First Lady Mrs. Obama at Capital City

“With the education you’re getting here at Capital City, you have everything you need to follow every last one of your dreams."

— Former First Lady Michelle Obama during her 2014 visit for our Senior College March to the Mailbox

Every year, the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) releases School Quality Reports. These are the results of an annual, multiple measure evaluation used to track school performance across the city. Our lower school and high school both achieved Tier 1 in 2018!

Tier 1 photo of Lower School principal and students

Our Lower School has achieved Tier 1 two years in a row. In 2018, we improved in PARCC proficiency for the 3rd consecutive year in both ELA and math, making us the only elementary public charter school to grow in both areas each year since DC students began taking the PARCC assessment.

Tier 1 photo of High School principal and students

Our High School has achieved Tier 1 since 2013. In 2018, we scored among the top five of all public charter high schools on several key metrics: 2nd highest growth rate on the state assessment in ELA and the 3rd highest in math, the 4th highest four-year graduation rate, and the 5th highest performance rate on the SAT or ACT.

Our Middle School scored at the high end of Tier 2 in 2018, with promising results that show we are on track to reach our goal of Tier 1 for all campuses. Students scored above the 50 percentile for growth on the state assessment in ELA and math and there is evidence of high satisfaction among families (97.1% re-enrollment rate). 

Capital City’s PCSB School Performance Reports for 2018 are available to download:

For more information, download our 2017 - 2018 Annual Report submitted to PCSB here.

Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) became the testing standard for Washington, D.C. The graphs below show the percentage of our students demonstrating readiness for college and careers by scoring at level 4 or above on PARCC during the 2017-2018 school year. 


LS PARCC results

Percentage of students scoring 4+

Only 3rd and 4th graders are tested in the lower school.


MS PARCC Results

Percentage of students scoring 4+


HS PARCC results

Percentage of students scoring 4+

Our students are completing high school, matriculating, and graduating college at higher rates than the rest of the nation.

College Acceptance

100% college acceptance

Since our first graduating
class in 2012

High School Graduation

High School graduation rates

Capital City five-year graduation rate compared to national (four-year) and DC (five-year) average

College Graduation

College graduation rates

Capital City six-year graduation rate compared to national average

Learn more about how we achieved these results in this blog, Beating the Odds

We have had seven Posse scholars, two Trachtenberg scholars, one Milken scholar, a Samuel Halperin awardee, many Economic Club of Washington awardees, and many Conway scholars.

POSSE scholar
Trachtenburg scholar


Re-enrollment rate

Families who chose to re-enroll their
child(ren) for the 2017-2018 school year

Daily attendance rate

Average daily attendance of students
during the 2017-2018 school year