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Message from the Head of School

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Castilleja School, one of the nation’s leading girls’ schools. For over one hundred years, Castilleja has relentlessly pursued our founder’s goal to inspire in young women a quest for knowledge and learning that lasts a lifetime. In the 21st century, while our faculty and staff remain dedicated to excellence in education, they also cultivate in young women a commitment to become leaders who have a meaningful impact in their communities. 

Our core values are expressed through our five “C’s”: Conscience, Character, Courtesy, Charity, and Courage. With dedication to these values – from modeling them ourselves, to focusing on them in and out of the classroom, to encouraging our students to carry them beyond their time at Castilleja – we educate women leaders with integrity and empathy.   

As a community, our dedication to these values not only informs how we teach, but also how we engage with our neighborhood and our city. We understand that if our students are to grow into global leaders, their work must begin at home. A sense of civic duty encourages us to be responsible citizens who positively contribute to our broader community, as you will see in this report. We invite you to learn more about Castilleja and our positive impact on the community in the pages that follow. 

As Head of School, I am proud of Castilleja’s rich history and I am inspired by its great potential. Our promise to young women is aligned with our promise to this community: a brighter tomorrow shaped by the purposeful leadership of a compassionate education.


Nanci Z. Kauffman, Head of School

Casti at a Glance

We take great pride in the diversity of experiences, talents, and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds of our student body. The broad spectrum of ideas and perspectives our girls carry with them into the classroom, onto the field, and even into their lunchtime conversations on the Circle are a critical element to helping build thoughtful, compassionate, and worldly young leaders. 

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

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.

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