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St. Paul, MN
Students enrolled: 1,087

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560 Concordia Ave
St. Paul, MN 55103

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(651) 325-2500
(651) 325-2501
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March 04, 2014
My daughter came to Capitol Hill as a seventh grader, five months ago. She is thriving and absolutely loves it. She's made friends easily and is very happy. The teachers are good, especially the exceptional history teacher, David Howard, and the orchestra teacher, John Middleton. Homework is very manageable. Good diversity. Yes, it would be nice if classes were smaller -- but that's not the school's fault, it's the fault of a district that doesn't value gifted & talented kids for anything other than bringing up test scores.. The only real negative here is the principal, Patrick Bryan. He is totally out of touch with parents -- won't return phone calls or emails. But the middle school administrator, Tim Williams, is great, and elementary parents rave about Grace Raymond. Good sports and lots of other opportunities. We're pulling our younger daughter out of her (excellent) school next year and sending her to Capitol Hill.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
My middle-schooler is not highly gifted, like some of the kids here are, but she is excelling here. The arts classes are exceptional and so are most of the basics. The seventh grade English program is a little weak -- kids should be writing much more. There is a dynamic parent group and while they aren't real welcoming, they are very involved and work to make the school a community. Sports are good and the kids are mostly friendly to newcomers. The administration, most notably the notoriously unreachable principal, has a ways to go in order to assist the great teachers in succeeding. This year the administration really harmed History Day, a school tradition, by scheduling tons of testing in the computer lab, which meant that the kids had a tough time doing their research. Principal seems more interested in being front and center when something's successful than he does in getting down into the trenches to support the teachers and make sure the kids come first. He's very unfriendly to parents and no one really knows what he does all day! The school district is not blameless either -- they don't give the school adequate staffing, hiding behind a myriad of excuses.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
This is a strange, disconnected, cold institution. Little to no sense of community. Kids shuffled around like cogs in a machine. Emphasis on producing work and projects, but very little attention to quality or mastery. My kids are pushed along with the sea of students here, but I find that they have major skill gaps in math, grammar, reading comprehension, and writing. Specialist courses in the lower grades are of very low quality. Accelerated opportunities in math are misleading. The classrooms, busses, and cafeteria are overcrowded. Teachers are NOT supported by the administration. After many years here, very few adults in the building know my kids or recognize their strengths or weaknesses. All this adds up to a poor, unhappy, and at times even uncivil learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2014
Interesting reviews here. I have two children at this school. While I agree that being at CH is a relief compared to being at other SPPS in terms of academic levels and for my kids to be surrounded by other G/T kids, the downsides are very real. Overcrowding in the lunchroom, busses and classrooms creates stress and a prison like environment. The administration takes a very "us against Them" approach to the parents who try to advocate for their children. I agree with the other reviewers who don't entirely trust the principal. He does not respond to email or phone calls. He does not hold himself accountable. Parents are tired of the uphill battle. CH is seen as an elite school and yet it is one of the least funded schools in the district. A parent had to provide a printer for the 6th grade so, they could do their history day work. Junior high is another story. 40 plus kids in classes. The principal is growing the school as fast as he can which translates to insane stress levels as they race through the halls, skip lunch (no time) and fend for themselves socially. This school, like the other SPPS schools breed aggressive, disrespectful, stressed out kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
I'm amazed by the number of negative reviews posted here. To those individuals that don't appreciate the fact that their children have been accepted into this highly-selective school, I say this: pull your children out of CH to make room for families that are on the waiting list, because there are lots of families that would be thrilled to send their kids here. My child was flagged G/T in kindergarten, yet wasn't selected to attend CH until 3rd grade. In that time he languished at a mainstream SPPS elementary where he wasn't allowed to work to his ability (he was much more advanced than his classmates in a few subjects, and the G/T services there were pathetic), thus he was bored and hated school! After getting into CH, his life changed: he is finally doing challenging work in a fast-paced environment, he is finally allowed to work to his ability, and he loves learning! CH isn't perfect, but compared to what mainstream elementary is like for G/T students in SPPS, it's a godsend! If you are a parent of child that qualifies for CH, then you really ought to put CH as your first choice - don't bother with a mainstream school because it cannot offer to your child what CH can offer!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2013
Capitol Hill Magnet/Rondo the rate of this school has highly dropped since I last rated this school. The school has way to many students crammed in there to the point where it is not a safe place when the students in middle school travel through the hallways. If you are considering picking Capitol Hill as your child's school i would say don't pick the school unless your child is starting at 1st grade, because if you don't start your child at first grade entering the school will be difficult because all the kids there have entered at first grade and you are quickly thrown into the outcast.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2013
I've had three children attend Capitol Hill. The school maintains a rigorous pace using a parallel curriculum in all subjects. If your child can maintain the pace within this type of curriculum, it's great. If not, forget it, gifted or not. Classes are large and there's no room or time to slow down for anyone. For those who can maintain the pace, this is a good school. For those who cannot for any reason, much of the value of the curriculum is lost. Homework is excessive in all grades from most teachers. As a parent, prepare to be very involved in getting it done. Don't bother to inquire about the amount, you'll be told to buck up and get used to it. From experience, I can tell you that the homework does not really prepare your student any better for high school. The current principal is an unusual man who does not respond to parents or to reports of bullying. The District is adding students to the school to keep them (and the dollars) in the District and the total population of the school (grades 1-8) is now over 1100 students. Classes range in size from 25 -32 students. The school offers lots of enrichment opportunities after school

