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City Charter High School
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Location
717 Liberty Ave., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Coordinates: 40.442717° N 79.999558° W
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Type Charter
Grades 9–12
Mascot Gargoyle
Color(s) Red and Gray
Established 2002
Information 412-690-2489
Founders Mario Zinga, Richard Wertheimer
Chief Executive Officer Richard Wertheimer
Education Manager Mario Zinga
Homepage

City Charter High School, also known as City High, is a charter school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania self-described as a "21st century school that changes the traditional learning environments for students and teachers. The school model is based on the best educational practices, industry and academic partnerships, organizational innovations and technological advances."[1] It was founded in September 2002 by Richard Wertheimer and Mario Zinga under the non-profit educational company EDSYS, Inc.[2] Charter schools are publicly funded elementary or secondary schools in the United States which have been freed from some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools, in exchange for some type of accountability for producing certain results, which are set forth in each charter school... Gargoyles redirects here. ... “Chief executive” redirects here. ... Charter schools are publicly funded elementary or secondary schools in the United States which have been freed from some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools, in exchange for some type of accountability for producing certain results, which are set forth in each charter school... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... A non-profit organization (often called non-profit org or simply non-profit or not-for-profit) can be seen as an organization that doesnt have a goal to make a profit. ...

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Early history

On February 27, 2002, the Pittsburgh Board of Education voted 6-2 (with one abstention) to approve an application for a five-year charter for City Charter High School contingent on it submitting a plan for educating disabled students, showing it can measure student progress,[3] and 4 other conditions. In March 2003 the board was told by district administrators that the charter school had met these conditions, however the board then failed to approve the charter in a 4-3 vote (with two abstentions). Approval of new charters requires 5 affirmatives. After hearing arguments a Common Pleas judge ordered the board to approve the charter, despite the board's opposition.[4] Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Allderdice Brashear Carrick Langley Oliver Peabody Perry Traditional Academy Pittsburgh High School for the Creative & Performing Arts (CAPA) Schenley Westinghouse http://www. ...


Founders

Richard Wertheimer

Richard Wertheimer is a public school educator whose expertise is in mathematics, technology, school reform, curriculum, and staff development. Most recently, as Coordinator of Instructional Technology, he managed the instructional component of the Pittsburgh Public Schools $25 million Technology Plan (1998 - 2001). Projects that he has managed include Common Knowledge: Pittsburgh (1993 - 1998). He was the secondary mathematics supervisor for the Pittsburgh Public Schools from 1988 to 1993. He taught mathematics at Brashear, Peabody and Upper St. Clair High Schools from 1975 to 1988.


Mario Zinga

Mario Zinga is a public school educator whose expertise is in writing, French, Italian, technology and gifted education. His most recent professional responsibility was as co-author and manager of a $1.5 million staff development program funded through grants from the Heinz Endowments and the Pennsylvania Link to Learn program (1998 - 2001). Prior to this he developed the Common Knowledge: Pittsburgh project, a five-year, $5 million K-12 testbed grant from the National Science Foundation (1993 - 1998). He taught at East Hills Elementary School and the Pittsburgh Elementary Gifted Center from 1985 to 1993.


On June 24, 2006, the school's first graduating class held its commencement ceremonies at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.[5] The theme of the event was "Breakaway", from the hit Kelly Clarkson song. Graduated seniors have gone on to college careers at schools ranging from Robert Morris, Pitt, Carlow University, and Duquesne to the University of North Carolina, the University of Chicago, Penn State, Neumont University, and York University.[6] is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also Academic dress Categories: Education | Academia ... Soldiers and Sailors National Military Museum and Memorial is a National Register of Historic Places landmark in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania dedicated solely to honoring Americas fighting personnel. ... The Cathedral of Learning dominates the Oakland skyline Oakland is the academic center of Pittsburgh and the third largest downtown area in the state of Pennsylvania, behind only Center City Philadelphia and the Central Business District (Downtown Pittsburgh). ... Breakaway is a 2004 song co-written by Avril Lavigne, Bridget Benenate and Matthew Gerrard, produced by John Shanks and recorded by pop rock singer Kelly Clarkson. ... Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop rock singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. ... Robert Morris University is a private co-educational college founded in 1921. ... The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ... 199. ... Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a private Catholic university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne (IPA: ) first opened its doors as the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost in October 1878 with an enrollment of 40 students and... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... For other uses, see University of Chicago (disambiguation). ... This article is about the state-related university. ... Neumont University (formerly Northface) is a college located in South Jordan, Utah that offers a unique education in computer science. ... York University (French: Université York), located in Toronto, Ontario, is Canadas third-largest university and has produced several of the countrys top leaders in the fields of law, politics, literature, philosophy, journalism, management, meteorological, chemical, and space sciences, and fine arts including film, theatre, jazz and experimental music...


