School Details

City Charter High School

717 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 690-2489

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 9-12 609 students 12 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
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About this school

City Charter High School is a charter high school in Pittsburgh. The principal of City Charter High School is Dr Richard Wertheimer. 609 students attend City Charter High School and are mostly Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 61% of the 609 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at City Charter High School is 12:1. Pittsburgh McNaugher is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 53% 53%
White, non-Hispanic 38% 38%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 0%
Asian 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61% 61%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    I'm a senior at City High...I came from the one of the worse school districts in Greater Pittsburgh (Wilkinsburg). So when I had decided to go to City Charter I was super nervous and thought I for sure going to be behind. It turned out that the curriculum was set in place to individually fit all the kids from different educational levels and slowly integrate into harder and more difficult work. By the following year everyone was one big family both teachers and students.The looping system had helped build a bond unlike most.I have met so many good teachers and all of them care about what you do and how you progress.Next year my younger brother will be attending City High and I wouldn't want him to go to any other school and I know he will have the best teachers possible because he will catch my loop of teachers and IEP workers. I can now say I will be a proud alumni of City Charter High School next year.

  • (3 months ago)

    People say oh this school sucks blah blah because of the rules and regulations. These are put in place though to root out those who are not really here for education. The ones that can stay are those who the school focuses on because they see bright futures for them. Trust me the school wants to see a bright future in every student so if one is doing bad the teachers start to focus on them. This is good because it allows the students that are already good and can do things go at their own pace. The school is good because the teachers never spoon feed you which is the best. Also everyone is a huge family and come 10th grade year you can joke with almost everyone. We are forced to mingle which give us the soft skills needed in the work place. Also the new senior program has finally been worked out and for sports the robotics team is the best. We all love each other and if you go to competition wow we are the loudest and proudest. Then there is extracurricular activities like the musical chorus art club and such as well Overall i am a huge fan of this school and everything they do and cant wait to be an alumni in 2 trimesters.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a sophmore at City High. This school is by far one of the best schools in the city of Pittsburgh. I always used to think negatively of going to school and despised most of the work at previous schools. Most people would say that about anywhere you go. But when it comes to City High I didn't dread it. It has a great academic system. The way they teach at this school is very unique. The teacher doesn't teach you and then you do the work for what you learned. You learn by action. I have never been so excited about learning in my life! This school doesn't feel like school. Even though it's a business school and you're taught to be professional I don't feel like I'm in a confined prison. I feel each day I go to a place where I can learn in a unique environment without feeling intimidated or under pressure. My grades have risen higher than ever. I also want to add this school is a very safe place compared to most city schools. I never feel that I'm being threatened by another student. It's in a great location a nice building awesome/hilarious teachers 5 star academics and more! This school is all focused on what you want to be when you're older and it's helped me.

  • (1 year ago)

    I would just like to start off by saying that if you have or are a religious student who is looking to go to City Charter High School I would rethink your priorities. In the summer of 2013 I was selected to go on a Mission trip to Malawi Africa by an out of school organization. As you may know City Charter High School runs through the summer. I applied for a sabbatical thinking that they would understand that going to another country can LITERALLY change someone s life. How could such a trip not be educational? I of course was denied the sabbatical. If I did not get any further assistance I would have missed more than 7 day s and Failed due to attendance. Something on the back of the Student Hand Book caught my eye the other day. It read. Your Future is uncharted territory City High Provides the map. Every year City Charter High School takes a trip to Costa Rica. My trip to Malawi Africa was essentially based on the same components other than the fact that I was a Christian and there would be some Christian activities. If they really did use strategies that looked at the big picture nothing would have stopped me from going on this trip!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a Freshman 2012-2013 school year. I like it so far. I like all the African American students the whole 10-year plan for your future and the teachers and students. One thing that upsets me is there's no arts here - no choir no high school musical and that upsets me because I love the arts! I love singing dancing and acting. I took choir every single day at my old school and I love it! I also did the middle school musicals there. If they had some sort of arts here that would make it 10x better for me!

