Castilleja School

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Castilleja School, 1310 Bryant Street, Palo Alto

Castilleja is a private, all-girls’ school for 6th through 12th grades, located at 1310 Bryant Street at Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto. The school has been at the current site, which is zoned Residential -- Single Family Residential (R-1) 10,000, since 1907, and is surrounded by single family homes.

In the year 2000, Castilleja received a use permit from the City of Palo Alto for an enrollment of 415 students. 13 years later, the City discovered that Castilleja’s enrollment exceeded this allowance and initiated code enforcement actions including a significant financial penalty, a requirement that the school begin to reduce its enrolment, and a requirement that the school apply for a new use permit to request any increase above the permitted amount.


Pending Application

For the 2018-2019 school year, Castilleja informed City staff that student enrollment is 434 students. On June 30, 2016, the school submitted requests for a new conditional use permit to increase student enrollment and to allow for phased redevelopment of their campus, including construction of an underground parking structure in phase one. The use permit application seeks approval to increase the total number of students over a 4-5 year period, with the addition of no more than 27 students per year. The application (File# 16PLN-00238) and other materials provided by the applicant can be accessed to the right of this page.


EIR Required

Upon review of the application, the City has determined that an environmental impact report (EIR) will be required, and has requested additional information from the applicant.

View: the City’s ‘Notice of Incomplete’ letter


News Update - 3/8/2019

The DEIR has not yet been completed, and when the City has a firm publication date, this webpage will be updated.


News Update - 1/31/19

Castilleja School has hired a new architect, who intends to submit updated project plans in March 2019. After the plans are submitted, a link to the updated plans will be provided on the Castilleja School Project Documents page. The Draft Environmental Impact (DEIR) is anticipated to be published late February 2019. Once the DEIR has been prepared, a notice of availability will be disseminated to allow public comment on the DEIR.


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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

2019 News Updates

2019 News Updates

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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