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UP Academy Boston

Welcome to UP Academy Boston! Serving more than 375 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 375
    • 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
    • Beth Clymer – Chief Financial Officer, Jobcase, Inc.
    • 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!

Enrollment Information

We are now accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year! To enroll your child, you can apply online or download and submit an application via mail, in-person, email, or fax. Applications are due by March 3rd at 4PM. The lottery will be held on March 8th at 3PM. Please apply now and don’t miss an opportunity to enroll!


If you are interested in enrolling this school year 2022-2023, we may have seats available. Please Email

Virtual Tour

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


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