Responsible Citizenship
"Responsible Citizenship is the foundation of the Collegiate experience. It's the embodiment of 'Minds that seek, hearts that serve.'"
Clare Sisisky
Director of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship

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.

  • Third Grade Market Upcycles and Donates Proceeds

    Our ​3rd Graders hosted a culminating Market Day for the school year yesterday and invited parents to shop. All products were made with upcycled materials such as plastic water bottles, toilet paper tubes, Crystal Lite containers, old tin cans, juice can lids, bottle caps, shoeboxes, etc. 
  • Fifth Graders Celebrate Hindu Holi Festival

    Collegiate School 5th Graders took part in the Hindu Holi festival of colors, which celebrates warm weather and new beginnings. The colors were provided by two 5th Grade boys, who are of the Hindu faith. They were excited to share this tradition with their classmates. And their classmates had a ball! 
  • Sprouting Enthusiasm for Bay Conservation

    Second Grade teacher Samantha Huber recently shared details about her class's visit to the Chesapeake Bay in a Brock Environmental Center blog post. Read here about the students' efforts to plant the grass they personally nurtured all winter.
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Chief Joseph ole Tipanko
Kenyan Maasai Chief
Cole Phillips '12
Fulbright Fellow
Jasmine Turner '11


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