The only independent girls’ school for grades 6-12 in the Bay Area, Castilleja prepares young women to be self-directed learners and independent leaders. Experienced Castilleja teachers, coaches and advisors tailor classroom instruction and co-curricular programming to the unique needs of girls, creating an incomparable environment for girls to thrive.
In our classrooms, faculty teach how girls learn best: through experiential, hands-on learning and through small group discussions that build lasting connections between students and teachers. Simply put, our teachers understand girls. The all-girls setting encourages students to take risks in the classroom and actively participate, and as a result their self-confidence expressing their own ideas flourishes.
Outside of the classroom, girls are leaders in every corner of the campus: in student government, athletics, clubs, theatre and arts. They never take the back seat.
Mentoring also plays a vital role in the Castilleja culture. As a grade 6-12 school, younger girls greatly benefit from mentoring and peer advising from older students. Guest speakers, including such renowned women leaders as New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean, neuroanatomist, Jill Bolte Taylor and activist, Gloria Steinem, as well as esteemed alumnae, serve as inspiring role models to Castilleja students.
No one can speak better to the power of Casti's all-girls culture than our students and alumnae. Whether it's due to the confidence they gained in our classrooms, the leadership experience on campus, or the connections built with mentors and faculty, graduates say "Casti is... empowering."