Now in design development, the new Chapman Middle School will serve 1,470 students in grades 6 through 8. By serving a large student population and consolidating two schools, the new Chapman middle school reduces grade transitions and creates an equitable educational experience for all of Weymouth’s middle school population. The school’s organization, with classroom wings stemming from the central commons, breaks down the large school into smaller learning communities, supporting the school’s educational program that creates teams based on grade and subject.
The layout of the new school supports Chapman’s rich exploratory program, in which students engage in hands-on activities in subjects ranging from robotics and fabrication to culinary arts and broadcast media. These exploratory spaces open up to the Town Square, a flexible dining commons that functions as a central gathering area for students.