Founding and Transformation
Located just outside the county's urban ring in the Forest Lakes subdivision off 29 North in Charlottesville, Sutherland Middle School was named for local principal, school board member, and county board supervisor Mortimer Y. Sutherland, who dedicated his life in service of education. Mr. Sutherland was still actively promoting education in the community at 80 years old when the establishment bearing his name opened in 1994. The school enrolls nearly 600 students in grades six through eight and includes a staff of 74 members, 49 of whom are teachers. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of Albemarle Parks and Recreation sports, where they will be cheered on by their mascot, the Sutherland Shark, and have opportunities to explore the fine and performing arts with orchestra, choir and band, drama, visual arts, and other elective offerings such as entrpreneurship. Sutherland also has an up-to-date media center where students can broadcast their own news announcements or get a head start in communications by joining the Video Club. The school offers the opportunity for students to accelerate their math classes and to earn high school credit in math and world languages.
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