ACE Center

Awareness, Compassion & Engagement (ACE) Center

Castilleja School ACE Center

Castilleja’s ACE Center fosters student leadership through its empowering innovative teaching model.

Working in collaboration with faculty and community partners, the ACE Center designs and implements learning experiences that foster student initiative, develop student agility, and inspire student purpose through engagement with local and global challenges.

ACE Center Programming

ACE Center programming is pervasive throughout Castilleja’s learning and leading experience. Campus educators teach, mentor, or advise students, depending upon the experience they are sharing. As they move seamlessly from one learning and/or leading experience to the next, all students document their leadership growth and receive constructive feedback over time through Castilleja’s unique leadership portfolio.  

These experiences include: 

  • Classroom projects
  • Grade-level programming
  • Student-led community engagement programming in “Activities and ACE Orgs”
  • Community-based mentoring programs
  • Local and global partnership projects
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice programming

Beyond the Circle Forum

Upper School students hear from professionals from a wide variety of disciplines. The program addresses the following motivating questions:

  • [Learn] How might students learn about different post-college careers?

  • [See] How might students see representation of themselves in different disciplines?

  • [Experience] How might students experience "a day in the life" of someone in a particular profession?

This year’s theme is “Building Your Own Path and Finding Fulfillment” with a focus on climate positive work, and social and racial justice. 

The Forum is supported by the Beyond the Circle Forum Student Advisory Committee and the Inspiring Voices (CSA) Committee.

Meet the Team

Jessica Yonzon

Titles: Director of ACE Center and Global Engagement, Interdisciplinary Content Area (ICA) Lead, Global Systems

Hannah Nguyen

Titles: Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, Interdisciplinary Content Area (ICA) Lead, Social Justice

Becca Winslow

Titles: Director of Leadership and Community Partnerships, Interdisciplinary Content Area (ICA) Lead, Women in the World