Applications for Spring Enrollment are under way for current 8th & 9th Graders

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Technology is essential to learning.

A FREE laptop for every student at the beginning of freshman year ensures they have the primary tool to do work, communicate and manage information. Students can also earn Microsoft & Adobe certifications, which provide a strong workforce foundation

Challenging Times Demand a Different Kind of High School

Tuition Free, Tech Based, College and Career Oriented.

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Graduation Rate
Among the Highest in the State
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Pittsburgh Promise
Scholarship Eligibility of All Public High Schools in the City of Pittsburgh.
Robotics Team
Student run First Robotics - Another Elective
FREE Laptop Per Student FREE Laptop Per Student
FREE Laptop Per Student
WiFi Classrooms, Full Tech Support
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Teacher/Student Ratio
For More Personalized Learning
Post-High School
Planning Team Members
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Gates Millennium
Scholars - Full College Scholarships
Mentoring Internship
Community Partners
Health & Safety Rating
- According to niche.com
On-Site Fitness
Center - New, Well-Equipped
Learning Support
Students - Full Inclusion Policy
Students Travel
Abroad - In a Service Learning Program
Students Loop
with Their Teachers - in Each Class
CDC COVID-19
Safety Compliance
62-Day
Trimesters - Longer Sessions = More Learning
Students Qualify
for Lunch - Free/Reduced Price
Science Lab

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Safe, Supportive and Academically Rigorous Tuition-FREE Charter High School Serving the Pittsburgh Area.

Founded in September 2002 with a totally fresh approach to high school education, City Charter High School has developed an enviable track record in educating the youth of our community. It has been recognized as one of the best-performing charter schools in the United States by New Leaders for New Schools, which awarded the school an Effective Practice Incentive Community (“EPIC”) award. 

Technology-infused study, year-round learning, teacher-student continuity (over all 4 years), work-skills literacy, career mapping, workforce orientation and mentored internships are just some of the “best practices” that make City High so unique… and successful. 

Why It Works

A Unique Place... by Design

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A career-focused experience convinces students that what they do at City High impacts their future. So, all graduates complete a 13-week Mentored Internship to explore a potential career and get a taste of the real work environment. But before they go out into the business world, we arm them with business orientation skills, like time-management, collaboration and an overall professional work ethic. 

Mentored Internship
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City High teachers “loop” with the same students over all 4 years, so our students really get to know their teachers... and vice versa. This results in a more personalized teaching approach. More importantly, it gives us better insight into each child’s individual learning style and pitfalls, so we can adapt to make sure every child stays engaged and learns to the best of their ability.
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Interdisciplinary, project-based learning sets City High apart. Our students are not just taught facts and information, but how to teach themselves and collaborate with others to learn. Their studies focus on Cultural Literacy, Information Literacy, Scientific Literacy and Workskills & Financial Literacy, which collectively prepare them with the skills needed to become 21st century learners. 

Curriculum
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Technology was a founding principle at City High. We recognized early on, the importance of emerging technology as a learning tool as well as a vital skill for the modern workplace. So we make sure that in addition to FREE* laptops, our students also get the software skills training and certifications to prepare them for their future.

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City High uses a unique Trimester school year: three 62-class day sessions with month-long Winter, Spring and Summer breaks. Our students grow to love these well-placed breaks from class. And since the material from the previous session is still fresh, they don’t need to start over in a particular study area when the break is over. 

Year-round Learning

From its inception, City High has offered FREE* Laptops, software training and certification, and tech support to keep students connected. They check and submit assignments online – often communicate with teachers and each other through email, Google Meet, text and phone. Our students regularly use Google Classroom – creating a “virtual classroom” so they can learn wherever they are. 

Distance Learning Preparedness

Using innovations like career mapping, goal setting, peer sharing, mentored internships, and resumé & mock job Interview classes, City High students are well prepared for the their place in the world after high school. To facilitate success, they are supported by a dedicated Post-High School Planning Team.

College & Career Planning

In addition to traditional areas of learning (like STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), students are exposed to life-skills, including Financial Literacy, independent study and teamwork and learn soft skills like discipline, patience, concentration, and listening to take with them, no matter what they do in life. 

Life Skills

News, Events & Updates

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Student Spotlights

2020 City High Grads Earn Recognition as Pittsburgh Promise Scholars

Class of 2020 graduates Jeremiah Davis and Katelin Kostelnik earn honors as Pittsburgh Promise Executive Scholars.

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City High in the News

Written Student Testimony submitted by Isaac Gabriel for Senate Education Hearing 4/23/21

Written Student Testimony submitted by Isaac Gabriel for Senate Education Hearing on 4/23/21 I am Isaac Gabriel, a senior at City Charter High School, an urban charter school in Downtown Pittsburgh. Let me walk you through how I ended up here, and where I am going now that

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19 May 2021, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

School Board Meeting - May 19, 2021

School Board of Trustee meetings are the third Wednesday of the months that school is in session All meetings begin at 5:30 PM. And all meetings are advertised in advance, and are open to the public. As long as the school closure is in place, City Charter High School Board meetings will take place remotely from 5:30 to

Zoe quickly found her place, thanks to efforts by her mentor, Gisselle Arce, program manager at Pitt's Study Abroad office.

You have to be quick on your feet. And get help when you don't know something, rather than give out false information. We'll steer you to the person who does have the answer.
Zoey Muzzy 2020

Something for Everyone

Hands-on STEM labs, student-run Robotics team, Programming electives, Anatomy & Physiology labs, college-credit classes, Adobe and Microsoft certifications, social clubs, musical theater, on-site fitness, dances, cultural field trips… and so much more!