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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Capital High School is a public school located in Charleston, WV. It has 1,271 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 22% of students are at least proficient in math and 46% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
46%
Percent Proficient - Math
22%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1120
67 responses
Average ACT
23
165 responses
AP Enrollment
16%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$45,426
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$735
National
$949
Median Home Value
$112,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
60%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 50 responses
Report
  • Performances, SMD day, club day, football games
    32%
  • Prom
    20%
  • Performing
    14%
  • Mostly everything
    10%
  • Pep rallies
    8%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,271
Free or Reduced Lunch
54%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,687
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.5%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,625/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.27 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.27 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.27 responses
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A great high school was everybody was somebody! Some o the teachers really cared about the well being of the students and their success. In the middle of the capitol city, this school had good opportunities for the students, even though it is in a small town. Being an alum of this high school, I recommend that middle school students in the Charleston area choose Capital High as their high school because it will put them on a path to a great future!
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The high school as a whole fails to combat any of the issues a public school faces when confronted with a large number of low socio-economic students and students who are intellectually behind by at least 2 to 3 grade levels. The administration overall does not care about the students even though they state that they do. The requirements are dumbed down so the school can push more students to graduation. However, a large portion of them barely read above a 7th grade level. I am a alum of the class of 2019 and I have seen far too many failures that the school could have fixed but chose not to. If you want a child to succeed in life do not take them to this failure factory.
I have enjoyed school functions and extracurricular activities. The science department at Capital High School is phenomenal, and is arguably the most promising aspect of the school. Unfortunately, the school is not run in an efficient manner. There are countless scheduling conflicts, day-to-day schedule issues, and little freedom and input provided for students.