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Support Capital City Families Affected by Apartment Fire

Three families from Capital City Public Charter School were affected by an apartment fire at 13th and Peabody St. early on June 24th. Here is a link to the Washington Post story about the event. The fire started before dawn and residents escaped through smoke-filled hallways and down ladders with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Thankfully everyone escaped, but many in the building lost everything they owned.

As a community, we very much want to show our support. Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Make a financial donation. Ellie Davis, Middle School ELL Specialist, set up a Go Fund Me donation page to support the families who will need to replace what was lost. Donate if you can - every little bit helps. Funds will be split among the families. You can also make a tax-deductible donation to Capital City's Families in Need Fund (checks or online donations to Capital City PCS - select Families in Need under designation). Gift cards dropped off at the school for this purpose will also be accepted.

  • Donate Summer Clothing. Families need clothing that they can wear now. Clothing and shoes in the following sizes have been requested:

    Men's Clothes: M, L, 2XL
    Men's Shoes: 7.5, 8, 8.5
    Women's Clothes: M, L
    Women's Shoes: 10
    Women's Maternity Clothes: S/M
    Boy's clothes: 7 (for twins)
    Boy's shoes 13 and 13.5
    Girl's clothes: size 6/S
    Girl's shoes: 13.5

    Clothing can be dropped off at Capital City during business hours (Monday - Friday, 8am-6pm). We are looking for volunteers to help sort/organize clothing. Please email if you are able to help.

  • Stay tuned for more ways to support these families moving forward. Since they will be living in hotels for the next 30 days, we will be organizing donations of meals. Look for more information on this soon. We may also collect furniture donations as families move into a permanent home and clothing for cooler months when families will be able to accommodate these donations and have a better idea of what they need.

  • Thank you for supporting our families who need our help.

Washington Nationals Promote Summer Reading at Capital City

At Capital City, we know learning does not stop on the last day of school. On Friday, June 9th, we hosted a special event to help get our students excited and motivated to read this summer. The Washington Nationals kicked off the 2017 DC Public Library Summer Reading Program at Capital City! MLB all-star Ryan Zimmerman read to our students, answered questions, and emphasized the importance of summer learning.

Similar to how baseball players work hard year round, even in the off-season, it’s important for students to keep developing and strengthening their reading skills during a school’s off-season: the summer. Children who read over the summer return to school ready to learn and immediately engage with the material in their new grade in the fall.

Check out local news coverage of the event:

Special thanks to the Nationals and DC Public Library for giving our students this fun reminder to keep learning over the summer.

What does deeper learning look like?

This year, Capital City participated in a national photo shoot to showcase deeper learning in public schools. “American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action” is a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education in partnership with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The photo library captures our diverse student body learning 21st Century Skills - such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration - needed for college and careers.

Learn more about how Capital City ensures every student develops deeper learning skills here. See our PreK-12th graders in action here.

5th Grader Introduces First Lady Michelle Obama at Health Summit

On Friday, May 12th, 5th grader Bruktawit Tesfaye introduced former First Lady Michelle Obama to over 600 attendees at the Partnership for a Healthier America 2017 Summit.

Capital City is a Let’s Move Active School and Department of Education Green Ribbon School, two initiatives started during the First Lady's service in the White House. In 2015, a handful of our students, including Bruktawit, were invited to the White House Kitchen Garden to harvest vegetables and cook with Mrs. Obama.

Bruktawit shared how this experience and her Capital City education have inspired her to be healthy and active. She reflected, “I’m thankful for these experiences because now I eat healthier and being healthy makes me more active and engaged with learning.”

Watch her full introduction here (starting at 1:06:02).

Be Our Guest – Visit Our Open House Tours

Interested in applying to Capital City for the 2017-2018 school year? Come see our award-winning program in action!

At an Open House for interested families of students from PreK - 11th grades, you will learn about Capital City’s instructional approach --EL Education--, meet school leaders, and tour our facilities and classrooms.

Each Open House starts promptly at 9:00am. Open Houses include campus tours led by student ambassadors and staff, an information session with the school’s principal, and plenty of time for your questions.

Upcoming Open House Dates:
Jan 12 (Lower, Middle and High School)
Feb 9 (PreK - 8th grades only)

For questions or to attend a tour, please contact Parent Outreach and Admissions Coordinator Lisvette Garcia at or 202-808-9719.

Check our Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page here to learn more!