Responsible Citizenship
“In today’s times, providing a curriculum and programs that allow students and faculty to challenge their assumptions, engage with others in the broader community and push their boundaries of understanding and empathy has never been more important. I am grateful for the JK-12 impact the Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship has on our learners."
Sara Boisvert
Director, Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship
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 Powell 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 our pillars 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 programs come to life in Collegiate's curriculum, highlighting various examples of student projects and faculty reflections across the eight pillars.

Recent Highlights

List of 3 news stories.

  • Collegiate 4th Graders Wrap Up Yearlong Capstone Program

    Collegiate 4th Graders wrapped up their yearlong, grade-level Capstone experience, Envision Collegiate, during which they answered the driving question: How might we improve the sustainability of Collegiate's campus by 2028?
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  • A Transformative Experience

    The responsibilities of pages in the Virginia General Assembly require, among many attributes, dedication, commitment and seriousness of purpose.
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  • Collegiate Commemorates Earth Day (and Week)

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2020, Collegiate School students celebrated the planet all week long.
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United Nations Relations & Advocacy
Dr. Farzaneh Milani
Iranian-American Scholar & Author
Joel Salatin
Farmer, Lecturer & Author
Bruce Thomas
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Kelsey Timmerman
Author
Chief Joseph ole Tipanko
Kenyan Maasai Chief
Cole Phillips '12
Fulbright Fellow
Jasmine Turner '11
Journalist

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