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UP Academy Dorchester

Now enrolling for the 2024-25 school year on a rolling basis!

We are still accepting applications with limited seats.  We will have an application deadline every Friday until all available seats have been filled.  We will be offering to students who have applied on a rolling basis as long as there are available seats. 

Please submit via one of the following methods:

  • Mail. Mail your completed application to UP Academy Dorchester, located at 35 Westville Street, Dorchester, MA 02124.
  • In-person: Drop-off your completed application in person at the UP Academy Dorcester main office.
  • Email. Scan your completed application, and email the file to
  • Fax. Fax your completed application to 617-635-8815.
  • Online: Fill out your application online at

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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