Our Philosophy

Castlehill Country Day School founded in 1982, sits on 10 mature acres near Craycroft and River Road in Tucson, Arizona.
Castlehill Country Day School founded in 1982, sits on 10 mature acres near Craycroft and River Road in Tucson, Arizona.

Philosophy of Castlehill

Castlehill Country Day School is a unique educational environment serving ages toddler through 5th grade. Our school is guided by the notion that there is no greater gift than the gift of education, but, not just any education, an excellent education in a nurturing environment. An environment where children can feel safe and secure, and loved; where they could study, but also play. The first years in a child’s development, as they mature from toddler to 5th grader, are so critical in influencing the later years in life.

Every teacher, staff and volunteer at Castlehill believes in teaching the whole child – in addition to the standard curriculum, we emphasized the importance of teaching children to appreciate the arts, cultivate a love of reading and become stewards of the environment.

From Our Director

To understand the Castlehill Country Day School philosophy we have to honor our  founder, Mrs. Arline Schlossberg. She was truly the most amazing woman! She was loving and kind, caring and compassionate, smart and successful and the list goes on and on… she genuinely cared about everyone. Whether she had known you for years, or you were someone that she had just met, she embraced you just the same. Every single child at Castlehill was like one of her own, and she loved watching them learn and grow.

Castlehill is her legacy, and her life’s work. She began Castlehill in 1982 because she wanted to educate children in a loving way. It is truly a magical place. Her heart, soul and spirit are deeply rooted in everything here. In the 35 plus years that Castlehill has been in Tucson, it has been a gift to so many individuals across several generations. My siblings and I, along with my cousins, all had the opportunity to attend and graduate from Castlehill. We all have incredible memories of our time in elementary school. I am delighted to watch my daughter, Zoey, blossom in the Castlehill environment, and I look forward to my son, Zack attending in just a few short years.

You may have heard the saying – There is no greater gift than the gift of education. Mrs. Schlossberg believed that, but took it a step further – Not just any education, but an excellent education in a nurturing environment. An environment where children could feel safe and secure, and loved; where they could study, but also play. The first years in a child’s development, as they mature from toddler to 5th grader, are so critical to influencing the later years in life, and there is no better place to grow than at Castlehill.

Mrs. Schlossberg believed in teaching the whole child – in addition to the standard curriculum, she emphasized the importance of teaching children to appreciate the arts, cultivate a love of reading and become stewards of the environment. Today we will highlight all of these things in honor of our Founder. She has undoubtedly left her mark on all of our hearts.

Our Principal

Stephanie Basiliere

Our Founder

Arline Schlossberg

Uniquely Castlehill

Castlehill Country Day School occupies a 10-acre campus on the northeast of Tucson. Limiting enrollment to 350 boys and girls, Toddler through Fifth Grade, a commitment to academic excellence forms the basis for the School’s educational philosophy. Students develop solid skills in oral and written language, mathematics, science, history and geography, enriched by strong programs in computer, foreign language, physical education, art, music and drama. This program emphasizes our fundamental philosophy of adapting the curriculum to each child’s needs and abilities. Students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that prepare them for a lifetime of learning. The school admits students of any race, color, creed and national and ethnic origin and encourages students to explore, understand, respect and value their differences. This policy is based on the belief that diversity among students enriches the educational experience.

We invite you to explore the world of Castlehill. For further information and an appointment to tour the school please call (520) 795-0008 or submit a contact form today.