Welcome to the Castilleja School’s Master Plan website homepage.  

Castilleja has called Palo Alto home for more than 100 years, well before much of the city around the school’s campus came into existence.  Castilleja and the city became forever linked when the school was founded just thirteen years after Palo Alto was chartered, with hundreds of community initiatives born out of the partnership.

As we enter the fourth year of our very public Master Planning process, Castilleja has launched this project website to be as transparent as possible and share our vision with the community.  Castilleja recently announced a redesigned driveway for its garage and drop off area, as well as a package of refinements to its Master Plan and garage that allows for retention of more mature trees and additional landscaping.  The new design responds to feedback from our direct neighbors and required working with multiple city agencies. 

Reconstruction of the oldest buildings around campus is required to both meet Castilleja’s mission to provide a comprehensive college preparatory education that helps young women reach their potential, and to ensure seismic safety and accessibility for students and teachers who inhabit them. Our classroom buildings were built in the 1960’s. Castilleja’s Conditional Use Permit application seeks to gradually add students over a four year period to establish a better environment and provide innovative educational opportunities to more remarkable young women while ensuring we meet our city-imposed targets and standards along the way.   

Please explore the website for details of the reconstruction plans, garage design, and Castilleja’s commitment to maintaining and enhancing its verdant campus.  You will also find the latest updates about our project and proposal, new renderings and site plans, and other useful information about Castilleja School and the public review process. 


Kathy Layendecker

Castilleja School