What distinguishes a great school from a good school? I believe that clarity of purpose, exceptional teachers, and demonstrated outcomes are hallmarks of great schools. A great school is a place with a deep commitment to student learning, where faculty nourish the intellectual, moral, emotional, and social growth of every student. It is a place where students, teachers, and parents embark together on an academic journey with clear and well-defined objectives. It is filled with the joy of discovery and the excitement of personal challenge and growth. It is a community dedicated to developing strength of character and excellence in all dimensions of its students’ lives. And it is a place that has a distinctive and lasting impact.
The Potomac School strives to be a great school. Our mission, simply put, is to prepare students for lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit. The three dynamic women who founded our school set out with this mission in 1904, and it continues to guide everything that we do.
As a connected K-12 learning community, Potomac offers many exciting advantages. Just three miles from the rich resources of the nation’s capital, our modern campus is situated on 90 beautiful, wooded acres. Our talented faculty are experts in their disciplines with a deep commitment to student success; they truly get to know each child, providing the challenge, support, and encouragement that fosters learning and personal growth. Our rigorous program of inquiry and study empowers students to exercise their intellectual curiosity, expand their understanding, and develop critical skills for future success. And our emphasis on character and values challenges each student to be a person of integrity, a contributing member of our school community, and a thoughtful and involved citizen of the world.
I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about all that The Potomac School has to offer. I also invite you to visit us in person; please contact our Admission Office to schedule your campus tour. We hope to see you soon!
All my best,
Head of School
POTOMAC’S MISSION AND VALUES
At The Potomac School, we believe that intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character are complementary, and equally essential, educational goals. With a firm commitment to our core values and a rigorous academic program, we prepare students to lead lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit.
PHILOSOPHY & PRACTICE
We achieve The Potomac School’s mission through our educational philosophy and practice. At Potomac we
foster a diverse, inclusive learning community where all voices and viewpoints are valued
provide a balanced educational experience that integrates academics, athletics, and the arts
empower our students to become independent thinkers and learners by emphasizing the rewards of inquiry, initiative, and reflection
emphasize appreciation for the natural world and each person’s responsibility for environmental stewardship
call upon all members of our community to act with compassion, civic conscience, and a commitment to serving
Since its founding, The Potomac School has steadfastly believed that developing a student’s character is as important as educating for intellectual growth. Informed by values, students learn to use their intellect and skills productively and in service to others. The school has identified the following five core values as the ethical and moral guideposts that enable all of us in the Potomac community to develop good judgment and live principled lives:
Our aim is to provide stimulating learning experiences that fully engage individuals to inspire them to reach their full potential and give them the confidence to embrace success. We create realistic and well-resourced pathways through to the end of senior school. Our students leave AGS with academic qualifications that enable them to move effectively forward into adulthood. Academic expectation remains high and reflects the necessary rigour to allow our students to be confident and competitive in their chosen career.
This consists of Grades 1 and 2 and spans the ages of 5 – 7 years of age. Learning environments are spacious and enhanced by interactive displays that celebrate the children’s work across all curriculum areas. Every classroom and specialist room has an interactive whiteboard/digital screen that is used by both teachers and children to extend learning opportunities. The curriculum offers opportunities to develop skills that are transferable and broad. Emphasis is placed on teaching skills and concepts that challenge children at all levels. Opportunities to enhance first hand experiences are embraced and educational trips are planned to extend learning opportunities. GL assessments in English Mathematics and Science are carried out at the end of each year, benchmarking our students with the best international schools worldwide.
This consists of Grades 3-5 and spans the ages of 7-10 years of age. Our students study a similar range of subjects to those undertaken in Lower Primary. They learn these to greater depths, including how to apply their skills and knowledge appropriately. This adds to their understanding of the skill requirements of each of the subjects ready for their transition into the Senior School. GL assessments in English Mathematics and Science are carried out at the end of each year, benchmarking our students with the best international schools worldwide.
Learning a language is a process that requires considerable time and practice; however it is one of the most rewarding things your child can learn in school. The Arabic language classes at AGS are divided into two sections: Arabic for native Arab speakers (Arabic A) Arabic for non-native speakers (Arabic B) The curriculum for Arabic A follows the Oman Ministry of Education requirements and is enhanced by a range of resources and activities that promote active and purposeful learning. Children are also encouraged to borrow Arabic books from the school library to ensure that they extend their appreciation of Arabic literature.
Islamic Education is a compulsory subject for Muslim students. It is taught in Arabic for Native Arabic speakers and in English for those students who do not speak Arabic as their first language but require Islamic education. The Islamic Department follows the Ministry of Education curriculum. Learning Islamic concepts are combined with practical learning at AGS and related to real life examples were possible. Our enthusiastic and dedicated teachers explain prescribed Islamic topics that include Hadiths, Aqidah(Faith), and Akhlaq (Manners), Islamic History, Islamic Social Studies together with the appropriate Surahs from the Noble Qur’an. Our Islamic Education programme is also enhanced by extra Qu’ran recitation and memorisation. We believe that an educational partnership between school and home is vital and we strive to ensure that progress and attainment are shared with both students and their parent
Secondary School - Ages 11-18
AGS follows the Cambridge (UK), International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) and the prescribed Ministry subjects of Arabic, Islamic studies for Muslim students and Social studies. Our external IGCSE and A level examinations use the Cambridge (UK) syllabuses. We offer a set range of subjects across Grades 6-8 and students can then opt for specific subjects to study at IGCSE in Grade 9 and 10 and A’ level in Grades 11 and 12. We give as wide a range of experiences as we can during Grades 6-8 to ensure that students are confident when making choices about their future studies.The IGCSE and A level qualifications undertaken by our students are recognised throughout the world and students and parents can be confident that passing grades in these examinations will be able to be used in school and University entry across the globe.
Grades 6 to 8 – Key Stage 3
Students in Grade 6-8 experience a wide range of subjects to consolidate their experiences from their Primary education and extend further their skills in preparation for their IGCSE options choices. We offer support to our students with both language and educational needs to ensure they are able to access our curriculum, showcase their skills and become confident learners. The core tenets of the IMYC are used to further the students’ consideration to their values and beliefs of those of others and how they have an important role to play in shaping the future through the Global Goals.
Grades 9 and 10 – Key Stage 4 (IGCSE)
We offer a range of 2 year IGCSE courses in Grades 9 and 10 and whilst some are compulsory (Science, English and Mathematics), students are then able to choose from other subject options to tailor their learning to their skills and interests a little more. We encourage students to keep as broad a selection as possible at this time but we also realise that some students are already thinking of future career paths and wanting to be a little more specialised. Our teachers are all experienced practitioners who will use their skills to support our students in their preparations for their final examinations at the end of Grade 10.
Grades 11 and 12 – Key Stage 5
Our A level program continues on from the IGCSE syllabuses and so there is a cohesive link throughout the school. A’ levels are offered in a variety of subjects and students are able to specialise in preparation for their University course choices. Only Islamic Studies and Social Studies (for our Arabic speaking students) are compulsory and these are taught alongside whichever three or four subjects a student might choose at this level. We also support students with making choices regarding further education and assist with University entries both here in Oman and abroad. The UK A’ level program is world class and recognised by universities across the world as a valuable and challenging qualification.