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Posted Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 10:00:00 PM

Yesterday was a big day for the arts at Castilleja! Visual and Performing Arts were showcased in an all-school assembly during the day and our annual Winter Concert in the evening. Both Upper and Middle School student work from the last semester in 2D and 3D visual art and filmmaking were featured and there were engaging performances from theatre, dance, vocal music and instrumental music.

Preview photos below and download or order prints here.



Posted Monday, Apr 17, 2017 4:00:00 PM


When all of civilization collapses, what is left for the survivors? According to Anne Washburn's avant-garde, hilarious, tragic, and bizarre play, it's The Simpsons. Spanning over 80 years, this story follows the "Cape Feare" episode from comfort to commodity, and eventually mythos. "Downright Brilliant...Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself and makes a case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all" (The New York Times). Performances of Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play are Friday 4/28 and Saturday 4/29 at 7:30 pm and Sunday 4/30 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel Theater. 

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Posted Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Bravo to the cast and crew of Proof who performed three shows in the Black Box Theater this weekend! A realist play in two acts, this witty and moving drama follows a brilliant but troubled mathematician, her genius professor father, and the mathematical proof which promises to change the world.

For more photos, click here. password: gators

Posted Monday, Feb 13, 2017 11:28:43 AM

Bravo to our student performers who delivered three energetic and touching performances this weekend for Arts with a Heart 2017. This year's theme was Head, Heart, Humanity: Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness and the show (produced in partnership with ArtLifting) benefitted the CHC (Children's Health Council of Palo Alto).

Nicole O. '17 is a member of the Advanced Dance Production Workshop class and a senior executive producer for Arts with a Heart. "I am so grateful to have been a part of Arts with a Heart these past six years—first a performer and now a producer. I have learned countless skills, from costuming to teaching effective leadership skills, that I know will help me even beyond our production." she shares. "Every year we support an incredible cause, and this year's theme of erasing the stigma of mental health is a particularly important issue in our immediate community, the Palo Alto community and beyond. We're dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental health, and we hope we can use the power of art to change lives," Nicole continued.

Visual and Performing Arts faculty member and Arts with a Heart Director Georgianna Shea reflects "Nothing makes me feel more confident about the future than seeing 120 young women work selflessly for such an important reason. Through their efforts, these students are helping to a erase the stigma of mental illness in the Castilleja community, the Palo Alto community and the Global community."

Posted Monday, Jan 30, 2017 4:28:31 PM

This past Friday, Castilleja students had the opportunity to work with professional musician Victoria Theodore. Victoria is an accomplished pianist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, and producer who has toured with Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé. In her workshop with Upper School choir, she performed and broke down songs for students, invited courageous participation, and offered sage advice that will serve students in and out of the music industry.

For pictures of Victoria workshopping with US Choir, click here. password: gators

Posted Monday, Jan 23, 2017 4:22:00 PM

Bravo to the middle school cast of The Addams Family for three spectacular performances this weekend. As Head of Middle School, Anne Cameron, put it "Our entertaining and dedicated cast will have you hanging on each witty line and enjoying every song and dance number from beginning to end. It is hard to imagine a more hilariously creepy show, and our Middle School actors are a delight. 

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew, and to Ms. Walter, Mr. Elgassier and the Orchestra, and Mr. Ochi. Impressive work!"

Scroll down to view photos from the opening night performance. More photos and prints are available here. password: gators


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Posted Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 11:27:00 AM
Tickets for the Middle School Musical are now on sale! Next weekend middle school performing arts is excited to present The Addams Family and there are three opportunities to attend:
Friday, Jan. 20 at 7:30
Saturday, Jan 21 at 7:30
Sunday, Jan 22 at 2:00
Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for adults.
Click here to purchase tickets!



Posted Friday, Dec 16, 2016 5:16:14 PM

Winter Break begins today with school resuming 1/3. We wish everyone in our community a restful and fulfilling holiday! 

Enjoy this video of a Dance Production Workshop performance at this year's Winter Showcase.


Posted Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Castilleja musicians performed for a full Chapel Theater Thursday night at the 2016 Winter Concert. Middle School students and Upper School Students, Vocalists and Instrumentalists all came together to share traditional holiday songs and some new seasonal favorites (including a special rendition of Michael Jackson's Thriller!) Click here on on the photograph below for a selection of photos from the concert! The password for the gallery is gators


Posted Monday, Nov 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

This past weekend, Castilleja Upper School students put on a stellar performance of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods accompanied by a live student musical ensemble. Bravo!


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Posted 12/06/2017 03:33PM

There was another fun surprise this morning! Students and employees were treated to hot chocolate and muffins as they arrived on campus.

Posted 12/04/2017 01:15PM

Today at lunch, our Counseling and Student Wellness department had a special surprise for students! There were 3 therapy dogs here for students to pet and interact with.

Big thanks to Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA therapy dog program and volunteers, including our very own Ms. Courtney and her dog Lily.


Posted 12/01/2017 11:00AM

It's Pajama Day! From funky prints to unicorn onesies, Castilleja students are getting cozy in style!

Posted 11/30/2017 08:25AM

It was a little chilly this morning, but our campus was warmed by a fantastic "random act of kindness" as Castilleja's parent organization handed out Kind Bars to students, parents, and employees as they arrived on the Circle. It's a small token of gratitude for the everyday kindness of our community!


