Association of Learning Environments Recognizes Frederick County Middle School with Best Design Award

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2017
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


The Virginia Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (VA4LE) has recognized Frederick County Middle School with its 2016 Best Design Award in the New Middle Schools Category. The Association’s facility awards recognize outstanding educational facilities that serve the needs of students, staff and the community while facilitating student achievement. By emphasizing the connection between the planning process and the end result- a healthy, high performing school facility- the VA4LE’s awards uniquely assess how well a school facility supports the academic program of the school district.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, "The new Frederick County Middle School is a point of pride for our school division and community. By seeking input from key stakeholders, including students, parents, staff, business leaders and members of the community, we were able to work with the architectural team from Stantec Architecture to design and build a school that will serve our students and community well into the future."

Stantec Architecture Principal/Project Designer Rob Winstead says, "The new Frederick County Middle School is a truly innovative facility designed to be student-centered, highly adaptable, community oriented and high-performing. Frederick County puts students first, and the learning environment at the new school is simply a reflection of the community’s highest aspirations for all learners. Thanks to recognition like this, Frederick County Middle School will help set a new standard for 21st century learning in Virginia and beyond."

The VA4LE is a professional organization committed to continually improving the places where students learn. Specifically, the organization’s mission is "to promote creative and responsible planning of school facilities, to foster professional development and to exchange best practice knowledge of Virginia school facilities in order to provide the best possible learning environments for all students."

This is the second time in recent weeks the design of the new Frederick County Middle School has received significant recognition. Last month, LEARNING BY DESIGN magazine named Frederick County Middle School one of three Grand Prize Award winners in its 2017 Architectural Awards Showcase.