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.

  • Collegiate Graduates Urged to Be Good Citizens

    Collegiate School’s 104th Commencement took place this morning, with members of the Class of 2019 seated onstage in front of the 2,000-plus family member and friends who gathered to celebrate them.

    With 132 graduates headed to colleges and universities in 24 states (including two foreign countries), today’s ceremony celebrated a time of transition – both for the graduates and for the School.
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  • Collegiate Third Graders Hold Final Market Day

    Collegiate School 3rd Grade students this morning held their final Market Day, where they sold upcycled products to raise money for a charity. 
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  • Fifth Grade Water Olympics Mark End of Yearlong Study of Water

    5th Graders competed in the annual Water Olympics on Grover Jones Field as a fun-filled end to their yearlong study of water.

    The Middle Schoolers began their exploration last fall by reading A Long Walk to Water, through which they learned about one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan — Salva Dut — who now gives back to his homeland of South Sudan by building wells. They also raised funds to build a well in South Sudan.
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