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Capital High School

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Posted May 20, 2011

This school definitely gets a much worse rap than it deserves, but even so, I have to admit that I would not send my kid here. The school isn t run by gangs, the amount of fist fights and misconduct is no more than any other school of the same size. The reason I say I would not send my kid here is because the school doesn t offer much to challenge students or prepare them for college. The majority of the students are well below grade level (by no fault of their own), this means that teachers have to spend lots of time working with those students to get them on track, which means, less time to challenge a gifted student, or even just a student who is at grade level. The school is really working hard to offer more challenging courses and they have done so with the medical pathway, however, with the level most students are at when they get her, there s only so much the school can do.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 19, 2008

As a former student of Capital High School, I can honestly say that I was given the opportunities I needed to receive a good education and prepare myself for college. I was a classified 'gifted' student, and my teachers for all four years of my education worked closely with me to excel in my classes without becoming bored. I learned to be hard-working, self-motivated and willing to help my peers. All in all, I had a great experience there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 9, 2007

I have two children attending Capital and they are both doing very well. They are involved in extra curricular activities and have teachers who care and encourage and challenge them to do their best. I am saddened by the lack of parent and community support. The low numbers of parents attending their own child's sporting events is quite saddening. Our kids are working very hard to create a future for themselves and we should be there every step of the way to witness and share their wins and losses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2006

I just read the Sept 2003 parent letter complaining about the education her daughter received at Capital HS. I agree with the students who wrote that perhaps the daughter should have taken more challenging courses, and I wonder at the parent's lack of correct spelling - its instead of it's for 'it is,' CapitOl instead of CapitAl, etc. Education begins at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2005

I am currently a student at Capital. It is my second year there and I really do love it. It is true that there are some gang activities and a few fights, but that is not the only thing that is going on there. There are teachers that care and try to get the students motivated. There are AP classes and many activities that you can take part in if you try. Capital has come a long way in the past few years. The basketball team is one of the best in New Mexico, along with their Drama department which has won first in state for the second year running. Your education is what you make of it, the school can only take you so far. If you do not want to learn, then it does not matter what school you go to. They will all be worthless.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2005

As a 2002 graduate of Capital High School I have to say that I am very grateful for the education I received there. I am an education major myself and now I see more than ever that a school can be on the south side of town, with little money and many criticisms but that doesn't mean students received a bad education. While there are teachers that don't encourage learning, they are very few. 98% of the teachers who teach at CHS go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure their students can excell. I know many of my peers that would not even have gone to college or even graduated if it wasn't for the teachers. Those who have criticisms are often those who have never watched or been in a classroom to watch these teachers in action. I'm very proud to say I'm a CHS graduate.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 12, 2005

I was a student at Capital for four years and graduated in 2003. I would have to say that a lot of the bad things said about Capital is true, or was at least up until I graduated two years ago. However, part of it is the students fault (I know I could have taken harder classes). There also are very good teachers at Capital including those in the northeast part of the building especially the technology department and English department teachers. Then there are the ones there just to get paid. There were trouble makers but 'gangs' never ruled that school. Overall I would say it's a pretty good school, and I have a great amount of pride for Capital.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2005

I went to this school for my first year in high school. Most of the students who attend here are in some type of gang. The teachers are very unskilled,and i wasn't challenged at all. When I went to SFHS(Santa Fe High School) there was a hudge difference, teachers were better equalified to teach, more extra activities, and the AP are more challenging, though it too has quirks.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2005

As a 2000 graduate of Capital High I would have to say That overall I really enjoyed my time at Capital and feel that I was challenged on a regular basis. After graduation I was accepted to Nebraska Wesleyan, which is the top Liberal Arts University in Nebraska. I went on to graduate in May of 2004 and was selected To Who's Who and National Deans List. I could not have done this without those teachers at Capital who showed me I could succeed. I would blame the majority of the schools problems on some, not all, of the parents. They are the ones that have the biggest impact on there children, and if they do not show an interest in there child and and there education then they are not going to succeed. Overall I would say that Capital is a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 12, 2005

I am a Senior at Capital High and I love this place. Granted I am more than ready to graduate and be done, I consider CHS a second home. The teachers, administrators, and counselors are great. Sept 03, perhaps you should consider the possibility that your daughters poor scores are her own fault! If there is one thing I can say for sure is wrong with CHS is the lack of parent involvement and continuous negative feedback from people such as yourself. I only have a few comments for anyone with something negative to say about CHS. Could you do better, or what can we do to fix it? Rather than focusing on bashing my school, give suggestions!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2005

