City on a Hill has not gone unnoticed in its tireless work to provide outstanding educational opportunities to urban students of Boston. Since the first City on a Hill Public Charter School opened its doors in 1995, the organization’s dedicated students and staff members have earned meaningful recognition and countless awards for excellence on both the local and national scale.
- City on a Hill continues to be included on US News and World Report‘s Best High School in America list, as well as ranked in top 100 within Massachusetts.
- City on a Hill was ranked one of only four public high schools in Boston as a level 1 school, the highest ranking given by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
- City on a Hill Circuit Street was ranked among America’s Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post.
- Kim Wall, principal of CoaH New Bedford was awarded a 2015 – 2016 Lynch Leadership Academy fellowship. The Lynch Leadership Academy is a highly selective program at the Boston College Lynch School of Education that seeks to strengthen school leaders “across district, charter, and Catholic urban schools.”
- Cristin Berry Pizzimenti and Sonya Pratt, principals of CoaH Circuit Street and CoaH Dudley Square, respectively, were awarded 2014 – 2015 Lynch Leadership Academy fellowships. The Lynch Leadership Academy is a highly selective program at the Boston College Lynch School of Education that seeks to strengthen school leaders “across district, charter, and Catholic urban schools.”
- City on a Hill was one of 8 charter schools nominated for the Pozen Prize for its success on the MCAS, specifically with high-needs populations similar to Boston Public Schools.
- The New England Association of Schools and Colleges reaccredited City on a Hill. City on a Hill is currently the only accredited charted high school in Boston.
- From 2006-2013, US News and World Report has listed City on a Hill as a “Best High School in America.”
- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized City on a Hill as a 2012 Blue Ribbon School. CoaH was one of just four schools in Massachusetts and one of 269 in the nation recognized for this honor.
- Erica Brown, CoaH’s Executive Director, was announced as one of the 2012 uAspire First One Award winners for Massachusetts. She received the award due to her leadership in the community and for empowering young people to see higher education as a pathway out of poverty.
- Governor Patrick named CoaH a “Commendation School” for its steady progress in raising student achievement and narrowing achievement gaps among students.
- In 2011, CoaH was one of only 18 charter schools in the nation selected by the Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC), a national initiative of New Leaders for New Schools, as an award‐winning school for driving dramatic student achievement gains.
- CoaH’s former College Counselor, Brooke Fincke, was the recipient of the 2009 Massachusetts School Counselor Association’s Rising Star Award after spearheading a consortium of Boston charter school college counselors in order to effectively educate college admission officers about our students.
- The Massachusetts Department of Education named City on a Hill a 2007 Commissioner Commonwealth Compass School for being a model public high school in the Commonwealth.
- In 2005, City on a Hill was awarded with an AP startup grant from the College Board, one of only ten such grants nationally. City on a Hill currently offers three Advanced Placement (AP) courses: Government & Politics, Calculus, and Environmental Science.