"We prepare our students for college through a rigorous, arts-infused program."
Students enrolled 420
Hours 7:40 AM - 3:50 PM
School leader Steven K Foster
Transportation options Yes
District Potomac Lighthouse Pcs
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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4401 8th Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20017

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(202) 526-6003
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3 stars
Based on 22 ratings

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November 24, 2014
Potomac Preparatory PCS is a great school! Our students are intelligent, talented, and deserving of our school like Potomac Prep. Our school has an arts-integration focus which means our students are able to show off they artistic abilities in poetry, visual arts, music, and drama. We deserve a chance to serve the students of DC and give the parents a different choice, a better choice.

- submitted by a teacher
November 20, 2014
I'm a parent from the old Potomac Lighthouse to the new Potomac Preparatory PCS. When I speak about change well the Potomac Preparatory done did change. When you enter the school you will welcome. The school staff greet the students with love where last year the greeting was cold. My daughter is in the fifth grade where she is learning Latin. Where she come home to educated her grandmother and mother . The school is offering PSAT to the Sixth graders through the Eighth Graders. That something that the old school didn't offer. I can't wait for next year.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2014
Positive Returns on Investments. We have invested a great deal of time and effort into the turnaround vision for Potomac Prep and it is paying off in spades!!! Not only is our child happier but her grades have improved - she and her peers are energized, focused, and motivated. The family atmosphere, excitement, and sense of community has been restored. The seeds of success have been planted and are being cultivated daily, I am so glad we made the decision to be a part of this community and the Potomac Prep Family. CONGRATULATIONS PURPLE TIGERS WE'RE ON OUR WAY!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2014
My youngest son started at this school while it was still associated with Lighthouse Academies. He was unable to finish and I vowed he would return. I learned of the change from Potomac Lighthouse to Potomac Prep. I've been to the school on several occasions and I was impressed. I don't about before but these days it's positively ELECTRIC. There's an excitement in the air that's infectious. My son ABSOLUTELY loves school and gets upset on holidays because there is no school. The staff is always friendly and helpful. His teacher has no problem answering my questions and explaining things when there's a need. I've spoken with the Principal and the love and passion she has for the students and school is evident for ALL to see. The woman is anointed to lead and I firmly believe she's the right person to lead this school into the future. I can't imagine my son being anywhere else. Here your child will be received with open arms, get a quality education by dedicated staff and receive a sure foundation for scholastic success. Welcome home!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
A CHANGE HAS COME - With leadership gaps, resource mismanagement, high teacher turnover, and a host of other issues - it was time. The winds of change have blown and Potomac now has a core group of leaders with proven records in leadership, education, and community engagement. It all starts at the top with new principal, Dr. Marian White-Hood and the changing of our name. As active Potomac Prep parents, we re excited and look forward to the changes that are happening. The excitement in the air that has been missing and the sense of community has returned. There's also a return to basics & core foundations of learning with a dose of plain ole common sense! The exciting atmosphere is contagious and we know that will carry over to the students and propel forward. There will be some bumps along the way but that s to be expected. Consistency, accountability, and steadfast dedication are the keys to our success. If you were disappointed with past experiences, we recommend coming to see the changes for yourself. To parents, get involved and stay involved, we challenge you to be a part of the solution to the problems that you experienced. It's all happening here at Potomac Prep!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2014
Change is excellent ! I was about to take my daughter out of Potomac for three great school. But a lady around my way spoke highly on Dr. Whitehood. She said she going turn your daughter school around . So far by being a acted parent I see first hand what the vision is for Potomac. So the negative comments about the old School need to stop. So team Change

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
The school is ENTIRELY new and improved! don't TAKE MY WORD for it..go and take a tour for yourself! AWESOME STAFF AWESOME PLACE 2 SEND YOUR KIDS

- submitted by a teacher
May 02, 2014
I have 3 children at this school. I love the close relationship that I have with their teachers. They can call or text for anything concerning my children. The strength of discipline is really showing this year and I can see the growth in my kids as well. The school is about to have a new Principal for the new school year. I hope he/she fits in well and helps to uplift the administrative side.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
It's always hard to see a great school plagued by the references of a few angry parents. I have been incredibly impressed with the education that my child has received this year. Moving from his old school, I have seen a huge difference in his performance and I know it' s due to the strong team at PLPCS. The Principal is sort of absent from the school but other than that the teachers and the other administrators in the building are always helpful and they return my calls right away. I couldn't be happier that my child attends this school. i do wish they had more sports programs though.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
They administrative staff is receptive to a point. But there is one teacher that seems to have a real problem with the girls and favor the boys especially when the boy is tormenting or hitting the girls. The administrative staff will not address it.

