skip to main content

Lanier Middle School

Lanier Middle School Students

Lanier Middle School Students

Lanier Students are Ready to #TakeFlight

3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 703-934-2400


LMS Principal Erin Lenart

Principal: Erin Lenart

Follow Lanier on Twitter at @Lanier_MS

About Lanier

Lanier Middle School was built in 1960 and, like most Fairfax County middle schools, is named after a poet or writer of distinction. Sidney Lanier was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1842 and was a noted author and musician.

Lanier Middle School staff members and community members strive to ensure our school is a supportive,

Lanier Middle School

Lanier Middle School

nurturing and encouraging environment which teaches students to become critical and creative thinkers, active problem solvers, effective communicators, and contributing citizens. Our actions consistently show that we value and support the social, emotional, and academic successes of students.

Students are assigned to a team of approximately 130 students who share the same English, science, and social studies teachers. Each team has a school counselor who is closely involved in weekly team meetings and parent conferences. They, along with department based professional learning communities work collaboratively to assess, plan, instruct, and support student learning. The intent is to provide rigorous, targeted and engaging learning, as well as enrichment and remediation opportunities for all children. These efforts work to close achievement gaps and advance students to higher levels of proficiency.

As a middle school, we realize that we have two critical years with students. As a result, we have made it a priority to consistently communicate and collaborate with our feeder elementary schools and Fairfax High School to ensure that student transition and learning from one school to another is a seamless process. Forging positive and productive partnerships with parents is also very important to us. Our approaches to learning are responsive to and respectful of the individual needs of middle school students.

Recent Highlights:

  • Lanier Middle School and teacher Faiza Alam were honored in 2016 by Caring for our Watershed,

    LMS was recognized by Caring for Our Watershed for outstanding environmental education.

    Earth Force and Agrium for their outstanding environmental outreach.

  • LMS “SPINNERS” placed fifth in the national KidWind competition, a wind turbine challenge.
  • LMS Family, Career and Community Leaders club won at the Virginia state competition and placed at the national competition in San Diego.
  • LMS teacher Julio Dejo awarded “FCPS Support Teacher of the Year” in 2014
  • With support from the City of Fairfax, 24 Lanier teachers are training to become National Board Certified.
Share on Facebook

News from Lanier Middle School

  • Lanier Middle School Expands 1:1 Program

    LMS students receiving laptops for school year.

    LMS students receiving laptops for school year.

    Over 400 students given laptop for the 2017-2018 school year

    Lanier Middle School is accelerating their plans to expand the 1:1 technology program with help from funds from the City of Fairfax. The 7th grade Cavaliers Team and 8th grade Patriots Team are both participating in the LMS 1:1 program, up from one team in the 2016-2017 school year. Each student in the two teams is loaned a laptop to use throughout the school year to use on school projects, research and group assignments.

    According to Janel Justice, the 7th grade history and 8th grade civics/economics teacher for the two teams, the 1:1 program “helps cater to the individual needs of the learner.” She credits the program to help with flexible time frames for each student, offering the ability to pace themselves at school and at home. The program also supports the Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) Portrait of a Graduate goal to contribute solutions that benefit the broader community.

    Other teachers at LMS appreciate the opportunity for students to connect with current events around the world. Students are able to use a variety of tools to read articles or watch videos and are able to make connections which is essential for learning.

    Another benefit of all students having access to technology is the ability to seamlessly work on group projects. In Ms. Justice’s class, students used Google Docs ® to collaborate on Westward Migration stories, plays or songs. Peer group-leaders helped assign roles and assured tasks were completed.


  • City of Fairfax Schools Allocates Over $230,000 in Instructional Grants to City Schools

    The City of Fairfax School Board has allocated over $230,000 in instructional grant funding to its four city schools. The funds will support Professional Development, Intervention and Academic Support, Supplemental Materials and Innovative Practices.

    “In these days of declining financial resources in school district budgets, I’m really pleased that we are able to continue target funds for student and staff learning; we know these funds support our schools’ efforts,” said Dr. Phyllis Pajardo, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools. “We are proud to assist and enhance our schools as they focus on innovation, professional development, and academic support.”

