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Palo Alto, CA
Students enrolled: 448
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1310 Bryant Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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(650) 470-7751
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April 17, 2015
Most teachers at Castilleja know their subject areas, but many don't know how to teach it, adapting their instruction to the students' different learning styles. Another issue that is not recognized is the bullying going on, especially in middle school. The MS head must address this instead of looking the other way. Students must be held accountable for their actions, and I did not see this happening while my daughter attended Castilleja.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2015
As a six grader I think that this is a great school. I love everything about it. The curiculum is so great and it such a welcoming experience. Maybe you have seen some bad comments but I truly promise you everybody is welcome and safe. Im not a perfect person and I'm not exactly popular either but I've had the best times of my life.

- submitted by a community member
March 17, 2015
I am an alum, and the person who reviewed Castilleja saying she was bullied is not the only one. Bullying is a huge problem in this school, and Castilleja barely does anything to address it. If you're not rich, White, and popular, Castilleja will be a difficult environment for you. It was truly traumatizing for me.

- submitted by a student
March 06, 2014
My 6th grade daughter has found the perfect school for her. It may seem too good to be true at the Open House, etc, but it REALLY IS, that amazing. Other class parents I have spoken with have a similar opinion. We cannot believe how the school has the girls excited to learn and actively participate on a daily basis. All of the teachers, students and parents have all been extremely supportive and genuine. Our commute to school is not easy, but every morning, my daughter has easily woken up to get ready for school (this was not the case last year). If you are considering Castilleja, you will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
Great school! The best school I could find for my daughters in the Bay Area.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
My daughter graduated a few years ago and she had such a great experience at Castilleja. She now attends one of the best colleges and she feels her classes there are easy compared to what she did in high school. Her Castilleja classmates at other colleges feel the same way. Through her time in middle and high school, I was continually impressed with the quality of the teaching as well as the amazing opportunities outside the classroom from clubs and sports to the global investigator trip. I have sons at other schools in the area and from what I've seen at their schools, the girls at Castilleja are much more likely to pursue math and science than girls at my sons' schools. When they take honors and AP classes in math and science, there are very few girls, which is obviously not the case at Castilleja where the advance math and science classes are vey popular. My daughter gained so much from Castilleja we are truly grateful for the education she got there.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
I was a shadow student that applied to Casti last year. I felt that there was little diversity in the school concerning race. However, the teachers seemed phenomenal and their facility was top noch.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2013
Just another viewpoint about this great school. We love Castilleja and our daughter is excelling there. She does not have a private tutor since her teachers are very supportive and accessible. The class sizes are small so her questions are always addressed. The academics are enriched by many resources outside the classroom, including a local and global outreach/internship program called ACE, a design and engineering lab with state-of-the-art hands-on tools, and a very creative team of teachers who collaborate to bring project-based and interdisciplinary learning into their classes. If you see school as just a straight highway to university, then perhaps Castilleja is not the place for your daughter. If you want a place where she can learn in a dynamic, supportive, and challenging community of passionate learners, then I suggest you consider this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
We are parents of a middle schooler who are pulling their daughter out to enroll in the local high school. Our reasons may not be yours. If you look carefully past the razzle dazzle, you will find an average school where parent are encouraged to hire tutors to make up for the uneven teacher quality. Most girls have them. This after spending close to $40K on tuition per year. At the end of which less than 9% make it to the Ivy's and fewer to the UC's. If your goal is to get your daughter to Vanderbilt or Pomona - welcome! So much so for the academic rigor. We saw a constant influx and departure of teachers and any criticism of the program was either actively discouraged or not listened to. For us the maths did not work out - $40K/ year + $5-10K in tuition on a 14 year old who has a less than 1 in 10 chance of getting to the Ivies/UC's was not what we were prepared to do. Do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2013
My older daughter is in the Castilleja middle school. The leadership in the middle school is outstanding. The middle school principal seems universally liked and admired by both the students and parents. The academic program is rigorous. There is a lot of homework, but it is rare to see something that is just "busywork". The school pushes the girls to achieve more and faster. The teachers and administration listen to the girls when they express a desire to try something out, to do more, or something different (e.g. my 8th grader is working on Geometry - her choice). They also do a good job of resisting pushy parents - the impetus for acceleration or more rigor has to come from the student. My 8th grader is thriving, and loving it.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2011
My daughter entered 6th grade in fall of 2010. After becoming bored at her last (private) school, she has become highly motivated by her experiences at Casti. She likes almost all her teachers, who seem genuinely interested in treating her as an individual and adapting to individual styles of learning. The curriculum in all the subjects seems demanding and thought provoking. There is a lot of homework, but I think it goes with the territory. This is a school for highly motivated, academically focused girls. There is also an active extra-curricular scene, from "clubs" addressing community service, creative writing, hobby, crafts, and sports; to athletics; to a vibrant performing arts offering. My daughter performed in the middle school play which was a fabulous, professional production. She has also had the chance to try out robotics, debate, and dance, all at the age of 11. We're glad we chose Casti (so far so good!).

