Chapman Middle School

  • area / size 252,000 sqft
  • Completed 2022
  • HMFH Architects created a space for dynamic learning and flexible use at Chapman Middle School in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

    The new Maria Weston Chapman Middle School is designed to embrace a hands-on, inclusive, and interdisciplinary approach to learning. As a feeder for Weymouth High School and its robust vocational programs, the new grade 6-8 school’s curriculum and layout are centered around its unique “exploratories”—elective tracks that focus on modern, STEAM-driven paths in career technical education, ranging from robotics and fabrication to culinary arts and broadcast media. Specialized lab spaces support this exploration and link each of the school’s classroom wings with the centrally located Town Square cafeteria and student hub.

    As the largest middle school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Chapman School serves 1,470 students and provides equitable, elevated education and resources for the entire town. Academic wings are organized to break down the large school into smaller learning communities and to support students’ physical, social, and emotional well-being. The Town Square accommodates public use of the school after-hours, while the design preserves and renovates the original gymnasium, a well-used community space. A state-of-the-art theater serves as a resource for the middle school’s active drama program as well as the high school and community theater groups.

    Design: HMFH Architects
    Contractor: Bond Building Construction
    Photography: Ed Wonsek