more.

- submitted by a parent
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Potomac Middle School
3130 Panther Pride Drive, Dumfries, VA  22026
(703) 221-4996
Last modified Potomac Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Potomac Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top