An inside look at the new AHS wings


The Performing Arts and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) wings of the new high school are now open*. 

These new spaces fulfill the educational vision created by AHS teachers, district administrators, students, and community members in 2018: 

  • 21st century learning: upgraded science labs, improved classroom layouts, new Discourse Lab.
  • Collaborative hands-on learning: enlarged makerspaces, central library.
  • Award-winning arts program: updated Auditorium, larger art, band and chorus rooms, upgraded Black Box theater.
  • Health and well-being: larger gym with walking track, enhanced outdoor learning areas and courtyards, improved athletic fields.

The Auditorium is expected to open in April. All spaces in the Performing Arts wing that are outside of the Auditorium opened in February. Out of an abundance of caution, the school opted to rent the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown for the spring musical since the auditorium opening date and the performance dates are so close together.

In addition, the new school significantly contributes to the Town’s net-zero sustainability goals. The all-electric high school is on track to receive LEED Gold status and the project team is working hard towards achieving LEED Platinum. From air-source heat pumps to lightwells and a more energy efficient building envelope, the new school will use less than half of the total site energy as the current building. 

Below is a slideshow comparing the new school with the old school. Click on any image to view as a slideshow.

Additional features

  • Acknowledgement of AHS history through a 50’ tall Collomb House “super graphic” on the Mass. Ave. lobby wall.
  • Collaboration and presentation spaces between the classrooms expand opportunities for learning.
  • Ground level classrooms have direct access to a courtyard and work yard allowing classes to move outdoors.
  • Administrative offices for Asst. Principal, Deans, Student Services, School Resource Officer


*The Auditorium is expected to open in April.