Skip To Main Content

Select a School

Madison Metropolitan School District

History of Capital High

Capital High History Header Collage Image


  • The brand-new Capital High School location opens for the 2023-24 school year at 3802 Regent Street.


  • Victor Chuwudebe becomes the new Capital High Principal.
  • Capital High refocuses on our Eastside, Westside and Parenting sites 


  • Quinn Craugh becomes our new school Principal.
  • SAPAR is folded into Capital High as Capital High Parenting.
  • During COVID-19, Capital High offers additional methods to connect with students through Virtual and Night School programming.


  • Voters approve a referendum for Capital High to get a home at Hoyt School!
  • Founding Principal Karyn Stocks Glover retires.


  • Capital High celebrates our first graduating class!


  • Capital High is born as a 9-12 two site school to foster individualized student pathways and students who are career, college and community ready!


  • Principal Karyn Stocks Glover takes the lead for moving Innovative and Alternative Education forward.
  • IAE School Based Leadership Team (SBLT) earns MMSD recognition by receiving the 15-16 Excellence with Equity Award.
  • Extensive work is done to review the needs of students how our school should best respond.


  • The MMSD Director of Alternative Education retires. Night School, Horizon School and HSED programming are folded into Innovative and Alternative Education.


  • OFS Pathways and Seed To Table culinary arts program are added. Innovative and Alternative Education now has over ten different sites.


  • Affiliated Alternatives becomes “Innovative Education” and then “Innovative and Alternative Education”. In addition to the core programs, the Phoenix expulsion abayence program, ROAD and credit recovery programs (such as TLC) are added to our portfolio of student options.


  • Shabazz Principal Sally Schultz becomes principal of both Shabazz and Affiliated Alternatives. The arrangement only lasts one year with Assistant Principal Aric Soderbloom becoming the Principal of Shabazz.


  • Due to financial concerns the lease for 15 S Brearly Street is not renewed. SAPAR moves to Marquette, AERO and WLC Brearly move to Lapham and WLC Park moves to the Doyle Administration building.


  • Affiliated Alternatives is selected as an Accelerated Schools PLUS National Demonstration Site for 2005-2007 based upon our implementation of the Accelerated Schools model.


  • ALA transitions to AERO to support retained eighth graders and first year ninth graders. The smaller thirty student program is designed to provide individual ninth grade curriculum.
  • Also in 2003 we move from Work and Learning Center to the more grammatical Work and Learn Center!


  • Recognizing that not all our programs share the same building we start using the term Affiliated Alternatives to describe our programs, indicating greater unity and engagement between our specific school programs.


  • ALA, Cluster, SAPAR and WLC find a new home at 15 S Brearly Street. Collectively they become known as “Brearly Street Alternatives” and flourish with their first designed for alternative building with a lunchroom, library and day care center.


  • The Fire Department closes the Longfellow School building. ALA, Cluster, SAPAR and WLC disperse for a year as plans are made for a new site.


  • A second WLC site opens on West Washington Avenue. A few years later the site moves to 1810 S Park Street and becomes WLC Park.


  • The Accelerated Learning Academy (ALA) is begun for students in grades 8-10. It too is housed at Longefellow School. With four teachers and a counselor it serves sixty students until it closes in 2002.


  • Both SAM and Work and Learning Center (WLC) move into Longfellow School. This will be the first time that two programs are co-housed together but they share few resources.


  • School-Within-A-School (SWS) is founded at East and Memorial. The SWS model is similar to the MMSD current credit recovery model but with full day instructional programming. 


  • SAM moves to Lapham Elementary School and Work and Learning Center moves to Allis School.


  • Work and Learning Center graduates it’s first class - of eight students!


  • Cal Stone and Penny Fitzgerald start planning for a program called RSVP. When it begins in 1977 at Lowell Elementary School it is called the Work and Learning Center.


  • Emily Harris starts SAM in the basement of the former Downtown Arts & Activity Center. SAM stands for School Age Mothers, the precursor to SAPAR. SAM starts with just five students.
  • City School opens at Longfellow School with a revolving leadership model and student engagement determining policy, discipline and food served. Cal Stone was one of the original founders. Later it merged with Shabazz to become “Malcolm Shabazz City School”.