Keith Middle School

New Bedford, Massachusetts

The design of Keith Middle School incorporates unique architectural elements, which combine to create the school’s singular identity. The exterior facades consist of a variety of textures including brick/masonry, cast stone, metal panels and glass. Thoughtful exterior massing of program elements combines with the textures to provide a pleasing and appropriate ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,400COST PER SQ FT$231.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio scale.  

The academic wing of the school is organized around a central courtyard, which provides natural light and ventilation for classrooms. The four classroom clusters on each floor support structured learning and shared instruction.  The cloistered configuration minimizes outside disruption for students as they transition from the elementary to high school learning experience.

A prominent element of the school is the new 750-seat auditorium. With a full stage and adjacent music rooms, it gives students and the community a state-of-the-art performance space. The glass facade at the community entrance welcomes visitors and theater-goers into the auditorium lobby, which also leads to the community center and gymnasium.