Shockey is building LCPS’s new, window-filled middle school (MS-14), located within the Dulles North Planning District. Now named Watson Mountain Middle School, it will house grades six through eight and will offer an innovative new model for learning while expanding capacity for the ever-growing Loudoun County student population.
Incorporating a ‘house’ concept on a beautifully-sloped site, the new four-story building will accommodate up to 1,445 students. The design features dedicated classroom space for each grade on the top three floors, with each academic ‘house’ highlighting open meeting spaces and workrooms to inspire learning and collaboration.
An open media center joins the four-story academic wing to the auditorium, music suite, and administration areas. With direct access from the third-floor science labs, the roof above the media center can be used as an open learning courtyard.
Career and technical education classrooms and lab space will connect to the outdoor areas on the first floor. Special education classrooms are located throughout the building.
Three open circulation stairs encourage the comfortable flow of students between levels and allow access to the main parent and bus drop off location. Other amenities include outdoor physical education fields and two gymnasiums.
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