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UP Academy Boston

Welcome to UP Academy Boston! Serving more than 490 6th-8th grade students in Boston since 2011, UP Academy Boston is a mission-driven community of passionate and dedicated educators.

  • Fast Facts
    • Grades Served:  6-8
    • Enrollment: Approximately 490
    • Restart Date: August 2011
    • School Restarted: Patrick F. Gavin Middle School
  • Contact Information
    • Principal: Rashidah Lawson
    • Director of Operations: James Frier
    • Address: 215 Dorchester Street, South Boston, MA 02127
    • Phone: (617) 635-8819
    • Fax: (617) 635-8820
    • Email:
  • School Hours
    • Monday – Thursday: 7:35 am – 3:00 pm
    • Friday: 7:35 am – 1:00 pm
    • *Doors open at 7:15 am for breakfast Monday-Friday
    • *Students who have homework club or detention will be dismissed at 3:30pm.
  • Board of Trustees

    UP Academy Boston & UP Academy Dorchester are Horace Mann charter schools and are governed by the UP Academy Boston & UP Academy Dorchester Board of Trustees.  

    • Barbara Sullivan – Director, Strategic Grant Partners
    • Beth Clymer (Chair) – Operating Partner, Bain Capital
    • Nii Amaah K. Ofosu-Amaah (Treasurer)– Principal, Business Development, Berkshire Partners
    • Mark Parry – Community Member
    • Alisha Johnson – Team Lead Crimson Preferred Scheduling, Tufts Medical Center
    • Amar Kumar (Vice-Chair) – Senior Vice President of Product and Portfolio Management at Pearson
    • Lana Ewing – Chief Academic Officer, Excel Academy Charter Schools
    • Ali Huberlie – Senior Consultant, EY Parthenon
    • Tchintcia Barros – Senior Portfolio Manager, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
    • Nelly Xavier – Senior Vice President, Head of Advisors and Family Offices, Fiera Capital
    • Robert McConnaughey – Investment Management

Enrollment Information

UP Academy Boston is a tuition-free, public school open to all Boston scholars who are incoming 6th-8th graders. UP Academy Boston enrolls students through a random, city-wide lottery as required by Massachusetts law. An application is needed to enter the UP Academy Boston lottery, but no test scores, grades, recommendations, or history will be taken into consideration.


Applications can be filled out online (here) or by downloading one of our applications.

The dates for UAB’s next lotteries are as follows: 

  • We are accepting applications on a rolling basis with deadlines for applications being every two days until October 15th. Lotteries will be run as required if we have more applications than seats available. 
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