Arts & Humanities
Great leaders have a deep understanding of the complexities of the human experience and the tools to use that knowledge for the greater good.
At Castilleja, girls have the opportunity to study how people process and document their experiences through our innovative humanities departments: English, History-Social Science, and World Languages. Knowledge of these subject areas grants emerging leaders a sense of connection and understanding with others; critical analysis skills practiced in every class engage students in the process of developing agility and critical thinking skills.
Our English program introduces students to great works of world literature, exposes them to important literary traditions, helps them learn to develop and defend their own ideas, and fosters a lifelong love of reading.
With an emphasis on the principles of good writing rather than rigid rules, Castilleja's writing curriculum encourages students to develop their own voices. Castilleja's English courses deepen students' ability to think critically, reason abstractly, and reflect upon questions and issues that have no easy answers.
A deep understanding of the past provides a sophisticated lens to understand the present and to view the future. Students hone their skills in critical thinking, thoughtful reading from a variety of sources, deep research, analytical writing, and both formal and extemporaneous speaking. Course offerings range from world and United States history to area studies, economics, and psychology.
Our students develop a global perspective and a deep appreciation of the role of the humanities to reveal the intricacies of human existence, highlight our common stories, and provide a framework for productive debate and exploration of solutions.
The visual and performing arts are an integral part of the Castilleja experience, weaving together knowledge, skill development, and self-expression while enriching the cultural life of our community.
Through an exploration of each arts discipline—dance, music, theatre arts, and visual art—students learn to be creators, collaborators, leaders, and risk takers. Students have numerous opportunities to develop abilities, pursue passions, and put their best work on stage or on display.
At Castilleja, learning a second language (French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish) is a positive and rewarding experience. Beyond the goal of mastery of the material, our students develop critical thinking skills and effective learning strategies that facilitate second language acquisition and use of the language outside of the school setting. Students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing as they gain an understanding of, appreciation for, and sensitivity to the cultures of the target language. Students gain an appreciation for the benefits and joys of the study of a second language.