After his internship, Brandon Mason discovers many paths are now open in his authentic desire to help people.

A waitlist is currently in effect...

But students are encouraged to still apply as we continue the process of students confirming their seats for the Fall's 9th & 10th Grades! Waitlist Applications are also first-come, first-served in order received.

Saturday, October 1st

City High's New Admissions Open House For Prospective Students (9th and 10th Grades)

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Graduation Rate
City High continues to average among the highest in Pennsylvania
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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
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
Safety Compliance
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


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.

Technology Infused Education

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
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.
Teacher Looping

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. 


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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City High Is Social

City High Alumni

City High students participate in Highmark Health 'Straight to Business' program for Pittsburgh's young talent!

Local high school graduates will earn bachelor's degrees tuition-free while working full-time Justin Ristich-standing second from left Mariah Martin-standing farthest on the right

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Headline News

City High teacher highlights the power of building relationships

Business and Technology Teacher Nathan Budziszewski talks about how the past year's health crisis has impacted his teaching. "Our school has been really thoughtful in our approach," says Budziszewski, noting the holistic approach City Charter's administration has taken in addressing the needs of a

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28 Jul 2022

Summer Break Begins

Summer Break Begins

Ensuring the health, safety and wellness of our students because nothing should come between them and learning.

"We were very impressed with City Charter High School's overall organization, communication, and commitment to academic excellence. The school also has a strong anti-bullying policy that was also important to our family. The staff goes above and beyond each and every day to prepare the students for life after high school." -City High parent of 2020-2021.
Why Choose
City Charter High School?

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!