Morse School

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Morse School is the most recent of Cambridge’s K-8 schools to undergo extensive renovation and expansion. The school is unique in that it teaches a core knowledge curriculum, which provides a detailed sequence of content in the major subject areas and facilitates the correlation of subject matter throughout the school program.

It also serves as the access point ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY575COST PER SQ FT$163.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation a number of community youth and family services, including Community Schools programs, such as the extended- day programs and summer camp.

The school sits on an extremely tight urban site sandwiched between a dense residential neighborhood and a highly trafficked urban parkway. Trees planted during the original construction have matured to give the site a distinctive park-like quality, and the school site is important to the neighborhood for its playgrounds and ballfield.

The renovation and expansion project required integration with new construction to meet the needs of the new educational space program. The new construction provides space for a new library/media center, new kindergarten and early childhood rooms, a new science lab, new Community Schools space and an expanded cafeteria with new kitchen. All building systems have been replaced, the building has been made accessible and new technology systems have been provided.

Photographer: ©Peter Vanderwarker