Enrolling at PHA

Prospect Hill Academy is a tuition-free, K-12 college preparatory charter public school located in Somerville and Cambridge. Our mission is to prepare each student for success in college, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and foster responsible citizenship. As one of the highest-rated charter schools in Massachusetts, 95% of our graduates enroll in college.

Admission to Prospect Hill Academy Charter School is lottery-based and open to all Massachusetts residents with preference given to Somerville and Cambridge residents and students with siblings in the school. Lotteries are generally held between March and July of a given application cycle.

There are no academic requirements to be admitted to Prospect Hill Academy and no testing is administered prior to admission. However, accepted students are assigned to a specific grade only after completing a grade level assessment.

Prospect Hill Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or in a foreign language, or prior academic achievement.

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PHA is still accepting new student applications for the 2019-2020 school year!  
Applications submitted after April 4, 2019 will be held on file to be entered to subsequent lotteries, should the current wait lists be exhausted.
Lotteries will be held weekly on Wednesday afternoons for grade levels with exhausted wait lists.  
To check that status of your child's application please log in to your SchoolMint account or contact one of our Admissions Coordinators (info listed to the left).
Looking to RE-ENROLL your RETURNING PHA student for 2019-2020?
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NOTICE re:Capped Cities

We regret that we were recently instructed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to temporarily halt enrollment of students who reside in the following cities due to those school districts having reached their charter school enrollment cap: Everett, Lynn, Malden, Randolph and Salem, among others.


For the full memo click here. With questions and concerns, please contact DESE or your local State representatives.