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Notes for Prospective Students
Athenian's superb curriculum extends far beyond academic
subjects with distinctive programs which develop students as world
citizens for successful, meaningful, and purposeful lives.
academic curriculum offers: Interdisciplinary humanities courses in
grades 9 and 10, followed by diverse seminars in history and
literature Hands-on and applied science options, including: an
airplane construction project, an applied science course, and an
award-winning robotics team Extensive mathematics offerings beyond
our two years of AP calculus courses to statistics and AP
statistics Extensive offerings in the arts, including drawing,
painting, pottery, stained glass, and photography, theatre, dance,
and chorus Honors and/or AP courses accross the curriculum Superb
college counseling with an individual plan for each student and
counselors dedicated only to college advising Beyond the classroom,
Athenian prepares students for the future as world citizens
through: Meaningful required community service Extraordinary
international opportunities through the Round Square Consortium of
60 schools on six continents: study abroad exchanges, international
community service projects, and annual international student
conferences Participation in school-governance through town meeting
Guidance from a residential community of faculty who live on campus
with their families.
Faculty know students well, offering advice
and support as mentors for each student.
The Athenian Wilderness
Experience, required of all 11th grade students (a meaningful
program developing independence, leadership, and teamwork--NOT a
survival course) An amazing an advantageous location which offers a
beautiful 75-acre campus at the base of Mt.
Diablo as well as easy
access to the San Francisco Bay Area Faculty who not only teach
academic subjects but mentor students individually as academic
advisors, residential program advisors, dormitory parents, coaches,
club sponsors, community service trip leaders, and interim trip
Service Learning in which academic courses include
hands-on experiential learning with a community service focus.
programs happen on campus, in the San Francisco Bay Area, and on
international trips to such places as Africa, South America, Asia,
ALUMNI & PARENTS SAY: "With the perfect balance of
challenge and nurturing, Athenian teachers encourage you to
experience and connect with your studies.
I enjoyed academics,
athletics, and the arts.
I pursued my passions, graduating more
certain of myself.
I felt intellectually confident in my first
Athenian changes lives, and it's graduates affect
change in the world." --Sarah Ames, Athenian Class of 2005, Vassar
College "Athenian's inclusive environment enables every student to
make a mark--whether in academics, performance and art, or clubs
Athenian consistently produces bright, engaging, and
confident young adults who are keenly aware that they are citizens
of the world." --Deepak and Sherry Kamlani, current parents
"Athenian encourages maturation as a full person and student.
Athenian created a passion for learning in my son.
He attended a
Round Square conference in South Africa that profoundly affected
He wants to help better the world.
Jason now attends Stanford.
The excitement about ideas ignited at Athenian shone through in his
--Tina Levy, alumni parent (Jason, Athenian
Class of 2004) "Athenian contributed to my growth as an
intellectual and individual.
The Athenian community helped me
understand my role as a citizen of the world.
I will be able to
contribute to the greater society thanks to Athenian's rich ideals
and supportive atmosphere.
I will always cherish and stay connected
to this amazing place." --Carmen Jimenez-Robbins, Athenian Class of
2005, Brown Univ.
"Athenian teachers respect students, saying, "I
not only see your children as they are now, but as what they can
become." In my daughter, I now see a strong student, a
self-motivated learner, and a well-rounded young lady with the
desire to serve and take full responsibility for her life."
--Margaret Bam, boarding student parent, South Africa "At Athenian
you can do so many things--like start a club or propose a change.
The avenues are open for you to explore.
teachers are open to conversation outside of the classroom, and you
get to know people really well.
I have learned so much, both inside
and outside the classroom.
Many students leave Athenian and find
college writing easy; Athenian prepared them well." --Kevin Burke,
Athenian Class of 2005, University of Pennsylvania School
accreditations: WASC, NAIS, CAIS, TABS, SSAT, ERB Sample of notable
school alumni: Phillip Bennett - Geology Professor, Univ.
Austin Benjamin Brandzel - MoveOn.org Student Action Founder Greg
Sherwood Cohalen - Emmy Award-Winning Public Broadcasting Anchor
Craig Debro - KTVU 2, Oakland, Television News Reporter Joan
Haratani - Attorney, San Francisco Bar Association President Carol
Moldaw - Noted Poet, Winner of the Field Prize Douglas Perednia -
Physician, Business Executive, Entrepreneur Korshied Samad -
Journalist, Bureau Chief, Afghan Nonprofit Org.
Thomas - Nike Executive, Athenian School Trustee Andrew Wistrich -
United States District Magistrate Judge