Capitol Hill Day School

Capitol Hill Day School

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CHDS deeply engages a diverse community of students in connecting the classroom to the larger world,

Capitol Hill Day School is an independent, coeducational school for students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. Together, its academic day program and auxiliary programs in the late afternoon and summer reflect the School's commitment to create a community of students from varying backgrounds in which individual differences are respected and valued.

Operating as usual

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 03/22/2024

Wishing everyone a wonderful, warm (ish๐Ÿ˜„) Spring Break. Our campus is gearing up for peak bloom and looking quite beautiful! ๐ŸŒธ


โœจ Exciting News! โœจ Tickets for the Capitol Hill Day School 2024 Spring Fundraiser, Thereโ€™s No Place Like Capitol Hill Day School, are now on sale! ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Enjoy Early Bird Ticket Pricing until March 18, and afterward, tickets will be available at the regular price through mid-April or until weโ€™re sold out. Act fast! ๐ŸŒˆ

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 03/07/2024

YEP, itโ€™s that time of year! Seventh Graders have begun work on their Year End Projects (YEPs)โ€”a staple of our Upper Grades program for over a decadeโ€”where students choose a topic of interest to focus on, learn how to research responsibly, conduct an interview with an expert of their topic, and share their findings with families, teachers, and peers.

Each student is paired with a staff mentor to guide them through the process. Mentors include administrators, a variety of teachers from different grade levels, specialists, etc. They check in with students on their progress, offer feedback and encouragement, and provide an initial level of accountability. Plus, itโ€™s a great opportunity for students to get to know and form connections with other staff members in the community, and vice versa.

We canโ€™t wait to see what our students learn!

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 02/29/2024

We love our community of joyful learners! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ“š

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 02/27/2024

First Graders are hard at work writing their โ€œHow Toโ€ stories that detail how to do different tasks. As part of the process theyโ€™re learning how to write a compelling introduction which includes:

โœ๏ธ an engaging hook that captures the readerโ€™s attention
โœ๏ธ introducing the topic of their book
โœ๏ธ listing the materials needed to accomplish the task

Stay tuned to learn how to make a pizza, play soccer, be a good friend, and so much more!


Our students sure know how to support each other! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 02/20/2024

Our 8th Graders are reading Zora Neale Hurstonโ€™s Their Eyes Were Watching God, a coming of age story that touches on themes including power, inequity, and the importance of having a voice. During a recent Humanities class, students analyzed assigned chapters in groups and shared their thoughts on Janieโ€™s developing relationship with Tea Cake and her quest for autonomy and sale-determination. ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ’ก

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 01/30/2024

Summer Camp registration is now open! โ˜€๏ธ

Join us this summer for a summer of FUN! We have a variety of engaging camp sessions that your camper will love. Learn more and register at Act soonโ€”spots fill up quickly!

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 01/25/2024

Have you experienced the expansive Lego exhibit at the National Building Museum? ๐Ÿงฑ

As part of their year-long study of Capitol Hill, and thinking about the buildings that make up our neighborhood, 2nd Graders visited the National Building Museumโ€™s Brick City exhibit. After examining the amazingly intricate Lego structures (while thinking about four main types of buildings: residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional), students built different buildings made out of cardboard and other recycled materials. Some examples included libraries, a pizza restaurant, an animal rescue, and a baseball stadium among many more!

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 01/22/2024

Thereโ€™s snow place like Capitol Hill Day School. ๐Ÿคฉ๐ŸŒจ๏ธโ„๏ธ


Yesterday was an awesome day for our JV boys basketball team โ€” first game of the season, and a win! Go CHDS! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ™Œ


Mid-week smiles from our EC friends. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 01/09/2024

Another momentous Founders' Day is in the books! Thanks to everyone who made trail mix and muffins for Martha's Table. We are continuously impressed and inspired by our community's generosity. Special thanks to Chase Hinton '21 who graciously took time out of his morning to chat with us during our Zoom kick-off meeting about his nonprofit, The Sneakerhead Closet.

Though we had to postpone our FiPA gathering in Garfield Park due to the weather, be on the lookout for a makeup date!


Do you know which Capitol Hill park allows you to stand in two DC quadrants at once? Our 2nd Graders can tell you! As part of their study of our Capitol Hill neighborhood, students took a bus ride around the Historic District with a stop in Lincoln Park.

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 01/03/2024

Youโ€™ve likely been to Union Station, but I doubt youโ€™ve seen it like this! ๐Ÿ’บ๐ŸšŠ๐Ÿงณ

As part of their study of trains, EC North packed their bags (okay, maybe just their lunch bags ๐Ÿ˜„), and took a trip to Union Station where they got a behind-the-scenes look at how Amtrak operates. Special thanks to EC North Dad Odis for offering his expertise and helping learning come to life for our aspiring engineers!


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Happy New Year, Capitol Hill Day School community. I hope everyone had a fantastic winter break. I assume I am joined by parents (and some kids) in expressing excitement about our return to School on Tuesday. It was a wonderful fall, and I am sincerely eager to jump back into the year.

Enjoy this video, filmed as we prepared to head into break, as you use the celebration of the new year to reflect back and look forward.

