"We strive to ensure that our children learn not just reading, math and science, but also compassion, service and community."

— Karen Dresden, Founder and Head of School

Our Mission

Capital City Public Charter School enables a diverse group of students to meet high expectations, develop creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, achieve a deep understanding of complex subjects, acquire a love of learning, along with a strong sense of community and character. We will graduate young adults who are self-directed, intellectually engaged and possess a commitment to personal and civic responsibility.

 

Brief History

1999

Capital City Public Charter School was founded by a group of parents and teachers from Phoebe Hearst Elementary School. In 1999, the DC Public Charter School Board approved our initial charter application, making us the 1st parent-founded school in Washington, D.C.

2000

In September of 2000, Capital City opened at the corner of 14th and Irving Streets, with 135 students in Pre-K through 5th grade.

2004

In 2004, we moved to the newly renovated National Capital Presbyterian Church building at 15th and Irving Streets. The Lower School soon reached full capacity, with 244 children in Pre-K through 8th grade.

2006

In 2006, we successfully amended our charter to include a High School. In 2008 we opened our Upper School campus with 129 students in 6th through 9th grades. We added an additional grade each year and graduated our first senior class in 2012.

2009

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan chose Capital City as the first school to visit following President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. The President called Capital City, “an example of how all schools should be.”

2011

We were designated an EL Education Mentor School in 2011 recognizing Capital City as one of the top performing schools in EL Education’s national network of 165 schools.

2012

In 2012, all grades relocated to a single site, the former Rabaut School Building at 100 Peabody Street, NW. We renovated and designed the space to fulfill our mission and support our program. Capital City also expanded from two campuses to three: adding a separate middle school program to meet the needs of this age group.

2014

In 2014, we were awarded a Breakthrough Schools grant for our innovation in education by the CityBridge Foundation. We were awarded another Breakthrough Schools grant in 2017.

2016

In 2016, we won one of ten Career and Technical Education Makeover Challenge Prizes by the U.S. Department of Education. Capital City was also named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School for our focus on sustainability and the environment.

Top photo and many images featured on our homepage are courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action. Capital City participated in this photo project during the 2016-2017 school year.