Enrollment Information

Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School accepts applications all year for grades K-5. Students enrolling in kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 30. The lottery for the 2017-18 school year will be held on April 10, 2017.

Enrollment Process

If more students apply than our space can hold, we will hold a lottery administered by a member of the Board or their designee. Preferences will be given to students in the following order:

  1. Siblings of UPCS K-5 enrolled students from the Pittsburgh School District, who reside in the Pittsburgh School District
  2. Children who reside in the Pittsburgh Public School District
  3. Children who reside elsewhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

If there are more children in a given preference category than there are slots remaining, a random drawing will be held. Children not selected for an open seat will be placed on a waiting list in order of selection and separated by preference category. Other children may be added to the end of the waiting list at any time.

When student’s name is drawn in the lottery, parents/guardians will be notified of acceptance. If the potential student’s name is not drawn, Urban Pathways will send the parent(s)/guardian(s) a postcard noting such and place the potential student on the waiting list.

Acceptance does not guarantee enrollment. The failure to provide enrollment information required by applicable laws and regulations may result in the child being denied enrollment.

Certain documents are needed for enrollment. This list is provided to allow you to prepare in advance of a notice of acceptance and possible future enrollment:

  • Parental Registration Statement under 24 P.S. § 13-1304-A
  • Verification of Date of Birth
  • Proof of residence to the extent consistent with applicable state and federal law
  • Immunization record to the extent consistent with the requirements of applicable state and federal law

Learn More about UP!

Urban Pathways is a public charter school. Urban Pathways does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, ethnic origin, intellectual ability or disability, or athletic ability. Residents of the City of Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver will be given first preference. Students residing outside of the city will be enrolled only if space remains. If more students apply than slots are available, spaces will be filled by lottery on April 1 of the current year. Once the lottery list is exhausted, students are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Pittsburgh Public Schools students have first priority. Urban Pathways enrolls students entering grades K-5 as space permits.

Our Curriculum

Core Knowledge is an educational reform movement based on the premise that a grade-by-grade core of common learning is necessary to ensure a rich and fair elementary education. The movement was started in the 1980’s by Professor E.D. Hirsch. Jr., author of cultural literacy and the schools we need, and is based on a large body of research in cognitive psychology, as well as a careful examination of the world’s most effective school systems.

Before and After School Programs

Before and After School care programs are run by the Downtown YMCA. The programs run from 7 a.m. until the start of school at 8:15 a.m. and from 3:17 p.m. until 6 p.m. The School Age Care program is registered with and accepts payment from, Child Care Information Services of Allegheny County (CCIS).