We are grateful to the many organizations that support Capital City. Our students have gained so much from the experiences and opportunities our partnerships provide.


Karen Dresden
Head of School

Our Partners

Capital City partners with educational organizations that provide resources and expertise in support of our program and our students.


The Achievement NetworkCapital City has partnered with the Center for Inspired Teaching (CIT) since 2009. CIT exists to ensure that schools make the most of children’s innate desire to learn by investing in teachers. Capital City teaching fellows participate in CIT’s certification program while in residency with an experienced Capital City teacher. Capital City also serves as a summer training site for Inspired Fellows.

Interested in becoming an Inspired Fellow at Capital City? Learn more.


Coalition of Essential SchoolsThe Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) Network includes hundreds of schools and more than two dozen Affiliate Centers. Capital City has been a CES affiliate school since 2004. CES practice is exemplified by small, personalized learning communities in which teachers and students get to know each other well in a climate of trust, decency and high expectations. Capital City is also a member of the CES Small Schools Network. The partnership with CES was instrumental to planning and forming of Capital City’s high school program, which opened in 2008.


EL Education

Capital City was founded as an EL Education (EL, formerly Expeditionary Learning) school in 2000 and has had a strong partnership with EL ever since. EL schools emphasize project-based instruction to help students meet rigorous academic and character standards. Both campuses implement this model. Capital City has been recognized as a demonstration site for EL Education and hosts many visitors throughout the year. Learn more about EL Education at Capital City.


Other Partnerships

Capital City also has thriving partnerships with a variety of organizations that support expeditions by hosting students on fieldwork and providing experts who visit the school. Many partnerships also support our thriving arts and fitness programs. These partnerships include:

826DC A Wider Circle Accokeek Foundation
AAAS/Project 2061 Action for Healthy Kids Alice Ferguson Foundation
Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Healthy Schools Program Alliance to Save Energy Alpha Leadership Program
American University Americorps Amnesty International
Anacostia Watershed Society Arena Stage Bank on DC
Beauvoir School Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Botball Educational Robotics Program
Brainfood Bridging the Watershed Busboys and Poets
Cabel Foundation Capital Partners for Education Carlos Rosario Public Charter School
Casey Trees Catholic University of America Center for Inspired Teaching
Center for Marine Biotechnology CentroNia Charter Board Partners
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Chesapeake Bay Trust Children’s Chorus of Washington
Children’s National Medical Center City Blossoms City Wildlife
Claude Moore Colonial Farms College Success Foundation Community of Hope
Corcoran College of Art and Design Dance Institute of Washington DC DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative
DC Association of Public Chartered Schools DC Central Kitchen DC Department of the Environment
DC Department of Parks & Recreation DC Greens DC Greenworks
DC National Aquarium DC Public Library DC Sail
DC SCORES DC Water and Sewer Authority EarthForce
Education Pioneers El Rinconcito II Environmental Film Festival
EverFi Excelencia in Education Facing History & Ourselves
Fight for Children FirstBook FOCUS
Folger Shakespeare Library Food and Water Watch Fort Dupont Ice Arena
Foster & Adaptive Parent Advocacy Center Free Minds Book Club & Writing GALA Hispanic Theatre 
Gallaudet University George Mason University George Washington University Hospital
Green America Groundswell International Healthy Living Inc.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Howard University Human Rights Campaign
The Ivymount School Junior Achievement Kendrick Fincher Memorial Foundation
Lab School of Washington Latin American Youth Center Leading Educators
Liberty’s Promise Library of Congress Surplus Books Living Classrooms
Manna, Inc. Martha’s Table Maryland Coastal Bays
Marymount University M.O.M.I.E.’s TLC National Archives
National Capital YMCA National Environmental Education Foundation National Gallery of Art
National Geographic National Museum of African Art National Museum of Natural History
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration National Park Service National Park Trust
National Portrait Gallery National Zoo New Leaders
The New Teacher Project Office of State Superintendent for Education
An Open Book Children’s Literacy Foundation Partners of the Americas Peer Health Exchange
Pennies for Patients Personal Genetics Education Project Phillips Collection
Phoenix Bikes Playworks Politics & Prose
Reading Recovery Revolution Foods Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Rock Creek Conservancy Roots of Empathy Rosemount Center
St. Mary’s College of Maryland SCRAP DC Service Employees International Union
Sexual Information & Education Council of the United States Sexual Minority Youth Alliance League The Shakespeare Theatre Company
Shore Thing Shellfish, LLC Smithsonian Institution Source for Learning, Inc.
Special Education Cooperative  Split This Rock Spy Museum
State Farm Street Law, Inc. Students Rebuild
Studio Theatre Sultana Education Foundation Surfrider Foundation
Sweetgreen  Taproot Foundation Teach Plus
Teaching for Change Teatro de la Luna TechBridge
Thrive DC UClass USA Science and Engineering Festival
Viveka School of Excellence Washington Animal Rescue League Washington Capitals
Washington Improv Theatre Washington Parks and People Washington Performing Arts
Washington Post Washington Wizards Wendt Center for Loss & Hearing
Whitman-Walker Clinic The Women’s Collective