Castilleja School

Rendering of proposed Castilleja School plans

Castilleja School, 1310 Bryant Street

Castilleja is a private, all-girls’ school for 6th through 12th grades, located at 1310 Bryant Street at Embarcadero Road with existing vehicle access from Bryant Street, Kellogg Avenue and Emerson Street. The school has been at the current site, which is zoned Residential -- Single Family Residential (R-1) 10,000, since 1910.

In the year 2000, Castilleja received a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the City of Palo Alto for a maximum enrollment cap of 415 students. Castilleja’s student enrollment has exceeded this cap for years and upon learning this in 2013, the City began enforcement actions that included imposing a significant financial penalty and requiring the school to reduce its enrollment and apply for a new use permit to request to exceed the cap (426 students are enrolled in the 2020-2021 school year, down from 430 students the prior year).


Pending Application

On June 30, 2016, the Castilleja School Foundation (Applicant) submitted a new CUP request to increase enrollment to 540 students associated with phased redevelopment of the Castilleja property over a three year period. This includes construction of an underground parking structure and demolition and replacement of campus gross floor area. The CUP (File# 16PLN-00238) request seeks annual enrollment increases by no more than 27 students. The Applicant’s planning applications submitted 2016-2019 with plans and other materials, can be viewed in Project Documents to the right of this page. The Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) reviewed the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), and is now reviewing the CUP and Variance applications in advance of Council consideration of the FEIR and all planning applications.  The ARB is reviewing the Final EIR and Architectural Review application (focused now on Alternative #4 a reduced garage footprint, retention of the two Emerson houses and more trees, and disbursed vehicle circulation) prior to Council consideration.  Public hearing dates recent and planned are as follows:

Staff's presentations are/will be viewable here:

Excerpt 2020 public hearing minutes are/will be viewable here:

Comments on the plans and on the project may be sent to

The Final EIR documents were uploaded July 29 and 30, 2020 here


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Background & Other Correspondence

The Castilleja application derived from a code enforcement action and related correspondence can be found to the right of this page. Consistent with City practice, no further code enforcement action will be taken while there is an active application pending to abate the violation.

Castilleja School Project Documents

Project documents

Public Comments

Public Comments

Environmental Documents

Environmental Documents

Archived News Updates

Archived News updates

Application Status

For the most up to date application status, please visit this link: Building Eye

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