Beating the odds

Grad montage

2018 marks a huge milestone. Our first senior class reached the six-year college graduation mark; a nationally used indicator for understanding graduation rates.

There’s even more to celebrate! Our students are completing high school, matriculating, and graduating college at higher rates than the rest of the nation.

Our High School Students:

  • 85% low-income
  • 33% first-generation high school graduates
  • Over 80% first-generation college students
  • 20% students with disabilities

We are changing the narrative for first-generation students of color.

College acceptance 100%

100% of graduating seniors have been accepted to college.

College counseling begins in 9th grade to help students and their families understand and navigate the application, financial aid, and enrollment process. We facilitate college visits and fairs, internships, and study abroad trips. Other experiences, such as our Financial Aid Retreat for families, College March to the Mailbox, and Senior Seminar focused on college preparation, result in students feeling confident and prepared to apply to college.

High School graduation rates

98.4% of Capital City students graduated high school, exceeding the U.S. average. 

We hold our students to high standards. To graduate, 12th graders must pass a rigorous capstone project, Senior Expedition, that involves a 10-page research paper, the creation of an original product, and a 50-minute panel presentation. 

Recognizing the barriers our students often face to stay in school, we teach them how to advocate for themselves and persevere. Structures like our low teacher-to-student ratio, community values, and advisory ensure every student is valued and receives personalized supports.

College graduation rates

45% of Capital City graduates received a college diploma in six years, exceeding the U.S. average for first-generation college students.

Our graduates are prepared to thrive and use critical thinking skills to achieve their goals. Our two full-time college counselors, including an alumni coordinator, ensure students and families receive the services needed to succeed, even as alumni. We continue to support the 70.5% of our graduates who are still enrolled in college.

Alumni at Harvard

Alumni Spotlight: Miguel, Class of 2015

Miguel, a Posse Scholar, will graduate from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2019 with a degree in Computer Science and Business. He has interned at PricewaterhouseCoopers and is graduating with a full-time offer to join Deloitte, a top firm in the nation. Miguel was also recently selected to attend Peek Weekend at Harvard Business School to learn more about their MBA program. "Classes such as Algebra, Statistics and Calculus showed me that I like working with numbers," says Miguel. "Capital City taught me how to think critically and develop essential academic skills."