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Our Work in Boston

Boston is the birthplace of public education in the United States. Although many high-performing public schools across the city are flourishing and delivering an excellent education to fortunate students, the city is also home to some of Massachusetts’ lowest-performing schools in which students do not have access to what they deserve.

We launched our work in Boston to eliminate this inequity. We partner with the City and the Boston Public Schools to restart and rapidly transform the district’s chronically underperforming schools into extraordinary schools called UP Academies. We make bold changes to the existing schools’ academic curriculum, support services, and operating procedures, as well as establish a new school climate based on high expectations and a balance of rigor and joy.

We have restarted and continue to manage three schools in Boston:

  • UP Academy Boston: formerly the Patrick F. Gavin Middle School, where fewer than 1 in 3 students could read and do math at grade level.
  • UP Academy Holland: formerly the John P. Holland Elementary School, where fewer than 1 in 5 students could read and do math at grade level.
  • UP Academy Dorchester: formerly the John Marshall Elementary School, where fewer than 1 in 7 students could read and do math at grade level.

7 Reasons We Love Boston

  1. We. Love. Sports. Whether you’re a diehard fan or a casual observer, you’ll find the energy of Boston infectious. Take in a Celtics or Bruins game at TD Garden, spend 9 innings with the Sox at historic Fenway Park, or watch the Patriots at your neighborhood spot.
  2. We’re a City of Neighborhoods. Boston is distinguished by its vibrant neighborhoods; we’ve got 23! Check out Dorchester, Allston, the South End, the North End, South Boston, Charlestown, Jamaica Plain,…We’re sure you’ll find a place you love.
  3. Nom Nom Nom. Love food? So do we. Some of our favorite (and most frequented) spots include Lincoln Tavern, Savin Bar and Kitchen, Union Oyster House, the Painted Burro, and the Blarney Stone.
  4. We’re a Community of Learners. Boston is home to one of the densest populations of colleges and universities in the country. Spend time visiting the campuses of Northeastern, MIT, UMass Boston, or Tufts. Attend a public lecture or visit the art museums at Harvard. Take a class at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Check out the Frozen Four at UMass Lowell, a football game at Boston College, or some more hockey at Boston University.
  5. We Have Our Own Broadway. Looking for some entertainment? Check out the Blue Man Group, attend a show at the Opera House, or let the sounds of the Symphony take you away. Boston’s theater district offerings change frequently and are a great way to spend the evening!
  6. You Can Walk History. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution: spend some time on the Freedom Trail or marvel over art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Journey back to the present and explore Faneuil Hall, try an experiment at the Museum of Science, or strike some pins bowling!
  7. Classic New England Fall Foliage. Have you seen how pretty our city is, especially in the fall?