Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School
City of Falls Church Public Schools, Falls Church, Virginia
Designed to relieve overcrowding at George Mason High School, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School is sited adjacent to the high school. This strategic location allows students, teachers, and administrators to share resources of both facilities. Classrooms and support spaces feature distinct identities to create small learning environments for each grade. Classrooms are configured around a commons with teacher planning areas. Community-use spaces are easily accessible with their ground level location. The cafeteria expands into the band room to accommodate large groups for performances and events.