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Capital High School

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Posted July 15, 2013

This school helped me a little but not a lot. my first year there i was on the "must be in essential English" and they ignored it completely.so failed all my classes and they did not help me at all.the students are rude and mean and the only thing a teacher will stop is if it becomes a physical fight other than that students can be harassed and hurt verbally to the paint where they don't come to school. The kids who are not in to sports or not wanting to be a cheer leader the will be put at the bottom of the list the care for sports more then the do for learning or any thing else. teachers thought i was a bad kid because i dressed and did my hair different they go with the clicks sadly they also lost some of my credits while i was there i do not think it is fair to me because i have to re earn them again over all a really bad school environment .i would like to apologize for typing i am still not good at it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2009

I went to 3 high schools my freshman year and CHS was by far the worst of them all. I moved from Nov. of my 8th grade year until Jan. of my freshman year( I would have started sooner but they wouldn't take me til second semester). When I returned to Helena and started at CHS I was treated as if I was invisible. Kids I went though elementary & middle school, girl scouts and Sunday school with treated me like dirt. Both my brother and sister attended this school and my brother had just as much trouble. I was enrolled at Capital High School for less then a month and nothing could make me go back.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2007

We feel as if the mentality is if you don't fit the mold then you need to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2007

Advanced social studies department is top notch. Mr. Neiffer, Mr. Partridge, and Mr. Simms are some of the best AP social studies teachers out there. Although the math department in general is lacking, Mr. Peterson more than makes up for it with the advanced Calculus classes. Bad mentality overall at the school, especially coming from the principle. Overall feeling, 'guilty until proven innocent.' However, acceptable learning environment, made bearable by some fantastic teachers (see above).
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 27, 2007

Capital High School has a lot of work to do until I would consider it an excellent school. I currently attend CHS and numerous things bug me about it, especially when it's compared to the other high school in Helena. There is no individuality or creativity encouragement. Classes should help a child grow as a student but more importantly as a person.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2006

I am not writing from the perspective of a parent, or past student. I currently attend CHS. Some teachers are fantastic, and others are a complete waste of time and energy. While extracurriculars are available, sports programs obviously dominate student life. I would also like to mention that the atmosphere of CHS is not very student friendly, although this has improved in the past year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2006

'Capital High School has very poor principal leadership. The math and science departments are struggling! Teachers are very big on just pushing students through classes weather they pass or not. Fun learning enviroment. Sports division only cares who your parents are and how much money you have, not so much on talent.'
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 27, 2006

I am very pleased with the leadership at Capital. Getting kids involved and keeping them involved is a priority in this school. My student knows his progress on a daily basis, which encourages him to keep trying. The extra curricular activities have helped him acclimate to high school. In my opinion, this school is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2005

Capital High fosters an unpleasant and hostile learning environment that does not promote individuality or cultivate critical thinking skills in any way. While some teahcers are dedicated to the advancement of their students, the majority do not respect or encourage their students. Teachers who are there for the benefit of their students are often blacklisted for their progressive ideas. Overall, this is a very unsatisfactory school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2005

The teachers seem to allow students to fail and do not try to nurture them back to a passing grade. Of course this is not all the teachers fault, the student population has always been brutal and uncaring for the safety of other students. I also believe that the school is drug infested because my son has witnessed this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2004

I am writing not as a parent, but as a former student. I feel that Capital High School is a great place to learn. The teachers are very caring people. This school promotes great leadership skills.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 3, 2004

Very poor leadership, not a nurturing environment, rigid style of teaching does not promote or honor individualaity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2004

Students fail and teachers let them, keep pushing them on to the next teacher to deal with the problems. Strict atmosphere, student's very 'clicky', parent involvement is limited. Not an atmosphere that helps children learn and achieve.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students56%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native46%
White, Non-Hispanic56%
Participates in free/reduced lunch29%
Students with disabilities16%
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native55%
White, Non-Hispanic84%
Participates in free/reduced lunch68%
Students with disabilities56%
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Science

All Students55%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native18%
White, Non-Hispanic57%
Participates in free/reduced lunch31%
Students with disabilities19%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 81%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 12%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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100 Valley Dr
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 324-2500

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