Capitol Learning Academy is a school that teaches students how to be adaptable to and ready for the unknown future that lies ahead.
Capitol Learning Academy offers students an opportunity to learn both core foundational skills, as well as interpersonal and intrapersonal skills to succeed in any future and work environment that they so choose as their careers unfold. Our students will be prepared to succeed in their secondary educational careers and post-secondary lives (be it in college, university or vocational fields/ careers) for whatever path they choose. Our common academic experience includes a personalized approach, with each student given outcomes to achieve along their own learning continuums. In addition to small group and individual foundational skills learning time, more heavily focused on in the early phases of student continuums (likely in the earlier age groups), students will spend part of their learning journey each day in a constructivist, problem-based learning environment, allowing them to be heavily involved in both what and how they are learning. This problem-based learning time will fall under predetermined thematic umbrellas each week, and larger overarching themes each month, which have been determined in order to ensure students are exposed to and exploring knowledge of the scientific, historic and current world that we live in. This heavily collaborative model relies on effective facilitation by teachers and active community and family involvement, all of whom exhibit growth mindsets and an appreciation for the limitless learning nature of all students.
instructional strategies and model
Montessori and Socratic-based teaching methods to encourage critical thinking and self mastery;
Self Organized Learning Environments, as researched and developed by Sugata Mitra;
The latest in educational gaming to help deliver reading, writing and math skills tailored to individual learning styles;
Field trips and resulting project work to exhibit and discover relevant real world skills;
Long-term group working relationships to develop the interpersonal skills of listening, affirming, respectfully disagreeing and holding others accountable;
Time reserved for mindful development, the arts and outdoor activities.
Technology and learning
At times during the Foundational Skills Learning portion of students’ days, they may be assigned computer-based work to complete via online programs. They may also choose to follow up on these programs at home or during schools breaks, as they are internet/web-based programs that can be accessed from any computer. The programs would track student progress and data, and be one of several ways that students are given practice with foundational skills needed to complete their work. Additionally, students may choose to use computers, tablets or other available technology to help with research or project creation during their Project-Based Learning time. Technology will be available to students as a means to an end, but students will be asked to assess whether it is necessary or helpful in order to complete their stated goals throughout each day’s learning times.
Through a series of local “field trips,” interactions with the community of wider Washington, DC, daily problem-solving, self organized learning environments and project-based learning time, students will experience science, history and the arts by both creating, discussing and participating in lessons around related topics. Community members who specialize in these and other relevant areas will play a part in allowing students to see and learn firsthand about career possibilities as well as creating a sense of pride for all careers and vocations that work together to make Washington, DC as great as it is.