2018

  • August

    The newly renovated and expanded Oates Theater, located inside Collegiate School's Hershey Center for the Arts

    Oates Theater Reopens at Collegiate School

    About this time nine months ago, Collegiate School’s Oates Theater was a shell of its former self, with construction underway for a transformation that would someday allow more students, faculty, parents and Richmond-area guests to enjoy the space and its offerings.

    That day has come, and nearly 200 Collegiate community members and supporters visited campus this afternoon to be among the first to tour the expansive venue (located inside Collegiate’s Hershey Center for the Arts) to see firsthand how worthwhile the renovation has been.
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  • Application Jumpstart Camp Readies Seniors for College

    Ninety-four Collegiate School rising seniors are participating in the Application Jumpstart Camp this week to get a headstart on the college application process.
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  • USA Basketball Boys Regional Camp Coming to Collegiate

    The first USA Basketball Boys Camp to be hosted in the mid-Atlantic region will take place at Collegiate School on Saturday and Sunday, with the School’s athletics staff leading the program.
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  • Internationally Recognized Music Education Program Taught at Collegiate

    For the past two weeks, 35 teachers have converged on Collegiate School’s campus to learn music education techniques through a unique collaboration with VCU that has given them a broader network of peers and an understanding of how to incorporate Orff into their curriculum.

    These instructors, who hail from around the U.S. and Canada, have been studying one of three levels of training for the Orff approach, a music education method that integrates music with movement, drama, speech and play, that is also called Orff Schulwerk.
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  • Local High School Students Collaborate on Real-World Business Solutions

    Seven teams comprised of high school students from throughout Richmond stood before a roomful of executives, community leaders and others this morning and shared with poise and enthusiasm solutions for complex issues that could change how some local organizations serve their audiences. The 28 rising high school seniors were participants in the 41st Annual Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI), a four-week immersion program administered by Collegiate School and funded by the Powell Economic Education Foundation, with contributions from corporate sponsors and private donors.
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  • July

    Middle School history teacher Laurie Goode led an annual service trip to Dungannon, Virginia

    Collegiate Teacher Continues to Guide and Grow During Summer

    At Collegiate School’s end-of-school-year faculty and staff meeting in June, Middle School history teacher Laurie Goode’s summer began with a bang. 
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  • Annual Entrepreneurship and Economic Program Kicks Off

    The 41st Annual Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI) launched today in the Sharp Academic Commons at Collegiate School. The intensive four-week community outreach program provides 28 area rising high school seniors with the opportunity to learn about the economy and entrepreneurship.
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  • June

    Sarah Portlock Fellman, Collegiate Class of 2003

    Honoring Sarah Portlock Fellman '03

    Over the years, whenever Sarah Portlock Fellman’s life got tough, she would always step back, take a deep breath, and draw on the words and spirit of her motto: “Head down. Power through.”
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  • Students Embark on Summer International Trips

    School is not in session, but many Collegiate students are continuing their studies with international travel trips this month.
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  • New Job Shadowing Program Launches

    Collegiate School students are participating this week in Trailblaze, a pilot program established to connect rising seniors with Richmond-area alums working in various professions.
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  • Collegiate Class of 2026 Graduates

    Collegiate School 4th Graders completed their graduation ceremony this afternoon in the Seal Athletic Center, officially marking their transition into Middle School.
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  • Collegiate Middle School Students Move on to Upper School

    Collegiate 8th Grade students gathered in the Seal Athletic Center this morning for their final exercises as they bid farewell to Middle School.
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  • May

    Penny B. Evins, Incoming Head of School, July 2019

    Collegiate Names New Head of School, To Begin in July 2019

    Collegiate School has selected a lifelong educator and independent school graduate to serve as its next Head of School beginning in July 2019, upon the retirement of current Head of School Stephen D. Hickman. Penny B. Evins will come to Collegiate after a six-year tenure as Head of St. Paul’s School for Girls in Baltimore, where under her leadership the school launched numerous innovative programs, incorporated inquiry-based electives into the curriculum, and experienced a healthy growth in enrollment.
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  • Collegiate School Holds Class of 2018 Commencement

    Collegiate School’s 103rd Commencement ceremony took place this morning, and the Class of 2018 shared smiles and tears as its members said a bittersweet goodbye amongst family and friends.
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  • Collegiate 5th Graders Participate in Water Olympics

    Collegiate School’s entire 5th Grade competed in the annual Water Olympics this morning on Grover Jones Field, a fun-filled end to their yearlong study of water.
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  • Upper Schoolers Recognized at Honors Assembly