    The principals at the four schools work with the City of Fairfax Schools staff from project and material funding. The grants are divided into four main categories:

    Professional Development:  Many administrators and teachers will tell you one of the most precious resources they have is time. By providing funds to support professional learning, collaboration time and money for substitutes, the City of Fairfax School Board can give them the gift of time. The grants allow staff to plan, meet as grade-level or subject-area teams, attend professional training and take time to create innovative lessons for students.

    Intervention and Academic Support: Each year the four schools are able to offer additional summer programming to support transitions to new schools, strengthen academic skills, and close potential academic gaps seen throughout the school year. For more information on the summer programming, see article here.

    Supplemental Materials: The City of Fairfax School grants support a variety of curriculum enhancement programs such as environmental education, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics), and high school SAT preparations.

    Innovative Practices:  – During the June 2016 retreat, School Board members expressed a desire to bolster schools’ abilities to create and incorporate innovative practices. To progress this, innovative practices were added to the areas for which City Schools could request instructional grant funding (See Strategic Plan objective 2 at the bottom of this page). When DRES principal Adam Erbrecht requested $6000 of his school’s grant be designated for innovative practices, he knew just what to do: Ask his staff what they wanted. Erbrecht sent out a “request for proposals” to his staff and received over nine requests totaling $13,100. Instead of giving the green light himself, the principal turned the power back to the staff and had them analyze and review the proposals on what they felt would most positively impact the school. The challenge the staff found was that all the projects were worth funding. By combining the City of Fairfax Innovation Grant and a generous donation by the DRES PTA, all the projects received financial support. For an example of these Innovation Grants, please see article about DRES Counselor Emily Baldwin.

    “We are thrilled to reward the innovative thinking of these groups and hope more can come from this in the future,” said Erbrecht. “We greatly appreciate the use of our City Grant Funds to foster these innovations.”

    StrategicPlanSY2016-2022FINAL approved 2_17

  • Lanier Spinners Take 5th Place in National KidWind Competition in New Orleans

    The Lanier’s SPINNERS team traveled to New Orleans for the National KidWind Competition in May. The students won the  ‘Judges Award’ for the best prepared team and placed 5th overall in nation.

    The KidWind Competition invites teams from around the country to solve various wind turbine challenges. The SPINNERS won the regional competition at George Mason in April.

  • Lanier Middle School Teams Earn Two First Place Awards at School Environmental Action Showcase

    Students from Lanier Middle School won two first place awards at the fifth annual School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) held at George Mason University.  Lanier teams took first place in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition with a plan to plant native grasses, and first place in their division of the KidWind Challenge for the most efficient wind turbine design. Lanier Middle School is a Fairfax County public school


    Three Lanier Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) students and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members hosted the school’s first sock drive for the homeless. The students, Nora Farid, Jules Welch and Sami Saghir collected only socks rather than other clothing items after discovering socks are the least donated clothing item. Upon doing research for their drive, they found the Fairfax-Falls Church region, has the second highest population of homeless in the area. The team found a homeless facility, the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter, located in Fairfax, to accept their donations. The February drive collected 649 pairs of socks.

    The drive, known as Toasty Toes, is a community service project for the FCCLA State Leadership Conference to be held in Virginia Beach in April.  The team will be competing in the STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) event, Chapter Community Service Display in the Junior category.  If the group wins at the state level, they will have the opportunity to represent the state of Virginia at the National Leadership Conference held in San Diego this coming July.

    “As their adviser, I am very impressed by the imaginative community service project these three students decided to do,” said Susan VonSchaack, Lanier Middle School teacher and FACS and FCCLA adviser.  “The research proved that Fairfax County has a high homeless population which I believe gave Sami, Nora, and Jules even more determination in having a successful campaign.”

The City of Fairfax Schools strives to make our website accessible to all. If you are having difficulties, please call our office at 703-385-7911 or send an email to

© 2018 City of Fairfax Schools