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Castilleja School in the News




Engaging girls in computer science: an interdisciplinary approach
Independent School Magazine, Spring 2015


Revelations about the low percentage of women in technical positions at companies like Google - coupled with reports about the decline in numbers of women majoring in computer science - have educators wondering how to reverse a discouraging trend. How can schools help inspire and sustain interest in computer science among girls?

Forty of the brightest high school students from around the country are competing in the ultimate science fair, with projects that have the potential to save lives. The winner of the Intel Science Talent Search will be announced Tuesday, March 10, with a million dollars in awards up for grabs. Previous winners have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. CNET's Kara Tsuboi talked to two finalists who hope their projects can help people who are sick.
Palo Alto Online, February 5, 2015
When the curtains rise on Feb. 6, they will do so on the 11th annual production of Arts with a Heart, a performing-arts program at Castilleja that combines dance and philanthropy. This year's show draws together more than 120 students in grades 6 through 12 from the private, all-girls Palo Alto school, most of whom will appear on stage.

Teens stoke their passion for science

Palo Alto Online, July 11, 2014
Castilleja graduate Stephanie Flamen '14, seeks hands-on science experience beyond the classroom at a research laboratory at Stanford University.

Emily White '96 profiled in Marie Claire
Marie Claire Magazine, July 2014
In the July issue of Marie Claire, Castilleja alumna Emily White '96 is profiled as the Chief Operating Officer at Snapchat -- the wildly popular photo-messaging app that turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook. With Snapchat touted as a company which is "poised to join the ranks of Silicon Valley's most influential," Emily shares how her time at Castilleja helped propel her to her current role. Click here to read the full article by Yael Kohen!

Independent, charter, and public schools from California, Washington, Massachusetts, New York, and Hawaii converged on Castilleja's campus for "Design, Do, Discover 2014," a two-day workshop on implementing hands-on learning in the classroom.

Getting Creative with Conservation
Mountain View Voice, June 24, 2014
Five Midpeninsula students... two from Palo Alto High School, one from Mountain View High School and two from Castilleja School -- were selected as first- and second-prize winners in the water district's first youth media contest, which was organized in an effort to "get the younger generation to think about sustainability of water and to help them adopt and promote a water-efficient lifestyle," according to Marty Grimes, a spokesman for the water district.

Castilleja Graduates 61 Seniors
Palo Alto Online,
With crimson bouquets clutched close to crisp white dresses, 61 seniors took the stage amidst the faculty, staff and junior class at Castilleja School's 107th commencement ceremony...

The Fascinating Life of Penny Pritzker (so far)
Fortune Magazine, June 2, 2014
A profile on Commerce Secretary and Castilleja alumna Penny Pritzker '77.

Intel Science Talent Search - Girls Are Changing the World
5 Female Semi-Finalists and Finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search breakdown gender stereotypes in STEM by sharing their groundbreaking discoveries, including Castilleja School's Victoria Dean '13.


Kriti Lall '15 Presents at TedXNapaValley



TEDx Napa Valley, March 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Teenage Scientist Kriti Lall shares her ideas on saving millions of lives as part of the TEDxNapaValley 2014 "Going Against The Grain, embracing the unconventional" event.

Castilleja School in Palo Alto takes first in the Millard Fillmore Trivia Hunt
San Jose Mercury News, March 1, 2013

Castilleja School in Palo Alto captured first place for the fifth straight year in the 45th annual Millard Fillmore Trivia Hunt held Feb. 1-4 at Henry M. Gunn High School library in Palo Alto.

Brands: not just for businesses anymore 
Palo Alto Online, 
Jan 25, 2013  
As part of Castilleja School's Global Week, in which the all-girls school welcomes speakers for a series of lectures.

Local students advance in Intel science contest
Palo Alto Online, Jan 14, 2013
Among the semifinalists are Helen Jiang, Laura Tung and George Yu from Gunn; Victoria Lee Dean from Castilleja School...

On the trail of an imaginary flu epidemic
Palo Alto Online, Nov 2, 2012
Biology students at Castilleja School scouted out the spread of diseases like flu, tuberculosis and chronic diarrhea this month...

Artist makes point with pencils 
Palo Alto Online Palo Alto Weekly, Mar 23, 2012 

Harriete Estel Berman's current installation in the Anita Seipp Gallery at Palo Alto's Castilleja School hangs like a colorful tapestry, gently...

National Merit semi-finalists announced
Palo Alto Online, Sep 18, 2012 

Forty seniors from Palo Alto High School, 33 seniors from Gunn High School and 10 seniors from Castilleja School have earned recognition as...

Griselda Carlos-Arzate
Palo Alto Online Palo Alto Weekly, 
Jun 10, 2011 
Griselda Carlos-Arzate says she'll most miss the safe, warm feeling of Castilleja School when she moves across El Camino Real to Stanford ...

First Person: A conversation with Nanci Kauffman
Palo Alto Online, Apr 10, 2011
Nanci Kauffman became the head of Castilleja School in the fall of 2010. A resident of Palo Alto since 1997, Kauffman began her career as an ...

Worth a look 
Palo Alto Online Palo Alto Weekly, Mar 18, 2011 

"The Missing Peace Exhibition: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama," and one of its works is expected to go with the exhibition to a museum in Texas, said Deborah Trilling, director of the Seipp Gallery...

Castilleja School to drop science APs 
Palo Alto Online, March 11, 2011
The century-old independent girls school in Palo Alto joins about 50 private schools across the country that have opted out of the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) program in favor of curricula designed by their own teachers.

It takes a Villa at Castilleja 
San Jose Mercury News, June 2011
Brenda Villa owns three Olympic medals -- two silvers, one bronze -- playing water polo for the United States. She was also a part of an NCAA women's water polo championship team at Stanford in 2002. Villa's latest challenge is to coach Castilleja-Palo Alto to its first Central Coast Section water polo title.

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The Case for an Independent Curriculum

Learn more about Castilleja's move to an independent advanced science curriculum.

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Full Circle Magazine
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