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Welcome to UP Academy Elementary!

Up Academy is a Kind, progressive elementary lab school in san mateo, aimed at fostering a personalized and inclusive learning environment for students of all abilities.

join us in our new location in san mateo!! opening december 3!

We envision our students as intelligent, capable, independent thinkers who are well- equipped with the skills necessary to compete in an ever-changing world.  They build empathy and collaboration skills while working with a variety of people with differing abilities.  They exercise a growth mindset to find solutions to everyday problems and display resilience when overcoming difficulties.  They gain emotional intelligence by practicing mindfulness, self-regulation and discovering their innate creativity.

Our students find joy in learning. We encourage their sense of wonder and curiosity by focusing on their academic, physical and emotional growth through individualized and project-based curriculum. Our innovative curriculum has been designed and created in consultation with experts from local leading-edge schools such as Alt School, Khan Lab School and education methodologies such as Montessori and Waldorf.


Our Mission

Our mission is to produce successful, independent children capable of reaching their ultimate potential. UP Academy will cultivate a generation of creative, curious, free thinking, problem solvers through an education that embraces differing abilities.

Our neuro-development program will transform inclusion education with an integrated therapeutic method that views both life skills and academic achievement with equal value.



Our Values

Our Values drive everything we do.  Eliza taught us to be strong, to be kind and to always do our best.  Tap In Talents has taught us to be kind, be respectful and have fun.    UP Academy strives to live our values of innovation, empathy and strength every day through understanding that failure is a part of learning, students need to study things that interest them and it is our responsibilitiy to do our best to impart the skills necessary for our students to excel in an ever changing world and workforce. 


Up Academy fuses the best of the one room schoolhouse model with today’s technology allowing for student driven curriculum that has boundless possibilities!


We teach and model that each of us has as unique perspective and experience we should celebrate and learn from. We seek collaboration and understanding to make the world a place that values the positive contributions we can all make. 


Strength encompasses our inner and outer vibrancy. Emotional intelligence, the body’s health, physical strength and mental determination are all are supported by our one-of-a-kind curriculum.



may 2018

"Our time there was a wonderful experience- my geeky daughter was well stimulated and challenged, both physically and mentally, in a very relaxed and warm environment."

Samyuktha Aswadhati / About Tap In Talents After School Program



Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with UP Academy.  Enroll in a program, join us for upcoming events, volunteer for a project or help in a classroom.  We appreciate your kindness - donations always accepted.


Sign Up For a Program

UP Academy Elementary           Independent Study                                               After School Program      Neurodevelopment Program

Volunteer opportunities

Tell us what skills you would like to share with us and we'd love to meet you!



Make a Donation

Donations of any size or of equipment are always welcome.  Contact us to donate large items or appreciated stock.