Cocurricular programs and activities are an important facet of the Castilleja experience. Students have the option of participating in athletics, student led clubs, peer leadership programs, internships, student government and visual and performing arts productions. The wide variety of activities offered allow each student the opportunity to experiment, to lead, and to flourish.
Student leadership is valued at Castilleja and there are many opportunities to get involved!
In the Middle School, there are MSSG officers, who represent the entire Middle School, and grade level class officers. These elected student leaders work with advisors to plan activities and structure weekly meetings.
In the Upper School, student government is divided between All School Government (ASB) and class governments. The ASB is responsible for meetings, school wide social activities, and clear communication between the student body and the administration. Class government officers plan class activities, fundraisers, and community projects among other responsibilities.
One of the highlights of every year are the grade level retreats. Students get to spend a few days with their classmates, teachers, and advisors away from campus. So whether you head to the Santa Cruz Mountains or the Marin Headlands, it is a great opportunity to have fun with friends and learn a little more about yourself and others. Read more about retreats...
Want to be the next Lesley Stahl or Anderson Cooper? You can get your start as a journalist by writing for Write in the Middle, Counterpoint Weekly Online, the Castilleja Free Press, or Counterpoint Monthly. Are you an aspiring author, poet or artist? See your work in print in one of Casti's literary magazines - published each spring.
Robotics, Tie-Dye, Yearbook, Twilight, Model UN
, and more!
Students do not live by academics alone. Each year over 50 different clubs are open to Middle and Upper School students. From cooking to community action, journalism to jump rope, model united nations to music for the community, african culture to art club -- students work with faculty advisors advisors to explore an area of interest, try something new, and have fun. Each year the clubs change based on the interests of the students. In the past, clubs have included:
Competitive: Debate, Robotics, Model UN, Global Challenge
Service: Amnesty International, Ecumenical Hunger Project, Peer Tutoring, Youth Philanthropy Worldwide
Culture and Diversity: African Culture Club, Diversity Coalition, Latino Club
Activity: Bell Choir, Classic Movie Club, Friends of Millard Fillmore (FOMF), Kitchen Witches, Frisbee, Puzzle Club, Art Club
Publications: Castilleja Free Press, Counterpoint, Counterpoint Monthly, Flame, Mochuelo, Yearbook
Each year, Castilleja brings an extraordinary range of speakers to campus for special assemblies. Past guests have included acclaimed writers Julie Lythcott-Haims, Catherine Steiner-Adair, Billy Collins, Eve Ensler, Nicholas Kristoff, Kip Fulbeck, and Susan Orlean, political leaders Madeline Albright and Al Gore, and activists Somaly Mam, Zainah Anwar, and Gloria Steinem.
Speakers and special guests also enrich the daily life of the school, buy participating in Global Week, visiting classrooms as guest lecturers, hosting brown bag lunches, and holding readings in the library.