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 3rd Graders Learn About Clean Energy

    Collegiate School 3rd Graders this morning enjoyed a presentation in Centennial Hall from two individuals from Secure Futures, a solar energy company. Andrew Grigsby, Customer Solutions Manager, and Nicole Duimstra, Marketing Coordinator, helped kick off the students’ unit on weather.
  • Annual Series of Religion Assemblies Focuses on Sikhism

    As part of the Middle School's annual series of religion assemblies, our 5th-8th Graders learned about Sikhism from sisters Manleen and Sachpreet Kaur. Wearing traditional Sikh dress, they taught students about the basic tenets of Sikhism, with a focus on music. They showed students traditional instruments and performed a sacred piece.
  • Collegiate 7th Graders Begin Six-Week Service Project

    Collegiate School 7th Graders this week began six weeks of working with 13 Richmond-area nonprofit organizations as part of Connect Richmond, their grade-level community service project.
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