Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School

Frederick, Maryland

Frederick County envisioned a new school centered on the needs of middle school-age students.This new school uses team-based learning to create an integrated, supportive and effective environment that focuses on how middle schoolers learn best.

Architects and engineers met with parents and school and system representatives to refine goals and document needs. This ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY900COST PER SQ FT$126.94FEATURED IN2001 Educational Interiors2001 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers process produced a program-focused, flexible and energy-efficient school.

The exterior includes decorative masonry coursing. Interior spaces use straightforward materials in creative ways. Material selections minimize operating and maintenance costs.

The school provides six team houses. Each includes five classrooms, a science room, a special-education resource room, a teacher workroom, restrooms, lockers and storage space.

The media center is the school’s architectural focus. A curved brick staircase hugs the center’s curved glass front. Internal windows provide visual connections and opportunities for supervision throughout the building.