Winthrop Middle High School

The design of Winthrop Middle High School fosters contemporary, hands-on learning, complementing Winthrop’s STEAM-centered middle school curriculum and educational model of interdisciplinary team teaching at the high school level. 


Winthrop, MA


189,500 sf


6 – 12





Energy Use Reduction

35% from baseline code

“The Winthrop Middle High School is a wonderful part of our community and a source of joy for students. An amazing effort that continues to inspire.”

Robert A. Carroll | Former Member, Winthrop Planning Board

Shared core facilities, including the gym, library, auditorium, and black box theater, comprise the space between two L-shaped academic wings that house middle and high school classrooms.

Organized to support interdisciplinary team teaching, classrooms in both wings are supplemented with project areas just outside the classroom doors, providing the flexibility needed for 21st-century teaching and learning.



The new school is completely outfitted for hands-on learning to complement the STEAM-centered curriculum of the middle school and the cross-curriculum team teaching at the high school level. Students now have an exciting variety of learning and social spaces, including expanded opportunities to experience science, technology, and arts education outside of a traditional classroom. Specialized areas within the school include a STEM classroom and fab lab, which can host activities like Winthrop’s “Viking Longships” class, enabling students to explore Viking history through hands-on projects.



While maintaining separate identities, the design of the combined school fosters a sense of interconnectivity through clarity of organization, glazing on interior and exterior walls, daylighting, and double-height volumes.

  • Grand Prize, Spaces4Learning Education Design Showcase, 2017
  • K-12 Merit Award, ENR New England Regional Best Projects, 2017
  • Outstanding Project, Learning By Design Spring Educational Facilities Design Awards, 2017
  • Merit Award, AGC MA Build New England, 2017
  • Photography, Ed Wonsek