Parents & Students
Programs & Initiatives
The Upper School at the Capitol School is unique for a number of reasons. Following the model of our elementary multi-age clusters, Upper School students are grouped into age-based cohorts generally equivalent to grades 6 through 8 and then 9 through 12. Thus, each student may move ahead at his or her own pace without a “glass ceiling.” Each cohort offers small-group and individualized instruction with specific opportunities for students that guide them toward college and career-readiness.
Ages 11-14 (Middle School): The program for this cohort provides a transition into the sorts of higher-level academic practices across the curriculum that students will need for conducting research, analyzing text and data, organizing notes, writing with clarity and purpose, and presenting their ideas with confidence. Of equal importance during these years is the development of interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences. We spend a lot of time guiding students individually and collectively toward a greater understanding of social responsibility.
Ages 14-18 (High School): Students in this cohort pursue mastery learning of the content for 9th through 12th grades. They expand their academic skills, engage in community service-learning opportunities, and pursue one of two paths to college and career readiness: Early College at The University of Alabama or career and technical courses and Shelton State.
The State of Alabama requires 24 credits for graduation. Faculty will consider credit for rigorous summer classes and experiences. In addition, a flexible schedule may be provided to allow time for students to pursue passions such as dance, music, drama, and other opportunities such as internships.
The Capitol School is an opportunity, a first big step in a successful career and life for your child. At Capitol, students thrive, finding their own capacity for excellence in a caring, individual-focused learning environment. Parents have found our curriculum innovative and our faculty responsive to the needs of their children. We want what you want -- to see your child grow into a confident and purposeful, engaged and insightful, ambitious and generous adult.