Student Experience

There's a lot more to Castilleja than what happens in the classroom.

MON 9:00 A.M.

VA Partnership

8th graders visit the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital and build relationships with veterans. Through this experience they develop empathy and hone self-reflection skills. By embracing ambiguity and understanding different perspectives, our students learn to lead with compassion.

TUE 10:15 A.M.

Macbeth Trial

Room 18 transforms into a courtroom, as 10th grade English students put Macbeth on trial. In costume, in character, and in very high spirits, the girls use their wits–and mastery of the play–to persuade the jury.

WED 12:00 P.M.

Fro Yo!

Students race to the Dining Hall to see if their favorite lunch is being served. Some enjoy the noodle bar while others favor tacos, but everyone loves frozen yogurt! Trays in hand, girls find their favorite place on the Circle with friends, join a lunchtime club meeting, or listen to a pop jazz ensemble. Something fun is always happening on the Circle!

WED 2:00 P.M.

Vision & Voice

Freshmen work in small groups to research an important social justice topic. Mentored by faculty, students collaborate in their research and together create a group presentation using images, graphics, video, and more to present their topic and point of view.

THU 4:00 P.M.


The entirely student-run Gatorbotics team meets every night for two months to conceptualize and build a robot for a worldwide competition. Mentored by Silicon Valley engineers, the girls design, program, build, and test their robot until the nail-biting competitions begin. Attending the World Championship makes all their hard work and perseverance pay off.

FRI 1:30 P.M.

Spirit Week

Spirit Week, color wars, and junior/senior Rivalry activities bring out the creative talents and friendly competition of students and teachers. From cheering on classmates and designing the Halloween Haunted House, to preparing care packages for our newest graduates, students' unbridled passion and spark make everything joyful and fun.

MON 2:45 P.M.


The Circle is filled with excitement as students cuddle with animals in the petting zoo. Unexpected treats like flash mobs, DJs, dodgeball, petting zoos, and lifesize Jenga brighten the girls' weeks and bring friends together.

TUE 1:45 P.M.

Tinker Time

Middle schoolers rush to meet Ms. Clark at the newly created Tinkering Nook just outside their classrooms. Using their creativity and imagination, the tinkerers work with 3D printers, littlebits, LEDS, and plenty of craft supplies to make personal projects with their friends.

WED 4:30 P.M.

Game Day!

After dozens of hours practicing with her coaches and team, this Castilleja athlete is ready to take the first pitch. Her drive to succeed helps to launch the ball deep into left field and the first run is scored.

THU 5:00 P.M.


During an afternoon rehearsal of The Addams Family led by Upper School assistants and directors, 60 eager Middle Schoolers work on choreography, character development, and music.

FRI 2:45 P.M.

Art Gallery

Celebrating the intersection of art and environmentalism, the student-led Gallery Leadership Team organizes 16 workshops for eARTh day, including the creation of a painting of endangered species with artist-in-residence, muralist, Dave Kim.