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.

  • Innovation Expo Showcases 4th Grade Projects

    Collegiate 4th Graders this week finalized projects that incorporated the engineering, technology and science skills they have learned. Lower School science teacher Kim Smythe and Lower School STEAM coordinator and engineering teacher Frank Becker spearheaded the work. Among the projects students created were a miniature golf course with an automated ball release, a surfboard that makes a sound when the rider falls off and a variety of instruments including a drum, a piano and a guitar.
  • New Middle School Club Explores Possibilities

    Over the spring semester, the newly formed ChangeMakers Club, spearheaded by Middle School English teacher Meg Dalrymple, worked collaboratively to uncover and understand challenges on the Collegiate campus and in the Richmond community with the intent of designing solutions.
  • Third Grade Market Upcycles and Donates Proceeds

    Our ​3rd Graders hosted a culminating Market Day for the school year yesterday and invited parents to shop. All products were made with upcycled materials such as plastic water bottles, toilet paper tubes, Crystal Lite containers, old tin cans, juice can lids, bottle caps, shoeboxes, etc. 
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