Ipswich Middle/High School

Ipswich, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Flansburgh Architects


    Ipswich Public Schools

  • AREA

    205,000 sq.ft.





This combined middle/high school replaces two aging facilities with one complex, and provides the community with theater, recreational and athletic resources.

A two-story academic wing has four quadrants and encompasses a central courtyard. It houses all the grade 6-12 classrooms. Each school has its own entrance and administration offices. By locating both schools ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$130.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized the same wing (adjacent but separated by double-doors), classrooms can be reallocated easily to accommodate enrollment changes. A linear spine connects the academic block with shared core facilities housed in a school and community-use wing.

The plan includes six separate clusters composed of eight classrooms, arranged around a central kiva that resembles a sunken amphitheater and seats up to 100 students. Carpeted and equipped with the latest technology, the kivas provide a forum for public speaking, multimedia presentations and activities.

Additional features include five-sided classrooms, large and small gymnasiums, a media center and a 700-seat auditorium with a 30-foot stage, orchestra pit and full-fly loft.