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 Responsible Citizenship Initiative and Director of Strategic Planning

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 Responsible Citizenship Initiative 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 initiative builds a cohesive curriculum in these areas by fully immersing into the academic program.

The eight pillars of Responsible Citizenship are: Global Engagement, Inclusion, Economic Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Ethics, Civic Engagement, Service Learning.

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.

  • Fourth Graders Perform An American Mosaic

    Collegiate School’s 4th Grade classes presented An American Mosaic – From Sea to Shining Sea in the Estes Building this morning to highlight their study of U.S. history and the country’s citizens.
  • A Look at the French Exchange Program

    For the past four years, Collegiate has been facilitating an 8th Grade exchange program in which Collegiate students host students from Saint-Denis International School in Loches, France, for one month, and, in turn, Saint-Denis students host a group of Collegiate students over spring break. 
  • Collegiate seniors attend a forum hosted by the World Affairs Council of Richmond with Upper School teacher Rhiannon Boyd and Assistant Head of School J.P. Watson.

    Collegiate Students Attend Local Globally-Themed Lectures

    As part of their continuing global education, Collegiate School students have been out in the Richmond community listening attentively to lectures with international themes.
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Minister and Community Activist
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Rich Brown
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Reggie Gordon
City Leader
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Entrepreneur and CEO of Evatran
Chief Joseph ole Tipanko
Kenyan Maasai Chief
Cole Phillips '12
Fulbright Fellow
Jasmine Turner '11


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