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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.


Virtual Open House: You’re invited to UP Academy Boston’s virtual open house on Thursday, July 23rd from 5-6pm. Register online at

  • 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.


Virtual Tour

While the school building may be closed right now, we look forward to welcoming you inside for a tour soon. In the meantime, check out this virtual school tour video.


Boston Summer Resources

  • BPS 5th Quarter summer programs:  These are run by BPS-approved partners. All eligible students are invited to attend, but any family can apply to these programs. Please note that space is limited. You can find more information about these learning opportunities by visiting You can register here. 
  • Summer Camps, Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer Opportunities: Summer camps and programs are available to all families for enrollment. Some camps and programs may be quite different this summer because of the nationwide pandemic. You can find more information by visiting
    • Summer youth employment opportunities are also available for students, including jobs with the Private Industry Council, the Department of Youth Employment and Engagement, plus many others. You can find more information by visiting
  • Meals: BPS will continue to provide access to free breakfast and lunch meals to the City of Boston children through pick-up and delivery, for students who regularly receive door-to-door transportation. The BPS meal sites currently open will continue serving Boston children throughout the summer. Meal sites will remain open on weekdays from June 23-July 2. Beginning July 6, BPS will operate an additional 18 meal sites. All sites will be open Monday – Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. In addition, the City of Boston and community partners will operate dozens of additional meal sites, open throughout the summer. You can learn more by visiting
  • Social-Emotional Support: BPS will continue to offer opportunities for students to receive mental health services and other counseling via telehealth. You can learn more and read other tips for staying healthy by visiting


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