Castilleja School

Castilleja School
News Update - 8/30/17

The Architectural Review Board will NOT conduct the preliminary review of the concept plan for phased campus development on September 7, 2017. The applicant has requested postponement of the meeting. Applicant-submitted letters dated August 21 and 28, 2017 are viewable via web-links on the listed Applicant Submittal Documents in 2017, found on this Castilleja Project webpage. The August 21st letter clarifies that the map request is for a Tentative Map with Exception and not a “Vesting” map. The August 28th letter is the request for postponement of the September 7th meeting. The applications for CUP, ARB and Tentative Map are still incomplete and the applicant is working on completing the applications. There is no date yet for publication of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR); technical documents that will provide source information for the DEIR are still being prepared.


News Update - 7/11/17

On June 29, 2017, Castilleja submitted a Request for a Preliminary Parcel Map for a 6.58-Acre site to merge two R-1 parcels (1235 and 1263 Emerson Street) with the Castilleja School Campus parcel (1310 Bryant Street). The process for this request is the Tentative Map Process involving review by the Planning and Transportation Commission and action by City Council. The map may be reviewed at the Planning and Community Environment Office on the 5th floor of City Hall. To view the proposed map submittal online, please enter the address 1310 Bryant Street and look for file 17PLN-00234 at this link: (or this link: Link to ACA to Download Plans).


News Update - 4/28/17

Castilleja submitted several documents on April 28, 2017. They have not yet been reviewed and distributed but may be viewed at the Planning and Community Environment Office on the 5th floor of City Hall. Among the documents is a revised plan set. To view the April 28, 2017 Revised Plans Submittal, click here. Additional documents will be uploaded in the coming week.

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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

Castilleja’s student enrollment is currently 438, and 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 from the current enrollment level of 438 students to 540 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. See the City’s ‘Notice of Incomplete’ letter found here.

Preparation of an EIR means there will be several opportunities for public input on Castilleja’s proposal, starting with an EIR “scoping” process, where the City will seek input on potential impacts of the project, the scope of the environmental analysis, and alternatives that should be considered. See below for a tentative schedule of the EIR process:

  • Project Initiation = June-October 2016 (includes receipt of application & hiring a consultant to assist with EIR preparation)
  • EIR Scoping = Early 2017 (includes dissemination of an initial study and Notice of Preparation for review and comment, a preliminary meeting at the Architectural Review Board, and a public scoping meeting at the Planning & Transportation Commission)
  • Draft EIR = Spring 2017 (includes dissemination of a Draft EIR for public review and comment, a meeting at the Architectural Review Board, the Planning & Transportation Commission, and possibly the City Council.)
  • Final EIR = Summer 2017 (includes preparation of the Final EIR and hearings at the Architectural Review Board and Planning & Transportation Commission, leading to publication of the Final EIR and final recommendations from both bodies)
  • City Council Decision = Fall 2017 (includes certification of the EIR as well as a decision on the project).

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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

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Application Status

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Last Updated: Nov 20, 2017