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CAPCS Greets Visitors at EdFest

There was a nonstop stream of visitors at the CAPCS booths at EdFest on Saturday, November 22, as parents investigated options for the next school year. Each CAPCS campus had its own booth. The staff answered questions and encouraged parents to attend one of our open houses to see our schools in action. Even Nationals’ mascot President Teddy Roosevelt stopped by to pose with the staff. Some 180 schools, both DC public schools and DC charters, were represented at the large school fair sponsored by My School DC at the DC Armory. The common application for schools participating in My School DC will be available starting December 15 at

CAPCS Receives 7-year Re-accreditation

The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools has fully re-accredited CAPCS’ schools as a whole until 2021 under its new Excellence by Design system-wide accreditation process. That includes Amos 1, Amos 2, Amos 5 and CAPCS Online. CAPCS is the first system in Washington, DC to receive this accreditation. Previously, schools were accredited individually. The re-accreditation process includes an extensive and in-depth self-study requiring input from school leaders, teachers, parents and students. A volunteer team of Middle States educators then conducts an on-site peer review in which they observe school operations and interview various stakeholders. The new protocol is designed to align with the improvement and strategic planning requirements of state and federal agencies. In announcing the schools re-accredited under this more holistic approach, Middle States commended those who had taken this extra step “towards ensuring high quality education for all of their students.”


Amos 5 Reaps a Literacy Harvest

The Amos 5 campus held its first Literacy Night of the year on November 19 and it was a big success. The theme was Harvest, and families and teachers explored the many aspects of harvest in books and literacy-related activities in the classrooms. The evening culminated in a harvest-themed meal which all enjoyed together. The Amos 5 staff worked hard to create a memorable event fit for the season that all enjoyed.



Join us at our Open Houses

Come learn about what a CAPCS education offers its students at our Open Houses which will be held at each CAPCS campus through the end of the year and beyond. The open house program will include an opportunity for parents to see our teachers and students in action as well as meet school leaders.  Open houses will be held from
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following dates:

Amos 1:          November 17,  December 15,   February 2
Amos 2:          November 18, December 16, February 3
Amos 5:          November 19, December 17, February 4  



Amos 5 Students “Think Pink”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and on October 29, Pre-K students from Amos 5 participated in a "Think Pink Walk". Teachers and students walked around the block chanting "Think Pink! Find A Cure!" Each class held a banner or individual signs showing their support for awareness and research to eliminate the disease. The Pre-K 4 team consists of Mrs. Turner and Mrs. Denise's Class, Mrs. Nesbitt and Mrs. Hart's class, Ms. Artis and Mr. Juan's class, Ms. Kruse and Ms. Michelle's class and Mr. Scott and Ms. Spradley's class.


Pink Power at Amos 5

Students in Ms. Artis’s and Mr. Juan’s class at Amos 5 held a Pink Party” on October 10 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They also made a class donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in the fight to cure this disease.

DC Charter Sector #1 in New Report

DC’s Public Charter School sector was named #1 among 26 other states evaluated by the National Alliance for Public Charters in its first annual Health of the Public Charter School Movement report. States were ranked according to how well their charter sectors performed, grew and innovated based on 11 weighted factors. DC charter schools, which account for 44 % of public school enrollment, serve a higher percentage of low-income students and from minority groups; and these students outperform traditional public school students academically. DC charter students also show higher year-to-year academic growth in reading and math. The District’s charter schools did well as innovators, with 29% offering one or more programs considered “innovative”. Read the full report at

Do You Have What It Takes?

Do you believe that every child can learn? Will you commit to seeing that every child will achieve? If so, you are the type of educator CAPCS is seeking. We are still accepting applications for Elementary, Special Education and English Language Learners and Spanish teachers for the 2014-2015 school year. There also are a limited number of Teacher’s Assistant positions available. Candidates interested in substitute positions also are welcome.  Click here for more information on qualifications and how to submit an application.


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