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 Students Raise Funds for Hurricane Survivors

    The Collegiate School community united today to help survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and Hurricane Irma, which tore through Florida and led to flooding in parts of South Carolina and Georgia, by hosting a bake sale and “special dress” day.
  • IELC Senior Capstone Hears From Visiting Alum about Russia

    Collegiate alum and Princeton University sophomore Emily Spalding '16 visited the International Emerging Leaders Conference senior capstone class and shared details and photos from her summer trip to Russia. Emily is a comparative literature major at Princeton, which requires her to study the culture, history and language representative of the writings and authors she is studying.
  • Upper School English Students Understand the Power of Story

    John Dau, Collegiate School’s Global Scholar-in-Residence, engaged juniors and seniors on how storytelling can bring cultures into being during their class, The Short Story in Modern World Literature.
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Rev. Ben Campbell
Minister and Community Activist
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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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