What makes us special?

At Capitol Hill Day School, we believe that children learn best when they are actively engaged and concepts are presented in meaningful and creative ways. Our rich and unparalleled Field Education program (more than 300 field trips per year) connects the classroom to the real world and teaches students problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Small classes and a project approach to teaching create a love of learning that lasts a lifetime. Here, students are not simply memorizing facts and taking tests; knowledge is absorbed through hands on, experiential learning.

Through our collaborative and inquiry-based curriculum, students build on their natural curiosity and learn to make connections across disciplines and subject areas. At Capitol Hill Day School, students learn to respect the world around them and care for their community and for each other. Our graduates are confident, academically prepared, socially adept, and flourish at a wide range of high schools, where they continue to live out the School’s motto of “explore, engage, and connect.”

Top Reasons Families Choose Us

5. Teachers
6. Diversity
7. Ele-Middle Model
8. Progressive Educators

CHDS at a Glance

  • PreK - 8th Grade
  • 7:1 student-teacher ratio school wide
  • 225 students
  • 50 years of Progressive Education
  • Over 300 Field Education experiences annually
  • 16 - 24 students per class
  • Over 37% of our students are members of racial and ethnic minority groups
  • 75% faculty with advanced degrees
  • 2 lead teachers/class in PreK through 4th grade
  • Grades 5-8 are taught in two cohorts (5/6 and 7/8), each led by a team of four teachers with content expertise language arts, social studies, math, and science.

"There's something sort of magical happening here."

Capitol Hill Day School parent


Have Questions?

Or want to learn more?

Drop us a line below, and a member of our admissions team will be in touch shortly.

Our Community

We’re a close-knit school in historic buildings in a diverse and vibrant neighborhood, and we make abundant use of that neighborhood as an extended classroom. In fact, experiences outside the classroom add vast new dimensions to what happens inside—our Field Education Program is unparalleled, opening up whole new worlds for our students.

Our Progressive Education Model

We are a progressive school, building on an educational tradition that puts children at the center of their learning and that has proven its value in the lives of countless students. A key feature of our progressive approach is that a child’s social and emotional growth is every bit as important as his or her intellectual development, because we know how much the one contributes to the other.

"Education works best when it teaches for deeper understanding rather than shallow coverage, engages the child as a co-discoverer, and emphasizes projects rather than lectures and textbooks."
Tom Sizer on progressive education

Our Environment

Visit the School and you’ll find that we’re a joyful place where young children develop a lifelong love of learning. “There’s something sort of magical happening here,” one of our parents said recently. We couldn’t agree more.