- Danny Wilcox, Principal (Grades 7-10)
elcome to the Prospect Hill Academy Upper School Campus. As you explore our website, we hope you will be intrigued and inspired by what you see and read—that it will cause you to ask questions, to wonder, to want to learn more about us. We are a campus of almost 500 students in grades 7-12 within a school of over 1,100 students. Our students and families are diverse in the truest sense of that word—they are from a range of cultural and language backgrounds and live in over 34 cities and towns. Our faculty and staff come to Prospect Hill from across the country and from a range of educational and professional backgrounds. What has brought us all together is the belief in the power of education—conviction that a solid educational foundation is the path to a successful future, conviction that a passion for learning leads to a rich and happy life. Furthermore, it is our belief that every student deserves this kind of education. Being a small school allows us to build a close community in which every student is known well and supported in his or her educational pursuits through our Advisory Program, by individual teachers, and by our college counselors.
There are many exciting programs we offer our students, hoping that they will not only learn new information but believing that as they participate in their own education actively, they will also learn about themselves, our society, and their own passions and interests. At the Upper School Campus, students study English and Spanish, Math and Science, Social Studies, and the Arts. Our students in grades 7-9 also take a course called Readers’ Workshop to help build a solid foundation of literacy skills and a love of reading. High school students have the opportunity to take AP Courses, to take courses at local colleges and universities, and to design their own independent research projects and explore careers through internships via our Senior Seminar program. Additionally, during the school year, our high school students can choose to participate in a special seminar called Engineering Projects in Community Service-learning (EPICS). Our students also participate in the out-of-school time programs offered, have the opportunity to be part of varsity or club athletic teams, and when they are in 11th grade, have the opportunity to go on a school-sponsored language immersion and community service trip to Guatemala through the Junior Journey.
- Chris Douglas, Collegiate Institute Director (Grades 11-12)
We believe strongly that our students can and should take on leadership in the school and in the community. To that end, in 8th grade, students have the opportunity to apply for membership on the Leadership Team and in high school, they can apply for membership on the Leadership Council, both of which provide the opportunity for students to organize school events, be ambassadors of the school and help to plan community building activities. Furthermore, all of our students participate in community service activities organized by the school. Our 10th and 11th graders participate in year-long service learning partnerships with local organizations and implement projects they’ve designed during a three week session at the end of the year called Enrichment Term, and all of our high school students complete 60 additional hours of community service as a graduation requirement.
At Prospect Hill Academy, our mission is to prepare every student for success in college, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and foster responsible citizenship. Every year, we work to bring these three aspects of our mission alive for our students through innovative academic programs and enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities. We invite our students to be active participants in their high school education, in their communities and in determining their future. We invite our families to be active partners with the school, and we expect our school community to play a vital role in our students’ lives. We are happy to be here, learning together, and welcome you to join us!
Danny Wilcox, Principal (Grades 7-10)
Chris Douglas, Collegiate Institute Director (Grades 11-12)