Admissions & Prospective Students
Who can attend City on a Hill?
Any student who will be entering the 9th grade or transferring into 9th grade can attend. Students must be Massachusetts residents, with preference given to Boston residents for our Boston schools and New Bedford residents for our New Bedford school.
How do I enter the lottery?
To enter the lottery for placement at one of our schools please fill out the lottery form for each location you are interested in. If using the online application, make sure to select all locations that you are interested submitting an entry form. Click here to access online application.
Can I apply to more than one school?
You can submit a lottery entry form for each school you are interested in or select multiple campuses on the online application. We encourage students who are interested in attending City on a Hill to enter the lottery for all schools they are interested in.
When is the next lottery?
To see dates for our next lottery, click here.
How does the lottery work?
In essence, there are 3 lotteries in one. The students with siblings are “thrown into the basket” first. They are pulled one by one and assigned a lottery number. Next the residents of Boston (or New Bedford) are thrown into the bucket. They are pulled 1 by 1 and lottery numbers assigned. Lastly, all other applicants are thrown into the bucket and 1 by 1, they are assigned lottery numbers. If there are more seats available than prospective students, there is no waitlist.
Once a student is offered a seat, they have to submit proof of residency (PoR) and contract of understanding (CoU) to reserve their seat. From there, they will receive the admissions packet, which asks for additional information.
Do I have to live in Boston to attend the Boston locations?
Any resident of Massachusetts is welcome to enter the lottery for any of our campuses. However, for Circuit Street and Dudley Square, preference is given to siblings of current students and Boston residents. For New Bedford, preference is given to siblings of current students and New Bedford residents.
If one child goes, are all my children guaranteed spots?
No one is guaranteed a spot, but siblings of current students are given preference in the lottery.
If one child goes, do all my children have to go to CoaH?
What forms do I do if my child is offered a seat during the lottery?
The family will have to provide proof of residency and sign a contract of understanding to reserve their seat. Once that information is provided the school will contact you directly.
What and when is Freshman Academy?
Freshman Academy is a week long program for incoming 9th graders. It is an orientation for students to get familiar with City on a Hill and take placement tests for classes. Dates vary by year, but is usually the end of July/ beginning of August.
What is the difference between Circuit and Dudley locations?
Both schools follow the same curriculum and are advised by the same network. Each school varies slightly in their extracurricular offerings and the layout of their respective buildings. Circuit Street is about a 10 minute walk from Dudley Station and Dudley Square is located just outside the Dudley Square T Station. Learn more at each of the school’s pages. Circuit Street Dudley Square
Do you accept students who are not entering 9th grade?
No. We only accept new students who are entering 9th grade or transferring into 9th grade. We accept new students through February of that current school year.
Can I visit the school before hand?
Yes. We have various Open House days throughout the school year for families to learn about CoaH, meet the principals and staff, and take a tour of the facilities. You can also set up a personalized tour or even a time for your child to shadow a student, for the day, at one of our campuses! Contact Nadine Abraham for more information and to set up a tour or a Shadow Day.
Schools & Students
What is the uniform policy?
While all three schools follow the general same guidelines for uniforms, each has its own specific policy. Please contact the school office for more details.
Do I have to pay for my child’s uniform?
Each student will be provided with 2 City on a Hill shirts. Each campus gives out different uniform shirts for free uniform shirts when they start. The rest of the uniform is the family’s responsibility to secure. The uniform is black, navy or khaki bottoms, black belt and black shoes. (No sneakers unless permitted by individual campus). Please see each campus’ school page for their specific uniform policies and how to order online. Families may purchase more City on a Hill shirt, sweaters and other swag from their respective schools.
What are the office hours at the school?
Dudley Square: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Circuit Street: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
New Bedford: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
What grades does City on a Hill serve?
Grades 9 through 12. However students are only accepted into City on a Hill at grade 9.
Do you have Special Ed and ELL services?
Yes. For more information on these programs see our support offerings page.
Do you have sports?
Yes. For complete lists of what is offered, visit the extra curricular page.
How do I get a bus pass for my student?
If a student lives more than 2.0 miles away from their school they will receive a free MBTA pass for they year. There is a cost to replace lost or broken cards. They should inform the main office if their card is lost or broken. Students who live closer than 2 miles, may receive a student pass from the main office to receive discounted fares at MBTA stations.