Posted 12/07/2017 10:00PM

Yesterday was a big day for the arts at Castilleja! Visual and Performing Arts were showcased in an all-school assembly during the day and our annual Winter Concert in the evening. Both Upper and Middle School student work from the last semester in 2D and 3D visual art and filmmaking were featured and there were engaging performances from theatre, dance, vocal music and instrumental music.

Preview photos below and download or order prints here.



Posted 12/07/2017 08:00AM

This week, Castilleja brought together 12 expert leaders in various STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math) field professions in the annual C-STEAM forum for Upper School students.

Joining us for panel and small group discussions were scientists, doctors, entrepreneurs, and tech pioneers. Beyond their successful STEAM careers, each guest demonstrated impressive leadership in their chosen field and eagerly shared their experience and insight with Castilleja students. In particular, this years theme asked speakers to reflect upon and share their own experience with intersections and resilience.

Many thanks for our distinguished guests and another successful C-STEAM forum.

Posted 12/05/2017 08:00AM

Just before the Thanksgiving Break, Castilleja's two middle school LEGO robotics teams, the AquaDucks and the 5Seas, competed in the regional qualifying tournament at the East Palo Alto Boys and Girls’ Club. Both teams have been working hard all semester designing, programming, and testing their robot to compete in the HydroDynamics challenge. They also created projects to address a problem concerning human’s interaction with water. Both teams were highly successful—the AquaDucks won the robot game and the robot design awards, and the 5Seas were awarded special merit award for their project and were overall champions. The 5Seas are advancing to the Championship round next February and the Project Explo competition in March.

Posted 09/06/2017 02:00PM

This week, Mr. Mitchell’s Psychology students put on their physiologically-accurate thinking caps to respond to prompts that challenged them to link various behaviors with different parts of the human brain.

Mr. Mitchell shares of the lesson,"My psychology students are studying the brain and nervous system.  As a fun way to learn about the different parts of the brain and the various functions associated with these parts, I have students in teams play a game that asks them to diagnosis which part of the brain has been damaged in a given scenario.  In addition, each student colors and assembles a "Brain Hat," which they wear during the game.  The hat is both silly and instructive.  Rather than simply hear me give a lecture about the brain and take notes, this activity encourages students to be active participants and turns them into "neurosurgeons" for a day.  The game format creates a playful competitive atmosphere that motivates students to learn about the brain, apply their understanding, and have fun in the process.  It's fun for the teacher, too!"




Posted 01/16/2018 07:40PM

Today, our students were excited to welcome our 2018 Arrillaga Family Speaker, Mr. Bryan Stevenson, who spoke to us about his work as a lawyer challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

Among the many takeaways Mr. Stevenson shared with us today was a roadmap for how we can effect change: by getting proximate to the people and the issues we need to understand and want to address; by questioning the narratives we accept about poverty and justice, by being hopeful; and by doing uncomfortable and inconvenient things. In closing, he offered us the reminder that justice, not wealth, is the antithesis of poverty.


Posted 01/05/2018 10:00AM

"When I think about why I do the work I do, I actually think of my privilege first. All of my ability to affect any change, that’s what I use. Because no one in this room is privileged or disadvantaged; we have multiple identities that are intersecting—not equally, not identically, but humanly."

-Alison Park, founder of Blink Consulting, at this morning's Local Challenges; Local Solutions Panel


Our Local Challenges; Local Solutions Panel this morning was moderated by Head of School Nanci Kauffman. Joining us were:

Peter Fortenbaugh, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. BGCP provides the low-income youth of East Palo Alto, eastern Menlo Park, and Redwood City with opportunities that enable them to achieve school success.

Alison Park, founder of Blink Consulting. Blink is an educational consultancy that is critically rethinking diversity. Since 2009, Blink has collaborated with over 90 schools, as well as various community-based, government, and for-profit organizations to help create communities where all children, youth, and adults can thrive.

Raymond Plaza is the Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Santa Clara University. He works closely with many groups across campus to design strategies for the recruitment and retention of individuals from underrepresented groups.

Posted 01/04/2018 03:00PM

"What we know from data is that opportunity gaps are what drive achievement gaps.

There are kids who have access to elevators running at the speed of a bullet train versus kids that are on escalators moving very smoothly from floor to floor...and then there are some kids who are on stairwells with missing handrails and broken steps. And we are saying EVERYONE has to get to floor 16, or college graduation, at the same time. How could you possibly get there all at the same time if you're using drastically different modes of transportation? What we as researchers and educators and policymakers have been doing is comparing at what speed students get to that top floor, ignoring, often, the radical difference in modes of transportation to that top floor. "

- Dr. Prudence L. Carter, Dean and Professor of the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Education


Our Thursday Global Week keynote speaker Dr. Carter's research agenda focuses on causes of and solutions to enduring social and cultural inequalities among social groups, especially in education and schooling. Specifically, she examines academic and mobility differences influenced by the dynamics of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in the U.S. and global society. Her expertise spans issues of youth identity and educational well-being; urban poverty, social and cultural inequality, and the sociocultural and organizational contexts of schools.

She is also an award-winning author, elected member of the National Academy of Education and the Sociological Research Association, Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and Board member and Program Committee chairperson for the William T. Grant Foundation.

Posted 01/04/2018 10:00AM

This morning, we have a number of special guests on campus speaking about Equity in Education from different lenses of expertise. Students had the opportunity to attend three sessions that they were interested in. 

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