The new 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 between each of the school’s classroom wings and the central Town Square cafeteria.
Consolidating two Weymouth schools, the new Chapman Middle School serves 1,470 students in grades 6-8 and provides equitable, elevated education and resources for the entire town. Academic wings break down the large school into smaller learning communities. 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.