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Capital City Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.

In 2000, the Capital City Public Charter School was founded by a group of parents and teachers and offers a rigorous academic program that emphasizes independent and collaborative learning within an inclusive community. The instructional model focuses on design principles such as deeper learning, authentic learning experiences, personalized instruction and a whole child approach. Through the EL Education model, the students study topics related to social justice, through authentic hands-on learning experiences that result in high quality and meaningful products. Since their first senior class, 100% of graduates have been accepted to college. The school serves a diverse population of over 1,000 students (58% low-income; 59% Latino, 30% Black, 7% White, 1% Asian, 3% Multiracial). Capital City has been recognized as a model for diversity and inclusivity and makes a strong commitment to educational equity for all students.

School Type


School Context

Urban, Parent Founded


  • Outcomes: 100% college acceptance; Rigorous senior capstone project; Senior Expedition
  • Learner Experience: Community-connected projects; Social justice projects
  • Competency & Credentialing: Advisory system; Assessment based on mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high quality work; Student-led conferences
  • Wellness: Whole child approach
  • Equity: Whole Child Approach; Inclusion model; Student-led equity groups; Race and equity professional development; Anti-racist curriculum
  • Professional Learning: Weekly professional development; New staff seminar
  • Strategy: Focus on deepening practices all learners; Best practices and lessons learned: Mentor school in EL Education national network
  • Partnerships: EL Education; CityBridge Education; North Carolina Outward Bound School; Capital Partners for Education; DC SCORES; City Year
  • Technology: Clever; Google Classroom; Nearpod; Seesaw; Hapara; Remind; Zoom; Screencastify; Canvas; Jumprope

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