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Whether she comes to Castilleja as a 6th grader or a rising junior, every student shares in Castilleja’s traditions big and small. They provide a common experience through which friendships are forged and classes bond—and through which generations of alums are united in sisterhood.
Opening Day at Castilleja is full of traditions and festivities that reinforce the joyful and supportive nature of our community.
Seniors Drive the Circle
Later in the morning of Opening Day, senior students have the opportunity to "Drive the Circle". Students jump into cars and (very slowly) drive the perimeter of the central part of campus while cheering and celebrating the beginning of their final year.
Crazy costumes, class colors, silly competitions, and school spirit fill Castilleja's campus during Spirit Week in the fall.
Castilleja's "ringing" tradition for juniors and seniors is much more than a twist on receiving class rings—ringing has reinforced the bonds of sisterhood amongst Upper School students for decades.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
On Grandparents and Special Friends Day, students have the opportunity to share their experience as a Castilleja student with a beloved person they look up to. This event is typically held the day before Thanksgiving Break.
Castilleja students have a long history of building community through friendly competition and creative and spontaneous performance. Currently, this manifests itself in Junior/Senior Rivalry each Spring.
Junior / Senior Banquet
The culmination of Rivalry Week is a celebratory dinner that brings students together for a fun and special meal together featuring an elaborate theme and sprinkled with performances throughout.
Castilleja's founder, Mary Lockey, initiated a school tradition celebrating Arbor Day each year by planting a tree or shrub on campus. For decades, this time was used to beautify the campus and in 1940, Arbor Day at Castilleja became Founder's Day, in honor of Miss Lockey and the holiday she loved. Today's festivities include a lunch and program for students and a parent or guardian guest on the Circle. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow community members and spend the afternoon together honoring the school's rich history.
Fun on the Circle
Castilleja students have been building community and having fun on the Circle for over a century. Whether part of a decades-old tradition, or a spontaneous display of creativity; sisterhood, self-expression, and fun are values central to the student experience.