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 now accepting applications for BOTH the current school year and the 2019-2020 school year!  
Click here to apply!
Lotteries for the current school year (2018-2019) will be run on Thursday afternoons as necessary through February 15, 2019.
The deadline to submit applications for the March 2019-2020 Admissions Lottery has changed to March 4, 2019.
The Admissions Lottery is now scheduled to take place on Wednesday March 6, 2019 at the Early Childhood Campus, 15 Webster Ave, Somerville.  Applicant families are not required to attend and are most welcome to do so!
Friday February 8, 2019
8:00 - 11:00 AM
All Campuses
Early Childhood Campus (K-3):   
15 Webster Ave, Somerville 
Upper Elementary Campus (4-6):
17 Franklin St, Somerville
Middle School (7-8):
50 Essex St, Cambridge

High School/Collegiate Institute (9-12):
54 Essex St, Cambridge
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.