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
My 6 YO got tested in to Capitol Hill and I was debating if I should have him stay at his French Immersion school so he can be fluent in french by grade 6 or go to the GT school. My son has ADHD and I'd get calls from his teachers on how he was misbehaving. I am so glad that I chose Capitol Hill. His new teacher is AMAZING and caters to his behavior trying new things with him to help him learn and focus. Great school and great teachers (Ms.Brzinski)!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Capitol hill school is amazing school with amazing teachers, when my son was little behind in his reading at 2nd grade. Ms. waskosky was behind him in every little step he took. How is going to 4th Grade as a good Readers. Thanks a Lot !!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2013
The Principal doesnt give you a very good feeling of your child being safe when being bullied. 2nd grade teacher (mrs young) pushes the kids too hard. She gives stop and think sheets for everything, EVEN for not finishing your work in class. Once she finds a kid to pick on-she really rips on them. The ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT CAPITAL HILL was 1st grade with Ms Brizinski! SHE IS AN AMAZING TEACHER!!!!! THANKFUL I was finally able to get my child out of that school. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL SOLEY FOR THE PRINCIPAL alone.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
My daughter loves this school. Activities are helpful and encouraging to the kids. School reports making is good and I could know the level my child.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
We were lucky enough to come to Capitol Hill just as the new principal, Patrick Bryan, did. I have seen a strong effort to take an honest appraisal of where the school is at, where it needs to do some improvement, and where it can really aspire to national leadership. An early focus on community and positive student behaviors have instilled a great deal of trust. I still find some pieces that turn me off a bit in terms of the community--do we, for instance, really need to tolerate the exclusive, class-demarcated stuff here like "gala" fundraising, just to make those certain someones feel OK about not choosing private school? I also think the default use of the district math curriculum is stunningly disappointing, in the early grades at least. If I hear one more time that it doesn't matter if my kid masters basic facts, I am going to tear out 7 hairs, six times, and my son will be lucky if they are all from my own head. Aargh. Those two qualms aside--and in which school in St. Paul would I fail to have some similar gripes?--I do think of Capitol Hill as a 5 star school. With the new sibling preference policy, we will definitely be sending our youngest here as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2012
Our son is currently in 6th grade. It has been the ideal fit for him since entering the school in first grade. Even though the classrooms have been large (30+) his teachers have taken the time to get to know him and have done an excellent job motivating him. We recently discovered our son is twice gifted. His teacher did not hesitate to make accommodations for his needs. Things were a little rocky while they went through a principal transition. However, the new principal, like the teachers, seems to have a good grasp of the needs of gifted learners. Parents are very proactive. They are the lifeblood of the school and show it by volunteering for various activities throughout the year. We are looking forward to the Capitol Hill for junior high experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
It seemed to me upon observation for enrollment, that there was a high disproportionate number of kids with Aspergers. Not that this is this is wrong, but I do question what real overall affect it has on a classroom as a special need. I also saw children with impulse issues and at least one child who had severe mental health issues and wanted to pinch, cut or hurt other children. The teachers did not seem empowered by admin or SPPS for that matter, to address the concerning parts of their classroom's composition, relying on parent complaint as method. (!) The hallways and atrium spaces should be filled with child color and joy, & were not. Social needs of kids through song and community seemed ignored. Enrichment (visual, tactile...) is very different than accelerated coursework (cognitive). Did not see integrated & child centered enrichment. My daughter's comment was that it smelled like Band-aids and I think that pretty much sums up my impression! Its not just about advancement, its about an innovative approach to the curriculum & a democratic feeling of ownership & authentic learning. Kids here would do well do have some Montessori and Waldorf pedagogy wrapped in.

