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 AdaptSpanish
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
Arts for Every Student 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 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 Shirt & Print Co.
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 LivingSocial
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 One Million Bones
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 Team Red, White, & Blue Teatro de la Luna
TechBridge Thrive DC UClass
USA Science and Engineering Festival Viveka School of Excellence Washington Animal Rescue League
Washington Capitals Washington Improve Theatre Washington Parks and People
Washington Performing Arts Washington Post Washington Wizards
Wendt Center for Loss & Hearing Whitman-Walker Clinic The Women’s Collective