I am running the 2018 Boston Marathon for Prospect Hill Academy (PHA), a K-12 charter school located in Cambridge and Somerville.
I am proud to serve as a board member at PHA. As a first-generation college student, I am passionate about the power of educational access and opportunity. I faced many of the financial, cultural, and emotional barriers that PHA’s students face; I know how profound and daunting they are. So, I emphatically support PHA’s work in systematically breaking down these barriers and empowering students to excel. My motivating belief is that PHA’s students deserve the same shot in life as students from wealth and privilege. Student backgrounds and zip codes should not determine educational access and quality. Student ability, determination, and hard work should be the main drivers of educational and lifelong success.
More about PHA: As one of the oldest and largest Massachusetts charter schools, PHA serves nearly 1,200 students in grades K-12 from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds: 88% are students of color; 66% are low income. PHA is unapologetically a college preparatory school and focuses on teaching students the academic knowledge and skills and the social and emotional competencies required to succeed in college and beyond. Over 95% of PHA graduates matriculate to college (most being the first in their families to do so); PHA has consistently placed in the top 4% of all U.S. high schools per U.S. News & World Report; and Boston Magazine placed PHA among the top ten charter schools in Massachusetts. Learn more here.
PHA needs your help to maintain its impact, and to do even more. Evening the playing field of education in our communities takes leadership, tenacity, and resources. Will you help me reach my goal?