The high school program of Capital City Public Charter School was recognized as a Tier 1 high performing school on the Performance Management Framework (PMF) in a public ceremony held by the DC Public Charter School Board on November 8, 2013. It was one of six public charter schools to receive such designation. The designation follows large gains in the high school’s DC-CAS scores. Capital City high school scores increased 26-percentage points in reading and 25-percentage points in math from 2012.
“We are extremely proud of this award; it reflects the hard work of our teachers and administrators to increase academic rigor and improve instruction while staying true to our mission and model,” commented Karen Dresden, Head of School For the 2012 – 2013 school year, the high school added an additional period to the schedule so that students needing extra support could take numeracy and literacy courses in addition to their regular math and English courses. There was also an increased focus on involving students in assessing their own leaning. Students analyzed their own data and identifying areas of strength and for improvement. Within the advisory structure, students shared results and goals with their peers and teachers.
“I’m most proud of the student ownership of their data and the team approach that the faculty took to make this happen as a whole,” said Belicia Reaves High School Principal, “Each student felt empowered and part of the process.”
“We are [also] proud of the increase in 9th grade on track, which was supported by the new schedule, our orientation process, and our personalized approach to learning,” said Dresden. Ninth graders on-track to graduate is a key indicator that students will eventually graduate from high school and is one of the metrics on the high school PMF.
The Tier 1 designation follows two successful years of 100% of the school’s graduates being accepted to college, beginning with its first graduating class of 2012.
Sixty brave high school students and nine adult instructors/chaperones headed to Assateague Island for an overnight fieldwork experience from Oct. 17-18, 2013. The trip, part of the Environmental Science course led by Ms. Ellen Royse, offered students an in-depth learning experience of the effects of climate change. On a very early morning, students headed out with their science books, camping gear, and food not knowing what lay ahead for them on the island known for its wild ponies.
Parents - There are many ways big and small at Capital City to help. Look for opportunities in Thursday folders, on the volunteer board, in classroom newsletters or on the website. Remember to track your volunteer hours using this link.
We are looking for many parent leaders to fill a variety of roles. To view job descriptions and to sign-up for roles use this link.
Oportunidades para Ser Voluntario en Capital City
Hay muchas maneras grandes y pequeñas en la Capital City para ayudar. Busque oportunidades en la carpeta de los jueves, en la junta de voluntarios, en boletines de la clase o en nuestro sitio web. Recuerde registrar sus horas de trabajo voluntario en este enlace.
Estamos buscando a padres líderes para llenar una variedad de papeles. Para ver las descripciones de los puestos y para inscribirse para papeles por favor use este enlace.
Capital City in action: we'll have tours, information sessions, and time to have questions answered by Capital City staff, parents, & students.
Open Houses will be held on the second Thursday of each month, November - March, for families interested in Pre-K through 12th Grade. Each open house will be held from 9:00 - 10:30AM and will begin promptly at 9:00AM.
The formerly named Capital City Upper and Lower Schools participated in a three-year study of five Expeditionary Learning middle schools in Washington, DC and New York City to see whether students' math and reading scores differed noticeably from other urban public schools. The rigorous study examined "student performance on the existing state reading and math assessments up to three years after students enrolled in five EL middle schools, two of which were Capital City Upper and Lower schools.
The report found that EL middle schools increased students' reading and math significantly on average. In reading, after two years, EL students had an average of five months' growth and after three years, they had an average of seven months' growth. In math, after two years, EL students had an average of three months of learning growth and after three years, an average of ten months of learning growth.
The full report, which was released on September 18, can be found here, and the two-page summary is available here.