About Us

Christopher Rattay

Christopher Rattay Principal Christopher_Rattay@hcpss.org

Denise Young

Denise Young, Assistant Principal Denise_Young@hcpss.org
I am proud to be an Assistant Principal at Wilde Lake Middle School, as this is my third year working with a wonderful group of staff, students and parents. I love supporting our dedicated staff and partnering with the school community to provide the best learning opportunities for our students. This is my 15th year as an educator in Howard County. Previously, I was a science teacher and on the leadership team at Elkridge Landing Middle School. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University, my Masters degree in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University and my certification in School Administration and Supervision from McDaniel College. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our sons, and trying new foods.

James McVey

James McVey Assistant Principal James_McVey@hcpss.org
I am very fortunate and extremely excited that I get to continue working with the Wilde Lake Middle School community again this year! This will be my 13th year in the Howard County Public School system. As a teacher, I taught 8th grade United States History at Mayfield Woods Middle School and 7th grade World Cultures and History at Patuxent Valley Middle School. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in both Education and History from the University of Maryland. Go Terps! I also earned my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Administration from McDaniel College. I am looking forward to continuing working alongside and supporting our staff in providing our students with a wonderful experience at Wilde Lake. I believe in building relationships with our students, staff and parents. Through these relationships, I hope to build the trust of our community and school. I hold high expectations for student achievement and will work to see that our students reach their goals. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my wife, our son Henry, and our daughter Carolina. I also enjoy training for triathlons, playing ice hockey, cooking, being at the beach, and watching the Washington Capitals Hockey Team! I look forward to working with our amazing students and families this school year!

The New, Net Zero Wilde Lake Middle School

Set to be complete in January 2017, the new Wilde Lake Middle School will be the first net zero energy school in Maryland. A net zero energy building generates as much energy as it uses over the course of a year as a result of building system efficiencies and on-site renewable energy sources, such as solar power. The new Wilde Lake Middle School is positioned to be the most energy conscious and efficient school in the state, furthering HCPSS’ commitment to environmental sustainability as a support for healthy learning environments.

Learn more about the unique environmental aspects of the school.

LEED Certification

Wilde Lake Middle School was given a LEED certified Platinum Status in 2017 and is also a net-zero energy school.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Wilde Lake Middle School is among a small percentage of Howard County and Maryland schools to have earned LEED certification, which recognizes a commitment to environmental sustainability.

School Overview

Wilde Lake Middle is located in Columbia, Maryland. Wilde Lake Middle was opened in 1969, renovated in 1974 and again in 1998. During the summer of 2009, Wilde Lake Middle went through minor renovations receiving fresh paint inside and out and a few more walls to close off the open spaces. A new building was opened in 2017. Wilde Lake Middle School has a diverse student population and faculty consisting of 543 students and 86 faculty members. The Wilde Lake community is a very active and supportive community, and we are proud of our strong and supportive PTSA and the many business partnerships that we have established.

Wilde Lake Middlle School develops learners who take risks, embrace challenges, and make positive contributions in our diverse community.


Wilde Lake Middle School is committed to celebrating our diversity and the development of student and staff strengths.

  • Students will become self-advocates and creative problem solvers in a safe and rigorous environment.
  • Staff will engage students in high quality instruction to cultivate academic achievement.
  • The school will partner with families to foster academic, social, and emotional student growth.


School Profile: Wilde Lake Middle School
Fast facts about Wilde Lake MS listing special programs, total enrollment, accomplishments and more.

MSDE School Report Card
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) School Report Card reflects overall school performance using a combination of academic and school quality indicators.

Community Superintendent

With a focus on instruction as a birth-through-graduation continuum, Community Superintendents better position the school system to support students throughout their entire journey with HCPSS. View community superintendents by regional area.

Community Superintendent Area 1: Patrick Saunderson

Board of Education Representative

Howard County public schools are divided into school clusters, which are assigned to individual Board members to facilitate school visitations, attend special events, and provide a point of contact for each school community. View all BOE school cluster assignments.

WLMS BOE Representative: Jennifer Mallo