Arrowstreet’s second project for KIPP charter schools is a new elementary and middle school in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood. The facility includes a 4-story classroom wing, administrative offices, a cafeteria, and a gymnasium. This location will serve as the permanent home for the successful KIPP Academy Boston, eventually accommodating 650 students. Located in the heart of the Mattapan neighborhood and next to busy commuter rail tracks, the design team strategically positioned the 53,000-square-foot school to both mitigate the MBTA impact and knit the school into the surrounding urban fabric. To maximize the client’s budget and abbreviate construction duration, the school’s gymnasium was designed as an innovative pre-fabricated structure.

Project Details


Mattapan, Boston, MA


KIPP Academy Boston

square Footage

53,000 SF


650 Students




American School & University

Outstanding Design, Elementary Schools, 2017


“[The school will] truly support the mission of strengthening the sense of community in Boston’s inner city and is proof of a commitment to enhancing the socioeconomics and quality of education in the area.”

– Jonathan Garland, Arrowstreet

Photos by Ed Wonsek

Architectural Plans / Process