Student Life

How We Keep Things Interesting

No two students are alike. So, we make sure to offer a diverse range of interests to keep them motivated and involved – because keeping kids engaged is what keeps them learning. Although we are technology-oriented and college/career focused, we make sure that no matter what you’re into, there’s something for you at City High.  

Activities and Clubs  

In the first trimester of each school year, we host an Activities Fair to introduce students and their families to the diverse activities and clubs our school has to offer.  Some examples are Art Club, Climbing Club and the Spring Musical.

4PLUS Mondays

On alternating Mondays, the school is open for students to participate in local field experiences, outings around town, and other City High sponsored activities.


Study Club

Students can work on assignments after school, get additional help from teachers, and collaborate together in a relaxed environment.

Fitness Club

During after-school fitness club, students and teachers can work out alongside each other in City Charter High School’s on-site, state-of-the art fitness center.

Competitions & Productions

City Charter High School students regularly compete with other high school students throughout the region, the country and even internationally. We are proud of the students who represent us in these endeavors, because we understand the commitment and extra effort required. You may want to check out: 

First Robotics

Open to students in grades 10 – 12, FIRST Robotics exists to provide an introduction to science, technology, and business in a uniquely engaging manner to the students of City Charter High School. The Short Circuits, a team of juniors and seniors, compete in the FIRST Robotics competition, a competition that challenges teens from all over the world to create a fully functional robot that is designed to complete specific tasks. 

Learn more about City High's FIRST Robotics Team

Watch our 2019 Robotics Competition Highlights!




Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) was founded in 2002 with the mission of helping create the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.  

City Charter High School SAGE students create and operate businesses, take care of bookkeeping, scheduling, marketing and public relations, sales, and community outreach and volunteering. SAGE is open to students in grades 9 – 12 who are interested in entrepreneurship.  

Our SAGE teams have won two National SAGE Competitions (2103 and 2014) and taken second place in 2014 at the worldwide competition held in Moscow, bringing recognition to the school and the City. They also took second place nationally with two more titles in 2015 and 2016. 

English Festival

Since 2016, City High has been taking part in the WPCTE English Festival.  This occurs in May each year and takes place at Duquesne University.  Participating City High students have the opportunity to compete with high school students from other area schools all based around high interest, timely, Young Adult (YA) literature.   

Each year the WPCTE chooses six books that will be the focal points of the competition.  They also invite one of the authors to kick off the festival, and the students get a chance to hear them speak and get their books signed at the event.  There are pre-festival contests to participate in that involve writing, art, and film.  We also practice together to prepare for the contests at the festival such as trivia, an impromptu talk show, and deeper insights.  

Check out the WPCTE English Festival website for more information about the books and the contests or contact Mrs. Watson-Smith at for information on how to get involved!

Musical Theatre

Are you musically or theatrically inclined? City Charter High School has a few outlets for your talents. We offer a Spring Musical each year that will allow you to “tread the boards” or take your hand at writing, directing, acting or performing on your instrument. 

Join Young Playwrights and be a part of a group of highly motivated students responsible for the concept, development and creation of City High’s Spring Musical. 

Students are selected for participation in the Spring Musical through an audition process, held in late January and early February.  

For more information, email:  
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Cultural Field Trips

City High’s cultural field trips not only expand your interests, but can also help you create bonds with your classmates that last well beyond high school.

  • 9th Grade

    • Presque Isle—Kayaking, canoeing, fishing and swimming in Erie PA  
    • Camp Kon-o-Kwee—Canoeing, rock climbing, and the Trail of Courage obstacle course 
  • 10th Grade

    • Laurel Caverns—Caverns tour, rappelling 
    • Niagara Falls—Maid of the Mist and the Cave of Winds, descending 175 feet into Niagara Gorge to the Hurricane Deck 
  • 11th Grade

    • New York City— Times Square, Ferry Ride past the Statue of Liberty, and a slice of the Big Apple!
    • Ohiopyle—Students enjoy rafting, hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing in one of the largest state parks located in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania
    • International Service Learning—Each year, up to 20 City Charter High School junior students are invited to embark on a journey of personal and cultural discovery in a foreign country 
  • 12th Grade

    • Teen Quest—The Laurel Highlands engage fellow seniors in a rugged outdoor adventure, including horseback rides, archery, paintball, biking, fishing, go-cart driving, outdoor mazes and much more. 


Service Learning

We also sponsor Service Learning experiences throughout the year to encourage students to give back to their communities.

International Service Learning

Each year, up to 20 City Charter High School junior students are invited to embark on a journey of personal and cultural discovery in a foreign country 

Urban Eco-Stewards

City High 10th graders can join UrbanEcostewards, a volunteer program with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, as part of their 10th-grade Science curriculum. Our Ecostewards team adopts and cares for sites in local parks and communities throughout the year to remove invasive plants, care for trees, clear trash, and much more.

Dances & Social Activities

City High has an informal dance in the Fall and a semi-formal in the Winter, the Snowball, that all students can attend.  The is also a formal Senior Prom each May.