"We are best known for our Expeditionary Learning model."
Students enrolled 325
Hours 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
School leader Amy Wendel
Transportation options None
District Capital City Pcs
Preschool capacity no info
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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100 Peabody Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20011

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(202) 808-9800
(202) 733-1812
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4 stars
Based on 31 ratings

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November 09, 2013
We are so happy at Capital City. Our children are receiving a great education, and are actively involved in the learning process. We also really appreciate and respect the social skills curriculum with it's focus on kindness, courage, and empathy.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
This is our first year at the school and our son has already learned so much. The teachers are wonderful and very committed to their students. We are very happy and look forward to seeing his progress this year. On a weekly basis we receive communication from the teachers as to what the students have done and learned which is extremely helpful. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
This is our second year at Cap City. Our daughter is now in kindergarten. Our family loves this school! It is a warm, loving, nurturing community, with active, caring parent, teachers, and administrators. Together we focus on the "whole child." Academics are important - test scores are just one indicator - but they're not everything. Art, music, fitness - and a focus on community participation -are all significant parts of the curriculum. Communication with teachers and administrators has been frequent, substantive, and welcoming. The school is wonderfully diverse, and I think that speaks to the open, inviting environment. We're looking forward to growing with the school for years to come.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
Our son is in third grade now, in his fifth year at Capital City already (!), and we love the school. There is a strong sense of community, a rich extracurricular life of the school that reinforces the values and connections communicated in the classroom, and most importantly, a commitment to a strong academic curriculum that makes learning enjoyable.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
What I like most about Cap City is that it strives to educate the whole child -- to form character (perseverance, kindness, empathy) in addition to teaching the fundamentals. Significant time is spent in the early years on the social aspects of school (waiting your turn, listening respectfully to others, etc.), so that real learning can then happen in the classroom. The approach to learning is also holistic: Using the Expeditionary Learning approach, children learn thoroughly about a topic (e.g. recycling, bees, nutrition, water), with every subject (English, math, science, music, art) supporting that topic. As a parent I am very excited for my children to learn more deeply, instead of just memorizing disconnected facts. The teachers are fabulous, and the teacher-student ratio is high, with 2 1/2 teachers per classroom of 25 (18 for Preschool and Pre-K). The facility itself, new last year, has everything you could dream of: gym, theater, and tons of outdoor space including a garden. Windows were installed strategically to allow children to see the inner workings of the building -- plumbing, wiring, etc. I couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
Our kids have been at Capital City since pre-K. One is now in Middle School. We have generally been pleased, though no school is perfect. CCPCS has a tremendous amount of staff resources -- two teachers per class, lots of support teachers (e.g., for special ed and English Language Learners), and specials teachers (drama, Spanish, art, music, fitness, library). The school evironment is generally very positive with a very strong school culture where kids learn to respect each other. This is not a place where teachers run their own little fiefdoms. There is a lot of staff teamwork. The new facility is fantastic, but the doubling of the size of the school last year led to some hiccups with many new staff and kids -- it was hard to integrate everyone into the culture, especially in grades 3 and 4. We are sometimes concerned that the diversity of abilities in the classroom can make it hard to meet everyone's needs. We worry especially about a challenge for kids who are performing at advanced levels. But the diversity, vibrancy, and dynamism, teacher enthusiasm, etc. seem to outweigh this.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
They really foster a learning environment that teaches kids to think critically and work together to solve problems.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
I Love CCPCS!! My daughter Ariana is so happy and proud to say she goes to Capitol City!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
Capital City lower school is a warm, academically-engaged environment. We now have a first grader and have been with the school since PreK. Teachers are dedicated and take great care to meet each student where he/she is, and the expeditionary learning model really lends itself to allowing this individual attention and to deep learning. There's careful attention to social and artistic learning built into the curriculum along with academics; students learn to work thoughtfully in their community and to become responsible both for their own and each others' learning. I think it's a common experience here that kids truly love learning and are invested in the expeditions and in each other. In our own time here, we've been very pleased with the level of intellectual challenge and teacher/student care we've seen abundantly at work.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
The teachers really care about the kids, really care about using best and current practices in teaching, and they want parents to know what they are doing in the classroom and why. The kids know the teachers are in their corner, and will ensure they understand and retain what is being taught.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
We have been so fortunate to "win the lottery" for a spot at CCPCS. Our daughter loves being there and I feel like teachers and staff love her back - I couldn't count the hugs and kisses she got on her first day back to school. She "owns" her school. As a parent, I can see how her development progresses and how this school is such an integral part of making her a smart, confident and kind little girl. Individual communication to / from staff and teachers is excellent and immediate. The lunch program is fantastic and the facilities are brand new with room for music, art and a dedicated room for the Spanish teacher. It seems like her opportunities are endless... .

