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Fact Sheet​ - Henley Middle School​​​​​​

Home of the Hornets

Building Healthy Communities

Joseph T. Henley Middle School seeks to equip all students with the broad range of skills and competencies that will prepare them for high school, college, and a successful and rewarding life.

School Highlights

Henley prides itself on developing the whole child through a combined focus on academics, electives and the fine arts, community building, and healthy lifestyles that will last a lifetime.

Henley’s dedication to student wellness can be seen in its state-of-the-art fitness facility. This facility has transformed the school’s physical education program from a traditional, game-based model to one that places focus on a lifetime of sustainable fitness. Teachers use highly engaging physical activities coupled with the latest advances in fitness technology to help students set fitness goals and monitor their progress as they work to meet their individual needs. This focus on health and wellness has moved beyond physical education classes into the entire school through teachers’ commitments to integrating movement into their classrooms on a daily basis.

The school’s commitment to healthy communities also can be seen in its integration of the Developmental Designs community building model, through which students participate in an advisory period three times per week. The purpose is to build a strong community, foster relationships between students and adults, help students get to know one another, enable them to discuss important school issues, and provide each of them with a sense of purpose and belonging. A primary goal, as Henley continues to grow in size, is to ensure that all students are visible and have an adult connection in the building. The Developmental Designs program strives to blend students’ academic, social and emotional growth into one driving goal.

Henley’s students engage in P-based learning throughout the course of the school year. All students will develop, at a minimum, two quality products as part of our School Improvement Plan. Henley students will have an opportunity to share their products with the larger school community at its annual EXPO Night.

Henley’s elective program shows its commitment to well-rounded students. Elective offerings in the school are robust and include a strong fine arts program. These programs are open to all students and provide a way to connect with the greater community. The Henley bands conduct several public performances each year; the art department puts on shows both within the school and out in the community; and the drama department partners with a local elementary school for workshops. All students have an opportunity to explore their interests and begin to develop their passions.

Assessment Data

Aggregate SOL Pass Rates (Percent)


Facility Information

Built in 1966

120,419 square feet

30.0 acre site adjacent to Brownsville Elementary School

1999: Updated facilities with 10 new classrooms and replaced grade 6 trailers, a resource room, 2 bathrooms, and 2 work rooms, increasing student capacity to 900

2006: Addition of 16 classrooms eliminated the need for trailers; an added hallway in the gym connecting to the bus loop in the back increased bus safety. Storage space was added for the band, chorus, and administrative rooms; renovations were completed in the library, main office, Guidance and Life Skills area; a new HVAC system was installed; and all outside bricks were replaced. 

2012: Chiller replacement

2013: Flooring replacement; locker refurbishment; Design 2015 renovation work

2014: Front entrance upgrade; flooring replacement

2015: Gym addition (to be completed in March 2016)

Grade-Level Changes

1966: Henley housed grades 7-8

1967: Henley housed grades 7-9

1974: Henley converted to middle school status with grades 6-8​

Henley Middle School is part of the Western Feeder Pattern. Students previously attended Brownsville, Crozet, Meriwether Lewis, or Murray Elementary School, and will graduate from Western Albemarle High School.​​​


Beth Costa Beth Costa,
Craig Dommer Craig Dommer, Assistant Principal

Principal History

Beth Costa

Patrick McLaughlin

Anne Coughlin

Don Vale

Diane Behrens

Sharon Harris

Pauline Gotham

James McDowelle

Nelson Moore

Charles Armstrong

John Massie 

Student Demographics

(as of September 30, 2017)

Total Enrollment: 863

Male: 55.9%

Female: 44.1%

Black: 2.1%

Hispanic: 4.4%

White: 87.1%

English Learners: 2.0%

Disadvantaged: 11.7%

Students with Disabilities: 9.6%

Gifted: 16.7%

"Disadvantaged" students are those who receive free and reduced price meals under the federal program. "Students with Disabilities" are those identified for special education services, from speech pathology and learning disabilities to severe and profound disabilities.