    Collegiate Upper School students were recognized this afternoon during the School’s annual Honors Assembly. The 10th-12th Grade students, selected by Upper School faculty, received honors and awards that reflect their level of commitment, character and excellence in their studies and extracurricular endeavors during the past year.
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  • Collegiate Seniors Enjoy Final Assembly

    On their last day at Collegiate School, seniors took part in a final assembly filled with songs, speeches, a special video and one last visit with their Kindergarten buddies.
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  • Collegiate Celebrates Retiring Faculty Members

    Collegiate School honored 11 faculty members for their service this afternoon in the Sharp Academic Commons as they head into retirement at the end of this school year.
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  • Fourth Graders Present Ideas for Grade-Level Capstone

    Collegiate 4th Graders gathered this morning to present ideas conceived and developed in their yearlong, grade-level Capstone program, Envision Collegiate.
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  • Collegiate’s Institute for Responsible Citizenship Special Programs Manager Anne Rusbuldt, Middle and Upper School STEAM Coordinator Dan Bartels and Collegiate parent and community mentor Bo Fairlamb accept the Connect the Dots Curriculum Award.

    Collegiate Earns Curriculum Award

    Collegiate School has earned  the 2017-18 Connect the Dots Curriculum Award from The Center for Green Schools.
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  • Seventh Graders Complete Grade-Level Community Service Project

    Collegiate School 7th Graders this week finished their grade-level community service project, Connect Richmond, during which they worked with 14 local nonprofit organizations.
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  • Collegiate Holds Second Annual Giving Day

    Collegiate School held its Second Annual Giving Day, a 24-hour, online fundraiser, today.
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  • Upper and Lower School Collaborate on Photography Project

    Collegiate Upper School photography teacher and professional photographer Taylor Dabney and Lower School art teacher Holly Smith have joined forces on a photography project between their two divisions over the next few weeks.
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  • Collegiate 10th Graders Sponsor Meet in the Middle

    Collegiate School today hosted the 31st annual Meet in the Middle, a Special Olympics event for Henrico County Middle School students run by Collegiate 10th Graders. Nearly 300 visiting students competed in multiple sporting events on Grover Jones Field.
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  • IEL - Americas students traveled to Mexico in March.

    International Emerging Leader Capstone Students Wrap Up Semester

    Collegiate School students enrolled in two senior Capstone classes spanned the globe in March, making connections with their peers at partner schools in China and Mexico and, upon their return, shared their experiences with their peers, special guests and community organizations.
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  • Upper School Robotics Team Competes at World Championship

    For the second time in three years, Collegiate School’s Upper School robotics team competed at the FIRST Robotics World Championship over the past weekend. The team, Torch 5804, earned the opportunity after finishing as District Runner-Up in the Chesapeake District Championship in April, with a record of 31-19-0 and a ranking of 11 out of 126 teams.
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  • April

    Collegiate 3rd Graders Present Colonial Day

    Collegiate School 3rd Graders led parents and friends through a Colonial Living Museum throughout the Lower School this morning as part of Colonial Day, the annual culmination of the grade-level social studies curriculum.
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  • Collegiate Hosts Students from Partner School in Mexico

    Collegiate School welcomed 17 students and two teachers from our partner school in Mexico this week to experience life as Collegiate students and with families of 7th and 8th Graders.
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  • Collegiate Begins Solar Panel Installation

    Work began this week on the installation of solar panels on the roofs of the Saunders Center and maintenance building on Collegiate School’s Robins Campus. Later in the spring, panels will be installed on Sharp Academic Commons and Centennial Hall.
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  • Waleed Abo-Elnour has learned about Collegiate's athletic, physical education and coaching programs.

    Collegiate Welcomes Egyptian Physical Education Teacher

    For the past month, Collegiate School has hosted Waleed Abo-Elnour, a physical education teacher from Cairo, Egypt, allowing him to learn about all aspects of athletic, physical education and coaching programs at the School.
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  • Local High School Students Visit Collegiate for artsPOWER

    Artistic endeavors of all kinds shone today on Collegiate School's campus as high school dancers, musicians, artists and thespians from around the region gathered for master classes of sorts to hone their skills. Seventy-five students from area public and private schools took part in artsPOWER, an annual daylong event during which the students learn from local professionals and collaborate with like-minded peers in the visual arts, music, dance and theater.
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  • Collegiate Players Present The Fantasticks

    For their second spring production, Collegiate School’s Upper School thespians, the Collegiate Players, will present The Fantasticks by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt next week.
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  • Dr. Corey Walker, Vice President and Dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, spoke with several classes of Upper Schoolers on issues related to human connectedness.

