School Performance Report

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About Our School

Patrick Murphy, Superintendent

Lillian Hunter, Principal
Ja'Wanne Brown, Assistant Principal
Doug Anderson, Assistant Principal
Daniel Grimm, Dean of Students
Michael Lunde, Dean of Students


Capital High School is a grade 9-12, “AAAA” National Blue Ribbon award winner. Capital offers a comprehensive curriculum with advanced coursework available in every curriculum area. Additional academic programs include opportunities at New Market Vocational Skills Center, Running Start, School to Work and the International Baccalaureate Program, which is a rigorous pre-university course of study. Three quarters of Capital’s students participate in athletics and activities. Parent and community involvement include the following organizations: Site Council, Foundation, Booster Club and Parent Organization.

Additions to Capital High School have increased student capacity from 1,389 to 1,680. Remodeling completed in 2006 added 12 new classrooms, including new science and technology labs. The student commons section and kitchen space was expanded to accommodate all students over two lunch periods. The renovation also included substantial upgrades to the drama, music, art and special education learning areas.

A track and field improvement project was completed in 2017 as part of the February 2016 school improvements bond. Improvements include the installation of a synthetic turf field, striping the track, hydro seeding areas around the track and installation of gates. The track and field can be used year-round thanks the installation of recreational low-level field lighting.

The new Capital High School Performing Arts Center is the centerpiece of a comprehensive campus upgrade that includes updating exterior surfaces to improve thermal performance, weather protection and aesthetics, replacing mechanical systems and re-roofing major portions of the existing building. Construction will begin spring 2019 with project completion expected in the fall of 2020.

In 2018, our International Baccalaureate program began the "IB English for All" initiative. This initiative means that all 11th-graders are enrolled in either IB English Literature or IB Language and Literature.  This program will be expanded in the 2019-20 school year to include enrollment of 12th-graders in IB English.  Additionally, IB Environmental Systems and Societies is being offered for the first time by the science department. In the 2019-20 school year, the science department will also offer an IB Sports, Exercise and Health class.



2020-21 School Facts

Based on the October 2020 enrollment report, there were 1,367 students enrolled at Capital High School.



 Student Demographics         

 Hispanic/Latino of any race(s)   
14.2%      Male students
 American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.2%    Female students
 Asian 7.6% Gender X 0.3%
 Black/African American

 Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
 White  61.8% 
 Free & Reduced Price Meals
 Two or More Races
10.7%    Special Education

Teacher Information

  • Number of classroom teachers: 72
  • Average years of teacher experience: 15.3
  • Teachers with at least a Master's Degree: 69.4%



2020-21 District Operating Budget 




 Building Administration
 $8,138,680  5.74%
 Maintenance & Operations    $7,927,952  5.60%
 District Support
 $8,389,655  5.92%
 $3,480,019  2.46%
 Utilities & Insurance  $4,098,644  2.89%
 Food Service
 $2,723,756  1.92%
 Other  $56,723  0.04%
 Total Expenditures  $142,286,695  100.00%




 $26,151,733  18.16%
 Federal    $9,194,223  6.38%
 Other Sources                          
 $1,270,827  0.88%
 Total Revenue  $143,013,161  99%

Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program 

Due to pandemic-related school closures, 2019-20 assessment data is not available and data for 2020-21 is limited. Learn more on the State Testing FAQ page.


Washington students participate in state tests annually in the spring, to assess their progress as well as the progress of our educational system as a whole.

Our state uses the Smarter Balanced assessment system, aligned to Washington's K-12 Learning Standards. The scores below represent the percent of students meeting standard in three core subjects, ELA, Math, and for grades 5, 8 and 11, Science (Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science or WCAS).

 2019-20 High School (Not available)


 2020-21 High School (11th Grade)

 Our School  
 Our District 
 WA State 
   Our School 
 Our District 
 WA State 
 ---  ---  ---    77.2%  80.1%  51.2%
 SBA Math
 ---  ---  ---    36.9%  45.3%  24.4%

  *ELA (English Language Arts) scores include reading and writing.
  **Reflects the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) test, administered for the first time in spring 2018. 


Capital High School Mission Statement

Cultivating success. Honoring diversity. Serving others.

Olympia School District Vision

We envision a supportive environment that promotes trust, growth and achievement of the highest standards. We build our capacity for success through leading-edge programs and operations based on continuous improvement. We have 100 percent commitment to quality and excellence in all things.


National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a survey of grade student achievement in core subject areas. NAEP measures what students across the country know and can do in 10 subject areas, including mathematics, reading, writing, and science. Current state level results may be viewed here.

To learn more about NAEP, visit this page.


For More Information

If you would like more details about student achievement and demographics, visit the OSPI website and select reports by district or school.

If you would like other information about Capital High School, please call (360) 596-8000.