This prototype middle school is the seventh completed in the Prince William County school system. The school serves grades 6 to 8 and has a capacity of 1,100 students.
One of the key program requirements called for the architect to create grade-level neighborhoods to reduce potential negative interaction between older and younger students, as well as to establish CAPACITY1,100COST PER SQ FT$184.61FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio schools within the school. This perception of a smaller school setting has made it easier for teachers to work closely with individual students and to develop stronger, more meaningful relationships. The library/
media center is situated centrally for convenient access from each neighborhood, and establishes the transition from the academic learning areas of the facility into the more noisy activity areas.
The building contains flexible stage space with removable partition walls that separate the dining space from the lecture hall. The tiered lecture hall has a 120-student seating capacity. For smaller programs, the stage can be opened to the lecture hall, and for larger programs it can be opened in the cafeteria.
The building is 135,000 square feet and contains a tiered choral room, band room and ensemble room for small performance groups. For security purposes, an 800-square-foot security resident apartment is situated in the back of the school.