||Prospect Hill Academy was founded by a group of parents united by the belief that children should have access to free, quality education. The school’s mission is to prepare each student for success in college, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and foster responsible citizenship.
||The school successfully passed the five year charter renewal process.
The school graduated its first High School class of 12 students.
||Due to growth in enrollment, the school moved the Upper School (grades 6-12) to Cambridge and obtained regional status.
The school graduated its second class with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as speaker.
The school’s Athletic Director, Jack O’Brien, led the foundation of the Massachusetts Charter School Basketball League (MCSBL) to promote, organize, and unify the charter school athletic movement.
||The school changed its name from Somerville Charter School to Prospect Hill Academy Charter School to reflect its regional status while acknowledging its Somerville roots.
||The school’s Athletic Director was instrumental in expanding the MCSBL into the MCSAO, the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization which organizes and oversees athletic leagues and tournaments.
||The school unconditionally passed the ten year charter renewal process.
With student enrollment approaching 900, the Middle School (grades 5-8) moved to an additional facility in East Somerville, making Prospect Hill Academy a three-campus school.
||The Prospect Hill Academy Charter School Foundation sponsored its first Journeys & Destinations event to launch a fundraising campaign for “Junior Journey”—a three-week trip for Juniors to Guatemala combining language study, cultural immersion through homestays, and service learning.
||The first class of “lifers”—students who began their Journey at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Kindergarten—will graduate from high school.
The inaugural Junior Journey takes place; a three-week trip for Juniors to Guatemala combining Spanish language study, cultural immersion through homestays, and service learning through teaching at a rural elementary school.
||The school facilitates the establishment of a Prospect Hill Academy Alumni Association governed by an Alumni Board.
||The school opens a fourth building located at its Cambridge campus and expands to over 1,110 students. Extensive renovations focused on upgrading science and technology programming, building a learning commons for various community gatherings, providing professional work spaces for faculty, and adhering to LEED-equivalent design and construction.