About Us

Our Mission

Action for Boston Community Development, in cooperation with Boston Public Schools, has operated ABCD University High School since 1995 to help young people achieve success in school and in life.

Who We Are

ABCD University High School (UHS) is a secondary program developed through a unique partnership with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) and Boston Public Schools – Boston Collaborative High School.

UHS provides Boston students with a dynamic opportunity to reengage in their learning through an accelerated educational pathway and earn their high school diploma. Eligible students are 16-22 years old (and at minimum repeating 10th grade) who have fallen behind at least one grade level or left high school without completing their diploma requirements.

The UHS learning community is brimming with creativity and desire to explore educational pathways through experiential learning. At UHS, the students and faculty believe, We RISE! Through Resilience, Integrity, Scholarship, and Empowerment our students will graduate with a high school diploma, an educational plan, knowledge, skills, and the support to achieve their goals as lifelong learners, in education, career, and civic participation.

Different Pathways

Our Team

Sherann Jackson-Alkins
School Leader
Yesenia Aguilar
Guidance Counselor
Joseph Cain
Special Education
Gerald Haldhide
English Language Arts
Gerald Haldhide
English Language Arts
Hannah Hoster
Adjustment Counselor
Edward Kwan 
Mathematics
Edward Kwan
Mathematics
Savvas Papadopoulos 
Social Studies
Savvas Papadopoulos
Social Studies
Martha Roach 
Science
Martha Roach
Science
Matt Longo
Math and Science Remediation Coordinator

Our interns say:

  • "As the University High School social work intern, I had the opportunity to work with students in a variety of engaging settings. Primarily, I worked with students individually in a clinical setting to help them work through personal feelings or issues that would arise, as well as working on academic and social interventions. I also worked with students in group and classroom settings to increase social and emotional wellness in addition to academic planning.   Part of my responsibility was also engaging with the local community and the school to plan campus events. The highlight of my experience was getting to know students on a personal level and working closely with the student support team.  ” 

    Connor Curtis Boston University SSW G'2020
    1st-Year Social Work Intern