Why Choose City Charter High School?

Quite simply — because your child’s choice of high school can change their life!

We understand how important your decision is, especially if your child:

  • “Shows great promise”
  • “Is different from the other kids”
  • “Isn’t getting as much out of school as you had hoped”
  • “Is just your average teen”
  • “Processes things differently”
  • “Is just not that interested in school”

City Charter High School takes a somewhat unconventional approach to learning that goes beyond the traditional scholastic emphasis… and we do everything in our power to personalize the learning, so it works for every individual student.

Sure, we have rigorous academics and focus on technology as a tool for learning. Our mission is to prepare our students to leave academically, technologically, personally and socially prepared to succeed in the modern world – whether they choose college, skills training, or employment.

This requires a one-on-one approach to find out what your child is good at, how they think, how they study… and, frankly, how we can help them become learners.


A Smart Decision—Explore why more and more parents are choosing City High. 

Personalized Learning—Look into some of the techniques we use to reach every child.

 Our Responsibilities—See how we deliver on our commitment to your child… your family.

 Resources for Parents —Uncover some of the support mechanisms we offer.


Applications are still being accepted for the class of 2023 and 2024!

Students transferring into the 9th and 10th grade must meet application deadlines.  Click here for further information. Students are never admitted to Grades 11 and 12 at City High.


What’s Different about City High?

What to look for: Why this matters:

Business casual dress code



Builds buy-in to seriousness of school and connection to the future. Students are part of downtown community and prepared to go out on internships and site visits.

Laptops used as routine learning tool



Largely paperless environment helps students stay organized and prepares them for the modern workplace. Wireless internet allows fast access to information resources, assignments, and grades.


Students working in groups


Project-based learning builds planning, teamwork, and communication skills highly valued by employers.

Teacher planning time and common work space



Faculty teach 2 of 3 blocks, leaving them 2.5 hours during the school day for planning, curriculum development, and team collaboration. Teacher professionalism and collaboration is fostered by grade level office space rather than leaving teachers isolated in their classrooms.

Grade level community by floor


All grade level classes are on a single floor and students and teachers stay together for four years. This facilitates ownership of the floor and close relationships.

Interdisciplinary subject blocks


Linked subjects (for example, English and Social Studies) are team-taught in 2 hour blocks, allowing interdisciplinary exploration of concepts, flexible student grouping, and time for students to engage in project based work.

Mixed ability classes



There is no academic tracking at City High. Students of all entering ability levels experience the same rigorous, standards-based curriculum with modifications to access content at various levels.


About Livestream Classes from Home

Currently, our students will join their teachers and classmates in a virtual, livestream, interactive classroom. With an option allowing in-person learning support one day a week for students who might need additional help.

During the pandemic, parents will have access to core parts of our Google Classroom platform to see what’s going on, keep up to date on what students are learning, check on assignments and be involved in their child’s education.


Parental Involvement is Key:

  • Ensuring that all assignments are completed.
  • Volunteering to participate in their education.
  • Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to their education, including scheduled parent conferences.
  • Promoting positive use of extracurricular time.
  • Staying informed and communicating with the school by promptly, reading all notices from the school received by their child or by mail and responding as appropriate.
  • Adhering to the attendance policy, either online or in-person
  • Establishing a set time when their child is expected home from school; keeping early dismissals for emergencies only, during the traditional school year.
  • Insisting on appropriate classroom behavior during both traditional and livestream instruction.
  • Reviewing City Charter High School Portal at least weekly.

Review our parent involvement policy in City High’s student handbook.