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Castilleja is an all-girls school in Palo Alto, California. It was founded in 1907 by Mary Lockey. Castilleja is the only non-religious all-girls middle and high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. It goes from grades 6-12. Each grade has an average of 60 students. The school’s motto is “Women Learning. Women Leading.”
The schedule for the school rotates on a 5-day basis from Monday to Friday. Each class connects with a number. On any given day, there might be a different combination of numbers. The school day starts at 8:00 AM and 3:15 PM. Every Wednesday, there is something called Late Start. This means that the school day starts one hour later.
Every girl at Castilleja is required to wear a school uniform. There is a blue skirt or navy blue pants, and either a navy, red, or white polo. For the fitness class, the girls have to wear black shorts or leggings and a uniform shirt.
The girls learn multiple subjects in middle school. Middle school goes through 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Every student learns a language. They can learn either Spanish, French, or Mandarin. They take Fitness and Wellness. They learn physical and mental lessons. The students also are required to take English, history, math, and science. Each subject class consists of 14-15 students and one or two teachers.
The high schoolers can take a variety of classes, available on a course catalog. Classes vary depending on the level. Students can take APs or regular level courses.
- "Castilleja School". Western Journal of Education. XXVII: 6. 6 July 1921.