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UP Academy Dorchester

Now accepting applications for the 2024-25 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 on Friday, March 1st, 2024 and the lottery will be held at UP Dorchester at 35 Westville St, Boston, MA 02124 on Thursday March 7th, 2024 at 4:00 PM.

Welcome to UP Academy Dorchester!  

Serving preK-8 students in the Bowdoin-Geneva community of Boston since 2013, UP Dorchester is a mission-driven community of passionate and dedicated educators. Our school community is built on the core values of teamwork, integrity, grit, engagement, and respect.

  • Fast Facts
    • Grades Served: K1-8
    • Enrollment: Approximately 720
    • Restart Date: August 2013
    • School Restarted: John Marshall Elementary School
  • Contact Information
    • Principal: Ariella Silverstein-Tapp
    • Director of Operations: Michaela Power
    • Address: 35 Westville Street, Dorchester, MA 02124
    • Phone: (617) 635-8810
    • Fax: (617) 635-8815
    • Email:
  • School Hour
    • Monday – Tuesday: 7:45am – 3:00pm
    • Wednesday: 7:45am – 12:30pm
    • Thursday – Friday: 7:45am – 3:00pm
    • * Doors open Monday – Friday at 7:15am for breakfast
  • 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 UAD Unique?

    UP Academy Dorchester offers rigorous academic, holistic social emotional learning and hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for grades K1-8. 

    At UP Academy Dorchester, your child will…

    • Be part of a learning community where thinking and discussion is central, and everyone’s voice matters
    • Be part of a state championship level athletics program
    • Learn how to plant, grow, and harvest fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers as part of our greenhouse program
    • Get exposure to robotics and coding as young as Kindergarten
    • Figure out the best high school option for your child, and get help applying!


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