UP Academy Charter School of Dorchester

  • UP Academy Charter School of Dorchester (UP Academy Dorchester) is a tuition-free, college-preparatory elementary and middle school. UP Academy Dorchester currently serves students in grades K1-8.

    UP Academy Dorchester aims to ensure its students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and to achieve their full potential. Every assignment and every class is designed to prepare students for success in our school, high school, and beyond. The teachers and staff members work extremely hard to create and maintain a positive school culture that celebrates our students’ achievements and cultivates a true love for learning.

    What Makes Our School Special?

    • Public, tuition-free, college preparatory middle school managed by a school management organization, UP Education Network
    • Aims to ensure all students are on an unbreakable path to high school and college and to achieve their full potential
    • Rigorous, standards-based curriculum and instruction that emphasizes an increase in intellectual independence in math and reading
    • Culture of high academic and behavioral expectations for students, families, and staff
    • Open lines of communication between school and family; multiple opportunities for family involvement
    • Core values include teamwork, integrity, grit, engagement, and respect (TIGER)
    • Lottery-based enrollment open to all students in the district; for additional information and/or an application, please visit upacademydorchester.org

    Academic Programs

    • 1:1 and small group support during the school day
    • Character education program 
    • Comprehensive supports for all students, including students with disabilities and English language learners
    • Extended school day and year to maximize instructional time and provide additional opportunities for arts and physical education

    Before and After School Programs in Our Building

    • After School 3:30-6:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    • Wednesday 12:30-6:30 pm
    • School Vacation Weeks and Summer 7:30 am-6:00 pm
    • Vouchers and Private Pay Accepted (Sliding Scale Fee for Eligible Families)
    • Contact us: enrollment@bostonsbridgetoexcellence.com
    • Program Administrator: Sophia Bishop-Rice (857) 246-2984


  • Elementary Principal 
    Ariella Silverstein-Tapp
    Middle School Principal 
    Erica Andrew
    Director of Operations 
    Michaela Power

    35 Westville Street
    Dorchester, MA 02124

    Email: info@upacademydorchester.org
    Fax: 617-635-8815

    School Hours
    Monday–Tuesday: 7:45 am to 3:10 pm
    Wednesday: 7:45 am to 12:30 pm

    * Doors open at 7:15 am for breakfast
    * Early Dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 12:40 p.m.