What I like most about Capital City is it is a community that fosters character, independent thinking and social consciousness.

Patrice McCoy-Rogers

Capital City parent

Instructional Approach

At Capital City, the core elements of the instructional approach are consistent across the grades of our PreK – 12 program. These core elements include:


Deeper Learning

Research and evidence show that there is a critical set of skills that students will need to succeed in a changing world. These deeper learning skills — critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication and learning how to learn — are the core focus of instruction at Capital City. Through them we build a foundation in traditional academic subjects and foster an understanding of grade level content and skills.

Video: Using a Speed Dating Protocol to Think Critically About Writing (High School English)


Authentic Experiences

We believe that learning should be compelling for students and connected to the real world. Students in all grades engage in in-depth studies called learning expeditions.

Through expeditions, students participate in fieldwork, meet with experts, engage in research and in turn become experts themselves. Students share their expertise with others through projects and by presenting their work to a real audience.


Personalized Instruction

Our students are well known by their teachers and peers and are challenged and supported in their learning. Low student to teacher ratios, daily advisory or class meetings, on-going assessment of progress and strong parent-school collaboration support our approach to personalization.

Capital City classes use the workshop model to tailor instruction for individual students. A class typically begins with a whole-class mini-lesson in which new material is introduced. The bulk of the period is devoted to working on assignments and projects where students work independently or in small groups while teachers provide targeted assistance and assess student progress. At the end of the period, the entire class reconvenes to debrief the day’s work, share what they learned, and raise questions or topics for further investigation.


A Whole Child Approach

We believe in educating the whole child. We focus on a strong social curriculum where students develop social skills within the context of a nurturing community. We also believe the arts are vital to our whole child approach and support creative expression in all grades. Beginning in Pre-K, all students are provided instruction in visual arts, music and drama, and arts are integrated into the core curriculum.  We also support the health and wellness of students through a comprehensive sports and fitness program, health education, and building a healthy environment.

Video: Teaching in and Through the Arts – Three School Case Studies (Scroll to 6:25 to see arts at Capital City)