Elementary-aged students from varied backgrounds within Washington, DC need access to learning which values and highlights diversity, utilizes group and independent work skills, and incorporates relevant technology in order to be better prepared for the unknown, ever-changing future that awaits them. Capitol Learning Academy will fill this need by providing innovative learning experiences, based in problem-solving, to bolster curiosity and push students to think, explore, question and learn from themselves, technology resources, and their community.
Capitol Learning Academy will cater to families from all socioeconomic backgrounds of Washington, DC, through an indexed tuition model and forward thinking curriculum. The education model will put students at the center of their own learning, allowing them to spend the majority of their school day working in multi-age small groups to solve real-world problems, while developing skills and knowledge that apply to their group projects. Teachers will work with students in small groups throughout the day, to address foundational skills in math and literacy, and will facilitate students as they design their own learning path through experiences, technological exploration and community interactions.
Available Spots: We have (10) anticipated spots for children ages 6-9 for the 2019-20 school year.
4years - 12 years
Years Established: 2018
Average Class Size: 16
Tuition: $2,000-$20,000 per year
Who you serve:
Name of Care Center or Person
Capitol Learning Academy
Our missions is to prepare and teach students to effectively utilize resources, tools and relationships in order to succeed
as world citizens in an unpredictable future.
Students of Capitol Learning Academy will enter their futures with flexible mindsets, resourceful approaches to problem solving and an ability to work with colleagues of both similar and different perspectives. They will understand and appreciate differences of opinions and utilize these to further their approach to problem-solving. Comfort with new and unknown technologies will be a second nature to CLA graduates, and the specific brand and model of the technology available will not affect the success of an CLA student, as they will be able to adapt to whatever is available and work to find the greatest potential of all of their tools, physical and mental, in order to achieve success.
- Address: 725 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
- Zip Code: 20003
- Phone: 202-878-6917
- Website: https://www.capitollearningacademy.org
What differentiates your school from all others?
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.
Where do you see your school in 5 years, what will be different?
In 5 years, we will have grown to half of our capacity as a micro-school. We will have a student to teacher ratio of 8:1 and will begin seeing our first graduates go on to progressive and future-focused middle school environments, where they will continue to grow and be challenged in ways that our own generation did not know was possible for students in grade-school years. Capitol Learning Academy will garner the support and attention of Washington, DC area organizations, foundations and museums, and will set the stage for local schools in terms of future-focused learning methods and curriculum. This will help to disseminate the model into other private, charter and public schools.
Whats one myth about your school thats just not true?
What kind of student is most successful at your school?
All students should expect a level of success in this model of school. Most notably, students who are able to work without relying on adult directives and who do not need heavy structure in order to stay focused will be the most immediately successful, but others will adapt over a time period of one to a few months and thrive in the co-working, learner-driven space that we are creating.
Why should we choose your school?
Families should consider this school as a method of putting their children's future first; preparing their children for skills that are becoming more widely recognized as the necessary means to being prepared for whatever technology or jobs lie ahead. We cannot predict the future, but we know that it will require levels of flexibility, group work, entrepreneurialism, communication, and ease with technology. Families should choose our school in order to help their children hone these skills from the start, so that they can learn how to use them efficiently and effectively for all forms of problem-solving that will come their way in later years.
At Capitol Learning Academy, we believe that experiential and self-organized learning will allow you and your child to:
Learn to be curious, ask questions about the world and become an independent learner;
Become lifelong learners;
Discover your own strengths and how to develop and utilize talent;
Understand the importance of character;
Appreciate the surrounding community, physical world, and possibilities that come with them;
Understand and treasure their place in this world, and the economic, political and religious freedoms that come with living in America.
What differentiates your care center from all the others?
Our goal is to make Capitol Learning Academy an affordable option to any family in DC that wishes to attend. Tuition will be determined according to each family's individual circumstances. We will utilize information such as annual household income, assets and number to children to determine a tuition rate unique to each family that applies. This creates an "indexed tuition," recognizing each family's differing ability to contribute as valued and committed members of the CLA community.
A family may choose to opt out of the indexed tuition model and pay full tuition at $20,000.
Tuition will range between $2,000 and $20,000 per family, per year. Several factors are considered in determining the amount per family that applies to CLA, which can include number of children attending CLA, other liabilities and assets, significant medical costs, etc.
What is your philosophy regarding childcare?
We believe that each child wants to learn and can do so in their own unique way;
We believe that each child brings a talent or gift to their peers and community that should be cultivated and shared;
We believe that learning involves knowing, doing, being and sharing;
We believe in a closely connected community that values lifelong learning.
What lead you to operate a childcare center?
Our Founder, Alex Roosenburg, has worked in schools for her entire professional career- first as a classroom teacher, then as a technology coordinator and finally as an assistant principal. Following more than ten years of working in schools, she decided to take the leap into creating her own school, based on what she'd seen in other schools, what she was still longing to see happening in schools, and what she firmly believes is the best way forward for students and their own futures. She is fortunate to have the support of her family, friends and the wider educational community in making this dream become a reality, and it is this support that helps her to remember that her vision is one that others share.
What safety precautions are in place for the children in your care?
All faculty members will be certified in first aid/ CPR as well as child abuse and neglect mandated reporters. We ensure that all facilities in use by our school are maintained and in line with DC OSSE regulations.
What does a typical day look like for your kids?
There is no typical school day! That being said, each day will begin with a discussion of a “big question” to launch the day’s learning, and end with student-led discussions of the answers they determined. There will be daily independent and small group foundational skills work (math, reading, writing), real-world group project work time (starting a business, publishing a virtual reality augmented book, building solar panels), and P.E., art, music or other enrichment class.