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UP Academy Boston

Welcome to UP Academy Boston!

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

Want to get a sense of UP Academy Boston? Check out this virtual school tour video!

  • Fast Facts
    • Grades Served:  6-8
    • Enrollment: Approximately 220
    • Restart Date: August 2011
    • School Restarted: Patrick F. Gavin Middle School
  • Contact Information
    • Principal: James Frier
    • Director of Operations: Brittani Bond
    • 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.  

    • Amar Kumar (Chair) – Founder & CEO, KaiPod Learning
    • Matt Lesniak (Treasurer)– Director, Strategic Operations Finance, Wayfair
    • Alisha Johnson – Supervisor, Crimson Preferred Scheduling, Tufts Medical Center
    • Aisha Miller (Secretary) – Vice President, Related Beal
    • Rishi Shukla – Managing Partner & Co-Founder, DockSquare Equity
    • Lana Ewing – Chief Academic Officer, Excel Academy Charter Schools
    • Ali Huberlie (Vice-Chair) – Senior Director, EY Parthenon
    • Sonia Satchell – Owner, IRIE Jamaican Style Restaurant
  • What Makes UAB Unique?

    UP Academy Boston provides a middle school experience unlike any other in Boston.

    We offer rigorous academic classes led by outstanding educators, holistic social emotional learning and hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for grades 6-8. 

    At UP Academy Boston, your child will…

    • Be part of a loving community that attends to the needs of every individual student
    • Take part in mock trials with real cases at courthouses in Boston
    • Build robots and learn the language of coding
    • Experience small class sizes offering personalized support 
    • Figure out the best high school option, and get help applying!

UP Academy Boston in SY2024-25

UP Boston will be merging into UP Dorchester starting in the 2024-2025 school year and students and families will be served at one location at 35 Westville St, Dorchester MA, 02124.

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