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2025 Open Enrollment has begun!

Searching for a technology infused high school with a focus on college, career… and the future? 

If so here is everything you need to know about applying to City Charter High School.  

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.  

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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 
  • Birth Certificate 
  • Immunization Record


Complete applications are processed in the order in which they are received by the Admissions Department.

Incoming Freshmen (Grade 9)

Freshman students apply for admission in the Fall of their eighth grade year. The timeline is as follows: 

October 1st to October 31st – Sibling Preference is given to eighth graders who have a sibling currently attending City High. Siblings do not receive preference after October 31. Any sibling application received after October 31 will be processed like any other application. 

November 1st to 30th – Pittsburgh Public School District resident preference window. A total of 180 freshman seats are available. The number of seats available at this point is 180 minus the number of siblings who have already applied. Any Pittsburgh Public School District resident application received after November 30th will be processed like any other application. 

First weekday in December – If 180 or fewer students have applied then all will be admitted once they have attended the mandatory orientation and submitted all documents. If more than 180 students including siblings have applied before the end of November, a lottery will occur. Siblings are not included in the lottery.

Second weekday in December – Registration continues for both City of Pittsburgh students and students who reside outside of the Pittsburgh Public School District.

Waiting List Information: If 180 students have already applied by the first weekday of December, new applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which the application is received and will be admitted as vacancies occur. Students are admitted from the waiting list only during the months of September and January of their 9th grade year. Please be advised that a spot on the waiting list is not a guarantee for admission at any point. 

Once a seat becomes available in the 9th grade class, students from the waiting list will be admitted according to the number they hold on the list. Once placed on the 9th grade waiting list the student has until January 31st to be enrolled. If, after January 31st a student is still on the 9th grade list, they will automatically be placed into the 10th grade waiting list, in order, before any new 10th grade applications are added to the list.  Students are admitted from the 10th grade waiting list as openings occur only during the month of September of their 10th grade year.

Incoming Sophomores (Grade 10)

Students who are not already on the 9th grade waiting list may apply for 10th grade admission after February 1st of their 9th grade year. 

Applications for 10th grade students who wish to transfer into City High during their 10th grade must do so by the February 1st deadline of their 10th grade year.

All students applying for 10th grade must be 10th graders by City High standards. These are the same requirements that City High 9th graders must meet to move on to grade 10.  A grade review will be made by the City High Admissions Office. Applicants must submit their 9th grade report card before eligibility can be determined.   

Students are admitted from the 10th grade waiting list as openings occur only during the month of September of their 10th grade year. 

Grades 11 and 12

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

Transferring from Other Schools

We welcome students from other area schools. City High only accepts transfer students in the 9th or 10th grades. New students are not added after January of the current school year.