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 Achievement Network (ANet) since 2010. ANet is an education nonprofit founded in 2005 to provide schools that serve high-need students with effective data-driven strategies to identify and close gaps in student learning and embed these strategies into schools’ everyday routines.


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.


Expeditionary LearningCapital City was founded as an Expeditionary Learning (EL) 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 Expeditionary Learning and hosts many visitors throughout the year. Learn more about Expeditionary Learning at Capital City here.



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:

Accokeek Foundation Alice Ferguson Foundation Alliance to Save Energy
American University Americorps American Art Museum
Anacostia Watershed Society Arena Stage Arts for Every Student
Barbara Chambers Children’s Center Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Botball Educational Robotics Program
Bridging the Watershed Busboys and Poets Catholic University of America
Center for Marine Biotechnology CentroNia Charter Board Partners
Chesapeake Bay Foundation City Blossoms College Success Foundation
Columbia Heights Youth Club Community of Hope Corcoran College of Art and Design
D.C. Department of the Environment D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation D.C. Farm to School
D.C. Greenworks D.C. Legal Clinic for the Homeless D.C. Project
D.C. Public Libraries D.C. Water and Sewer Authority Gear for Good
Facing History and Ourselves Fight for Children Folger Shakespeare Library
Fort Dupont Ice Arena GALA Theatre International Relief and Development
Gallaudet University Genetic Alliance Human Rights Campaign
Lab School of Washington La Clinica del Pueblo Latin American Youth Center
Living Classrooms Manna Martha’s Table
National Aquarium National Capital YMCA National Museum of African Art
National Museum of Natural History National Park Trust National Portrait Gallery
National Zoo New Leaders Parents As Partners
Phillips Collection Riverbend Park Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Rosemount Center Smithsonian Institution Spy Museum
Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home Sultana Projects, Inc. Surfrider Foundation
Taproot Foundation Teaching for Change The New Teacher Project
Washington Parks and People Whitman Walker Clinic