Responsible Citizenship
“In today’s times, providing a curriculum and programs that allow students and faculty to challenge their assumptions, engage with others in the broader community and push their boundaries of understanding and empathy has never been more important. I am grateful for the JK-12 impact the Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship has on our learners."
Sara Boisvert
Director, Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship
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 Powell 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 our pillars 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 programs come to life in Collegiate's curriculum, highlighting various examples of student projects and faculty reflections across the eight pillars.

Recent Highlights

List of 3 news stories.

  • Collegiate 4th Grade Capstone Kicks Off

    Collegiate School 4th Graders this morning launched their grade-level Capstone experience, Envision Collegiate, by meeting School leaders from various departments who will guide them as they explore the question, How might we improve the sustainability of Collegiate’s campus by 2028?
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  • Seniors Model Solutions to Real-World Math Problems

    Twenty seniors in Upper School math teacher David Bannard’s Math Modeling class are participating in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM), an international high school contest.
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  • Sixth Annual TEDxYouth@RVA Event Encourages “Fusion”

    The sixth annual TEDxYouth@RVA will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, in Collegiate School’s Hershey Center for the Arts. The general public is invited to hear a wide range of local speakers reflect on the theme Fusion.
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Minister & Community Activist
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Entrepreneur & Community Activist
Felipe Queipo
United Nations Relations & Advocacy
Dr. Farzaneh Milani
Iranian-American Scholar & Author
Joel Salatin
Farmer, Lecturer & Author
Bruce Thomas
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Kelsey Timmerman
Author
Chief Joseph ole Tipanko
Kenyan Maasai Chief
Cole Phillips '12
Fulbright Fellow
Jasmine Turner '11
Journalist

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