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Capital High School

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3 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted March 4, 2014

The staff and students at Capital High School are wonderful and they are all well rounded and respectful. I disagree with many of the reviews that have been written about Capital. As a student, I think it is a wonderful environment for a student to learn, and the teachers are willing to work with you before and after school to improve your grades and help you understand the work.


Posted September 6, 2013

this school has no communication with parents or students they don't ever explain all your options to you. I ABSOLUTELY WOULD NEVER send my child to this school it was the most awful experience, leaving this school was the best decision my parents made.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2013

I've been very pleased with my daughter's experience at Capital. Not sure why so many negative reviews. We've been more than happy with the quality of instruction she has received, and the majority of her teachers have been excellent. The social environment has been very welcoming and the one episode she experienced with mild bullying was handled immediately and with zero tolerance. The relatively smaller size of the school helps assure that every student receives adequate attention from staff. My only negative is that I would prefer an AP program to IB.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

Do not let your child attend this school. 90% of the staff are horrible, especially the administrative staff! Those teachers that aren't horrible are to afraid to stand up to those who are. It's a no win situation. My son is disabled and the last straw was the day a special education teacher pinned my son to the ground in a hallway because he left the classroom without permission. Most of the staff are to busy trying to be arm chair shrinks and wardens to even consider education as their job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2012

I believe too much money goes to the IB program and that they should go back to AP classes. Very few students take advantage of this program. More support should go to Running Start students who want to get ahead in their schooling. I believe they should get rid of the Athletic Director position and incorporate these duties to an administrator. Drop an administrator and add counselor specifically trained to deal with low achievors. Add more tutorial services in Math and Science. More computor programs such as Khan Academy. More capable department heads. More intramural after school sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

Please help! What can I do to ensure my children receive a good education from this school when the times comes to attend. They are in elementary now and I am petrified for them to attend CHS. I would gladly drive them to OHS but I heard it is nearly impossible to obtain a transfer. Private school is too expensive, but if I start saving now I may have enough saved in 8 years for the both of them to attend. Does anyone have some ideas?


Posted August 16, 2011

The Olympia School district is a horrible district, but Capital tops it off as the worst school. I came here from Tahoma in 5th grade. As I went up the ladder of schools from Mclane, to Marshall, to Capital, it got worse and worse. The teachers at capital are horrid. They don't challenge you. They pick favorites. It seems like if you're in a sports team, then you get catered to, but if you aren't inclined to do sports, then you're screwed. My Freshman year last year was the worst year of my life. I'd rather be stuck in a prison school than that place.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2011

My recent experience at Capitol High School- Incident happened last night- 01/14/2011 Just a simple message- To the person / people who cut the convertible soft top on my son's car, stole his laptop, friends ipod and keys- I hope you get caught, cuffed, taken to jail / juvy and FINED


Posted November 9, 2009

I don't know where people are getting the idea that every teacher is a joke! I spent 4 years at CHS and really liked most of my teachers. Yes, there are some less-than-stellar teachers out there, but my two personal least favorites have since left, and I found that the number of at least average-quality teachers was way higher than the bad ones. The IB program is great, and the lack of sports teams is a district thing - if you want more sports, keep the district from trying to cut things like swimming!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2008

Well, as a parent of 3 students going through CHS I disagree with the most current parent comment. In the past, yes CHS has had a better reputation but now we have a new principal and things are definately looking up. Staff is more encouraged and students are happier. I believe if your student has a bad experience maybe it is the student not cooperating as well. You can never take the opinion of just your student. I have along history with this school and it is definately on its way back up to being 'the' school to attend
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

This school is the worst that I have seen in a long time. The teachers and the principal lack leadership and knowledge of discipline, children and accountability. The year my child went here was the worst year and hardest year of my life as well as hers. I would have been better off quitting my job to homeschool her. If I would have done that she would have achieved alot more than she did. This school needs better counselors, teachers and a principal.......the one's that are there are a joke!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2008

I have had a pretty good, but not amazing, experience at this school. I would reccommend going into the IB program, because that's where you'll find all thr good teachers. I agree that rules can get a little ridiculous at times. If you have a choice, Olympia High is a waaaaaaaaay better school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2007

Capital HS has a major focus based on rule making and discipline which is contrary to learning and achievement. If you teen is not self-motivated then forget this school. Staff morale very low. Not enough spaces on sports teams for all interested students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2007

Very difficult for me as a high achieving student to enjoy attending. Many staff show disrespect to students and parents and do not acknowledge that each student has a different level of responsibility. Students are often treated as criminals instead of students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 1, 2006

Great school with great teachers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

The statistic that 100% of the classrooms have internet access is misleading. The computers connected to the internet that they claim are in every class are generally used as the teachers personal computers with very limited access for students to use them.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Algebra I was 54% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 82% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 53% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 96% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 22% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
14%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 66% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
75%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 28% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 61% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 19% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
14%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 35% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
29%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 30% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 23% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 15% in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 34% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 18% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students72%
Female75%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income66%
Not low income74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students98%
Female98%
Male99%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Low income94%
Not low income99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White99%
Low income92%
Not low income100%
Not special education99%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

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Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
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Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent 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: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students41%
Female41%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White41%
Low income40%
Not low income42%
Special education26%
Not special education47%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students76%
Female74%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income67%
Not low income81%
Special education65%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students84%
Female80%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income81%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
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Low incomen/a
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Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
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Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent 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: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students11%
Femalen/a
Male10%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White15%
Low incomen/a
Not low income17%
Special educationn/a
Not special education13%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students24%
Female23%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White26%
Low incomen/a
Not low income25%
Special educationn/a
Not special education25%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent 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: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent 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: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2010.

287 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

290 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Reading

All Students94%
Female93%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic91%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low income88%
Not low income96%
Special education72%
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students93%
Female97%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian89%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic91%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income84%
Not low income96%
Special education72%
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent 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: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 60%
Hispanic 9% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 7%
Two or more races 7% 6%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 110%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 228%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 18N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 64%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Olympia, WA 98502
Phone: (360) 596-8000

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