Prospect Hill Academy Charter School will prepare each student for success in college, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and foster responsible citizenship.
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School aspires to be a culturally proficient community of learners where all members are engaged, feel inspired, and succeed. All PHA students, through developmentally-appropriate and research-based teaching and learning practices, will be equipped with knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary to succeed in college and at whichever career paths they choose to pursue.
At Prospect Hill Academy, the prevailing belief is that with hard work, effective effort, perseverance through adversity, committed teachers, and invested families, all students are capable of academic, intellectual, social, and moral excellence. Fueling this conviction are eight core values that guide the daily life and culture of the school.
High Expectations: Each student can do and be whatever s/he wants.
Prospect Hill Academy exists to promote high standards of academic, personal, and social achievement for students of all racial, cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds. Our students have the capacity to be and to do great things, and adults in school and the home play an enormous role in influencing their success both in and out of school. We expect our students to put forth their best effort in all that they do, and adults must approach their work with the same conviction and purpose that they expect of their students.
Equity: Access and opportunity drive achievement.
At Prospect Hill Academy, we believe that providing an outstanding public education to all students is critical to a just society that affords every individual a full range of opportunities in life. We take pride in being a diverse community where individuals from a wide range of backgrounds contribute to a shared context for learning and where our differences, including linguistic and learning differences, are seen as strengths. In and out of the classroom, we are committed to promoting equity at the individual and institutional levels.
Personalization: One size does not fit all.
At Prospect Hill Academy, we are unwavering in our desire to know each student well. Research has proven that students who feel connected to at least one adult in their schools fare better academically and socially than their peers who do not, and we therefore invest significant resources in reaching out to families and networking with one another to support the whole child.
Cultural Proficiency: We see, honor, and embrace differences.
At Prospect Hill Academy, we actively challenge the historical lack of cultural and linguistic minority representation in curriculum, organizational decision-making, and hiring practices. We strive to be an inclusive community where all members explicitly commit to fighting racism and bias at the personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels.
Collaboration: Many minds are better than one.
At Prospect Hill Academy, we recognize that collaboration—between and among students and adults—leads to deeper understandings, broader possibilities, and wider perspectives. It is both a professional expectation and an institutional norm for educators to work closely with one another to improve their practice. Students are similarly taught and encouraged to work together from Kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Balance: Both-and, not either-or.
Prospect Hill Academy students learn best from a variety of teaching approaches, and we adapt and modify our methods to meet students’ needs. While standardized tests are essential to providing data on our students’ performance compared to surrounding districts and the state, we also establish frequent opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through public exhibitions, portfolios, interdisciplinary projects, and other authentic means. We value our students as complex beings with lives beyond academics, and we fully embrace their development in athletics, the arts, and other extracurricular interests.
Inquiry: Decisions are strategic and informed by data.
At Prospect Hill Academy, our desire to collect, analyze, and learn from data contributes to a culture of ongoing improvement. We define data broadly and are committed to utilizing our school’s data to inform programmatic, budgetary, personnel, and policy decisions.
Accountability: If students fail, we all fail.
At Prospect Hill Academy, we operate with a relentless focus on student achievement propelled by the belief that everyone is accountable for the success of our students, including those from historically underserved backgrounds and those with different learning needs. Students first and foremost acknowledge the importance of effort and commit to their own educational success; teachers assume personal responsibility for the performance of their students; families provide conditions at home that support their children’s development; administrators establish an optimal environment for effective teaching and high student achievement; and the Board of Trustees governs in a way that supports sustained school improvement.