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.

  • Kindergartners Help the Lower School Garden Grow

    This week, each Collegiate Kindergartner planted a pansy and a daffodil bulb in the Lower School garden and learned that the bulbs will blossom in the spring. They also used water from Collegiate’s garden rain barrels to douse their plantings. They are also vegetable gardeing and the bounty of that work will find its way into the meals served in Centennial Hall, the Lower School cafeteria.
  • First Day of the 3rd Grade Market

    Collegiate 3rd Graders hosted their first Market Day of the school year this morning. They successfully pitched their wares and special finds to classmates while learning about buying, selling and budgeting.
  • Students From Around the World Gather at Collegiate to Collaborate on Real-World Issues

    Throughout this week’s International Emerging Leaders Conference (IELC) hosted by Collegiate School, 43 high school students from 10 countries, along with 18 Collegiate seniors, will work together to create viable solutions to environmental problems affecting their respective countries.
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Kelsey Timmerman
Rev. Ben Campbell
Minister and Community Activist
David Hudson
Investment Banker
Rich Brown
Guatemalan Issues Expert
Reggie Gordon
City Leader
Rebecca Hough
Entrepreneur and CEO of Evatran
Chief Joseph ole Tipanko
Kenyan Maasai Chief
Cole Phillips '12
Fulbright Fellow
Jasmine Turner '11


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