Capital City proves that a public school in the heart of D.C. can be successful, and the young people of our city deserve more opportunities like this.


Anne Herr
Capital City Parent & Founder
Former Executive Director

Mission and History

Our Mission

Capital City Public Charter School enables a diverse group of students to meet high expectations, develop creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, achieve a deep understanding of complex subjects, acquire a love of learning, along with a strong sense of community and character. We will graduate young adults who are self-directed, intellectually engaged and possess a commitment to personal and civic responsibility.


Brief History

Capital City Public Charter School was founded by a group of parents and teachers from Phoebe Hearst Elementary School. In 1999, the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board approved our initial charter application, making Capital City the first parent-founded school in Washington, D.C.

In September of 2000, Capital City Public Charter School opened at the corner of 14th and Irving Streets, with 135 students in Pre-K through 5th grade.

In 2004, we moved to the newly renovated National Capital Presbyterian Church building at 15th and Irving Streets. The lower school soon reached full capacity, with 244 children in Pre-K through 8th grade.

In 2006, we successfully amended our charter to include a high school. Our upper school opened in 2008 with 129 students in 6th through 9th grades. We added an additional grade each year and graduated our first senior class in 2012.

In 2012, Capital City relocated all grades to a single site, the former Rabaut School Building at 100 Peabody Street, NW. We completely renovated the building and designed the space to fulfill our mission and support our program. With this move, Capital City expanded from two campuses to three: we now have a separate middle school program designed to meet the unique needs of this age group.