Academics

From the charter application:

Academically, the school will offer a rigorous program with students taking four years of Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts, Social Studies and World Languages. Traditional content areas will be grouped into four clusters - Scientific Literacy (Mathematics and Sciences), Cultural Literacy (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Arts and Humanities, Social Studies, World Languages), Work-skills Literacy (Career Education, Applied, Computer, Multimedia and Networking Technologies) and Wellness Literacy (Health, Safety and Physical Education). Clustering the curriculum provides opportunities for interdisciplinary instruction. An extended school day and year will support project-based learning. Exemplary instructional materials will be chosen based on their interdisciplinary and project-based orientation. Instruction will be student-centered, thrusting the teacher into the role of facilitator and assessor. Annual standardized assessments will require students to articulate their understanding and mastery of a topic both orally and in writing.

Teaching methods

Team teaching: Faculty members do not have individual offices. Instead, each grade's teachers have a joint office. In the hiring of new staff, teachers are allowed to collectively interview candidates. Some classes, particularly career readiness and research courses, are taught by two teachers simultaneously.


Teacher-student continuity: The same group of teachers work with each graduating class through their four years of high school. This allows the teachers to become more familiar with students' learning styles, and students become more familiar with teachers' styles of teaching. Another benefit is that the teachers, by teaching at a different grade level each year, will not become "burned out" by sheer repetition. When seniors graduate, their teachers start over with the new ninth grade class. Teachers receive a pay increase each time they complete a cycle and elect to start over with a new graduating class.


Staff development: City High teachers do not receive tenure and are not unionized, though they retain that right. They receive a bonus for maintaining perfect or near-perfect attendance[7]--a way of discouraging substitute teachers--and must apply for promotion in order to advance in their careers. There are three levels of teachers: Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master.


Technology

All students receive laptop computers (Dell's Latitude line). Accessible from school or home, these allow teachers to integrate technology and the internet fully into the curriculum. Students receive instruction on Adobe Photoshop, submit papers electronically, and can receive certification in any Microsoft Office program. A web application, CommerSel Dashboard, tracks all student assignments and is accessible by students and their parents. For the band, see Laptop (band). ... This article is about the corporation Dell, Inc. ... Photoshop redirects here. ... Microsoft Office is an office suite from Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X operating systems. ...


Location

The school occupies five floors (constituting approximately 50,000 square feet) of the New Clark Building on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. Because of its placement, City High does not have a traditional school campus or facilities (e.g., a gymnasium or auditorium). EDSYS, Inc. has a 10-year lease agreement with Hoban Realty, L.P. (due to expire in 2012). About the location, co-founder Wertheimer said, "This is a perfect location for a career-oriented high school. It is downtown, central to public transportation, businesses, colleges and the cultural district."[8] Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sometimes called the Golden Triangle, is located at the precise confluence of the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River. ...


City High is the third high school in downtown Pittsburgh; others include Northside Urban Pathways and the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). It is one of five charter schools in the Pittsburgh area. Other charter schools include Northside Urban Pathways, downtown; Career Connections Charter High School, Lawrenceville; Manchester Academic Charter School, Manchester; and the Urban League of Pittsburgh Charter School, East Liberty. Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) is a magnet school located in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


Non-traditional schedule

City High offers year-round schooling, with one three week vacation (August), One five week vacation (July-August) and one four week vacation(December). The school year begins in August. The school day begins at 8:00 AM, later than many high schools in the area, to allow travel time for students. For freshmen and sophomores, the school day ends at 4:00 PM, whereas for juniors and seniors, it ends at 3:35 PM. This sign for Morrisville Elementary School in North Carolina includes flashing lights to alert drivers that students may be on the roadways even during summer months. ...


Workforce orientation

The school has a heavy orientation toward the workforce and preparation for it. All students are required to go on 13-week internships for which they receive a grade, generally in 11th grade. A significant number of students also take college courses at Community College of Allegheny County in 12th grade. Significant focus is put on information technology as a means to prepare students for the outside world. Community College of Allegheny County, or CCAC as it is officially abbreviated, is a community college in the United States primarily serving Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ...


FIRST Robotics

In 2006, City High's FIRST Robotics team, The Short Circuits, number 1743, won the Pittsburgh Regionals and in April went on to the Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia. Other awards they received at the Pittsburgh Regionals were the Rookie Inspiration Award and the Highest Rookie Seed Award.[9] The team was sponsored by NASA, NOVA Chemicals, Bally Design, and Monte Cello's. FIRST Logo FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 in order to develop ways to excite students about engineering and technology. ... For other uses, see NASA (disambiguation). ... Nova Chemicals is a leading chemicals concern jointly headquartered in Pittsburgh USA and Calgary, Canada. ...


In 2007 the Short Circuits entered the competition again in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Regionals. At Pittsburgh they won the website award. They didn't, however, make the finals at either regional. Their sponsors included NASA, Bally Design, and Singularity Clark. For other uses, see NASA (disambiguation). ...


References

  1. ^ City High Overview. Official City High Web Site. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
  2. ^ EDSYS opening Downtown charter school. Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
  3. ^ City school board OKs charter plan. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
  4. ^ Board ordered to issue charter. post-gazette.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
  5. ^ First grads emerge from charter high school. post-gazette.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
  6. ^ Class of 2006 College Acceptances. Official City High Web Site. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
  7. ^ First grads emerge from charter high school. post-gazette.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
  8. ^ "EDSYS, Inc. signs Lease at the New Clark Building" (PDF). Press release. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
  9. ^ Pittsburgh School Takes Top Honors in Regional Robotics Competition. The Future Is Mine. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.

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