Tanganyika Millard THMillard@fcps.edu
Located near the Potomac River between George Washington's Mount Vernon mansion and the City of Alexandria, West Potomac High School (WPHS) was established in 1985 by combining two proud former schools and their communities-Groveton and Fort Hunt. This year is the 30th anniversary of West Potomac. The faculty's focuses this year include engaging instruction for all, systems of student support, and community outreach. The school's motto is Excellence is a Tradition as West Potomac has always been known for setting a high bar of academic and personal achievement from all students.
Drawing from an area of Fairfax County that is economically, racially, and ethnically mixed, West Potomac serves one of the most widely diverse student bodies in northern Virginia. Students come from more than 75 countries and speak 46 different languages in their homes. Socio-economic and ability levels are just as widely spread. Staff members and students alike benefit from this cross-cultural experience. West Potomac's diversity is an asset the school strongly celebrates.
West Potomac High School also maintains a close relationship with the community, local businesses, and the feeder schools in its pyramid. It continues to implement effective and evidence-based programs for the academic and extracurricular needs of all students. West Potomac offers a diversified and challenging academic program for all students, as well as a wide variety of college preparatory courses, including 27 Advanced Placement courses, two dual enrollment courses, robust electives in world languages, career and technical education, and the fine and performing arts. West Potomac students are active athletically, perform hundreds of hours of community service, and participate in a vibrant and renowned arts program.