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm a senior at City High and let me tell you that everyone is lying when they say that the school gets better. The school is not consistent with anything like the promised and the new senior program is a wreck. While this is a good academic school there's no sports whatsoever. Being in a building that is shared with apartments isn't the location a school should be at. While the school prepares you for real life a bit more than others I wouldn't recommended coming here if you are not 100% focused on academics. If you like sports and having fun please go somewhere else. Also you gain weight by coming to this school. About 90% of the kids I know gained 10+ pounds just in their freshmen year. It's also very stressful and many kids have to leave due to these breakdowns. I know I for one had to take a week off due to mental breaks. Please if you already have mental issues of any sort DO NOT COME HERE they will get worse.

  • (2 years ago)

    If you have a great expectations on your Kid on Academic sector this would be the best school I would recommend. It is a technology based school and the students and teachers are really engaged. It is really different than other High schools because they want you to experience things that you would face in your life after on. So it is more based on your career and for example they want you to wear professional clothes instead of Jeans or something. Teachers are really nice and helpful even after you graduate. I think this is the best school you would find in Pittsburgh. But If your kid is interested in Sports and stuff choosing this school would not be a good decision because they don't even have any sports teams in there you will have to play for your homeschool that is the only thing my kids didn't like. HOPE IT HELPS..

  • (3 years ago)

    This is the best school of all schools in the whole world...ever. I love it. Best ever.

  • (4 years ago)

    City High has to be one of the best; if not the best high school in the greater Pittsburgh area. I have two sons who attend/attened City High who I am proud to say have excelled beyond what I ever would have imagined. I highly recommend City High to any parent who expects nothing more than excellence from their educational system.

  • (4 years ago)

    When it comes to the community City High deserves 6/5 stars. Really we are like one big family and everyone watches out for each other and its great. When it comes to teachers and their involvement with students City High deserves an equally high score. Each student usually becomes extremely close with at least one teacher who they can go to if they have problems and who they can trust. But when it comes to academics City High is really ify. In 9th grade you are basically babied. I was doing work that I had already completed in middle school and even before that. The biggest problem is the City High math curriculum. IMP has to be one of the worst programs the school would benefit greatly by switching to a traditional math program. The best program is the English program the others fall in between but all could use improvement.

  • (4 years ago)

    Hello my name is Laylah Brown and I am going to be a student in this wonderful school this year. I have heard alot of great things about City High and I cannot wait to start my 4 years at this school not only is the school but the location is to. This location can show how responsible a 14 year old person can be. Thank you and see you soon City High.

  • (5 years ago)

    City Charter High does a much better job of preparing young people for life and careers than the ctiy schools. They truly care about their students and give them 'real world' experiences. City High keeps their young adults on track while keeping their self-esteem in tact.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was a student of the founding class...this school os wonderful. City High gave me advanges in the career feild after high school. This school helps students realize that there is no end to education and pushes students to another level -Cherell Collins

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is great. I'm a 10th grader in this school and by far its great. Each class was made so it may help you on a career you might pick and some of the classes are required to take. Also the dress code makes it more challenging for bullies to make fun of kids base on how they are dress. Finally if any problem were to arise you could ask any teacher for help or any staff member.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is a Senior at City Charter High. Back in the 9th grade we were worried hoping we made the right choice. By far we never regret the decision to send her there. Educationally this school is far superior to the Public school she would have gone. This school really cares about its kids and their futures. It prepares these kids for the real world. Everything from how to interview for a job or college reviews to the application process for college to balancing your checkbook.

  • (7 years ago)

    I was surprised read the review from the parent whose daughter went to City High in 9th grade and felt no one cared. I did not find that to be the case. It was just the opposite for my son who graduated from there. I found the teachers to be very involved and caring. So was the administration. But as a parent you have to take some responsibility of how your child is treated. You have to make sure that child does not fall through the cracks.

  • (7 years ago)

    my daughter attended ninth grade at city high and it just left her feeling like no one care if she sank or swam.she felt as though the teachers just could care less about her.

  • (7 years ago)

    It is truly a wonderful school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Outstanding teachers wonderful curriculum ethnically diverse. A great school. I have been very pleased.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school with much preparation for the future and careers. Wonderful staffing.

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