PHA At A Glance

 
Admissions photo headerFrom PreK to College: The Journey Starts Here
 
Our Mission: Prospect Hill Academy will prepare each student for success in college, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and foster responsible citizenship.

PHA is a tuition-free, PreK to Grade 12 college preparatory charter public school. Admission is lottery-based and open to all Massachusetts residents with preference given to siblings and to Somerville and Cambridge residents.

WHY CHOOSE PHA?

High School students in hallway
Our uniquely diverse, international school community, including a student body representing more than 25 different nationalities
 
A strong and caring school community based on restorative practices that balances high expectations, high accountability, and high support for our students
 
An engaging K-12 Computer Science program, including a PHAb Lab makerspace for grades K-3, participation in award-winning robotics competitions, and an Esports team
 
Countless expanded learning opportunities for all students, including STEAM Saturday which provides free, hands-on, engaging, and fun enrichment programming for students in grades K-8
 
A robust family engagement structure that allows for family voice and fully supports families through the college application and financial aid process
 
A strong Athletics program: As a founding member of the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization (MCSAO), Prospect Hill Academy students are afforded the opportunity to compete interscholastically in MCSAO soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, cross-country, volleyball, cheerleading, and track.
 
The Collegiate Institute, designed to academically and social/emotionally prepare all students for the transition between school and college
 
Exemplary College Counseling and Alumni Support program:
  • 95% of our graduates enroll in college each year, the majority being the first in their families to do so 
  • 72% of our alumni graduate from college, significantly outpacing the 59% national average

OUR ENGAGED, DIVERSE STUDENT POPULATION

International NightWe serve 1,100 students across PreK to Grade 12:
PHA demographics
 
RACIALLY & SOCIO-ECONOMICALLY DIVERSE
89% People of color; 68% Low-income
 
GLOBAL & MULTICULTURAL
  • 44% First language not English
  • 25+ Languages spoken at home
  • 40+ Massachusetts cities and towns represented

TOP-RATED FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS

High School graduationPHA consistently places among the top high schools in the nation per U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best High Schools” ranking.
 
In 2016, 2018, and 2019, Boston Magazine placed PHA among the top ten charter schools in Massachusetts.
 
In 2020, PHA was the top public high school in Massachusetts for students attending college and university, with a 97% success rate.
Tim Fontaine

CONTACT US

With questions or for more information about admissions, please contact Timothy Fontaine, Student Recruitment Coordinator, at tfontaine@phacs.org or 716-202-9014.
PROSPECT HILL ACADEMY CAMPUSES
 
Webster
Early Childhood Campus
Grades Pre-K-3
15 Webster Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
617-284-7820
 
Franklin
Upper Elementary Campus
Grades 4-6
17 Franklin Street
Somerville, MA 02145
617-684-8520
 
50 Essex
Middle School
Grades 7-8
50 Essex Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-284-7920
 
54 Essex
High School &
Collegiate Institute
Grades 9-12
54 Essex Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-284-7921