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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Admissions Forms & Documents


Admissions Lotteries
PHA is still accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year!  
Limited openings in Kindergarten, 6th Grade, 8th Grade and 9th Grade - Click here to apply!
Lotteries for grades K, 8 and 9 will be run on Thursday October 11th at 3PM. 
We encourage those interested in K, 8th and 9th grade enrollment to submit applications in before 2:00PM on 10/11/18!
To view the status of your application, please log into your SchoolMint account at pha.schoolmint.net.
If you need assistance, please feel free to contact our Admissions Coordinators and/or our Spanish/Haitian Creole/Portuguese Translation staff - see the bottom of this page for contact information!
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.