    Local College Dean Explores Cultural Issues with Upper Schoolers

    ​Dr. Corey Walker, Vice President and Dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, visited Collegiate School today to discuss the issues of race, place and space with Upper Schoolers who are studying human rights, the statues on Monument Avenue and the culture of the City of Richmond.
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  • Renowned Artist Holds Master Classes with Collegiate Students

    Collegiate School students spent three days this week learning from well-regarded artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., whose work has been featured in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stamperia del Tevere in Rome, and in numerous other museums and university settings around the nation and globe.
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  • Collegiate Hosts Service Learning Workshop

    Collegiate School held a workshop today for 12 service learning educators from independent schools across Virginia.
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  • Women in STEM Panel Features Collegiate Alums

    Collegiate School hosted six local alums for a Women in STEM panel this afternoon in McFall Hall to share with Upper School girls their experiences, challenges and opportunities in science-, technology- and math-related careers.
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  • Campus-wide Art Exhibition Showcases Student Work

    Collegiate School’s campus will transform into an art gallery next Monday, April 16, with more than 800 pieces of JK-12th Grade student work on display during Art Walk.
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  • Student Spearheads Fundraiser for Massey Cancer Center

    On Saturday, April 14, Collegiate 10th Grader Dylan Lyons will lace up her running shoes before hitting the pavement during the Monument Avenue 10k. She will race with Cougars Care, the organization she created as a 7th Grader to raise money for the Massey Cancer Center.
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  • Collegiate Inducts Seniors Into Honor Society

    Thirteen Collegiate School seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society today during Upper School Assembly and were recognized in Seal Athletic Center with the 13 students inducted in the fall. Last evening, the inductees and their families enjoyed a special dinner in their honor in McFall Hall.
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  • First Grade Spring Production is a Hit!

    This Friday morning, parents, grandparents and friends had the pleasure of participating in one of Collegiate’s more delightful traditions. The 1st Grade Spring Play is a heartwarming and impressive display of obvious hard work and practice by some of the youngest members of the Collegiate community.
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  • Collegiate Students Create Viable Results for Local Nonprofits

    A group of Collegiate School students enrolled in the senior Capstone class, CreateAthon: Working with Nonprofits, learned recently that the strategies and ideas they shared with two Richmond-area nonprofits have yielded meaningful results.
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  • The Upper School robotics team, TORCH 5804, will compete in the FIRST Robotics Championship April 25-28 in Detroit.

    Robotics Team Headed to World Championship

    For the second time in three years, Collegiate School's Upper School robotics team is heading to the FIRST Robotics World Championship. The team, TORCH 5804, won the opportunity after finishing as District Runner-Up in the Chesapeake District Championship last weekend, with a ranking of 11 out of 126 teams.
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  • March

    Lower School Hosts Informational Series for Parents and Teachers

    Collegiate School’s Lower School Academic Services will hold three Afternoon Answers sessions in the coming weeks for parents and teachers on topics related to academic progress.
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  • Performance Depicts 4th Grade American History Studies

    An American Mosaic, Collegiate School’s annual 4th Grade-wide presentation, took place this morning in the Estes Multipurpose Room and highlighted the students’ study of U.S. history and many famous Americans who fought for people’s rights.
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  • Collegiate Athletic Director Named to VISAA Hall of Fame

    Collegiate School Athletic Director Karen Doxey has been elected to the 2018 Class of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Hall of Fame. She, along with four other individuals, will be honored at the Hall of Fame Banquet on April 30.
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  • February

    Author Adam Gidwitz Visits With Middle Schoolers

    Bestselling author Adam Gidwitz visited Collegiate School today and spent time with the entire MIddle School, holding a writing workshop and three assemblies, during which he and the students discussed several of his books.
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  • Faculty-Staff Basketball Game Provides Thrills

    The Cougar Classic, one of Collegiate School’s most enjoyable traditions, took place last night when two teams of faculty and staff hit the court at Seal Athletic Center to showcase their skills and stamina.
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  • Second Graders Host Annual African Market

    Collegiate School's "African Market" opened for 2nd Graders today and also will offer exclusive shopping to that grade level tomorrow. Next week the market will be open to the entire school.
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  • Upper School Thespians Present Spring Play

    In the first of this year’s two spring plays, The Collegiate Players will present Proof by David Auburn. Performances will be held in Room 136 of the Hershey Center for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23 at 8:15 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
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  • Eighth Graders Perform Annual Play

    Collegiate School 8th Graders are proud to present Disney's The Lion King Kids as this year’s annual grade-level play this weekend in McFall Hall.
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  • Collegiate Students Volunteer at VMFA’s ChinaFest

    Over the weekend, several Collegiate School students volunteered at ChinaFest, a celebration of Chinese culture, held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
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  • Annual Application Workshop Assists Juniors

