Class of 2027 Open Enrollment Applications begins October 1st, 2022

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 

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

Incoming 9th Grade Admissions to begin in the Fall of  2023

October 1, 2022 – Marks the launch of the class of 2027 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, 2022 – If by Wednesday, December 1, 2022, 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 Thursday, December 1, 2022 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, 2022 – 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 2023 – Accepted applicants will receive notification of Orientation dates

May 22023 – Transfer Orientation for incoming 10th grade students

June 2023 – Mandatory Orientation for incoming 9th grade students

July 1, 2023 – 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.

IF SEATS ARE AVAILABLE, students currently in grade 9 can transfer to City High through the first third of Trimester 1 (September 24, 2022) and during the first third of Trimester 2 (January 3rd-January 27th).

Grade 10 Transfer Applications

Transferring 10th graders must show that they have earned at least 6.5 credits of a C (70%) or better on their final 9th grade report card to be eligible as a transfer student.

IF SEATS ARE AVAILABLE, 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, 2023 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.

IF SEATS ARE AVAILABLE, students currently in grade 10 can transfer to City High through the first third of Trimester 1 (September 24, 2022) and during the first third of Trimester 2 (January 3rd-January 27th).


Grades 11 and 12

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