- submitted by a community member
March 06, 2012
I have two highly gifted (99th percentile) kids that attend CH. Both of them love the school. Every kid has subjects that are stronger with a wide variety of personalities and learning style. This is also true of my two children. G&T kids have an even larger spectrum (high & low end) abilities than what you typically find in a classroom. The teachers at CH are trained for this and do an amazing job of "customizing" the curriculum to fit the kids. They also work very hard to match learning styles to teaching styles (with parental input.) I find the creative freedom is well balanced with structure - even for my free spirit child. An important aspect of education that is often overlooked for these kids - social development. For the most part, they are in classes with children of their age rather than several years older than they are. The staff and parents are recently, putting much more effort and creativity into building a better sense of community for the school families. This and the spirit and dedication of the new principal are proving to strengthen what was lacking in the school. I would be surprised if even the best private schools could consistently offer all of this.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
Capitol Hill has many strengths. Many strong, caring teachers and staff. Great resources for music and art. The other kids here are really neat, plus the parents are really interesting and caring about their kids' education. That being said, I have the sense that this school is resting on it's laurels. Coasting on reputation. I see a lack in creativity, inspiration, and unified school vision and goals, community building is poor. And leadership is almost non-existent and invisible. I see a community chomping at the bit to boost this school's dynamism and it is not being met with similar enthusiasm by administration. It's worrying. The curriculum is accelerated, but I don't see a lot of enrichment or complexity. I do sense the teachers are under a lot of pressure to get through things quickly. Probably some more than others. It also feels somewhat unwelcoming and cool...not so warm and kid-friendly as I'd like to feel in a K-8.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
This is a rigorous school. Most classes are challenge classes. Bright kids and kids who like structure and school will do well. However, there is some rigidity and inflexibility. Some of the teachers were unnecessarily tough on kids (not academically speaking, just in how they ran things). Some teachers were wonderful. Some very bright kids at this age will have trouble with the rigidity. I was disappointed in how the school responded to some harassment issues.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
Love the teachers who are committed, dedicated and work hard with every student, love the parent community, love the students who contribute their creative, thoughtful, bright ideas in many different ways on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Capitol Hill has an amazing group of teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
I loved the environment, the teachers, the students. The smaller class sized helped the learning environment. Being a Gifted and Talented is self-explanatory.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
I love how it fosters my children's creativity and interest in learning!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Love this school. I had an amazing experience there as a student and I cannot wait for my children to attend. I cannot imagine them going to a different school and risk having their education be less then excellent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
It is for the gifted and talented. I went there for 8 years and not once complained. It is greatness for those who seek it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
The quality of education one can receive at this incredible school and the experiences are literally priceless. I wouldn't trade my time spent there for anything.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
This is a school with amazing teachers and a very involved parent community. It's fabulous that students are allowed to work at their own level in math, and students are continuously challenged to grow to their utmost potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
I am so impressed with the quality of teachers at Capitol Hill. They have an excellent command of the classroom and they do a wonderful job working with each student's teaching style. I love the parent involvement and the eager and motivated students at this school. It is a true gem!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
I love that the school is public with a private feel. The teachers really care about the students, push students to be their best and students develop a family-like relationship with one another.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
The amount I learned at Capitol HIll is simply staggering. My friends and I who came from CH were noticeably more prepared for high school than everyone else, including those coming from private and charter schools.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 24, 2010
Capital Hill was an intellectually stimulating school, and one where students were valued for all the diverse sets of skills, experiences and values they brought to the learning environment. I would highly recommend it.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 24, 2010
Because it has great academics and prepares you for high school, the teachers are great, and it's a fun school to attend

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
I love this school because it has great teachers and great programs. When I attended this school, my classmates were all nice. The school itself is not so confusing to navigate.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 24, 2010
Great curriculum, amazing teachers, and unbelievable peers. Helped build a strong foundation in intellectual curiosity for me. It is one of the major reasons I am currently attending a top private university today.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 24, 2010
Capital Hill was the best school for me! It had engaging learning activities that have stuck with me my entire life. When I talk about my experiences there, people always say, 'I wish I would have learned that in elementary school.' Come to Capital Hill for great teachers and amazing learning experiences. Capital Hill focuses on raising future leaders. If you look at alumni of the school, you will see that they are very successful in accomplishing that goal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Lets just say at Capitol Hill being smart is not uncool. It's not only tolerated, its embraced.

