Our Program

Castilleja School Academics

Through engaging classroom and real-world experiences, our students build the intellect, community connections, and global perspective necessary to make real impact.

In the company of girls, students develop transformative relationships with each other and with their teachers. Intentional, collaborative and interdisciplinary, a Castilleja 6th through 12th education is carefully scaffolded to allow each student the opportunity to become her best and most authentic self. She graduates with the self-confidence and concern for others necessary for a lifetime of compassionate leadership.

Grade-level Themes

6th Grade: Exploration

Observe, analyze, compare, collect, and notice patterns to cultivate a culture of thinking.

7th Grade: Identity

Self-reflection, partnership with kinder buddies, and examination of others’ experiences in and out of the classroom deepens personal understanding and empathy.

8th Grade: Engagement

Classroom explorations, VA partnership, travel, student-led conference, 8th grade speech, and increased leadership opportunities enhance awareness, confidence, empathy, and purpose.

9th Grade: Building Foundations

Build a strong foundation for high school and beyond through research, data analysis, presenting a convincing, evidence-based argument and developing a personal stance while discovering your strengths and identity.

10th Grade: Creating Connections

Practice empathy and engagement as you begin to understand your local community and the people who make a difference. Deepen your quantitative and qualitative skills and explore solutions for local issues

11th Grade: Exploring Perspectives

Develop multiple perspectives as you listen to others’ stories and learn to tell your own. Global Investigator Trips highlight the year as you seek to understand global challenges, and embrace ambiguity.  Further explore perspectives as you tackle interdisciplinary projects in English, history and art and embark on the college journey.

12th Grade: Understanding Leadership

Bring the full power of your Castilleja education to bear on defining success for yourself as you use your voice to lead campus organizations, design a path for your next steps, and leave a legacy for those to come.

Interdisciplinary Focus

In the longer run and for wide-reaching issues, more creative solutions tend to come from imaginative interdisciplinary collaboration.
Robert J. Shiller
We know that solutions to complex problems come from the interactions between many different disciplines. Our students have the opportunity to grapple with complex challenges and explore solutions from a diversity of perspectives and disciplines. Beginning in the sixth grade Castilleja students engage with today’s global questions: climate change, migration, income inequality, urbanization, environmental sustainability, challenge to democracy, and global health.
Creativity depends on interactions between feeling and thinking, and across different disciplinary boundaries and fields of ideas.”
Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds, 2011

Our Schedule

Time matters. Our schedule maximizes the program, moderates the weekly pace, increases engagement, and addresses the needs of our learners.
Key features include:
  • Rotating schedule provides daily variety for all learners
  • Varying class lengths with long blocks encourage deep exploration and project-based learning
  • Fewer classes per day and late start every Wednesday slows the pace of the week and increases engagement
  • Community and Flex periods provide time for connection and interdisciplinary endeavors
  • Built in study time and office hours allow frequent accessibility to teachers outside of class time