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7:30am - 3:20pm

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(978) 722-8159


(978) 824-9454


60 Allen Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

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Dear UP Academy Leonard Community,

There are many new and exciting things happening at UP Academy Leonard! We hope you will continue to check in for updates on our school community at www.upacademyleonard.org.

As the co-leaders of UP Academy Leonard, we believe that our rigorous, academically focused curriculum and supportive school environment will provide your student with the world-class education that he or she deserves.

What is UP Academy Leonard?

UP Academy Leonard is a public, tuition-free, college preparatory middle school serving grades 6-8. Our mission is to ensure that all our students acquire the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and achieve their full potential. To achieve this mission we provide:

High academic expectations. Every assignment and each class is designed to prepare students for success in our school, high school, and college.

An extended school day. UP Academy Leonard’s doors open at 7:30am and academic classes end at 3:20pm on Monday-Thursday and 1:30pm on Friday. Every minute of our school day is designed to maximize instructional time in core subject areas and provide additional opportunities for arts and character education.

Safe, orderly learning environment. Our school has high academic and behavioral expectations for students, families, and staff to create a stimulating learning environment.

Supports for all learners. UP Academy Leonard provides comprehensive supports for all learners, including students with disabilities and English language learners. Our school employs whole-school and individualized supports to catch struggling students before they fall behind, including daily tutoring and small-group classes to help students build their foundational skills.

If you have any questions about UP Academy Leonard, please don’t hesitate to call us directly at (978) 722-8159 or to email us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Welcome aboard,

Amanda Forbes

Ashley Hutchinson
Director of Operations

Amanda Forbes, Principal

Prior to working at UP Academy Leonard as a Principal.  Ms. Forbes served at UP Academy Leonard as the Assistant Principal for three years and prior to that, Ms. Forbes was a 6th grade math teacher for two years. Before her tenure at UP Academy Leonard, Ms. Forbes served as a 5th grade teacher for two years in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to that, she served as a first grade teacher in upstate New York. Ms. Forbes got her start in education through a Plattsburgh State Masters of Teaching program in 2010. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Lawrence University. 


Ashley Hutchinson, Director of Operations

Ms. Hutchinson returns to UP Academy Leonard as the Director of Operations this school year. She began her career as the founding 8thgrade special education teacher at UP Academy Leonard before joining the founding team of Lawrence High School’s 9th Grade Academy as the Operations Manager. Most recently, she was the Director of School Operations at KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School in Lynn, MA. She holds a Master’s degree from Merrimack College and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.