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
We feel so lucky to have our daughter attending Capital City. We love the expeditionary learning model, which uses themes like "My Family" or "Oviparous Animals" to link and give extra meaning to all the academic instruction in language, math, and other areas. We also really appreciate the school's emphasis on community, including a weekly All School Meeting that lets the entire student body learn from, sing songs with, and bond with each other, as well as the school's use of responsive classroom, which approaches discipline and class management by engaging the students themselves in helping develop and buy into a respectful, positive learning environment. CapCity also has wonderful "extra" programs, including weekly exposure to drama, fine arts, music, fitness, and Spanish instruction. The school recently expanded into its new building and grounds, which are simply beautiful, with playgrounds, gardens, and ball fields. We couldn't ask for a more perfect place for our daughter to grow and thrive.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
My son and his uncle go to Captal City. Its a great great school his uncle have been with them since 6 grade and my son for two years. They have a fabulious teachers and staff. Their after school problems are great, they get to have fun and learn.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
La escuela es magnifica!! Me encanta: porque es una escuela multicultural, el nivel acad mico muy bueno. Por la coordinaci n de trabajo entre padres y personal de la escuela, ademas brindan mucha information a los padres para que estemos enterados de todo lo que la escuela realiza, y sobre todo que es una escuela que cuenta con mucha seguridad.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2012
In grades PK-3, learning is a nurturing and fun experience. However, as time goes on it becomes harder for the school to meet the needs of such diverse student body. Consequently, most of the resources are devoted to struggling learners thus giving those students who are on grade level and beyond little incentive to stay beyond 4th grade. The previous poster who alluded to special treatment for those involved in fundraising could not be more wrong. In fact, just the opposite is true. Most of the school's historically generous and involved families are gone. Even given the above comment, I would still recommend that you apply because you could do a lot worse.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
The new building is great. The students finally have a gym and athletic fields that they never had before. Even though the new building is much bigger, Capital City has maintained it's small school feel.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
Capital City continues to offer an outstanding personalized education. The addition of the new building has greatly expanded the opportunities available to cap city students -- athletic fields, a play ground, gym, cafeteria and an auditorium only enhance an already great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2012
Judging from some of the reviews its fair to conclude some parents are not happy but please be reminded it is only their experience at CCPCS. It takes a lot of hard work, passion and dedication to ensure every child has a fair shot at academic success and for years Capital City has done just that. If your child cannot adapt to this environment it is your duty as a parent to do whats best for your child without being negative by trying to malign the hard working staff. It is utterly tasteless especially for parents and students who continue to attend.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2012
Starts well with the Pre-K and lower elementary then gradullay the quality of instruction and teachers decline. No wonder only a few students in grades 5-8 are original CCPCS students. For us it's been an utter disappointment. In addition to wasting pivotal academic years, we now have to deal with the fact that my child has completely lost self confidence in himself and his ability to be successful in school.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2011
For those who are confused by the conflicting reviews, please be aware that this school is a bit like a private club. If your are actively and aggressively fundraising for the school, your childen's shortcomings will be regarded as qualities and they will get raving reviews from teachers. For those children who are academically gifted and self motivated and do well in any school setting, the school is adequate, especially in the lower grades. Also, quite a number of students are tutored regularly outside the school, throughout the school year. If you can afford this, then keep your kids in the school.. If not, go elsewhere . If you're interested , go on the OSSE website and see for yourself the HUGE achievement gap between the white kids and the rest.