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2011
7 amazing years. I will wear my class ring forever, or at least until I lose it.

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2010
The students are wonderful, the faculty is excellent (and a handful are master teachers in the truest sense of the term), but the administration is troubled and troubling. Time will tell whether the problems at the top erode the educational quality.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
May 19, 2008
I am a current student at Castilleja and all I am going to say is that i never want to leave. The curriculum is exceptional and the facualty and staff are sooo lovely. I will agree though that sometimes there is a bit of pressure. It is nice to have friends that think like you do. Casti also has a wonderful sports program, that is how i fell in love with water polo.

- submitted by a student
March 26, 2006
I am the parent of two Castilleja school graduates. Both went to an Ivy League college. The elder got a master's degree from another Ivy League college. The younger has been accepted to medical school. As I recall, 3/4's of the girls in my younger daughter's class rated National Merit Commendations or above. To state the obvious, Castilleja has one of the top academic programs in the country. As such, it is probably less than ideal for an average or under motivated student. Yes, the faculty and staff are excellent at addressing the developmental issues that young women face. Yes, school offers an outstanding arts program and a good athletic program. Nonetheless, this is not a school for those for whom academics are not thier top priority. The school counts among its parents various Silicon Valley movers and shakers and that too can be intimidating.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
It really is a great school! Very good and very great!

- submitted by a former student
January 18, 2006
There is no better high school than Castilleja. Although serving grades 6-12, my daughter joined the 9th grade class. The academic rigor, the small class size and quality environment of facilities, teachers, and staff make this the ideal environment for the academically gifted student. Although the academic intensity is high, the support, academically and relationally is such that the journey is doable. Typically more than 50% of the graduating seniors make National Honors. Normally 100% of graduating seniors go on to four year colleges. While sports are a strong suit, there are other activities available including music and drama. As a presitigious school, they are able to draw in outstanding guest speakers. Just last night I attended a speech by former vice-president Al Gore. Girls are challenged and encouraged to go beyond simple learning and to become active learners. Outstanding Administrative leadership provides strong direction and support to staff and students.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2005
My mother worked there as a house mother when Miss Espanosia was head mistress. The facilities were good, well maintained, and the staff were caring and helpful.

- submitted by a staff
September 20, 2005
Good academic program and art and chrous. Very good

- submitted by a former student
June 20, 2005
I would recommend this school to any parents. It is just an outstanding school, in my opinion. The student-teacher ratio is just unbelieveable.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2005
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- submitted by a student
November 21, 2004
nice place, very expensive.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2004
Great school. Expensive but worth it.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
As the parent of two daughters who attend (and have attended--one has graduated) I can say wholeheartedly that this school is top notch academically. They quality and intensity of their classes has been extraordinary. My older daughter entered college very well prepared, and claims that her college courses are easier than her Castilleja courses had been. I only wish this type of school were available for my son!

- submitted by a parent

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Castilleja School
1310 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA  94301
(650) 470-7751
Last modified Castilleja School is a Private school that serves grades 6-12
Castilleja School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top