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What is an ACE Org?

ACE Orgs are student-led organizations which focus around a specific cause, provide support to a local non-profit, or educate the community on a certain issue. These organizations provide meaningful leadership development experience to the students, and also help them engage with the local and global community in meaningful ways. Of the 18 ACE Organizations in the 2015-2016 school year, two are related to bringing diversity and inclusion work to the Casti campus.

What is an Academic Club?

Academic Clubs offer an opportunity for students to explore an academic area of interest with a group of students who share the similar interests or passions outside of the classroom. Faculty advisors work with the student leaders to create a space that will excite their peers and introduce them to a new set of ideas related to their academic interest. In the year 2016-2017, Casti has 11 Academic Clubs centered around interests as diverse as coding, creativity, leadership development, research, MUN, and mock trial.

Block 1: 12:55 - 1:50 pm

  Ada's Cafe
Ada’s Cafe ACE Org is dedicated to fostering a collaboration between Castilleja and Ada’s Cafe in order to cultivate a culture that empowers adults with disabilities and to create lasting friendships between Castilleja students and Ada’s associates. 
  Brentwood Buddies
Brentwood Buddies ACE Org supports literacy at Brentwood Elementary School. With an emphasis on reading and tutoring, our goal is to foster meaningful relationships between students from both schools.
Brentwood Creativity Club
The Brentwood Creativity Club brings awareness and curiosity for art and creative thinking to under-resourced students at Brentwood Elementary School by allowing them to explore their own individuality through a club-created curriculum of fun and engaging art projects.
Bon Appétit
Bon Appétit's mission is to work with second graders at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto to teach them about the health benefits and the fun behind home-cooking. The goal is to inspire students to get out of their comfort zones and explore different foods with an emphasis on eating everything in moderation -- yes, this includes dessert! 
The Castaruni/Free the Children ACE Org strives to strengthen the partnership between Castilleja and Kisaruni School by facilitating cultural exchange and communication between the two schools, and by engaging our community in events that honor our schools' values.
  Casti Coders
At Casti Coders our goal is to learn Java programming with the intention of competing at local coding competitions in the spring. We welcome coders of any experience level who are excited about programming.
The Castilleja Diversity Club is committed to fostering conversation about justice and social issues with empathy, honesty, and respect; giving visibility to underserved communities and their history; creating a safe, inclusive environment for all students.
  Green Team
Green Team utilizes pragmatic optimism to raise awareness about environment issues, encourage student engagement, and initiate sustainable changes in the Castilleja community while understanding how our efforts fit into local and global contexts.
Mock Trial
Mock Trial allows students to learn about U.S. law and improve their oral advocacy skills through studying a given civil or criminal case, developing an argument, and, ultimately, competing against local schools in court.
  Music for the Community
Music for the Community aims to share our love of music through collaborating with the local community and beyond by fundraising for music-related causes, teaching music classes to East Palo Alto students, and performing for seniors at nursing homes.
  Outdoor Education & Experiences
The Outdoor Education and Experience Club aims to promote the welfare of students and the environment through outdoor excursions, personal reflection, and our partnership with Acterra.
Rosener House
The Rosener House ACE Org aims to develop relationships between Castilleja students and the senior community as well as raise awareness for Alzheimers and dementia within the Castilleja community.          
Team HBV
Team HBV, a branch of Stanford’s Asian Liver Center, consists of high school and collegiate chapters both nationally and internationally. We strive to fight and raise awareness of Hepatitis B - the leading cause of liver cancer - from our global community.           
  Turn It Around
Turn It Around educates Brentwood elementary school students about different styles of dance through learning choreography and simple techniques, as well as the history of jazz, ballet, and hip-hop.   

Block 2: 1:55 - 2:50 pm


Between the Blurred Lines

Between the Blurred Lines is an academic club which aims to connect students to the history of the music they love and to educate them about its effect on society as a whole. The advisor, Mr. Josh Thurston-Milgrom, will help guide the group through discussions to educate those who love music - and even those who simply want to learn more about history and context of music.           



CAIE - The Community Alliance for Identity and Expression

CAIE, The Community Alliance for Identity and Expression, encourages dialogue and awareness of all sexual and gender identities. Through events such as movie nights and discussion based club meetings, members work towards a more unified and caring Castilleja. 

   Challenge Success
The Challenge Success club is a student-run branch of Stanford's Challenge Success. The club's goal is to lower student stress by making the focus of school less on grades, numbers, and extracurriculars but instead a place in which students can learn and grow. 
Allowing full access to all tools and materials in the Bourn Lab, Cre8 provides a fun, laid back environment that stimulates creativity and promotes innovation. Members can create anything that sparks their curiosity as they become active Makers. 
  Girls Learn International
Our mission is to teach the Castilleja community, through fun and engaging meetings, about the importance of girls' education and to bring more opportunities to those who don't have the opportunity to receive an education. 
  Bay Area Consortium for Ideas and Inquiry
BACII is an organization for Castilleja students interested in learning how various fields can make real social change. The mission of BACII is to increase students’ understanding of social justice issues in the Bay Area, with a focus on local issues and how a deepened understanding of the complexities of these local issues can empower young people to make an impact in the community.

  Model UN
The Model United Nations club encourages students to research and think deeply about current events and international affairs. Through intra-club debates and discussions, as well as MUN conferences, delegates will build their public speaking and negotiation skills. 
Sound Sisters
Glee is a great opportunity to join an amazing community of singers within Castilleja. We will sing 3-5 songs per quarter and rehearse 2-4 times a week. As a student-led group of 17 singers, we explore a variety of a cappella music, from contemporary to folk and school repertoire. We enjoy singing together and to the greater community.
STEMx seeks to engender an interest in STEM exploration at Castilleja and empower young women in local and global communities through five branches: YouthMed, Science, Computer Science, Engineering, and Math. 

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