Responsible Citizenship
"Our Institute for Responsible Citizenship creates opportunities for our JK-12 students to engage with the world in meaningful ways that are connected to our curriculum. This programming is a critical component in helping them develop into inquisitive thinkers, responsible citizens and compassionate leaders." "
Susan Droke
Chief Academic Officer
Responsible Citizenship Team

Our Mission

Responsible Citizenship at Collegiate empowers engaged, contributing citizens by nurturing students’ compassion, creativity and purpose.
Our School’s promise is to nurture and equip our students as scholars and citizens. The Institute for Responsible Citizenship brings together eight vital areas (known as pillars) of school life under one umbrella to ensure that each grade level builds on the foundation of the previous one, supporting students’ Junior Kindergarten through 12th Grade growth. The Institute provides a cohesive curriculum in these areas by fully immersing these pillars into the academic program.

The eight pillars of Responsible Citizenship are: Global Engagement, Inclusion, Economic Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Ethics, Civic Engagement, Service Learning.

Students in each division of our School exemplify their understanding of and growth in the tenets of each pillar by participating in a culminating capstone program. Our 4th Graders participate in Envision Collegiate, our 8th Graders participate in Envision Richmond and our 12th Graders participate in Envision Your World.

Ignite - Responsible Citizenship Blog

Ignite offers insight into how our initiative is coming to life in the curriculum of Collegiate. By highlighting various examples of student projects and faculty reflections across the eight pillars, Ignite both informs and inspires the Collegiate community and beyond to continue to engage young people in their communities as a vehicle for powerful learning.

Recent Highlights

List of 3 news stories.

  • Collegiate Senior Recognized for Poetry Celebrating Diversity

    Collegiate senior Maya Jackson recently had a poem published in di-vêrsé-city, a youth anthology project curated by Austin Poets International. This nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas promotes literary excellence by uniting poets from around the world to celebrate the diversity of humanity through the power of written and spoken word.​ In addition to publishing youth and adult anthologies each year, the organization hosts the annual Austin International Poetry Festival.
  • Middle School Leadership Lab Explores Stories and Citizenship

    Collegiate School 6th Grade students explore their identity, share their own story and learn about the stories of others in a new Leadership Lab activity spearheaded by John Dau, Collegiate’s Global Scholar-in-Residence, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, and a Human Rights Activist, and Middle School teacher Carolyn Villanueva who frequently designs curriculum that fosters deep thinking through a global lens.
  • Collegiate Alum Featured on Discovery Channel

    Collegiate alum Murray Fisher '93 is in a Discovery Channel story called "Take Back the Harbor," which details how he started a public high school in New York City 15 years ago to give students opportunities to help save the harbor while learning, and also how he launched The Billion Oyster Project as a special initiative of the school.
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Kelsey Timmerman
Rev. Ben Campbell
Minister and Community Activist
David Hudson
Investment Banker
Rich Brown
Guatemalan Issues Expert
Reggie Gordon
City Leader
Rebecca Hough
Entrepreneur and CEO of Evatran
Chief Joseph ole Tipanko
Kenyan Maasai Chief
Cole Phillips '12
Fulbright Fellow
Jasmine Turner '11


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