Capital Day School is excellent for students who benefit from/appreciate personalized instruction. The independence from government and parochial standards allows students and teachers to freely explore, study, debate, and play. The atmosphere on campus encourages independence, personal responsibility, and fun!
As the parent of a recent graduate I have to say that Capital Day is a dying school. A few years ago there was a large turnover in the teaching staff resulting in the loss of good teachers. Just this past year the same has happened. Their funding is lacking and while they do the best with what they have it's not enough. If faced with the possibility of putting my child in this school now I would look elsewhere. If there is not a dramatic change this school will not be able to keep its doors open.
Lack of funding is its overall problem but it also suffers from being a small campus with old buildings and no green space. Sports on campus are non existent -practices are held at other local schools. There is no nurse, just a school secretary who hands out peppermints. There is only one administrator, the head of school (who is brand new this year), and teachers fill in other administrative rolls. Even the Board of Trustee positions are filled with parents and they don't even have enough volunteers to fill all the positions.
If you are seriously considering this private school for your child take a long look and ask some serious questions about the running and future of this school. Don't be swayed by the trophy case, most of them are from years past. And don't worry about entrance exam - unless your child has serious issues they will get in because they desperately need your tuition money.
My son attended Capital Day School, and had a remarkable experience. After firth attending public school, CDS brought him out of his shell and he became vibrant and alive! Capital Day School's small teacher to student ratio, caring staff members, attention to academic excellence, and opportunities for extracurricular involvement all contributed to his success! Capital Day School will give your child the individualized education they deserve!
There is more concentrated effort, but the school is behind the times with languages, drama, music, art. German is preferred as a scientific language and has been for about 100 years. Spanish is useless globally as the language of business is English and Chinese. Drama, art is useless for a child's future and can be leaned by one class every 2 weeks. There is insufficient focus on computers, IT, software, programming - only one teacher. All students should have a lap top and use in school for all classes. By dealing with passe fine arts and limiting focus on the future: math, science, technology; languages: Chinese, German, Russian, Arabic the school is living in the past. When was the last time you heard French being spoken. When you attended a business meeting in Mexico the business was conducted in English, just like Chile, Costa Rica, Argentina, etc. Parents need to think in a world view and that is clearly not apparent by the reviews. Compared to the average Ky school Capital is superior. It just needs updating and modernization and focus on a global perspective.
Capital Day School is the school for your children if you want a quality education. This school has excellent teachers and caring staff members. With a low student to teacher ratio, your child with enjoy a challenging curriculum with the focus on being educated, not just passing tests. Capital Day School offers not only core classes, but enrichment classes such as Art, P.E., Technology and Music - they even still have recess. Your child will be well prepared to take advanced classes once graduating from CDS. From preschool age 3 to 8th grade, you will want to keep your child at Capital Day.
My children have been attending Capital Day School since preschool. I am always impressed but the information that my children teach me. The small class size in addition to the loving, nurturing environment make this school a great investment in my children's future.
Capital Day School provides an environment of academic excellence where students learn a great deal of self-discipline, compassion for others and respect. The teachers are diligent in working with students to ensure that each individual is challenged to his/her highest ability. It is a warm and caring environment where students feel safe and can focus their efforts on their studies.