With warm regards,

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 12/20/2023

The icing on top of a great semester is our annual gingerbread extravaganza! The 7/8 cohort celebrated the start of winter break with friends, sweets, and a dash of healthy competition. ๐Ÿช๐Ÿ˜‹


Home for the holidays?! ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ’šโ„๏ธ Join our alums for an informal Holiday Reunion Happy Hour on Friday, Dec. 22 at Tap 99 in Navy Yard! โ€ผ Must be 21+ to attend. โ€ผ๏ธ More information here:

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 12/13/2023

Catch up with our 7th & 8th Grade Arts Choice class, Ceramics! Students are putting finishing touches on pieces before winter break. Weโ€™ve got formula one race cars, a tree stump, a fried egg on a donut, and lots and lots (and lots) of turtles. ๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 12/12/2023

As part of their study on light and shadows, 1st Grade welcomed the Science Guys of Baltimore to their classroom to explore light! Scroll through the first few photos to see what students saw through their glasses. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’ก Thanks for stopping by, The Science Guys of Baltimore!

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 12/07/2023

Just stopping by to give a big shoutout to our awesome 7th and 8th Graders who shared their experiences as Capitol Hill Day School students with guests during yesterdayโ€™s Open House. Weโ€™re continually impressed with their poise, thoughtfulness, and authenticity. You all are rockstars! โญ๏ธ๐Ÿคฉ

If you were in attendance, thanks for coming! ๐Ÿ˜Š We hope you learned more about our middle school program. Feel free to reach out to Elizabeth, director of admissions, at [email protected] with any follow up questions.

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 12/05/2023

Current view of the newly renovated second floor of Farrenโ€™s Stable: Math, Science, and Humanities class for Grades 5 & 6. โž—๐Ÿงฌ ๐Ÿ“

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 11/30/2023

Get ready to follow the yellow brick road! We're thrilled to unveil the theme of the 2024 Spring Fundraiser: There's No Place Like Capitol Hill Day School. ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

Join us for a night of magic and wonder on Friday, May 3 as we celebrate Capitol Hill Day School and raise funds to support Financial Assistance. Save the date and stay tuned for more details โ€“ this is one event you won't want to miss!


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Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 11/27/2023

๐ŸŽค *Clears throat* Ahemโ€ฆ Introducing the renovated second floor of Farrenโ€™s Stable!

Weโ€™re THRILLED to have our 5th and 6th Graders start migrating over to their new home base this week, where they will join Grades 7 & 8. A huge thank you to everyone who made this beautiful renovation possible. We canโ€™t wait to bring our entire Upper Grades community together under one roofโ€”a place designed specifically with middle school learners in mind.

Spaces pictured:

Photos 1-4: Commons area
Photo 5: Kitchenette
Photos 6-7: Science Lab
Photo 8: Classroom
Photos 9-10: Teacher offices



Our families' participation in last weekend's Garfield Park clean-up was a thoughtful way to show appreciation and gratitude for a space we use daily and love dearly. Thanks for organizing, FiPA!

Want to stay informed about all the events organized by our Families in Partnership Association? Here's how:

๐Ÿ”ถ Visit and filter just the FiPA calendar. All planned events will be there! (You can even share these events to your own calendar.)
๐Ÿ”ถ Stay tuned for an email from FiPA at the beginning of each month, and reminder emails from your Class Reps.
๐Ÿ”ถ Check up on upcoming events in the Sunday Weekly Update email from the School.

Have questions? Email [email protected].


As we enter this season of reflection and gratitude, we have a lot to be thankful for. One of the things we're especially grateful for is the recent renovation of our Upper Grades building, Farren's Stable. But our gratitude extends beyond the bricks and mortar. It's about the peopleโ€”the heart of our community. As we reflect on our blessings, we want to express our deepest gratitude to every member of our community. Together, we're a part of something truly special.

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving Break!

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 11/20/2023

Second Graders use poetry to explore identity through a year-long study. They reflect on who they are, interests that engage them, activities they enjoy, traditions they honor, and people they love using different poetic forms.

Today, students worked on shape poems with the theme of gratitude during this week of thanks. โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ’š

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 11/16/2023

โœจLaunching Monday!โœจ We are absolutely swooning over our new cozy vintage-inspired sweatshirts! ๐Ÿคฉ Grab yours at the Boutique sale during morning drop off at the Dent building on Monday 11/20. Youth and adult sizes available + more of the tee shirts we launched earlier this fall. Stop by the swag table Monday!

Photos from Capitol Hill Day School's post 11/15/2023

As a school grounded in Field Education, we believe wholeheartedly in the power of experiential learningโ€”for both kids and adults! During last Wednesday's full staff meeting, our educators hopped on the bus and visited the National Museum of the American Indian to glean insights from museum docents and exhibits about how to incorporate more Indigenous voices into our classrooms.

Scholar Debbie Reese reminds us about supporting classroom representation:

โ€œOur children are Native every day. But in far too many places, books by Native writers are only brought into the classroom in November [during Native American Heritage month]. We are who we are, all year long. Use the books all year round. Bring those possible selves into the classroom as a matter of course so that Native childrenโ€™s identities are affirmed, every day.โ€

Trips like these model lifelong learning to our students, and ground us in one of our core founding elementsโ€”field education.

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As we enter this season of reflection and gratitude, we have a lot to be thankful for. One of the things we're especiall...
It was wonderful to see many of you at our annual Spring Fundraiser on Friday evening. We are extremely grateful for the...
Today is Giving Day, and we asked Capitol Hill Day School students what CHDS has given to them. Of course, they had lots...
A couple of weeks ago, a few staff members walked around campus one afternoon and asked students about recent field trip...
Thank you for helping make 2021 another year of learning and growing at Capitol Hill Day School. We're grateful for your...
Early Childhood classes are sending us off into the weekend by counting in Spanish with a festive twist! ๐ŸŽƒ
EC North showing off their best moves during yesterdayโ€™s PE class.๐Ÿ•บ
Join us for Family Trivia Night!




210 South Carolina Avenue SE
Washington D.C., DC

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Wednesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
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