City High School was borne out of a vision for a school that was:
- small and intimate, allowing teachers to provide an authentic educational experience that challenges and supports each and every student
- rooted in hands-on exploration of real world issues, providing relevance for student learning
- committed to preparing all students for entrance and success in college
- modeled after best practices in the Coalition of Essential Schools’ network of member schools around the country
In the early 2000s, the founding co-directors - Carrie Brennan, Eve Rifkin and Brett Goble - collaborated with a team of highly qualified teachers, pioneering families, innovative community partners, and an active board of directors, to build a school that matched this vision.
Click here to listen to City High School co-founders Eve Rifkin and Brett Goble reflect on the founding of City High School in an interview recorded by KUAT in September 2010.
From 2003-2006, City High School received significant school start-up funds through two primary sources: 1) High Tech High Learning, a network of small schools focused on real-world learning, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and modeled after High Tech High charter school in San Diego; and 2) the federal government’s Charter Schools Program funding for new schools.
City High School is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools and is connected to other organizations both national and statewide. See the Affiliations and Accreditation section of our website for more information.