    Collegiate School juniors met with 15 college deans and directors of admission from across the country today for the yearly workshop that offers guidance when navigating the college search and application process.
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  • Collegiate Hosts Annual Global Issues Forum

    Approximately 75 high school students from seven public and private schools in the Richmond area gathered at Collegiate School today for the Fifth Annual Global Issues Forum.
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  • Kindergarten Shoe Store Teaches Economics and Empathy

    Collegiate School Kindergartners in Beth Anne Shelly and Elizabeth Andrews' classes recently collaborated on creating their own shoe store to learn about economics and empathy, and the Kinder Kids Shoe Store opened for business this morning in Centennial Hall.
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  • Collegiate 9th Graders Begin Community Engagement Week

    Collegiate School 9th Graders kicked off Community Engagement Week today, with plans to spend time volunteering at local nonprofit organizations and schools.
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  • Collegiate School Opening with a 2-Hour Delay

    Due to icy road conditions in the Richmond area this morning (Monday, Feb. 5), Collegiate School will open on a 2-hour delay.
    The safety of our students and families is paramount. Please use your best judgment on traveling to campus.
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  • Members of Sonya Smith's 4th Grade class pose with their winning submission,

    Collegiate 4th Grade Class Earns Third Place in National Writing Contest

    Collegiate School students in Sonya Smith’s 4th Grade class learned this week that they earned third place honors in a national writing contest.
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  • Annual States Fair Celebrates the “Fifty Nifty”

    Collegiate School 2nd Graders participated in an exciting States Fair parade this morning, before performing songs and dances to celebrate the "Fifty Nifty" United States.
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  • January

    Collegiate Art Students Earn Numerous Competition Honors

    The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, now in their 95th year, are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. This year, 17 Collegiate School students earned gold, silver and honorable mention honors in the art category.
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  • Collegiate Students Celebrate Chinese New Year

    Collegiate School Chinese language students celebrated the Year of the Dog last evening at the Fifth Annual Chinese New Year Celebration. Enjoy these photo highlights of the special evening of song, dance, martial arts demonstrations and other representations of Chinese culture.
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  • Collegiate Students Ring in the Chinese New Year

    Collegiate School Chinese language students will usher in the Year of the Dog tonight with the Fifth Annual Chinese New Year Celebration in the Estes Multipurpose Room on the Lower School campus from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  
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  • Collegiate School Opening with a 2-Hour Delay

    Collegiate School will open with a 2-hour delay on Thursday, Jan. 18. Of course, given the uncertainty of road conditions overnight, we will continue to monitor circumstances tomorrow morning and update you if necessary. As always, use your best judgment on whether it is safe to travel to school from your area.
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  • Collegiate School Closed Today

    Collegiate School will be closed today (Wed., Jan. 17), due to inclement weather.
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  • First Graders Learn Empathy With Book Illustration Project

    Elementary school educators in Houston, Texas, are responding positively to a book produced by Collegiate School’s Lower School art teacher and her 1st Grade students soon after Hurricane Harvey devastated the city.
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  • Collegiate students visit Morocco in 2017.

    Spring Semester Offers Students International Travel Opportunities

    Collegiate School students are embarking on several international trips this semester during which they will immerse themselves in the cultures of other countries and become travelers of the world.
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  • Collegiate School Opening with a 2-Hour Delay

    Due to continued icy roads and icy conditions on campus, Collegiate School will open with a 2-hour delay today (Jan. 9).
    Cougar Quest, Kinder Quest and Activity Quest will open and dismiss as usual.
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  • Human Rights Activist Visits Collegiate

    Martine Tchitchihe, a girls' education and human rights advocate, is visiting Collegiate School to speak with students across all divisions about her experience growing up in Cameroon and her pursuit of an education despite persecution from the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
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  • Robotics Season Kicks Off

    Collegiate School’s robotics team gathered on campus this morning for the official start to the 2018 FIRST Robotics competition. Nearly 30 members of the team viewed a livestream broadcast of the unveiling of this year’s design plans and rules.
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  • Honors Theater Class Presents Annual Winter Play

    Collegiate School's 2018 winter play, Impulse, features a collection of eight, short one-act plays by John Cariani, Christopher Durang, Oliver Hailey, John Patrick Shanley and Steve Yockey. Performances will be held in the Sharp Academic Commons Octagon on Thursday, Jan. 11 and Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m.  
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  • Collegiate School Closed Today

    Jan. 4, 2018
    Collegiate School will be closed today (Thursday, Jan. 4) due to inclement weather. Cougar Quest and all of the Quest after-school programs are also  closed. Stay safe and warm.
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