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2010
I loved every moment of going to this school. The teachers were great, the lessons were great, and my grade school friends from here are still my best friends. The education I got from Capitol Hill was wonderful, too.

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2010
I received the best education from Capitol Hill. The teachers really care for their students and the friends I made during that period of my life are dear to me.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 24, 2010
I went to Capitol Hill for 8 years :) Capitol Hill has (well, they did when I was there) great teachers. It was a great school that prepared me for High School and I have life long friends and memories from this school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 24, 2010
Two of my children attended Capital Hill. This school encourages a love for learning, interests in diverse cultures, and the spirit to excel in the arts, sports, and intellectual achievement. It is a public school that the private schools envy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Attending Capitol Hill was the most rewarding experience in my life. As a magnetic school, Capitol Hill prepared me for every stage of life after grade school and middle school, including high school and college. I was challenged academically every day by wonderful teachers who all possessed a true passion to see their students excel.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
Capitol Hill prepared my child for a competitive high school career and gave her an advantage over her classmates when it came to knowledge, study practices, and work ethic.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
The program is set up to promote growth for students depending on their own abilities, I loved going there as a child and wish that I lived close enough now to send my children. So many great people have come out of that school; the things I learned prepared me for the real world, it was suprising to find in high school how many people had no clue on how or what to do after graduation. I feel priveledged to have been able to have attend such a great school.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
Great curriculum; caring teacher

- submitted by a community member
October 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
Capitol Hill has talented, caring teachers and creative students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 09, 2009
This school is not necessarily a great school for the most highly gifted. Keep in mind that 40-50% of kids in the better St. Paul schools test into this program. And it is completely random how kids are admitted - not at all based on need. If your child is above the 99th percentile in IQ and/or achievement, look very carefully. That being said, it's a great school for moderately gifted kids if you like a larger school environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2007
I'm a parent at this school and it is excellent. There is a lot of parent involvement, which raises money for extra programs, like visiting artists, etc. which are not covered by the district's budget. That being said, the kids in this school test as 'gifted & talented,' which means that of course the test scores are high, and the teachers don't have to deal with as wide an ability spectrum as they would have to manage at a typical school. Still, they rise to the occasion of challenging these kids in many fantastic, creative ways, and the homework is usually quite manageable. There are a few parents who get wrapped up in the 'status' of having a child at this school, but most people are quite down-to-earth, and it has been a wonderful experience

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2005
I am an alumni of Capitol Hill (attended all of 1-8th grades), and as I write my personal statement for my Graduate School applications, I am very proud to list Capitol Hill in my biographical sketch. C.H. was a wonderful school that I feel counter acted many personal and/or family problems that may cause problems in a young child's development and education in any other public school setting. I know that Mrs. Ford has since retired, but I'd still like to give her a super big thank you for being the best 1st grade teacher that I will never forget. And I will also mention that Capitol Hill really does prepare its students for success in high school and college beyond that.

- submitted by a former student
July 06, 2005
I am a student at Capitol Hill. The teaching staff is mostly excellent, except for a few teachers who feel they can make personal comments and step outside of their teaching boundaries. I have learned so much from this school and I appreciate all I have been given. I feel ahead of a lot of other students that may go to the same highschool and prepared for the homework load. This school taught me so much. The extracurriculars are pretty decent, however the tech crew deserves more credit than they have been given.

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2004
My grandson entered Capital Hill Magnet last year. The difference in this school compared to what we previously thought was a very adequate school,is remarkable. The teaching staff is creative and respectful of their students. He is happy to attend, has learned more, & is no longer bullied, (as was the case at the last school.) My only complaint is that sometimes the homework is quite a challenge for us to help him with. It is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2004
I am a Capitol Hill Alumni and proud to be one of those talented and gifted students from CH. I acquired numerous skills, characteristics, friends, and memories from this impressive school. I had a lot of great times there and I can definitely credit my creativity and intelligence to CH. Had I had gone to another school, I don't think I would have came out so focused on achieving my education and maintaining my straight A's. So thank you Capitol Hill and every parent should try to send their kids there! its a wonderful school!

- submitted by a former student
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Capitol Hill Magnet/Rondo
560 Concordia Ave, St. Paul, MN  55103
(651) 325-2500
Last modified Capitol Hill Magnet/Rondo is a Public school that serves grades 1-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Capitol Hill Magnet/Rondo Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top