My husband and I considered private schools for our children.... But we were attracted to Capital City because it had many of the resources of private schools, along with a strong focus on enrichment and incredible diversity.

Capital City Parent

What is a Charter School?

A charter school is a free public school that operates independently of the local school system with funding determined by a per pupil formula. As required by law, admission is by random lottery. There is not a selective admissions process, but preference is given to siblings of current students.

Capital City is one of 112 public charter schools in Washington, D.C. As a charter school, we have a great deal of autonomy. We develop our own curriculum, manage our own budget, secure and manage our own facility, and determine our own staffing model and personnel policies. We welcome the accountability that comes with our autonomy: we believe it is important that publicly funded schools demonstrate compliance and results.

Capital City is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by a Board of Trustees and authorized and monitored by the D.C. Public Charter School Board.  The D.C. Public Charter School Board currently oversees 112 public charter schools in Washington, DC, operated by 61 nonprofits, located in 94 separate facilities around the City.  Public charter schools now serve approximately 44% (nearly 38,000 students) of all public school students in Washington, D.C.


For more information on Washington D.C. charter schools, please visit:

District of Columbia Public Charter School Board

FocusDC: Friends of Choice in Urban Schools