Class 2026 Open Enrollment has begun!

Our mission at City Charter High School is very simple: to graduate students who can find successful, fulfilling careers and who are actively engaged in making the world a better place.

Who Can Apply

City Charter High School is a tuition-free public school and is therefore open to all students regardless of race, ethnic background, gender, religion, and/or ability. As a school of choice, families have an opportunity to make an informed decision regarding the appropriateness of this and other high schools for a particular student.  

Only 180 seats are available for each incoming class. Remember, seats are on a first-come, first-served basis and ONLY completed applications can be processed to hold your place in line. 


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How to Apply

There are 3 ways to apply to City Charter High School: 

  1. Use our online application
  2. Download and email a completed application and required documents to  
  3. Print and mail a completed application and required documents to:
City Charter High School  
Attention: Admissions 
201 Stanwix Street, Suite 100 
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 

To have your child’s application processed AND to receive an application number, you will need the following documents: 

(Both addresses must match Parent/Guardian’s CURRENT address). Acceptable forms include: 
  • Driver’s license
  • State ID
  • Vehicle Registration Card
  • Utility Bill
  • Mortgage/Lease documents
  • Bank/credit card statement 
  • Birth Certificate 
  • Immunization Record

If your child’s Birth Certificate is misplaced or lost, you may visit vital records HERE to order a replacement from the STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA.  Please CLICK HERE for all other birth states. 



Complete applications are processed in the order in which they are received by the Admissions Department.

Admissions Deadlines


October 1, 2021 – Marks the launch of the class of 2026 application! All applications will be accepted with preference for siblings occurring through October 31st and preference for City of Pittsburgh residents November 1st through the 30th. All applications will be numbered in the order they are received. A maximum of 180 freshmen will be admitted.

December 1, 2021 – If by Wednesday, December 1, 2021, there are more than 180 applications in total, including applications of siblings, then a lottery will occur at 10:00 AM. The number of seats available in the lottery is 180 minus the number of sibling applications. If by Wednesday, December 1, 2021 we have received fewer than 180 applications, then no lottery will occur and those students who have applied by this date will be accepted, pending the completion of required documentation and the Orientation.

December 2, 2021 – The application period continues for both Pittsburgh and residents outside of the City of Pittsburgh. Once 180 students have applied, new applications will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which they are received with City of Pittsburgh residents receiving priority.

April 29, 2022 – Accepted applicants will receive notification of Orientation dates

May 21, 2022 – Transfer Orientation for incoming 10th grade students

June 11, 2022 – Mandatory Orientation for incoming 9th grade students

July 1, 2022 – If 180 seats have not been filled, City High will process new applications for enrollment in the order in which they are received, based on the submission date with City of Pittsburgh residents receiving priority.

Students currently in grade 9 can be admitted through the first third of Trimester 1 (September 24, 2021) and Trimester 2 (January 24, 2022).

Grade 10 Transfer Applications

New students are admitted into the 10th grade at the beginning of the school year and at the beginning of second trimester.

If after February 1, 2022 a student is still on the ninth-grade waiting list, then they will be given the opportunity to move to the 10th grade waiting list for the following school year. New 10th grade applications will be added to the end of this list.

Transfer Requirements

In addition to the application and required documentation, transferring students should also provide a final 9th grade report and any current grades/progress reports. All transferring 10th grade students must meet eligibility guidelines and are reviewed for documentation of a minimum six (6) credits/units with course grades of C or higher.

Transferring students are admitted through the first third of Trimester 1 (September 24, 2021) and Trimester 2 (January 24, 2022).

Grades 11 and 12

New students are not admitted to Grades 11 and 12 at City High. 

Transferring from Other Schools

We welcome students from other area schools. City High only accepts transfer students in the 9th or 10th grades. New students are not added after January of the current school year.