Henley Middle School

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Henley Middle School is an Albemarle County public middle school offering classes in sixth through eighth grade. Western is part of the Western feeder pattern. Henley students attended either Brownsville Elementary School, Crozet Elementary School, Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, or Murray Elementary School and will continue on to graduate from Western Albemarle High School. As of 2012 Henley has 805 students enrolled and employs 95 staff and faculty members.[1]


Named in honor of Albemarle County School Board Chairman Joseph Temple Henley, Jr.,[1] Henley Middle School opened on September 6, 1966 as one of Albemarle County's first "junior high schools." That same day, Jack Jouett Middle School opened. Upon its opening, Albemarle County Public Schools had 7,200 students enrolled in 14 elementary schools, the two junior high schools, and two high schools. One of those high schools, Burley High School, was jointly operated with the City of Charlottesville.[2]

An extensive renovation occurred in 1999 that updated much of the facility and increased the school capacity to 900.[1]

Renewable Energy Resource Center

The school opened a Renewable Energy Resource Center in December 2011. The facility features three different clean energy technologies: a 45-foot-tall wind turbine, 182 roof-mounted solar photovoltaic panels and six solar thermal collectors, which use the sun’s energy to heat water. The project was paid for through a $211,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by way of the the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, $35,000 from the school system and $40,000 in private donations.[3] The systems have been generating energy since January 20, 2012 and the data collected will be used to augment current curricula.[4]. In November 2013, the Virginia School Boards Association honored Albemarle County Public Schools with a Green Schools Challenge award for its energy efficiency efforts division-wide[5].

Special features

In December 2011, the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation announced it would give Henley the sixth annual Prana Fund award. The school will receive $15,800 to create the Nature Environment Studio Teaching area. This will allow for the transformation of a school courtyard into a garden. [6]


The current principal of Henley Middle School is Patrick McLaughlin.

The following is a list of people who have served as principal[1]

Term Principal

2015 - present Beth Costa
2007 - 2015 Patrick McLaughlin
2006 - 2007 Anne Coughlin
1991 - 2006 Don Vale
1990 - 1991 Diane Behrens
1985 - 1990 Sharon Harris
1981 - 1985 Pauline Gotham
1979 - 1981 James McDowelle
1976 - 1979 Nelson Moore
1971 - 1976 Charles Armstrong
1966 - 1971 John Massie


Henley Middle School is located at 5880 Rockfish Gap Turnpike.

Pedestrian concerns

A crosswalk between Brownsville and Henley Middle School was painted over in the spring of 2017. A Henley student was hit on March 1, prompting concerns about pedestrian safety. [7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Web. Henley Middle School Profile, Albemarle County Public Schools, retrieved June 1, 2012.
  2. Print: New County Schools Open; Some Facilities Lacking, Unspecified, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises 6 Sept 1966, Page 13.
  3. Web. Renewable energy center unveiled at Albemarle middle school, Kurt Walters, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 17, retrieved December 22, 2011.
  4. Web. Henley Middle School - Renewable Energy Lab Operating, Baker Renewable Energy, May 18, 2012, retrieved June 1, 2012.
  5. Web. Albemarle schools earn environmental honor, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville, VA, December 5, 2013, retrieved December 24, 2013.
  6. Web. Henley Middle to use fund for new garden/studio teaching area, Daily Progress Staff Reports, December 22, 2011, retrieved December 22, 2011.
  7. Web. After Albemarle student is struck by vehicle, parent pushes for safe school crossings, Tyler Hammel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, March 30, 2018, retrieved April 9, 2018.

External links

Henley Middle School official site