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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
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 TeamTeachers and StaffBoard of TrusteesTchintcia BarrosEquity Portfolio Manager, Columbia ManagementAmbar BhattacharyyaVice President, Bessemer Venture PartnersBeth Clymer (Treasurer)Vice President, Bain CapitalRep. Nicholas CollinsMA State RepresentativeStacy CowanOf Counsel, Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLPTamekia GroceParent Representative, UP Academy DorchesterDaniel R. ManningChief of Staff, Civic Engagement Cabinet, Office of Mayor Martin J. WalshScott McCue (Vice-Chair)Chief Operating Officer, Match Teacher ResidencyRobert McConnaughey (Chair)Head of Equities, Columbia ManagementCecilia Santana-LindParent Representative, UP Academy BostonJesse SolomonDirector, Boston Teacher ResidencyBarbara SullivanPortfolio Manager for Education, Strategic Grant PartnersMariama White-HammondCommunity Activist and Dorchester Resident
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
In our first academic year, students formerly enrolled in the Gavin Middle School were guaranteed admission into UP Academy Boston. Today, our school enrolls students through a random lottery as required by Massachusetts law. To enroll your child in UP Academy Boston, please download the application forms below.
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
• 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
• 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)