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.

  • Collegiate 4th Graders Chat with Recent Immigrants

    As part of their study of immigration in social studies, Collegiate’s entire 4th Grade today chatted with students from Bon Air Elementary School via Google Hangouts. The Bon Air students, recent immigrants from Puerto Rico and Latin and South America, offered a child-to-child perspective of their experiences.
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  • Zalman Spivack speaks to Brad Cooke's Upper School history class.

    Israeli Educator Shares Middle East Perspective With Students

    Collegiate School welcomed Zalman Spivack, an educator and licensed tour guide from Israel, as he spent time today with Middle and Upper School students discussing life in his country and issues affecting the Middle East.
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  • Collegiate Seniors Prepare for 4th Annual TEDxYouth@RVA Event

    The fourth annual TEDxYouth@RVA will kick off next week on Saturday, Nov. 18 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 Monumental.
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