Capital City partners with educational organizations that provide resources and expertise in support of our program and our students.
Barbara Bush Foundation — Teen Trendsetters Program™: Through the Teen Trendsetters™ reading program, Capital City high school students are trained as mentors and work weekly with their 1st and 2nd grade mentees to improve their reading. A partner since 2016, Capital City was the foundation's first DC partner school.
Capital Partners for Education (CPE): CPE offers academic support and college and career readiness programming through a one-on-one mentoring program that works with students in high school and through college. Capital City is proud to have partnered with CPE since 2011 and to currently have the largest number of CPE scholars.
Carlos Rosario International PCS: Since 2016 as part of their English as a Second Language for Families Program, Carlos Rosario International PCS has been providing classes at Capital City for our parents and adult family members looking to improve their parenting and life skills through standards-based English language instruction.
CityBridge Education: Capital City received a Breakthrough Schools grant to redesign our high school program to better personalize learning and ensure success for all students. Through this program, Capital City has received training, expertise, and resources as well as connection to an amazing network of schools committed to innovation and student success. Capital City teachers and leaders have also participated in the prestigious Education Innovation Fellowship.
City Year: City Year is an education-based nonprofit that puts teams of young adults in schools to serve as student success coaches. City Year Americorps Members provide additional support in our Middle School to help all 5th-8th graders with their academic, social, and emotional growth.
DC Arts & Humanities Collaborative: Through their Arts and Humanities for Every Student program, the DC Collaborative provides our students with access to age-appropriate cultural experience in the community and provides visiting artists to enhance our programming. A perfect fit for our EL Education school. The Collaborative also offers professional development for teachers.
Diverse Charter Schools Coalition: As a member of DCSC, Capital City is connected to fellow diverse charter schools and receives access to outside resources to help improve our education practice.
DC SCORES: Since 2012, Capital City has partnered with DC SCORES to offer after school soccer and creative writing programs to our 4th-8th grade students. DC SCORES provides training, coaches, equipment, uniforms, a competition schedule, and transportation for away games. Through the outstanding developmental program provided by DC SCORES, we have built one of the strongest school-based soccer programs in the city. In October 2015, Capital City was one of 20 schools around the country to receive a state-of-the-art soccer mini-pitch thanks to MLS WORKS, adidas, the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Southern New Hampshire University. Our partnership with DC SCORES was instrumental in bringing this opportunity to our school.
EL Education: Since our inception in 2000, Capital City has proudly partnered with EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) to implement this comprehensive model. Through hands-on learning experiences, EL provides a model that challenges students with high level tasks and active roles in the classroom. EL provides school leaders and teachers with professional development, curriculum planning resources and new school structures to boost student engagement, character, and achievement. Because of our exemplary implementation of the model and strong track record of academic achievement, Capital City was selected to serve as an EL Mentor School. We regularly host visiting educators and others interested in learning about the EL model.
Flamboyan Foundation: Capital City partners with Flamboyan to increase parent engagement to support college readiness and success. Through the partnership, we work to remove barriers to parental involvement and initiate new strategies to improve outcomes.
Learn Serve International: Capital City high school students have worked with other students from around the area to learn how to build sustainable social change. Students participated in a transformational summer program to Paraguay in 2017. LearnServe’s Seeding Social Innovation program supports our Middle School program and is a great fit with the 8th grade’s Designing Our Future expedition.
Leveling the Playing Field: Leveling the Playing Field provides donations of sporting equipment to jump start and support our athletic programs.
North Carolina Outward Bound School: Through our partnership with North Carolina Outward Bound School, Capital City high school students have had the opportunity to participate in a 21-day summer wilderness course in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Capital City teachers have also participated in the educators program, experiencing an Outward Bound course and participating in a year-long cohort of teachers learning and sharing best practices in experiential education.
OSSE’s First Step Program: Capital City was proud to be the pilot school for this innovative collaboration between OSSE’s Division of Early Learning and Division of Career Education. Through this two-year program, students take college-level courses, participate in early childhood internships, and eventually take the qualifying exam to earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC): The STC supports our arts program by providing tickets and transportation to shows as well as pre-workshops so that students are well prepared for the experience. Additionally, the STC offers outstanding professional development to arts and classroom teachers.
Capital City also has thriving partnerships with a variety of organizations that support expeditions by hosting students on fieldwork and providing experts who visit the school. Many partnerships also support our thriving arts and fitness programs.
Top photo of Capital City students and partner courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action