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.

  • Students Collaborate on Environmental Service Project

    A group of Collegiate Lower School and Middle School students spent the morning working on a service project while learning from our campus grounds staff.  
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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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  • Collegiate Welcomes Saint-Denis International School Students

    Students from Saint-Denis International School arrived for a three-week visit to Collegiate School, where they will immerse themselves in classes, extracurricular activities and life with their host families. Martin Chatagnon, assistant head of Saint-Denis, and 10th Grader Leeloo Van Cauberg spoke with Val Siff's AP French class.
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