West Potomac High School
6500 Quander Rd, Alexandria, VA 22307
703-718-2500
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School Summary

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.



Last Updated: 2016-04-20

Enrollment Enrollment as of June 201617: 2562
 
Grades 9-12
 
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Special Features
  • Vertical Articulation in Mathematics across the K-12 pyramid
  • Positive Behavior Support-Jostens Renaissance Program
  • Seniors Helping Others United Together (SHOUT) program and imbedded service learning activities in various core courses, grades 9-12
  • World Language programs including Spanish, Spanish for Fluent Speakers, French, German, Chinese, Latin.
  • Unique fine and performing arts building which houses courses including: Photography, Advanced Placement Art Studio, Advanced Placement Music Theory, Chorus, Orchestra, Band, and Theater Arts
  • Annual Fun Fly and Technology Student Association enrichment activities to compliment extensive business and technology courses including: Design & Technology, Electronics, Engineering, Technical Drawing, Engineering Drawing, Architectural Drawing, and Aerospace Science
  • Student Leadership Course
  • Peer Helping and Best Buddies Program
  • Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) Program for non-native speakers
 
Business Partnership
  • Liberty's Promise
  • Cardinal Bank
  • Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
  • Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church
  • TJ Maxx
  • Old Country Buffett
  • Todd Restaurants - Roy Rogers
 
Attendance Area This school is part of Region 3 and the West Potomac High Pyramid. Enter your street address in the boundary locator to determine which schools your student should attend.