Paint Branch High School

Burtonsville, Maryland

  • FIRM

    Moseley Architects


    Montgomery County Public Schools

  • AREA

    343,730 sq.ft.





The Paint Branch High School project began with a five-month, consensus-based feasibility study to determine whether to replace or modernize the outdated facility and accommodate up to 2,400 students. The study revealed support for creating a new school on the same site as the existing school. Consequently, a site-phasing plan was developed to minimize the disruption of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,998COST PER SQ FT$235.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural Portfolio operations. The outdated school remained open and operational while the new school was built on the same site.

In 2012, Paint Branch High School opened its doors to welcome 1,800 students, and demolition began on the existing school. The school’s state-of-the-art design supports student safety, supervision and the county’s academic program. The three-story layout features strategically situated administrative and faculty areas to enable student supervision by a minimum number of staff. The building’s design situates academic areas separately from the auditorium and gymnasium; this isolates noise and secures the building for after-hours use. 

Courtyards and large windows introduce controllable, natural light throughout the teaching spaces. Additionally, a green roof garden provides outdoor classroom space. This project is LEED registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is pursuing certification.