City Charter High School is a Tuition-FREE Public High School.
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.
There are 3 ways to apply to City Charter High School:
- Use our online application
- Download and email a completed application and required documents to Admissions@CityHigh.org
- Print and mail a completed application and required documents to:
City Charter High School
201 Stanwix Street, Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
In addition to a completed application, you will need the following documents in order to complete the application process for your student:
- Two proofs of residency (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
- A copy of your student's birth certificate
- A copy of your student's immunization record
- Legal guardianship/custody documents (if applicable)
Birth Certificate Resources:
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.
Admissions Timeline for the 2021 – 2022 School Year
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
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 ApplicationsNew 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.
Transferring 10th Grade StudentsIn 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).
Students are not admitted to Grades 11 and 12 according to City High’s charter.