Quincy Upper School

  • Our mission at Josiah Quincy Upper School (JQUS) is to develop our students to be knowledgeable, productive members of a global society in the 21st century. Our philosophy is to nurture, educate and develop the whole student.

    We have a longer day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The school features daily world language, regular physical education, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, classes in the arts, teacher mentors, and an after school program. We are the only school in New England with both an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program and an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, a rigorous course of study recognized worldwide.

    In addition, we have a strong college counseling program that helps students in the application process and offers SAT preparation courses. School social workers provide student support services, helping students and their parents to address particular needs. Every teacher leads a small student advisory group that meets daily to deal with interpersonal issues and promote sound behavioral decisions.

    Special Features:

    • International Baccalaureate Diploma and International Baccalaureate Middle Years programs
    • Theater arts and music
    • Physical education and sports teams
    • Mandarin and Spanish language programs
    • After-school enrichment programs
    • Teachers as leaders
    • Corporate partnerships
    • Pathfinding and Renewal focus
    • Facilities: auditorium, computer lab

    K-12 Pathway:

    • Guaranteed assignment for students from Quincy Elementary School.

    Special academic programs:

    • International Baccalaureate programs
    • Advanced Work Class for eligible students in grade 6
    • AVID college readiness program

    After school programs in our building:

    • Students are offered a choice of academic and non-academic courses.


  • Heads of School
    Richard Chang and Steve Cirasuolo

    Grades 6-12:
    152 Arlington Street
    Boston, MA 02116


    Phone: 617-635-8940
    Fax: 617-635-8945

    School Hours
    Grades 6-7: 8:40 a.m.-3:40 p.m. M-T-Th-F; 8:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Wed.
    Early dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and the last two days of school: 1:10 p.m.

    Grades 8-12: 7:50 a.m.-2:50 p.m. M-T-Th-F; 7:50-11:30 a.m. Wed.
    Early dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and the last two days of school: 12:20 p.m.