Core Studies

“I feel that City High has not skipped a beat with the changes that needed to be made during the pandemic, the positive aspect of being a laptop-based school. Everything from March 2020 until now has been on point and I feel like that they always kept the students, parents, and teachers in mind when making the decisions that they have made during the pandemic.”--City High parent of 2020-2021

A Core Difference to the Curriculum

City Charter High School takes a somewhat unconventional approach to learning that goes beyond the traditional scholastic emphasis on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).  

Our integrated study approach allows students to explore topics across various disciplines. It also helps teachers better utilize instructional time and look deeper into subjects through a variety of content-specific lenses and tailor instruction to individual student needs. 

Cultural Literacy - English & Social Studies

City Charter High School’s English Language Arts program consists of a mandatory four years of study using integrated History and Reading/Writing units. In 9th and 10th grades, this college preparatory, integrated program covers modern American History, Civics, Geography and modern American writers. In 11th grade, the program shifts to World History and World Literature with a focus on events and writers from Asia, Latin America and Africa. In 12th grade, students continue with World History and World Literature and look at world events and world writers through the lens of moral and political philosophy.  

Scientific Literacy - Mathematics & Science

City Charter High School’s mathematics and science program consists of a mandatory four years of study for all students. This college preparatory mathematics program is integrated in nature and covers Algebra, Geometry, Functions, Trigonometry, Probability and Statistics. The science program consists of four years of lab-based science proceeding from 9th grade conceptual physics, to 10th grade Science and Sustainability to 11th grade Biology and 12th grade Physics, Forensics or Chemistry. 

Honors City High offers honors programming in Mathematics, English, History and Science beginning in the 10th grade. Students may take a maximum of 12 honors courses between grades 10-12. Participation in the City Charter High School honors program is open to all students. The honors program is a deeper and broader study of the standard curriculum. Approximately 30% of City High students participate in the honors program in each subject area. Honors designation is included on the City High transcript.

Informational Literacy - Multidisciplinary Research

City Charter High School’s Information Literacy program is designed to create 21st century learners who are able to use research skills when searching for a variety of informational needs. Students who complete four years of Information Literacy at City High will be prepared to access and responsibly use a variety of informational sources to research topics in multidisciplinary areas. In 9th and 10th grades, the program introduces the research skills for the successful completion of the Graduation Project. In 11th and 12th grade, the program culminates in the independent Graduation Project, incorporating research, writing and presentation skills learned throughout the four years. 

Workskills Literacy - Technology & Business

City Charter High School provides a rich program in technology applications and business, including Applied Technology, Computer Technology, and Multimedia Technology. All students become proficient and often certified in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, digital video, web design html and Java. In addition, students can choose electives in programming, participate in the student-run robotics team or hands on STEM labs. 

 A career-focused experience convinces students that what they do at City High impacts their future. So, we work with various businesses, professionals and organizations in the community to offer students a 13-week internship to explore a potential career. It allows them to 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. 

Financial Literacy-Life Skills

Our Financial Literacy program prepares students for life after high school through three years of courses in small business, budgeting, banking and saving for cars/housing. In addition, students can choose electives in accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship, programming or participate in the student-run Robotics or Global Entrepreneurship Teams.