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About This School

Capital High School is a public high school in Olympia. The principal of Capital High School is Chris Woods. 1,332 students attend Capital High School and are mostly Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 25% of the 1,332 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Capital High School is 18:1. Thurs County Juv Det/Tumwater West E is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 5%
Asian 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 74% 75%
Multiracial 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 10%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25% 25%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    The staff and students at Capital High School are wonderful and they are all well rounded and respectful. I disagree with many of the reviews that have been written about Capital. As a student I think it is a wonderful environment for a student to learn and the teachers are willing to work with you before and after school to improve your grades and help you understand the work.

  • (10 months ago)

    this school has no communication with parents or students they don't ever explain all your options to you. I ABSOLUTELY WOULD NEVER send my child to this school it was the most awful experience leaving this school was the best decision my parents made.

  • (1 year ago)

    I've been very pleased with my daughter's experience at Capital. Not sure why so many negative reviews. We've been more than happy with the quality of instruction she has received and the majority of her teachers have been excellent. The social environment has been very welcoming and the one episode she experienced with mild bullying was handled immediately and with zero tolerance. The relatively smaller size of the school helps assure that every student receives adequate attention from staff. My only negative is that I would prefer an AP program to IB.

  • (1 year ago)

    Do not let your child attend this school. 90% of the staff are horrible especially the administrative staff! Those teachers that aren't horrible are to afraid to stand up to those who are. It's a no win situation. My son is disabled and the last straw was the day a special education teacher pinned my son to the ground in a hallway because he left the classroom without permission. Most of the staff are to busy trying to be arm chair shrinks and wardens to even consider education as their job!

  • (1 year ago)

    I believe too much money goes to the IB program and that they should go back to AP classes. Very few students take advantage of this program. More support should go to Running Start students who want to get ahead in their schooling. I believe they should get rid of the Athletic Director position and incorporate these duties to an administrator. Drop an administrator and add counselor specifically trained to deal with low achievors. Add more tutorial services in Math and Science. More computor programs such as Khan Academy. More capable department heads. More intramural after school sports.

  • (2 years ago)

    Please help! What can I do to ensure my children receive a good education from this school when the times comes to attend. They are in elementary now and I am petrified for them to attend CHS. I would gladly drive them to OHS but I heard it is nearly impossible to obtain a transfer. Private school is too expensive but if I start saving now I may have enough saved in 8 years for the both of them to attend. Does anyone have some ideas?

  • (2 years ago)

    The Olympia School district is a horrible district but Capital tops it off as the worst school. I came here from Tahoma in 5th grade. As I went up the ladder of schools from Mclane to Marshall to Capital it got worse and worse. The teachers at capital are horrid. They don't challenge you. They pick favorites. It seems like if you're in a sports team then you get catered to but if you aren't inclined to do sports then you're screwed. My Freshman year last year was the worst year of my life. I'd rather be stuck in a prison school than that place.

  • (3 years ago)

    My recent experience at Capitol High School- Incident happened last night- 01/14/2011 Just a simple message- To the person / people who cut the convertible soft top on my son's car stole his laptop friends ipod and keys- I hope you get caught cuffed taken to jail / juvy and FINED

  • (4 years ago)

    I don't know where people are getting the idea that every teacher is a joke! I spent 4 years at CHS and really liked most of my teachers. Yes there are some less-than-stellar teachers out there but my two personal least favorites have since left and I found that the number of at least average-quality teachers was way higher than the bad ones. The IB program is great and the lack of sports teams is a district thing - if you want more sports keep the district from trying to cut things like swimming!

  • (5 years ago)

    Well as a parent of 3 students going through CHS I disagree with the most current parent comment. In the past yes CHS has had a better reputation but now we have a new principal and things are definately looking up. Staff is more encouraged and students are happier. I believe if your student has a bad experience maybe it is the student not cooperating as well. You can never take the opinion of just your student. I have along history with this school and it is definately on its way back up to being 'the' school to attend

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is the worst that I have seen in a long time. The teachers and the principal lack leadership and knowledge of discipline children and accountability. The year my child went here was the worst year and hardest year of my life as well as hers. I would have been better off quitting my job to homeschool her. If I would have done that she would have achieved alot more than she did. This school needs better counselors teachers and a principal.......the one's that are there are a joke!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have had a pretty good but not amazing experience at this school. I would reccommend going into the IB program because that's where you'll find all thr good teachers. I agree that rules can get a little ridiculous at times. If you have a choice Olympia High is a waaaaaaaaay better school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Capital HS has a major focus based on rule making and discipline which is contrary to learning and achievement. If you teen is not self-motivated then forget this school. Staff morale very low. Not enough spaces on sports teams for all interested students.

  • (7 years ago)

    Very difficult for me as a high achieving student to enjoy attending. Many staff show disrespect to students and parents and do not acknowledge that each student has a different level of responsibility. Students are often treated as criminals instead of students.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great school with great teachers!

  • (10 years ago)

    The statistic that 100% of the classrooms have internet access is misleading. The computers connected to the internet that they claim are in every class are generally used as the teachers personal computers with very limited access for students to use them.

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