A Kindergarten to College Journey

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

 

Profile

Prospect Hill Academy (PHA) is one of the oldest and largest charter public schools in Massachusetts. Located in Somerville and Cambridge, PHA serves nearly 1,150 students in grades K to 12 from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. 87% are people of color, nearly two-thirds are low-income, and approximately half come from homes where English is not the primary language spoken.

Approach

PHA is unapologetically a college preparatory school and focuses on teaching students the academic knowledge and skills and the social and emotional competencies required to succeed in college and beyond. That means, in addition to engaging our students in a rigorous, culturally relevant, and differentiated curriculum, we ensure they develop effective college-going habits and participate in a strong and caring school community based on Restorative Justice practices.
 

Results

Last year, 96% of PHA graduates enrolled in college, making PHA the third highest-performing district in the state. Since 2009, PHA has consistently placed in the top 7% of all U.S. high schools per U.S. News & World Report. The school was also recently rated by Niche as one of the Top Ten Charter High Schools in Massachusetts, and received the 2019 College Success Award from GreatSchools based on our success in preparing students for college and ultimately career.