If you can, do not send your child to this school. Gangs rule this school and teachers are here only to get paid. The academic level is horrible and no one wants our children to succeed. The kids have to fight hard to be challenged and we, the students, live up to our bad name. They never get our parents involved!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2004

Being at this school for over 3 years and this being my last year at Capital High I say that this school is different from other Santa Fe Public High Schools in a way that it has a clean environment and the students are trying their best to make this school number one among the state. I personaly love this school, I've never felt threatened by anybody and had many experiences joining sports and other activities. Things have changed and the only thing that keeps this school as how the parent mentioned are those few students who don't care. I doubt that there aren't other schools with this same situation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 22, 2004

I believe CHS is a really awesome school, especially for being a public school. I am a senior at Capital and I know first-hand that this school is a very good school. CHS is doing it's best to keep up with private schools, especially with it's low funding. If the parent [that] feels her daughter isn't challenged, maybe she should put her in the gifted program and the AP classes. I'm sure if she put the effort to tell a counselor, someone could solve this.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2004

First off, in response to the parent complaining about Capital High, the public school system would be much better if people would put money into them instead of dumping it into private tuition. A student must have the desire to learn, they cannot be force fed knowledge, maybe you as a parent are to blame for your daughter s poor SAT score. The problem with society is that know body is willing to take blame, if you saw that your daughter was not being challenged, you should have placed her in the gifted program. Or maybe taken control of her education, and challenged her yourself. CHS is a great school for a child willing to learn. The teachers are great, and as for technology, it is very hard to fix a problem if you can't afford an expert. CHS graduate - PhD in EE from MIT, scored below avg on SAT!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 30, 2004

I'm a student at Capital High! I beg to differ on the review made in September 03. Computer problems always happen no matter what school you're at! I'm in the gifted program and for my first semester I was challenged and I had hours of homework! I had pre AP classes! You can't compare your daughter's first round SAT scores on the school because your daughter chooses their classes. !Unlike santa Fe High, Capital has grasped the idea of academies and is offering a freshman academy, Information technology, Media Arts Acedamies, And Professional arts academies. They are planning many more to come. Capital has many cool things offered that no one knows about! The Teachers are there to teach and that is what they do. The students who want to learn do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2003

Santa Fe County is home to one of the worst school systems in the nation, and Capitol High is doing its part to maintain this distinction. My daughter attended a private school from grade 7 until the second semester of her sophmore year, when she transferred to Capitol. At private school she worked 1-4 hours each night on homework and maintained a B average. At Capitol, she has had practiacally no homework, and has received straight A's. However, she scored below the national average on her first round of SAT's. Capitol's administration seems disorganized, and its disipline lax. Standards are low and bright students are not challenged unless they are able to get into the few AP or Honors classes. Kids are often given points for showing up in class or turning in an assignment, regardless of the quality of the work. This year classes were a week late getting started due to computer problems, and the school is still plagued by electrical outages. Kids pull the fire alarms almost daily, and the alarms are ignored by the staff unless the principal announces on the PA that the alarm is a true fire drill, or, one would suppose, an actual fire. Even though this situation unsafe and illegal, nothing is being done to correct it. Overall, Capitol High is one of the worst schools around. Unfortunately, Santa Fe High, the only other public alternative, is reportedly not much better.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
12%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
22%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 40% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students11%
Female15%
Male8%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic9%
Native Americann/a
White14%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilities7%
English Language Learner Current4%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students20%
Female26%
Male15%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Native Americann/a
White23%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities7%
English Language Learner Current8%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students23%
Female16%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Native Americann/a
White23%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities11%
English Language Learner Current2%
English Language Learner Exited12%

Reading

All Students45%
Female52%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities9%
English Language Learner Current4%
English Language Learner Exited24%

Science

All Students24%
Female14%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Native Americann/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities14%
English Language Learner Current2%
English Language Learner Exited6%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2011.

208 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

208 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2011.

208 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
17%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 47% in 2011.

208 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
31%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students20%
Female16%
Male26%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Native Americann/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners8%

Reading

All Students27%
Female29%
Male26%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners14%

Science

All Students20%
Female16%
Male26%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learners5%

Social Studies

All Students30%
Female23%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learners14%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 85% 59%
White 12% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Black 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4851 Paseo Del Sol
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 467-2003

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