Livestream Classrooms & In-Person Support!

Your teachers, your classmates — All on your FREE laptop with an optional In-person Support once a week. along with complete Tech Support, including repairs, loaner laptops, and daily technology phone support. Plus, WiFi hotspots for students who don’t have access at home.

All graduates complete a 13-week Mentored Internship to explore a potential career and get a taste of the real work environment.

Hands-on S.T.E.M. Labs, Student Robotics Team, Programming Electives, Anatomy & Physiology Elective Labs

City High LaptopNetworked Environment – Students check and submit assignments online – often communicate with teachers and each other through email, Google Meet, text and phone. Plus, WiFi Hotspots for students who don’t have access at home.

There’s No Place Quite like City High

City 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.

Free Laptops/WiFi Classrooms

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.

Year-’round Learning

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.

Teacher Looping

City Charter High School teachers “loop” with the same students over all 4 years, so our students really get to know their teachers… and vice versa. This results in a more personalized teaching approach. More importantly, it gives us better insight into each child’s individual learning style and pitfalls, so we can adapt to make sure every child learns to the best of their ability.

Professional Attire

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 downtown community and prepared to go out on internships and site visits. 

Individual Class Floors

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.

Senior Model

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. This includes:

• Seminars

• Lectures

• Study Groups

• Independent Learning


The six core beliefs of City High are:

Connections to the real world. A career focused experience convinces students that what they do at City High impacts their future. Continuous challenge. A curriculum constructed with multiple levels best meets the academic needs of individual students.
Individual responsibility for learning. Academic success is dependent on students taking an active role in their learning. Personal academic connections. Success relies strongly on each student feeling connected to one or more adults at City High.
Safe and caring environment. Essential to active classroom engagement. Collaboration. A student’s ability to collaborate is essential in today’s work environment.

Real-World Support

  • Staffed with a full-time Nurse, full-time Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a full-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
  • Post High School Planning Team— providing training and support for college, trade/tech school or direct-to-work students.
  • Technology Infused—mandatory technology classes, and robotics and programming electives.

Our Success 

96% Graduation Rate, Class of 2019
Our teachers loop all four years with their students, a key element of our student retention and success.

92% Qualify for the The Pittsburgh Promise
Highest Promise Eligible School of all Pittsburgh Public Schools.

9th & 10th Grade Seats are limited—APPLY NOW!
Class of 2025—Only 180 seats are available, will you be one of them?

You DO NOT need to live in the city of Pittsburgh to attend City High.

City High is a Tuition-FREE* public high school.