City on a Hill graduates responsible, resourceful, and respectful democratic citizens prepared for college and to advance community, culture, and commerce, and to compete in the 21st century. We do so by emphasizing academic achievement, citizenship, teacher leadership, and public accountability.
We strive to maintain high academic standards and ensure results. We acknowledge our students’ competition and seek to find additional resources to prepare our students to compete.
We prepare our students to exercise their rights and responsibilities as democratic citizens by emphasizing their responsibility to question, to act, and to avoid complacency. Examples of citizenship education at CoaH include ninth grade civics class, regular school wide Town Meeting featuring student-led debate, and City Project, the capstone course focused on public policy.
Teachers take responsibility for the performance of students and of our schools. Our teachers are reflective practitioners and managers who drive decision-making in doing, building, and growing City on a Hill. They are contributors to urban public school reform.
City on a Hill expects to show positive results to the taxpayer. We invite the public in to ensure that we are delivering on our promise to educate our students, and we engage parents and guardians as key stakeholders in our schools.
The original City on a Hill Charter Public School welcomes its founding students to the school’s initial location at the YMCA on Huntington Avenue in downtown Boston. CoaH is among the first charter schools to open in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
City on a Hill graduates its first senior class.
City on a Hill partners with Simmons College to develop the Urban Teaching Fellowship, an on-site licensure program designed to train effective teachers in urban public high schools.
City on a Hill moves from its location on Huntington Avenue to its newly renovated current location at 58 Circuit Street in Roxbury.
Tutorial is formally instituted in City on a Hill’s schedule and curriculum. All students now attend daily small group tutoring focused on honing math and English skills.
City on a Hill Charter Public School II opens its doors in August 2013 in response to growing waitlists that indicated strong demand for additional educational opportunities in Boston. A replica of the flagship school on Circuit Street, CoaH II opens with a class of ninth graders and will grow one grade per year until it becomes a full 280-student high school in 2017.
City on a Hill New Bedford opens in August 2014, bringing CoaH’s proven model for success to one of Massachusetts’ high-need Gateway Cities. Similar to CoaH II, CoaH New Bedford will add a class each year until it reaches its full enrollment in 2018.
City on a Hill’s flagship school is officially renamed City on a Hill Charter Public School Circuit Street and City on a Hill II is renamed City on a Hill Charter Public School Dudley Square, reflecting their locations in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.
City on a Hill Dudley Square graduates its first senior class. City on a Hill Circuit Street graduates its 20th class.
City on a Hill New Bedford graduates its first senior class.