Belicia Reaves

Belicia Reaves, Principal      

Belicia joined Capital City in 2010 initially as the Instructional Coach and Curriculum Coordinator. She holds a Master in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Hampton University.

In 2013, Belicia was nationally endorsed as a New Leaders Aspiring Principal. Belicia was named the High School Principal in 2013 after serving as Principal-in-Residence and the retirement of her mentor and founding High School Principal Kathy Byrd.

With over 17 years of experience teaching and leading in schools, this work is her true calling.  She has held positions including Grade Dean, Math Instructor and Director of High School Research Program at Georgetown Day School; Admissions Associate, Division III Team Leader, and Math Teacher at Wildwood Secondary School. Additionally, she was a Pre-College Math Instructor at Stanford University.

At Capital City, Belicia has been pivotal in the development of our Tier 1-high school program which goes beyond general DC requirements for graduates. This progress includes a rigorous Senior Expedition course and presentation and the growth of our Advanced Placement (AP) Program.

In 2018, according to, under her leadership, the High School was named one of the top HS in Washington, DC for students. In 2016, Capital City PCS was named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School with her high school students and Environmental Science teachers completing a strong application.

Belicia was named the 2019 DC Public Charter School Board TIERific Best Practices Awardee in the Principal category. 

Belicia is originally from South Carolina. She is currently learning Spanish and in her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, reading, listening to music, and collecting elephant statues from her travels.

Favorite quote: "To whom much is given, much is required."