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The Capitol School

Private | PK-12 | 6 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $91,400. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $660.

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Posted October 17, 2013

Hm where to begin... The Capitol School has a great preschool and the whole idea of international students and different ways of learning is great but they need to workout some kinks. The budget being one of them. They have a hefty I mean hefty tuition price with nothing to show for it. It doesn't cover the required laptop or club fees. The staff is okay nothing different from your average highschool teacher.. They give you a lot of busy work you can find on the internet. They lose teachers throughout the year. And lastly yes there is dual enrollment but the different teaching style hinders your college performance. In college it's the tradition way of teaching that is practiced. Capitol will not prepare you for college. This school would be okay if it were free. But spend your money at TA or ACA. The drama between students and staff is ridiculous. All in all it's a diverse atmosphere but that's about all they have going for them. Again I feel like it was a great idea but it just isn't worth it. They have a lot they need to work on. Any one gets accepted bc they need the money.. It just what these reviews claim. You've been warned


Posted October 11, 2013

I attended this school am so greatful. I was able to graduate with over 20 hours college credit and gained so many experiences that helped prepare me for college. I also was exposed to other cultures, families and values. I now use my spanish and german that I learned at Capitol School on a regular basis in my line of work. I am already saving up to send my daughter there when she gets potty trained! Would highly recommend The Capitol School and Dr. Rountree's leadership and vision!


Posted August 7, 2013

The Capitol School uses the most current research based teaching strategies for all ages in a supportive environment. These strategies are, likewise, based on the latest advancements in what is known in about how the mind learns from research in the neurosciences. The basis of their program is built on research from Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. Howard Gardner is a top figure at Harvard University and this theory has gained ongoing recognition since its inception in the early 80's from many educators and scholars worldwide. As technology has advanced it is now beginning to have a biological basis in truth, as scientists are learning that IQ is not just reflected in a flat score, but shown in several different dimensions as the theory describes. The Capitol School is the perfect small environment for all ages, allowing all students to have the individualized education they need. All students need to apply their learning and create with their knowledge in order for REAL LEARNING to occur. This happens at the Capitol School. There are improvements that need to be made, as in all schools, but they know this and they work at this constantly. A+ School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2010

As a student (who went there for many painful years, including high school), I feel like I have achieved some form of PSTD from attending this school. I feel like all these other reviews are purely fictional. Too much drama, too much money. The best teachers always left too soon because of budget cuts or administrative disagreements. It just wasn't worth it. I definitely would never put my child in my position. It's an experience you'll remember (but for all the wrong reasons).
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2010

I love it that my children are learning in such a caring and thoughtful environment. Race (in any use of the term) is a four letter word. My kids love to go to school and actually are upset when I come to pick them up even though it is 5:00 pm and they have been there since 7:30 am. The teachers are great and I don't have to wonder what is going on in the classroom because I can drop in at any time. Parents are also encouraged to participate in their child's education. The extracurricular activites are wonderful too. The kids have lots of fun while learning, using a variety of methods. The classes are small enough so the children get a lot of extra attention and, although No Child Is Left Behind, every child can also get ahead!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

They create a loving environment and fosters the desire to learn, and not just about specific subjects, but also how to build character and become future pillars of society
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Posted September 18, 2009

It is a great school that uses the theory of multiple intelligences.
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Posted September 17, 2009

The Capitol School provides such a warm, loving and individual learning environment. Children in the preschool are exposed to foreign languages, art and music on a daily basis, while learning essential skills for their development. The Capitol School provides great opportunity for children to develop into well-balanced people. Every fun activity has a specific learning purpose. What a wonderful school to have access to here in Tuscaloosa!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Where else do kids learn up to 5 foreign languages painlessly as early as preschool? They learn math and science by playing, and appreciate other cultures as naturally as they make friends from all around the globe. This is truly a school which nurtures well-balanced citizens for a global world.
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Posted September 16, 2009

If you were to visit The Capitol School, you'd likely hear a classroom of students practicing the pronunciation of Spanish nouns. In another building you might notice a young man reviewing college biology notes on his laptop. Glance out the window and you might see the soccer team warming up for a match. Just a typical school day. Except, of course, those Spanish students are 3-year-olds, the young man studying college biology is a high school sophomore, and the soccer coach is speaking in German. In 1993, Dr. Rountree realized her dream when she opened The Capitol School, and there is nothing typical about it. It is a Multiple Intelligence School based on the work of Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University. It has received accolades as a model school in a recent issue of the prestigious American Educational Research Journal and heralded as one of Edutopia magazines's' Daring Dozen of 2006,' an honor given to those 'who are reshaping the future of education.'
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Posted September 16, 2009

The Capitol School provides a safe, nurturing, positive environment in which all types of children are encouraged to do their best. They are truly happy to be at school and spend their time learning. The outstanding faculty and staff care about every child and work hard to make certain no one is left behind. In addition to a strong basic curriculum that includes math, reading, and writing, the students play outside everyday, study languages (German and Spanish, with opportunities to learn other languages such as French and Japanese), and have regular (at least weekly) art and music classes (with the opportunity to study instruments such as piano and violin). Also, the science program is strong--the elementary classes have extensive experience with the scientific method, dissection, earth science, and other topics that enhance their understanding of the world in which they are learning to fully participate and to make a positive contribution. The Capitol School is a very special place. The students are extremely fortunate to be in this environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The school community is very diverse and that I think it is very important to parents and children.
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Posted September 16, 2009

I love that we focus on the whole child. Mind body and spirit. We have a low student teacher ratio. We are international. We have a montsessouri preschool . We love to explore new uses of technology . We are getting our students ready to make the world a better place.
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Posted August 21, 2009

I am not from here but find this school fits international standards of education starting at the preschool level. I would highly recommend signing your child up for their preschool program. There are two sides, but both are amazing.
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Posted June 7, 2007

This school is a gem. Dr. Rountree has led the school to win acclaim on a national level. The school is internationally accredited. The academics are outstanding. This is one of the few schools in the area that focuses on language. Spanish and German are both taught at all grade levels. In addition, Danny Rountree, an outstanding local artist, teaches the art program, and choral music, piano and violin are all available to every student as part of tuition. The flexible schedule makes the school day much more workable for working families - the school day lasts from 7:30 to 5:30 and you pick which 6 hours you need or use the entire 10 hours - no need for latchkey children or for extra expenses related to before or after school care!
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 58%
Black 12% 34%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 1%
Two or more races 6% 1%
Hispanic 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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2828 6th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: (205) 758-2828

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