Responsible Citizenship
The guiding principles of the Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship are to empower engaged, contributing citizens by nurturing students' compassion, creativity, and purpose. The School's promise is to nurture and equip its students as scholars, citizens and leaders. The principles of the Institute and promise of Collegiate are actualized through collaborations with faculty and integration of programs in JK-grade 12 that build the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for today's and tomorrow's world, through the identified areas of  Global Engagement, Inclusion, Economic Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, and Civic Engagement.  

Through the Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship, Collegiate supports and creates opportunities for the myriad ways individuals engage responsibly and compassionately with others. Just as there are many lenses through which we see the world and our place in it, The Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship encourages our community to see that there are many lenses through which one can take action to make a better world. 

Students in each division of our School exemplify their understanding of and growth in the tenets of these areas 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 seven identified areas.

List of 6 news stories.

  • Out in the World

    The Trailblaze job shadowing program connects rising Seniors with Collegiate alumni.
  • The group of students that worked with the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU presenting their findings at the conclusion of the CSEI program.

    Creating Professional Connections

    Rising Seniors in the Richmond area came to Collegiate for the Cochrane Summer Economic Institute to grow as inquisitive thinkers and future business professionals.
  • Collegiate Receives Grant to Support Spatial and Mathematical Competency

    The School joins teams from 12 countries being awarded more than $4 million to develop and expand tools that will impact learners by 2026.
  • This year’s endowment recipients shared their experiences with faculty, staff, parents, students and endowment donors in mid-October.

    Leading with Purpose

    Funded by endowment support, Stan Craig ’23 attended a research internship that helps students with speech therapy.
  • Exploring Avenues of Opportunity

    Deven Pandya ’20 spoke with Upper School students about computer science and its applications in the job market.
  • Global Perspectives, Innovative Solutions

    Collegiate School welcomed 20 high school students from five countries last week for the annual International Emerging Leaders Conference.
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“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.