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  • Welcome To
    UP Academy Charter
    School of Boston

    UP Academy Boston is a tuition-free Boston public middle school with students in grades 6-8. Our school community is built on the core values of Achievement, Scholarship, Perseverance, Integrity, Respect, and Enthusiasm, and our scholars have the heart and fire to succeed on the path to college and achieve their full potential.

    At UP Academy Boston, we believe in student growth. We are proud to report that our scholars have ranked #1 in the state for math growth on the MCAS in each of the past 2 years! To enroll your child in UP Academy Boston, please download the student enrollment form today.

    What We Offer

    As a part of the UP Education Network of schools, UP Academy Boston was founded on a set of guiding principles that all UP Academies follow. From an extended school day and school year to student uniforms and academic supports for all students, we are committed to providing an excellent education to all students, especially our students with disabilities and English Language Learners. Here are a few key aspects of our school’s approach:

    • 185-day school year
    • Extended, 8-hour school day
    • Rigorous homework every night
    • Additional academic supports for struggling students (after school and Saturdays)
    • Year-round, after-school basketball program, cheerleading, honors chorus, and honors dance
    • Weekly enrichment courses in the areas of art, academics, and sports
    • School uniforms
    • Frequent parent communication

     

     

  • Our Team

    In order to achieve amazing results you need amazing people. Here are the teachers, leaders and staff we’re honored to have realizing the potential of our students at UP Academy Boston.

    Leadership Team
    Associate Director of Operations

    Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

    Dean of Students

    Principal

    Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

    Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

    Teachers and Staff
    Math Teacher

    Science Teacher

    Counselor

    Special Education Teacher

    ELA Teacher

    Substantially Separate Special Education Teacher

    ESL Teacher

    Resident Teacher

    History Teacher

    Math Teacher

    History Teacher

    Science Teacher

    Music Teacher

    Science Teacher

    ELA Teacher

    Science Teacher

    Math Teacher

    School Nurse

    Math Teacher

    ELA Teacher

    High School Placement Counselor

    Math Teacher

    Math Teacher

    History Teacher

    Resident Teacher

    Resident Teacher

    Math Teacher

    ELA Teacher

    ELA Teacher

    Special Projects Coordinator

    Special Education Coordinator

    PE Teacher

    ESL Teacher

    Math Teacher

    Special Education Teacher

    School Psychologist

    History Teacher

    Special Education Teacher

    Special Education Teacher

    Science Teacher

    ELA Teacher

    Special Education Teacher

    Art Teacher

    1:1 Aide

    History Teacher

    ELA Teacher

    ESL Teacher

    ELA Teacher

    Office Manager

    Special Education Teacher

    Special Education Teacher

    Math Teacher

    Speech and Language Pathologist

    ELA Teacher

    Office Manager

    Associate Dean of Students

    Board of Trustees
    Tchintcia Barros
    Equity Portfolio Manager, Columbia Management

    Ambar Bhattacharyya
    Vice President, Bessemer Venture Partners

    Beth Clymer (Treasurer)
    Vice President, Bain Capital

    Rep. Nicholas Collins
    MA State Representative

    Stacy Cowan
    Of Counsel, Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP

    Tamekia Groce
    Parent Representative, UP Academy Dorchester

    Daniel R. Manning
    Chief of Staff, Civic Engagement Cabinet, Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh

    Scott McCue (Vice-Chair)
    Chief Operating Officer, Match Teacher Residency

    Robert McConnaughey (Chair)
    Head of Equities, Columbia Management

    Cecilia Santana-Lind
    Parent Representative, UP Academy Boston

    Jesse Solomon
    Director, Boston Teacher Residency

    Barbara Sullivan
    Portfolio Manager for Education, Strategic Grant Partners

    Mariama White-Hammond
    Community Activist and Dorchester Resident

  • Thank You
    For Your Interest In
    Our School Community

    Few choices are more important than where families choose to enroll their children in school. This section is dedicated to providing helpful information necessary both for families new to and returning to UP Academy Boston. Above all else, our mission is to ensure that our students acquire the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and to achieve their full potential. Thank you for your interest in our school.

    Enroll Your Child Today

    We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year. To enroll your child for the 2015-16 academic year, please download and submit the application below by 4:00pm on Friday, March 6th, 2015 for the enrollment lottery on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015. Applications can be submitted via mail, in-person, email, or fax (see application for details). For an introduction to our school, please attend the BPS Showcase Event on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 (details can be found above under “Upcoming Events”). If you have questions, please email us at info@upacademyboston.org or call us at (617) 635-8819.

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  • Frequently Asked
    Questions

    Is UP Academy Boston a Boston Public School?

    Yes. UP Academy Boston is a Boston Public School.

    What is the school schedule? How often will my scholar be asked to stay after school?

    By choosing to enroll in UP Academy, families and scholars commit to an extended school day that lasts from 7:15-3:15pm (Monday -Thursday) and from 7:15-1:30pm (Friday). Scholars may be required to stay after school on weekdays and to attend classes on Saturday mornings. Scholars are required to stay after school until 4:15pm if their homework is not completed satisfactorily or if they earn detention. There are also many fun after school programs students can choose to attend, such as basketball, dance, cheerleading, and chorus.

    What is it like in an UP Academy classroom?

    Scholars are held to high expectations for academic behavior in classes. Scholars maintain scholarly posture, raise their hands, and work urgently on tasks. It is also common to see moments of joy between students through snapping, “shining” and giving “shout outs” to show support.

    Do the scholars wear uniforms to school? Do I have to pay for the uniform shirts?

    Yes, all scholars are required to wear uniforms at UP Academy. Additional information regarding uniforms will be provided when a scholar enrolls in the school. Financial assistance for uniform costs will be provided as needed.

    How many scholars are in each classroom?

    There are approximately twenty-seven scholars in each classroom.

    Does UP Academy Boston enroll ELL or Special Education scholars?

    Yes. UP Academy Boston provides support services for all scholars, including scholars with special needs and English Language Learners.

    Do you have free breakfast and lunch programs?

    Yes. Eligible scholars will receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch.

    Will UP Academy Boston provide transportation for my child to get to and from the school?

    Scholars who qualify to receive transportation through Boston Public Schools can ride a school bus to UP Academy Boston. 6th graders ride the school bus home and 7th and 8th graders receive a free monthly T pass for the ride home from school.

    Do you have to apply to get into UP Academy Boston?

    UP Academy Boston is a public school open to all Boston scholars who are incoming 6th-8th graders. The only information needed to enter UP Academy Boston’s lottery is the scholar’s name and contact information. No test scores, grades, recommendations, or behavioral history will be taken into consideration. For additional information on enrollment at UP Academy Boston, please download an enrollment form.

    What school supplies will be provided by UP Academy Boston?

    UP Academy Boston will provide students with the following items:
    • Binders for each subject
    • Homework folder
    • Planner
    • Rulers, protractors, and calculators for use during school hours
    • Markers, crayons, glue sticks, scissors and other art supplies for use during school hours.

    We ask that UP Academy Boston families provide the following items:
    • Notebook paper
    • Pencils
    • Blue and/or black ink pens
    • A closed top pencil sharpener (optional)
    • A small pencil pouch or box (optional)
    • Extra erasers for pencils (optional)
    • Highlighters (optional)