New School for Girls at Malden Catholic High School
MALDEN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, MALDEN, MA — After more than 80 years as a leader in all-boys education, Malden Catholic High School is establishing a School for Girls to offer its rigorous college-preparatory curriculum to a broader student body. Malden Catholic will have two divisions—essentially two schools under the same leadership. The two single-gender schools will operate independently, but will share Malden Catholic's academic philosophy and dedication to fostering the spiritual, intellectual, creative, social and physical development of all students.
The School for Girls program will occupy a separate wing within Malden Catholic’s 1970s school that formerly housed the Xaverian Brothers when they lived on campus. The facilities include a range of classrooms, meeting rooms and a Learning Commons that overlooks the central courtyard. Our design of the School for Girls seeks to create welcoming and stimulating environments that complement Malden Catholic’s familial atmosphere and focus on academic excellence.
To meet Malden Catholic's goals for a September 2018 opening, the renovation was designed and implemented on a fast-track schedule. The scope of the renovation included 24,500 sf with a minor addition. Construction was phased to minimize disruption to the ongoing school operations.
As a co-divisional school, Malden Catholic will offer a structured, single-gender academic environment during the school day with opportunities for all students to be together in activities and clubs outside of school hours.
Creating parity between the two divisions was a primary goal. The Girls Division includes its own Learning Commons and state-of-the-art classrooms that complement the high quality learning environments of Malden Catholic's Boys Division.
MDS has served Malden Catholic High School since 2001 when the firm developed the school's Master Plan. Since then, MDS has designed and implemented a range of renovations and expansions that enhanced the student experience and addressed many infrastructure-related improvements. Projects included the Entrance and Cafeteria Expansion, renovation and expansion of the Gymnasium and athletic facilities, renovation of the library into a Learning Commons, renovations to the Science Center, in addition to a range of accessibility, building systems, and life safety upgrades.