Montgomery County Public Schools
154,400 sf, 870 students
The most recent in a long line of successful middle school prototypes for Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS), Hallie Wells is the culmination of 20 years of design refinement and collaboration. Named for a generous local benefactor, it’s traditional brick and mortar façade features a classic country schoolhouse steeple, recalling Clarksburg’s agrarian past, imitating its older structures, and incorporating the traditional aesthetic of the surrounding community.
Inside however, Hallie Wells has been reorganized to maximize transparency and implement MCPS’ team-based clusters and teaching philosophy to better suit evolving best practices in Middle School education.
Hallie Wells’ multi-story floorplan is a staple of the MCPS approach to Middle School programming, maximizing construction value while enhancing the MCPS educators' approach to middle school educational philosophy. The three-story design facilitates team teaching that clusters grade levels by floor allowing the educators to create developmentally appropriate, grade specific content—granting identity and comfort to the unique 6th, 7th, and 8th grade curricula.
This middle school prototype has been flexing and adapting to MCPS's needs for over two decades, with Takoma Park MS, then Rocky Hill MS and Lakelands MS, and most recently at Hallie Wells MS. Material palette, character, and orientation has changed over time to fit each community's identity.
Glass has been maximized, creating lighter, brighter interiors more easily observed, increasing visibility without compromising student health and safety.
Mid-Atlantic Masonry Association