Graduation Requirements

Prepared for life

When a student graduates from City Charter High School, they leave prepared for life – academically, technologically, personally and socially. Here are some ways we ensure this. 


In order to graduate from City Charter High School students must: 

  • Successfully complete all course requirements 

  • Successfully complete the Graduation Project 
  • Successfully complete the City High Internship 
  • Achieve PDE standards as measured by the Keystones, New Standards or approved Local Assessment 

Attendance and punctuality are keys to academic success as well as success in the workplace. Students must be at school on time and engaged in learning. City Charter High School complies with all aspects of the Pennsylvania Code regarding student attendance. After seven school absences a trimester, the student will fail all courses that trimester. 

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Mentored Internship

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. This requirement 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.  

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Graduation Project

City Charter High School students are required to take the Graduation Project class during their 11th and 12th grades. Their Graduation Project weaves together a deep exploration of an area of student interest with in-depth research and active engagement in a real-world experience. This project provides students an opportunity to exhibit their initiative as well as the numerous developed skills of problem solving, decision-making, and independent research as they investigate a self-selected specific area of interest.  

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College/Career Plan

Using innovations like career mapping, goal setting, peer sharing, mentored internships, and résumé & mock job interview classes, City Charter High School students are well prepared for their place in the world after high school. To facilitate student success, they are supported by a dedicated Post-High School Planning Team.

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Keystone Exams

Algebra I - July of 10th grade

Literature - May of 10th grade

Biology - 11th Grade

The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Literature, English Composition, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History, World History, and Civics and Government. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, Keystone Exams in the following subjects were developed by the Department and made available for use by school districts, AVTSs and charter schools, including cyber charter schools.

The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania’s statewide high school graduation requirements. Keystone Exams will help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards.

PSAT/SAT Testing

10th Grade - March - PSAT

11th Grade - SAT

The PSAT and SAT are nationally recognized standardized tests and a common admission requirement for schools in the United States. The PSAT is given to all students in 10th grade. The SAT is primarily for high school juniors and seniors which measures the students’ proficiency in critical skill areas — such as problem solving and reading comprehension — that are necessary for a student to have a college success.

STAR Exams

9th Grade - September, January, July

10th Grade - November

The STAR exam, developed by Renaissance Educational Software Solutions, are computer adapted exams used nationwide to provide benchmark and growth data in mathematics and reading.    City High administers the both exams three times in ninth grade and once in the middle of tenth.  We use the data to help determine each students strengths and challenges coming into the school, to make instructional choices early in that student’s journey at CCHS and to help determine the effectiveness of our 9th and 10th grade programs.

Computer Literacy 

Technology was a founding principle at City Charter High School. We recognized early on, the importance of emerging technology as a learning tool as well as a vital skill for the modern workplace. So we make sure that in addition to FREE* laptops, our students have mandatory computer classes and get software skills training, tech support and certifications to prepare them for their future.  

Core and Expert Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications (MOS*) in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, and Outlook. 

Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Program, offering the following Adobe product certifications Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash Professional and Adobe InDesign. 

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Life Skills

In addition to traditional areas of learning (like STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), students are exposed to life-skills, including Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, independent study and teamwork and learn soft skills like discipline, patience, concentration and listening – essential abilities, no matter what they do in life. 

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