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2013
This school gets a 0! My grandson was not allowed to share his birthday cupcakes with classmates!

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2013
The school is so different this year than in previous years. My daughter is in middle school and she absolutely loves it. The teachers are amazing and the school really feels like a different place. They definitely got tough on discipline which is a good thing because now my daughter says she rarely sees any misbehavior which is helping her focus better. She loves what she is learning and they also have new specials as well. I think they've done a great job.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
This school is ridiculous, do not send your kids there. Very unorganized, cant keep teachers, suspend kids for basically nothing. Most staff is there only to get a check they dont care about the kids. Cant keep a bus company to transport the kids back and forth to schoool. They got the teachers driving the bus. Do not send your kids there.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
Potomac Lighthouse PCS suspended my grandson for two days because he had an accident. He's not yet 3 yrs old. They left him in a bathroom stall for at least 15 minutes while his father made a frantic dash to collect him. The child cried all night. I cannot believe any preschool program could be more barbarian than this school!

- submitted by a community member
February 14, 2013
My child struggled at his previous school. He's excelling due to the wonderful teachers! So happy I made the choice to put my child in this school. The school is also open to feedback from parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2013
If I could give a ranking lower than one, I would. Two of my three children have been students at Potomac Lighthouse since the Fall of 2011. In the first semester, the school lost both of their fifth grade teachers. Two classes became one, and it was a tremendous upheaval to the routine, familiarity, and dynamic to which the children had grown accustomed. In the second year, they brought on a new team with the promise that it would be a "completely different school". In that time, the upper academy has experienced daily and weekly restructuring, as ineffective teachers have been rotated out of the upper academy and placed in the lower academy in order to gain "classroom management experience." The school has implemented a draconian discipline policy in their attempt to mimic what has worked for other schools, resulting in a complete and total lack of respect for the children by the adults. I have observed the humiliating tactics employed by the teachers to redirect the children's behaviors. This school misrepresents itself in it's mission and vision, and the only thing rigorous about them is the destruction of self esteem, community building, and quality education.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2012
School administration: I've had a great experience with the school administration. They are receptive to feedback and growing. The teachers are wonderful and my child loves going to school here.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
School Administration: I have had a different experience with the school administration. They are very receptive and responsive to the needs of the family. They are a relatively young team and work extremely hard. They are receptive to feedback and make every effort to implement the suggestions of families. My child loves going to school there and every year the school gets better

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
As far as learning, this is an excellent school. However, the administration in this school are the worst. They are unorganized and not connected to the students or the parents concerns. Their transportation is a joke. If you're able to take your child to and Friday m school it will cost you.less head aches. There's so much nepotism( hiring of only relatives and friends) in this school that it should be illegal. The teachers (most of them) are the only reasons I have put up with this school. But be warned that the incompetent administration let go of teachers with no consideration of how it will effect the students. As please ask your student what is going on in the school because of the nepotism it is a lot of bias situations going on. Things I have heard and saw with my only eyes in this school would make.you scream. I'm Looking for another school. Good luck and God Bless.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2012
I love this place, and i have hight expectation about this school. I don't know why they have few latinos there.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2010
Potomac Lighthouse is a charter school with great potential, but leadership that is worried more about the bottom line than anything else. Students are often not held to consistent expectations, and staff is hired and dismissed at whim without regard to how it will impact students. I do not recommend this school to parent seeking a quality charter school education for their student.

- submitted by a community member
October 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 06, 2009
This was my son's first year attending a chartered school. He is in the first grade and I love his teacher. She's young, vibrant and she makes my son want to learn. I really think my son enjoys his class. On the administrative side being that this is a new school (i'm guessing) the school doesnt has good management skills and they seem all over the place, no order. Customer service was great during recruitment but know attitudes through the roof.

- submitted by a parent
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Potomac Preparatory PCS
4401 8th Street Northeast, Washington, DC  20017
(202) 526-6003
Last modified Potomac Preparatory PCS is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Potomac Preparatory PCS Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top