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 middle school and high school both achieved Tier 1 in 2019!

Tier 1 photo of Middle School principal and students

Our Middle School improved to Tier 1 in 2019. PARCC proficiency in students scoring 4+ increased in both ELA and Math, outpacing citywide growth. Our “at-risk” subgroup also outpaced the State average in ELA 3+ performance, signaling our school’s progress toward closing achievement gaps.

Tier 1 photo of High School principal and students

Our High School has achieved Tier 1 since 2013. PARCC proficiency in students scoring 4+  in Math increased to our highest percentage yet. Our “students with disabilities” subgroup outperformed the State average in 3+ and 4+ performance in both ELA and Math. Also, “at-risk” students outpaced the citywide averages for 3+ and 4+ in Math. A reflection of our commitment to college access, PSAT and SAT scores both increased in 2019.

After four years of annual gains in PARCC proficiency in both ELA and Math, the Lower School dropped to Tier 2 in 2019. However, our internal assessment indicators were more positive; 57% of 3rd and 4th graders are reading on or above grade level according to the Fountas & Pinnell reading assessment. There is also evidence of high satisfaction among families (97.1% re-enrollment rate). Results like these show us we can reach our goal of Tier 1 for all campuses.

Capital City’s PCSB School Performance Reports for 2019 are available to download:

Note: there are no 2020 or 2021 Tier ratings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information, download our 2019 - 2020 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 2018-2019 school year. Note: there are no 2020 or 2021 PARCC scores due to the coronavirus pandemic.


LS PARCC results

Percentage of students scoring 4+

Growing strong readers and writers is a top priority of our Lower School program. We are working with our Lower School team to identify root causes for our PARCC decrease to develop a comprehensive plan for improvement. As an EL Education mentor school, we will also be leveraging our partnership with the EL network nationally recognized for its literacy programs. 

Note: only 3rd and 4th graders are tested in the lower school.


MS PARCC Results

Percentage of students scoring 4+

The increases in Math and ELA reflect focused work to strengthen the curriculum and provide differentiated support to students. The Middle School team is working to double down on the improvement efforts that worked last year, while increasing individual support for students. We are also incorporating new initiatives like City Year and a schoolwide focus on restorative justice to grow our Tier 1 program.


HS PARCC results

Percentage of students scoring 4+

Since only 10th grade students are tested in High School, we often see larger fluctuations in PARCC scores from year to year. The high school is working to analyze these results and provide additional intervention for this cohort of students. 

Cynthia Diaz, Capital City alum

Cynthia, Class of 2015, graduated from Marymount University in 2019 with a Bachelor in Business Administration.

"Capital City prepared me for college in numerous ways. Projects such as National History Day and Senior Expedition helped me develop research, critical thinking, public speaking, and teamwork skills," Cynthia reflected. "If there’s something Capital City aims to do, it’s push students out of their comfort zone, so they can blossom into strong leaders and thinkers. This, along with the abundant support of faculty that really care, makes Capital City a great foundation for rising college students."

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 Posse scholars, Trachtenberg scholars, a QuestBridge National College Match, a Milken scholar, a Samuel Halperin awardee, many Economic Club of Washington awardees, and many Conway scholars.

POSSE scholar
Trachtenburg scholar


families reenroll

Families who chose to re-enroll their
child(ren) for the 2020-2021 school year

Daily attendance rate

Average daily attendance of students
during the 2020-2021 school year 

Note: This data is based on virtual class attendance due to
the COVID-19 pandemic.