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UP Academy Charter
School of Dorchester
UP Academy Dorchester is a tuition-free Boston public school currently serving students in grades K1-5. Beginning in fall 2014, our school will enroll students in grades K1-6 and we will continue our expansion each year until we serve students in grades K1-8 in the 2016-17 academic year.
At UP Academy Dorchester, we have the eye of the TIGER – our school community is built on the core values of teamwork, integrity, grit, engagement, and respect. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure our scholars are equipped with the knowledge, skills and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and achieve their full potential.
What We Offer
As a part of the UP Education Network of schools, UP Academy Dorchester 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
• After-school options available for students in grades K1-4
• Rigorous homework every night
• Academic supports for all students, including students with special needs and English Language Learners
• Weekly enrichment courses in the areas of art, academics, and sports
• School uniforms
• Focused, energetic classrooms
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 Dorchester.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 DorchesterScott 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 Partners
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 Dorchester. 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 Marshall Elementary School were guaranteed admission into UP Academy Dorchester. Today, UP Academy Dorchester enrolls students through a random lottery as required by Massachusetts law. Beginning in fall 2014, our school will enroll students in grades K1-6 and we will continue to expand the school by 1 grade level each year. In the 2016-17 academic year, we will finish our expansion as a fully-enrolled, K1-8 school. To enroll your child in UP Academy Dorchester, please download the application forms below.
Is UP Academy Dorchester a Boston Public School?
Yes. UP Academy Dorchester 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 Dorchester, families and scholars commit to an extended school day that lasts from 7:45am-3:30pm each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 7:45am-12:30pm each Wednesday. Students will be encouraged to arrive between 7:15-7:30am for breakfast. Additional academic and behavioral support programs will run from 3:30-4:15pm each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. After school options will be provided until 6:00pm Monday-Friday for all students in grades K1-4.
Do UP Academy Dorchester 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 Dorchester. 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?
We aim to set class sizes between 20 and 27 students, depending on grade level. This ensures that each teacher is able to build a strong relationship with each scholar.
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.
Does UP Academy Dorchester enroll ELL or Special Education scholars?
Yes. UP Academy Dorchester provides support services for all scholars, including scholars with special needs and English Language Learners.
Do you have free breakfast and lunch programs?
Yes. All scholars will receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch.
Will UP Academy Dorchester provide transportation for my child to get to and from the school?
Scholars who qualify to receive transportation through Boston Public Schools will receive transportation to and from UP Academy Dorchester.
Do you have to apply to get into UP Academy Dorchester?
UP Academy Dorchester is a public school open to all Boston scholars who are incoming K1-6th graders. An application is required to enter the UP Academy Dorchester lottery, but no test scores, grades, recommendations, or history will be taken into consideration. For additional information on enrollment at UP Academy Dorchester, please download an enrollment form.