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#1 Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Eligibility, highest of all public high schools in the city of Pittsburgh! And Tuition-FREE!
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"We have an obligation to make sure our students don't lose momentum... even during a pandemic."

Keeping students engaged - whether in-school or in virtual classrooms. -Dara Ware Allen, PhD, CEO and Principal

Class of 2025
Open enrollment has begun!

95% Graduation Rate 91% Qualify for the Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Teachers Loop with their students all four years
Best of all, it is Tuition-FREE!

Challenging Times Demand a Different Kind of High School

Tuition Free, Tech Based, College and Career Oriented.

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Graduation Rate
Amongst the Highest in the State
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Pittsburgh Promise
Scholarship Eligibility-Highest of All Public High School 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
Title One Learning
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

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
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

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

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

Student Spotlights

City High's Ajani Mohanty explores Robotics at HEBI Robotics

It could be said that Robotics is where engineering and technology collide. So, it's no wonder that self-described "STEM guy Ajani Mohanty decided to take a closer look at a

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City High in the News

City Charter High School: Balancing Structure and Flexibility for Students with Disabilities

A school that runs on student-teacher relationships seeks a balance between strong structures and flexible student support to sustain instruction during closures.

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4 Feb 2021

First Day of In-person Learning is Now February 4th and 5th

201 Stanwix Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Our trimester plan indicated that our hybrid in-person start date would be dependent upon whether Allegheny County is in the substantial or moderate phase. As a result, we will need to further delay our first in-person hybrid start date to the following: Read the most recent letter from Dr. Dara Ware Allen
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City High 4.2 GPA student Cierra Saunders discovers she is a natural in an advanced medical research laboratory.

Dr. Walter J. Storkus who heads up the research lab had this to say about Cierra, She was absolutely wonderful learning complicated techniques. Cierra did real time PCR side-by-side with Dr. Taylor and she got it the first time. Dr. Storkus added, "What she learned in a week is amazing we have had some masters students come in and not be able to master in 6 weeks what she had done in one. She is a natural for this. So going forward she should have a lot of confidence in her abilities.
Cierra Saunders '20

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!