Prospect Hill Academy (PHA) was founded in 1996 with the mission to prepare each student for success in college, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and foster responsible citizenship. One of the largest charter schools in Massachusetts, PHA is located in Somerville and Cambridge and serves 1,150 students in grades K-12 from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. 55% are black (the majority of Haitian origin), 21% are Hispanic, 12% are white, 9% are Asian, and 3% are of mixed races. 65% are low-income according to free and reduced lunch reporting, and 45% do not speak English in the home.
PHA is unapologetically a college preparatory school and focuses on teaching students the academic knowledge and skills and the social and emotional competencies required to succeed in college and beyond. That means, in addition to engaging our students in a rigorous, culturally relevant, and differentiated curriculum, we ensure they develop effective college-going habits and participate in a strong and caring school community based on Restorative Justice practices.
Over 95% of PHA graduates matriculate to college (most being the first in their families to do so); PHA has consistently placed in the top 4% of all U.S. high schools per U.S. News & World Report; and Boston Magazine placed PHA among the top ten charter schools in Massachusetts.