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A Message from Nanci


Dear Families,

At my very first teaching job at an all-girls school, I noticed early on that my new students had overcome the uncertainties shared by my friends and me at their age. At eleven years old, these girls were already confident, articulate, and decisive—traits many of us work a lifetime to master. It was then that I recognized the uniquely empowering learning environment a girls school provides. From that moment on I was determined to make excellence in single-sex education accessible to as many girls as possible.

At Castilleja, we bring together highly-motivated, intellectually curious young women from diverse backgrounds to collaborate and to learn from one another in a 6th through 12th grade setting. Teachers prioritize experiential and project-based learning that is engaging and relevant to girls. Castilleja students are willing to work hard, and they share in a commitment to our values and are inspired by our atmosphere of creativity and invention. Every Castilleja student graduates with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make a difference as a citizen of her local and global community.

Whether you are a prospective student, a current parent, a colleague, or an alumna, this website is designed to provide you with the news and information you need to understand who we are. I invite you to explore these pages, to visit our campus, and to learn more about how we are preparing the next generation of women leaders.

Warm regards,

Nanci Z. Kauffman
Head of School


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