Matapeake Middle School and Ninth-Grade Academy

Stevensville, Maryland

  • FIRM

    Gilbert Architects Inc.


    Queen Anne`s County Public Schools

  • AREA

    115,609 sq.ft.





This new middle school is situated at the gateway to Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore. Designed around a nautical theme, the main lobby promenade forms a ship’s hull that extends between the two main entrances to the school and separates public-use spaces (physical-education suite with stage, cafeteria and music suite) from the academic portions of the building. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$214.37FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized area oversees building access of all students, parents and visitors. The media center is situated centrally for access by all grades.

Up to 500 middle school students are enrolled in grades 6 to 8, and 300 students are on the second floor in the ninth-grade academy.

The floor plan is organized around a grade level “village” arrangement for the middle school and two small learning communities for the ninth-grade academy. These smaller schools-within-a-school support and encourage the fundamental curriculum practices of the school system and create a friendly education atmosphere.