Castilleja School

Rendering of proposed Castilleja School plans

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 schoolbegin 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.


Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

A Draft EIR is being prepared for the project and will be published week of July 15th. A Notice of Availability will be published in a local newspaper, added as a link to this webpage, and distributed as per State and City guidelines. The Planning and Transportation Commission held the EIR Scoping Meeting March 8, 2017 and will conduct the first public hearing regarding the Draft EIR on August 14, 2019. Click here for the 2017 Scoping Report to Council..


New Update- August 15, 2019

The Planning and Transportation Commission packet for the August 14 meeting was available on the Commission webpage as of August 8th.  You may view the report and EIR comments submitted by August 8 on the Commission’s agenda. EIR comments received July 17 through August 13 posted here. See staff presentation to PTC and Consultant Presentation to PTC. The staff report to the HRB will include EIR comments received through September 4th (packet day). Click here for Historic Resources Board (HRB) reports.


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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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