Prospect Hill Academy Charter School

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PHA At a Glance

Prospect Hill Academy Charter School is a K-12, college preparatory public charter school founded in 1996 by a diverse group of community members who believed that all children should have access to a high quality education. In this spirit, the founders committed to the following mission:

Prospect Hill Academy will prepare each student for success in college,inspire a lifelong love of learning, and foster responsible citizenship.

Twenty years later, this mission continues to guide PHA’s faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees in the school’s efforts to be a culturally proficient community of learners where all members are engaged, feel inspired, and succeed. Each day, PHA educators implement developmentally-appropriate and research-based teaching and learning practices aimed to ensure that all students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary to succeed in college and at whichever career paths they choose to pursue.

K-12: 13 Years of Educational Excellence

As a K-12 school, we have the unique opportunity to plan backwards from graduation standards and reinforce skills as students transition between grade levels and across campuses.
  • High Expectations for All: We hold students to high standards of academic, social, and moral excellence and support all to achieve those standards.
  • Contagious Culture of Success: Our students are proud of their achievements, support each other, and hold each other accountable for their performance and behavior.
  • Public Exhibitions of Student Work: Students build confidence and skills by regularly presenting their multi-disciplinary work to the public.
  • Responsible Citizenship: While encouraging students to be actively engaged in the community, we embrace the diversity of our student population, and promote collaboration among all constituents.
  • Continuous Collaboration: Teams of teachers work collaboratively to adapt instruction and curriculum in response to student achievement data.

Our Engaged, Diverse Student Population

We serve nearly 1,150 students from a diverse range of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds:
  • Low-income (based on reported free and reduced lunch records): 66%
  • Race: 56% Black, 16% Hispanic, 12% White, 8% Asian, 8% mixed race/other races
  • Language: 40% of students come from homes where English is not the primary language spoken

Our Achievements

As a college preparatory school, Prospect Hill Academy's greatest achievement lies in our ability to prepare students for and ensure access to college. Every year, at least 95% of our seniors matriculate to four year colleges and universities, the majority with extensive scholarships and financial aid.
 
Other notable achievements include:
  • Since 2009, Prospect Hill Academy has consistently placed in the top 4% of all U.S. high schools per U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best High Schools” ranking.
  • In 2016, Boston Magazine placed Prospect Hill Academy among the top ten charter schools in Massachusetts.
  • Also in 2016, Prospect Hill Academy's Director of College Counseling was one of six recipients and the only high school professional to win the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) Professional of the Year Award.
  • Prospect Hill Academy's Athletics teams consistently rank high among member schools in the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization (MCSAO) league. In 2016, the Girls Varsity Basketball team and the Boys Varsity Soccer team triumphed in their respective MCSAO Championships.
  • In 2017, Prospect Hill Academy's high school robotics team won first place in the MIT Zero Robotics virtual competition, coding programs that controlled robotic satellites on the International Space Station. Out of 156 teams initially competing from around the world; Prospect Hill Academy was one of 48 internationally and 23 from the USA who made it to the final round.