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Capital City PCS - High School

Charter | 9-12 | 340 students

We are best known for our Expeditionary Learning model.

 
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2011:
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Posted September 22, 2013

I have 3 children there. It is an excellent environment for learning. The small class rooms provide a more intimate structure for learning, with one on one as needed. The principle believes in learning out of the classroom as well. The diverse staff celebrates each child uniqueness and learning styles. The curriculum is excellent and above average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2013

I currently have 3 students in the High school from grades 9th to 11th. The staff, teachers, principle, and the families show compassion and an abundance of support. The cultural competency of the teachers celebrates each families diversity and differences in a welcoming fashion. The commitment from the teachers has created a stable learning environment that promotes curiosity which has broaden their scope of learning. I am extremely happy with my children s learning and social environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

I am a proud CCPCS parent! We have two boys, our oldest was part of the first graduating students and our second child is currently a senior. CCPCS was a blessing to our family, both our boys are different learners with different challenges, CCPCS worked with them as individual and taught them how to become advocates and out of the box thinkers. The teachers are incredible role models; I ve worked with them closely to help the progress of our boys learning experience. They go above and beyond, with emails of updates, friendly text reminders. The teachers are committed and care for our future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

We are very lucky to have our children attend Captial City Public Charter School. The High School is in a brand new state of the art facility, the teachers and staff are incredibly dedicated and highly trained, and the kids are actively engaged in hands on learning every step of the way. I attended a field trip to Capitol Hill with the 11th grade History class where they met with staffers about working for a Representative, toured the Capital, and debated pressing issues of the day. The kids were amazing and I thought most students wouldnt have such high level learning experiences in college, let alone in 11th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

My daughter came to Cap City in High School and is really doing well academically and enjoys the school. She is pushed to try new subjects and after years of hating to write she is now in AP Eng. Cap City brings out the scholar in its students for sure. Thank you Ms. Reaves and all the other administrators and teachers for a wonderful 2013 and we look forward to a better 2014!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

Our daughter has been at Capital City for 11 years , studied in three locations and now is currently appreciating their permanent home campus in Ward 4. As a 10th grade honor student, she feels "known" and " valued". With only 300 students in the high school , each scholar is given personalized attention and challenges. Cap City is a small community of belonging and growing where learning is fun and respected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

My school has great teachers and provides excellent education. I like being a student at Capital City.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2013

This school is absolutely fabulous. My daughter has been here since the 6th grade and will be graduating with the class of 2016. The teachers, principal and staff are all outstanding and caring. They create a wonderful family environment. The method of teaching which relies on expedtions into the field and projects mimics the real job world. In addition, it is gaining a great reputation with colleges. That is quite an accomplishment since they will only be graduating their second class this year. Love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

Love, love this school. My child has been a student since the 7th grade (ccpcs lower school) and is now in 9th grade. I love the smaller class room sizes, the community environment and I love knowing that my child is learning in a safe environment. The Celebration of Learning events are excellent. The students give you an overview of what they've learned during the semester-- The parents ask questions and the students actually answer....correctly! My child is doing great here and I plan to allow her to remain through 12 grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2010

Capital City PCS is a great school. It has a small teacher-student ratio, good school leadership, and really teaches kids how to think and problem solve, rather than just filling their heads with facts. I love the community spirit and the fact that every teacher in the school and all the administrators know each child and each family. No getting lost here. The school faculty are very attuned to the academic experience of each child in the classroom and make great efforts to ensure that each child is attaining his or her highest potential.
—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 45% in 2013.

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37%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

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46%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 45% in 2011.

53 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

160 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

160 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

25 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

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Science

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Writing

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

In 2012-2013, this school was designated "Rising".

About the tests


The DC school classification system includes multiple measures to evaluate performance and student growth. The possible classifications, from highest to lowest, are Reward, Rising, Developing, Focus and Priority. These measures include the DC CAS, annual growth, graduation rates, attendance rates and participation rates. Under the system, required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), each school is given a School Index Score based on the performance of its students. Schools receive different levels of support, resources, flexibility and monitoring based on their classification.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 52% 13%
Black 39% 78%
Asian 4% 1%
White 3% 7%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Special education 119%N/A13%
English learners 115%N/A7%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 299%N/A73%
Source: 1 Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2010-2011

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 95%N/AN/A
Female 95%N/AN/A
Male 94%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 95%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 94%N/AN/A
Hispanic 95%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 97%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 94%N/AN/A
Not economically disadvantaged 95%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 92%N/AN/A
General-Education students 95%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 94%N/AN/A
Not limited English proficient 95%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Amharic
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30am
School end time
  • 3:30pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Belicia Reaves
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 733-1812

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Amharic
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • blue, gold
School mascot
  • The Eagles
School leaders can update this information here.

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1 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
20
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
541

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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100 Peabody Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
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Phone: (202) 808-9800

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