Alfred G. Waters Middle School

Middletown, Delaware

  • FIRM

    Gilbert Architects Inc.


    Appoquinimink School District

  • AREA

    111,000 sq.ft.





This 1,000-student middle school is dedicated to the memory of Alfred G. Waters, a devoted educator and lifelong learner who served as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of Appoquinimink School District. He is remembered most for providing leadership and inspiration to thousands of young people.

The school houses students in grades 6 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$142.15FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio 8, each with its own academic wing. Students and teachers can use centralized learning pods in each wing, allowing for a variety of applications including team-teaching presentations, science labs and group projects. A central spine through the main building connects the three wings and encompasses common areas, including a gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, library/media center, computer lab, administration suite, reception area, teacher workrooms and conference rooms.

The overall design is part of the campus plan, allowing for greater efficiencies within the site. Its flexibility encourages a sense of community, allowing for zoning of after-hours activities and providing a sense of synergy reflective of today’s educational requirements.