Potomac Shores Middle School

Dumfries, Virginia


Prince William County Public Schools


197,000 sq.ft.

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When booming enrollment required additional accommodations, Prince William County Public Schools (PWCPS) and Moseley Architects collaborated closely to re-imagine the middle school experience. Potomac Shores Middle School signifies a major departure from the district’s previous traditional school prototype; it’s a 21st-learning environment designed for world-class education.

PWCPS’ enhanced career and technical education program warranted purpose-built spaces where it could flourish. Later to become acutely valued because of the need for social distancing, the building needed to bring people together through spaces for student collaboration and areas for community use.

With capacity for 1,450 students, the three-story configuration dedicates a floor level for each grade, with distinctive classrooms, extended learning spaces, and maker spaces. All maker spaces have direct access to outdoor learning environments for experiments, testing, and group work. A STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) lab comprises three connected spaces for preparation, production, and material storage. As the building’s central hub, an expansive media center with soaring two-story windows invites an upward gaze into the sky of a world without limits.

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Associated Firm

Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson; V.F. Pavone Construction Company; Hoachlander Davis Photography; Foodservice Consultants Studio; Christopher Consultants

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