West Potomac High School

West Potomac High School serves 2,373 students in grades 9-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is higher than the VA average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 60% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 47%.
West Potomac High School operates within the Fairfax County Public s School District.
The school district's 90% graduation rate is higher than the VA state average of 77%.

Overview

The student population of 2373 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 152 teachers has grown by 34% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 2,373 students
West Potomac High School Total Students (1987-2012)
Gender % 47% Male / 53%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 152 teachers
West Potomac High School Total Classroom Teachers (1987-2012)
Students by Grade West Potomac High School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 20:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.72 is more than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (VA) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 16:1 15:1
West Potomac High School Student : Teacher Ratio (1987-2012)
American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
7%
6%
West Potomac High School Asian (1993-2012)
Hispanic
27%
12%
West Potomac High School Hispanic (1993-2012)
Black
21%
25%
West Potomac High School Black (1993-2012)
White
40%
53%
West Potomac High School White (1993-2012)
All Ethnic Groups West Potomac High School Sch Ethnicity West Potomac High School Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.72 0.64
West Potomac High School Diversity Score (1993-2012)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
28%
32%
West Potomac High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1994-2012)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
6%
7%
West Potomac High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2012)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 178,603 students has grown by 5% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 90% has decreased from 97% over five years.
School District Name Fairfax County Public s School District
Number of Schools
Managed
194
6
Number of Students Managed 178,603 3,669
Fairfax County Public s School District Number of Students Managed (1988-2011)
Graduation Rate 90% 77%
Fairfax County Public s School District Graduation Rate (1994-2009)
District Total Revenue $2,371 MM $43 MM
Fairfax County Public s School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $2,490 MM $42 MM
Fairfax County Public s School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $14,028 $11,282
Fairfax County Public s School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $14,732 $11,065
Fairfax County Public s School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, VA Dept. of Education

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Bryant Alternative High School (0.9 miles away).
The nearest middle school is Whitman Middle School (2.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Belle View Elementary School (0.4 miles away)
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  • Alexandria Pulley Vocational Center
    Special Education School
    6500 Quander Rd
    Alexandria , VA , 22307
    (703)718-2700
    Special Education School
    0  mi  |  n/a  students  |  Gr.  n/a
  • Alexandria Quander Road School
    Special Education School
    6400 Quander Rd
    Alexandria , VA , 22307
    (703)718-2400
    Special Education School
    0.2  mi  |  n/a  students  |  Gr.  n/a
  • Alexandria Belle View Elementary School
    6701 Fort Hunt Rd
    Alexandria , VA , 22307
    (703)660-8300
    0.4  mi  |  527  students  |  Gr.  PK-6
  • Alexandria Bucknell Elementary School
    6925 University Dr
    Alexandria , VA , 22307
    (703)660-2900
    0.6  mi  |  250  students  |  Gr.  PK-6
  • Alexandria Fairfax Day Reporting Center
    Alternative School
    2812 Franklin St
    Alexandria , VA , 22306
    (703)718-2320
    Alternative School
    0.6  mi  |  n/a  students  |  Gr.  n/a

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