There's No Place Quite like City HighCity Charter High School is technology based, college/career focused. It’s a completely unique high school concept that uses innovative best practices to keep kids engaged and learning so they leave prepared for whatever life has in store for them.
- Our students are tech savvy (handy for distance learning)
- Our students are safe and engaged through personalized teaching and strong relationships
- Our students learn how to collaborate and also work independently
- Our students are prepared for the real world
We are pleased to announce that in addition to operating in-person year-round, City High will continue a 4-day model including a weekly flexible 5th day for the 2021-2022 school year.
Thanks to the overwhelming feedback we received from students and parents in our Annual Report survey in June, we were able to gather important feedback that helped to inform staff and administration during the formation of City High's 2021-2022 plans. This updated year-round 4-day model will allow us to resume school-wide in-person instruction and follow health and safety measures while helping to ease the transition of our virtual students (approximately half of our current student body), who will have been out of the building for 18 months when the 21-22 school year begins.
This model enables us to enhance a holistic approach to serving students while maintaining the core elements of our school that contribute to our success at growing individual students as learners.
How does 4PLUS work?
- Students will attend school in-person 4 days per week, Tuesday-Friday. The schedule is 8:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. (classes end at 3:45 p.m. for 9th graders).
- Students will continue to follow health and safety mitigation, such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing wherever possible.
- Our cafeteria will continue to use plexiglass separators to minimize contact between students during lunch, which will also limit seating to 4 to 8 students per table.
Personalized Mondays – no scheduled classes
Personalized 5th day on alternating, designated Mondays allow students to:
- Catch up on previous assignments
- Schedule 1:1 help from a teacher
- Receive peer tutoring
- Participate in service learning and volunteer opportunities
- Extend their internship hours (11th/12th graders)
- Work a part-time job
- Participate in local field experiences, outings around town, and City High sponsored activities
- Attend wellness meetings or appointments
Technology was a founding principle at City Charter High School. We recognized early on, the importance of emerging technology as a routine learning tool as well as a vital skill for the modern workplace. So we make sure that in addition to FREE* laptops, our students also get the software skills training and certifications to prepare them for their future. Wireless Internet allows fast access to information resources, assignments, and grades. Learn why technology is essential to learning - Best Practices
City Charter High School uses a unique Trimester school year: three 62-class day sessions with month-long Winter, Spring and Summer breaks. Our students grow to love these well-placed breaks from class. And since the material from the previous session is still fresh, they don’t need to start over in a particular study area when the break is over.
City High teachers “loop” with the same students over all 4 years, allowing personal connections to develop between teachers, students and families. This more personalized approach allows teachers to adapt their teaching style to each individual student, making sure they stay engaged and can achieve to the best of their ability. The City High experience culminates in our unique senior model – an opportunity for students to demonstrate their independent learning skills and readiness for life after high school.
Learn more about Looping - Best Practices
Each student has a personal Mentor/Advisor whose goal is the realization of the potential of every child on every level – intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. This may mean regular, small group discussions or one-on-one meetings to address a student’s future plans. Our mentors are there for constant contact with parents about grades and other issues that may impact learning. Additionally, City High has three full-time mental health professionals available for students.
City High prepares students for life after high school. One important aspect of this is the standard of professional and appropriate dress. City High students are expected to present themselves in business casual dress. This standard is important as it builds buy-in to the seriousness of school and connection to the future. Students are part of the Downtown community and should be prepared to go out on internships and site visits.
Learn more about our Professional Dress Code
In addition to looping students and teachers together all four years, we place each grade level classes on a single floor. This facilitates ownership of the floor and builds close relationships needed for project-based learning. As students work in groups, it helps them learn planning, teamwork, and communication skills highly valued by employers.
Unlike traditional high schools, the 12th grade at City Charter High School is when things get really interesting. It’s more like college. Seniors take on more responsibility for their education. There is a separate wing for seniors, complete with private study workstations. Seniors still have the support network the school offers, but they are expected to spend more time working independently and taking ownership of their own schedule.
- Study Groups
- Independent Learning