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Local & Global Engagement

"We cannot change the world if we isolate ourselves in privileged spaces."Bryan Stevenson, Castilleja School, January 2018

Castilleja students sense the urgency to effect change in a world that is challenged by environmental, political, and social issues and an ever widening economic divide. Leading from a place of initiative, agility, and purpose underpins each student’s leadership journey at Castilleja. Despite the sense of urgency, students learn that it is through intentional, time intensive practices like developing empathy and purposeful reflection that they will gain the capacity to effect sustainable, mutually agreed upon change in their immediate, local, or global community.


Partnerships are integral to our leadership program.


Through her time on campus and in our experiential programming, each student comes to understand that authentic leadership is found when meaningful relationships locally and globally, premised on respect and genuine curiosity for one another, underpin civil discourse, debates, hard decisions, and one’s decision to stand up for a point of view of another person or group.


Local Partners


Founded upon the commitment to serving one’s community, a Castilleja education extends far beyond the classroom. We encourage our girls to explore a wide variety of service-focused activities throughout Palo Alto, across Silicon Valley, and beyond by partnering with over 40 regional community organizations.


Global Partners


Partners are strongly committed to creating and fostering a long-term, deep, broad relationship with Castilleja students and faculty. Often there is an opportunity for the Castilleja community to further the partnership by raising funds or providing resources to partners so that reciprocal learning can be enhanced; when this is the case, Castilleja is committed to developing a model of giving that respects the dual nature of the relationship and honors the fact that each community has as much to learn as it has to give.


At Castilleja, global engagement isn’t theoretical, but rather it is deeply embedded into our curriculum through projects that explore practical, impactful applications of knowledge and skills. Two key annual touch points for Castilleja's global engagement program are the Junior Global Investigator Trips and Global Week.