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  • Welcome to
    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

  • 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 Dorchester.

    Leadership Team
    Principal

    Dean of Families and Community

    Dean of Special Education

    Director of Operations

    Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

    Dean of Students

    Dean of Students

    Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

    Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

    Teachers and Staff
    Student support Teacher

    First Grade Resident Teacher

    Second Grade Resident Teacher

    ESL Teacher

    School Nurse

    K-1 Teacher

    Third Grade Teacher

    Third Grade Teacher

    K-1 Resident Teacher

    Special Education Teacher

    Special Education Teacher

    Third Grade Resident Teacher

    Second Grade Teacher

    K-2 Teacher

    Special Education Resident Teacher

    Occupational Therapist

    Fourth Grade Teacher

    K-1 Teacher

    K-2 Teacher

    K-2 Resident Teacher

    Counselor

    Fifth Grade ELA Teacher

    Special Education Resident Teacher

    First Grade Teacher

    Second Grade Teacher

    Music Teacher

    Third Grade Teacher

    Special Education Resident Teacher

    PE Teacher

    K-1 Teacher

    Fifth Grade Resident Teacher

    Second Grade Teacher

    K-2 Teacher

    Behavior Interventionist

    Office Manager

    Substantially Separate Aide

    K-1 Resident Teacher

    Special Education Coordinator

    First Grade Teacher

    Fourth Grade Teacher

    ESL Teacher

    Art Teacher

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Special Projects Coordinator

    Fifth Grade Math Teacher

    Fifth Grade Science Teacher

    Special Education Teacher

    Fourth Grade Teacher

    Theater Teacher

    Second Grade Teacher

    Special Education Resident Teacher

    Office Manager

    Student Support Teacher

    K-2 Mentor Teacher

    First Grade Teacher

    K-2 Teacher

    Behavior Interventionist

    Science Specialist

    Second Grade Teacher

    K-2 Resident Teacher

    ESL Teacher

    Student Support Teacher

    School Psychologist

    Special Education Teacher

    K-1 Resident Teacher

    Special Education Resident Teacher

    Special Education Teacher

    Librarian

    PE Teacher

    First Grade Teacher

    First Grade Teacher

    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

    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

  • 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 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.

    DOWNLOAD FORMS

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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.