UP Academy Holland

UP Academy Holland is a tuition-free, public school serving students in grades K1-5. Formerly the John P. Holland Elementary School, UP Academy Holland was launched in fall 2014 as a turnaround partnership between the State of Massachusetts and the non-profit school management organization UP Education Network.

Our school aims to ensure all students acquire the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and to achieve their full potential. Our mantra is “Passion + Purpose.”

Special Features:
  • Daily character education program: Working Hard to Get Smarter
  • Teacher specialization in math and reading in grade 5, and math specialists on staff
  • Two computer labs that support our math and reading programs
  • Family engagement events: Family Unity Dinner, Game Night, Family Heritage Night, and Math & Literacy Instructional Night
  • Real Men Read Program: Men from the community come in to read to classrooms to help promote literacy
  • Extra help after school, including tutoring, City Year, YMCA and College Bound
  • School-based therapy programs with a full-time social worker
  • Olympic-size swimming pool with full swimming program
  • Fine arts program, offering art, music, and Boston Ballet
  • Open Circle program that builds community and reinforces positive behavior in the classroom
  • Bright, beautiful, newly renovated building
Special academic programs:
  • Full range of special education classes and programs for English language learners, including Spanish and Vietnamese SEI
Our partners:
  • ABCD Foster Grandparents, Achievement Network, City Connects, City Year, Connecting with Care counseling, Diamond Educators mentoring, 10 Boys Initiative, Smart Smiles Dental Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Program, Teach Plus
After school programs in our building:
  • City Year, Monday-Thursday; Holland Community Center, Monday-Friday; and 5 STAR Leadership Initiative. 
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has selected UP Education Network as the receiver for the Holland Elementary, which is a Level 5 school. Learn more here.

Jabari Peddie
Assistant Principal
Jose Malave-Vidal 

85 Olney Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States

Phone: 617-635-8832
Fax: 617-635-8838

School Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Weds 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Early Dismissal, day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 1:30 p.m.

Grades: K1-5
Level: Elementary
School Type: Traditional