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Fact Sheet - Sutherland Middle School​

Home of the Sharks

Empowering Students to Innovate

Sutherland Middle School believes that striving for creative excellence today prepares students to succeed in the changing and challenging world tomorrow.

School Highlights

Sutherland is dedicated to all students’ academic, social and emotional development. A hallmark of the student experience at Sutherland is the Developmental Designs community building program. Each week, students meet a minimum of three times with their grade-level advisory group during the school’s “CHOMP” period. These meetings build community among the students and their teachers. Students develop the skills necessary to resolve their problems, develop an inclusive atmosphere for all students in the school, and take ownership of their learning experience.

The development of a physically active lifestyle that promotes good health and physical wellness is another focus for every student at the school. Physical Education teachers work together to provide students with a choice of highly-engaging physical activities each class, such as climbing the school’s rock wall or using the school’s mountain bikes to explore the nature trails and parks adjacent to the school.

Sutherland has dedicated itself to integrating engineering, science, and technology-based experiences into the curriculum for every student in the building. As one example of this work, a partnership with the University of Virginia through the i3 grant allows students to digitally fabricate replicas of items of historical importance. Student work often is showcased on a local and national level, with students presenting in the recent past at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, the Smithsonian Institution, and the national conference of the International Society for Technology in Education. All students experience project-based learning throughout the school year in order to develop communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. Students also have the opportunity to apply to be a part of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at Sutherland, a program that encourages college readiness.

The well-rounded experience for Sutherland students continues with a strong fine arts program that includes, among others, orchestra, band, art, drama and chorus. All students are given the opportunity to expand their learning in classes outside of their core academic experience to discover and develop their passions.

Assessment Data

Aggregate SOL Pass Rates (Percent)


Facility Information

Built in 1994, one story

94,440 square feet

21.0 acre site adjacent to Hollymead Elementary School

2013: Flooring replacement 

2014: Front entrance upgrade; flooring replacement

2015: Solar photovoltaic array installed on roof

2016: HVAC boiler and hot water heater replacement

Sutherland Middle School is part of the Northern Feeder Pattern. Students previo​usly attended Baker-Butler, Hollymead or Stony-Point Elementary School, and will graduate from Albemarle High School.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Brandi Robertson Brandi Robertson, Interim Principal
Cabell Guy Cabell Guy, Interim Assistant Principal

Principal History

Brandi Robertson (Interim)

Rick Vrhovac

David Rogers

Kathryn Baylor

James Washington

Thomas Zimorski

Student Demographics

​​(as of September 30, 2017)

Total Enrollment: 601

Male: 50.9%

Female: 49.1%

Black: 8.7%

Hispanic: 7.2%

White: 68.9%

English Learners: 6.3%

Disadvantaged: 17.1%

Students with Disabilities: 11.6%

Gifted: 10.6%

"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.​​​​