- submitted by a community member
July 07, 2011
This is the best school I have been to! They have excellent teachers and an amazing arts program. I went there for 7 years and loved every minute of it! You should definitely consider this school! This is coming from a student.

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2011
After school activities, fitness and the electives are interesting, Other than that we get worksheets in every subject, give them to the teacher and don't know how we did. One month later we get some worksheets back to put in our portfollios. I am not learning much in this school.

- submitted by a community member
December 12, 2010
I am a student in middle school and I have some really good teachers like the music and drama teachers and not so good classroom teachers because they want us to do the work at our desk independently and say they cannot explain more when we ask for help. Last year I learned a lot in science in my other school but this year we learned one song about plants. Capital City is a good school if you like to work alone in math and language and do not bother the teachers with questions.

- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2010
This is our first year at CCPCS. Already two months into the school year and we know almost nothing about the curriculum or guide in Language Arts, Mathematics or Science, as the school does not use textbooks. The only thing we were told is that each class has an expedition to study. Homework in grade six consists primarily of reading library books and free writing, with no comments from the teacher. My child comes home and says the teacher is a "worksheet teacher". I have made several attempts to get a copy of these worksheets, but have not received anything yet. Frequent field trips, music, art and drama classes are this school's forte; unless you can tutor your child to keep the academic core subjects on grade level, look elsewhere. We are.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
September 30, 2009
The teachers and staff are the best! They know my kids and know how to get the best out of them. My kids look forward to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2008
Solid school in terms of facility. Great arts program. Needs a shake up in leadership at the very top. Very admin heavy. Not enough experienced teachers who stay in a grade level for more than a few years. Staff seems to train each other rather than get outside experiences. Great adventure program. Children can have fun and learn some. Inconsistent teaching and lack of a strong, clear curriculum can make the experience here very mixed.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2008
I have been here since the school started, and as a 8th grader I have a hard time saying good bye. The staff was excellent, but it is going downhill. The staff has gotten worse and worse. They can't seem to hold a math teacher for over a half of a school year. The teacher left with no replacment. They shouldn't have hired a teacher like that. The replacement is okay, but we've only had him a week or two. The student though, gets a one-on-one learning experiance and gets help when he needs it. Even though the teachers tend to come and go, they are normally highly qualified and a good teacher who cares about the student. The school really feels like one big community, where you know many people. This is not the place to go if you want your child to get a big school experiance though.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2006
The main reason we chose Capital City Public Charter School is because there are two teachers in every elementary classroom. This is a great ratio for public school. In addition to two classroom teachers, there is an inclusion teacher for each grade level. Capital City is a small school. There is only one class per grade level PK-8 (elementary classes are combined PreK / K, 1/2, 3/4). Students are offered music, PE, art and drama weekly. This year children will be able to participate in choir, plays and violin lessons afterschool. There is a high level of parent involvement. Parents are required to volunteer 20 hours a year.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2004
CCPCS follows a child-focused program of exploratory learning. The principal, Karen Dresden, is an experienced teacher who served as consultant to the parent-led group that established the school six years ago. Problems with overcrowding, as the school grew from PK thru 3rd to now having a full PK - 8th program, have been resolved this Sept. as children reported to a new facility at 15th & Irving Sts NW. The building was once a church and a community center, but it is now modern and airy and state-of-the-art. There is a high level of parent involvement (a minimum of 20 volunteer hours per year is required - many families do much more).

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Capital City PCS - Lower School
100 Peabody Street Northwest, Washington, DC  20011
(202) 808-9800
Last modified Capital City PCS - Lower School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-4. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Capital City PCS - Lower School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews.