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Kindergarten studentProspect Hill Academy is a tuition-free, PreK to Grade 12 college preparatory charter public school with campuses 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, each year 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. Admission is based on a lottery process and applications for grades PreK through 9 are accepted and backfilled annually. 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.
*Siblings of currently enrolled students must submit an application for admission. If they are not accepted in the lottery, they are given preference by being placed at the top of the waiting list.

With questions about PHA or for more information about admissions, please contact Timothy Fontaine, Student Recruitment Coordinator, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 716-202-9014.
Tim Fontaine


For those who have already submitted an application, please contact our campus admissions coordinators:

Early Childhood
Grades PreK - 3
Cathy Traniello
Upper Elementary
Grades 4-6
Carol Saulnier
Middle & High School
Grades 7-9
Michele Quinlan
Learn About Our Campuses

Early Childhood Campus
Upper Elementary Campus
Middle School and High School/Collegiate Institute