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Castilleja Mission, Values, and Strategic Plan

our mission

Castilleja School educates motivated young women to become confident thinkers and compassionate leaders with a sense of purpose to effect change in the world.

Our Values

“Women Learning, Women Leading” is the school’s motto and defines our expectation that our students participate as citizens of a small school and a larger world. We promote, through experience and example, the development of self-confidence and concern for others and the capacity for responsible risk-taking and ethical decision-making. Our mission and our motto are underscored by a commitment to our core values, the 5Cs—conscience, courtesy, character, courage, and charity.

Our Vision

Castilleja School educates girls to lead in a changing world.

Building upon 100 years of rich history and deep roots in girls’ education, Castilleja blends a celebration of tradition with a spirit of inquiry that transcends the classroom. Today’s Castilleja is more dynamic than ever, thriving in the culture of innovation that characterizes the Silicon Valley. From reimagining the curriculum through the lens of new technologies, to incorporating results from the latest brain research into our pedagogical models, the school is on the cutting edge of teaching and learning.

The pursuit of our motto “Women Learning, Women Leading” has led us to infuse Castilleja with relevant, hands-on, and real-world educational experiences, allowing each girl to take risks, work through frustrations, and balance her setbacks with her successes and achievements. Whether working collaboratively or studying alone; in the history classroom, around the biology lab, or on the soccer field; designing a challenge or building a solution, Castilleja students acquire the skills and confidence to succeed not only in the classroom, but also in their lives beyond the Circle.

In this newly revised strategic plan, we redouble our commitment to preparing young women to emerge as leaders and problem-solvers in a rapidly evolving global community. To embrace the education challenges of the future, we articulate the steps Castilleja will take to ensure the school stays nimble in an ever-emerging field of opportunity and retains its place at the forefront of girls’ education.

Diversity & Inclusion

Each member of the Castilleja community is responsible for fostering an equitable, respectful, and just community. Together, we commit to learning from diverse voices and experiences, and we aspire to engage our differences with courage, honesty, intellectual curiosity and respect. We believe this commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential to developing compassionate leaders.

Learn more about school programming around diversity & inclusion at the ACE (Awareness, Compassion, Engagement) Center's page.

Castilleja Strategic Plan 2013

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