When students—girls in particular—are given unbridled access to hands-on opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) they gain experiences and confidence to pursue passions and careers in fields traditionally dominated by men.
Also commonly known and referred to as STEM, the "A" and "Art" represent strategic design and the importance of understanding aesthetics while engaging in practical applications of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
We integrate coding, making, design thinking, and engineering design across grade levels and subject areas. As students move through the grades, they encounter more open-ended and student-driven projects and have the opportunity to take part in electives and a range of co-curricular opportunities.
Castilleja students learn to become scientifically literate citizens and future scientists. Through innovative, inquiry-based pedagogy, open-ended labs and structured demonstrations, they gain a solid understanding of fundamental scientific principles and learn to think like scientists. The breadth and depth of our curriculum engages students both individually and in groups as they construct their own learning and develop the analytical thinking, problem solving, and deductive reasoning skills necessary to scientific inquiry.
By emphasizing creative and real-world applications, interdisciplinary connections, and iterative processes that enable computer science and engineering to effect change in the world, our students grasp and shape society’s rapidly evolving technological landscape. Through courses, interdisciplinary projects, and varied experiences in and out of the classroom, students develop conceptual understanding and modern technical skills. They cultivate a tolerance for ambiguity and complexity; patience, persistence, and creativity when facing difficult challenges; and the confidence, resourcefulness, and curiosity needed to undertake and solve open-ended problems.
Computer Science at Castilleja is innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary. Every student is exposed to coding and computer science through integrated projects and individualized opportunities through electives and co-curriculars.
Co-curricular opportunities such as Robotics and Gatorbotics, Casti Coders, and STEMx grant students drawn to the subject the freedom, flexibility, and capacity to dive deeper into CS.
With an emphasis on autonomy, difference-making, and global citizenship, Castilleja’s Computer Science program is about more than 21st-Century skills or creating gender parity in STEM fields—it’s about empowering the young women who will lead the way to a more equitable, inclusive world.
The Anita Seipp Gallery is a light-filled 1,200 sq. ft. dedicated space that sponsors both professional and student exhibitions.
The Gallery also functions as a place for critique and evaluation of student work, as well as a space for large scale student painting and collaborative projects in design.
Castilleja's Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR) is a unique art and education program funded by the School's Innovation Investment Fund. AIR provides professional artists with a stipend and studio space at Castilleja School for an eight week period. By supporting diverse artists who work with a range of materials, Castilleja encourages our students and community to engage in new ways of thinking about art and the environment in which we live.
Artists speak to our middle and high school art classes, as well as adult groups, about the experience of working in their chosen medium(s) and about their work in the context of the larger community. Additionally, they provide workshop sessions to our students. At the conclusion of the residency, a two-week long exhibition will be held in the school gallery for the artist featuring artwork made during the residency that may also include Castilleja student work reflecting the collaboration.
Under the ACE Center umbrella, coordinators and team leaders of the Gallery Leadership organization will help curate, advertise, and promote the show. At the conclusion of the residency, the artist will contribute one piece of his/her artwork to the program's permanent collection. This work will be used for teaching and display at the school.
Our students are equipped with both the knowledge and the habits of mind to harness the power of mathematics. Informed by the work of Jo Boaler and applied action research, our curriculum emphasizes the understanding of profound mathematical ideas and the development of key analytical skills in a supportive environment that encourages inquiry, engagement, and joy in mathematics.
Differentiation beginning in the Middle School empowers students to take risks, develop resilience, deepen understanding and facilitate a growth mindset that builds confidence in mathematical skills. Students progress in their math practice through genuine engagement with new material and perseverance through confusion and difficulty. In order to support the inquiry process, teachers provide guidance through problems, discussions, activities, readings, projects, and collaborative work.