The Athenian School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
Danville, CA 94506
Tel: 9253627223
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  • With distinctive meaningful programs, The Athenian School goes far beyond preparing talented and diverse students for outstanding colleges.
  • Athenian empowers its graduates to become world citizens with lives of purpose and personal fulfillment.
  • Athenian's distinguishing features include: an exciting and challenging academic curriculum, required community service, a required wilderness course, and extraordinary international experiences.
  • Other signature programs include: town meeting, an airplane construction project, an award-winning robotics team, and many international opportunities (exchange, service projects, annual conferences, and faculty-led educational and service trips).
  • Located on 75 beautiful acres at the base of Mt. Diablo, Athenian is the San Francisco Bay Area's only nonsectarian school with a high school boarding program.
  • Virtually 100% gain admission to 4-yr. universities, fr om all the Univ. of CA campuses, to USC, Stanford, all the Ivy League campuses, outstanding liberal arts colleges, and a wide range of others.
  • Athenian encourages students to find the colleges or universities that best fit them, and most students gain admission to their first-choice school.
  • Most importantly, Athenian students develop a deep understanding of themselves, extraordinary skills for achievement, and the compassion to make a positive difference in the world.

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  • Review Description

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   10/29/2016
    Brown University
    1) AWE - 26 Day backpacking trip in either High Sierras or Death Valley. It is truly a life-changing experience and you really get to know the 10 people that you are grouped with. It. . .

Top 20 Placements

Listed among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 329 schools) for:

Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
The Athenian School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) 6-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1965 1910
Campus Size 75 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 517 students 298 students
% Students of Color
50%
20%
% International Students
13%
20%
% Students Boarding
17%
68%
Average SAT Score 1990 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1790 - 2160 -
Average ACT score 30 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 15 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:10 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 30 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
76%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $8 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$60,300 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$37,780 $28,500
Tuition international students $61,800 $47,000
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$60,300 $38,000
% Students on Financial Aid
22%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $26,000 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 14 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
43%
57%
Director of AdmissionsChristopher Beeson
Associate Director of AdmissionsMichael Heyward

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 30 16
CoursesAdvanced Art, Advanced Choir, Advanced Cinema, Advanced Musical Combo, AP AB Calculus, AP BC Calculus, AP Computer Science, AP French IV, AP Literature, AP Spanish IV, AP Statistics, AP World History, Honors Advanced Biology, Honors Advanced Chemistry, Honors Advanced Physics, Honors Algebra II, Honors Applied Science, Honors Biology, Honors Chinese III, Honors Chinese IV, Honors French V, Honors History Seminars (many), Honors Humanitas, Honors Literature Seminars (many), Honors Marine Biology, Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Spanish III, Personal Projects in Art

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 14 14
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Golf, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 35 23
ExtracurricularsAirplane Construction Project, Asian Club, Athenian Wilderness Experience--required, Band & Orchestra, Basketball Club, Chorus, Community Action Board, Conditioning, Conservative Club, Dance Club, Hiking Club, Independent Physical Education Option, Interim Trips--teacher-led adventuresome trips or activities, Interweave-, Jew Crew, Latino Club, Literary magazine, Music and Dance Concerts, On Campus speakers and artists, Outdoor Adventure, Poetry Readings, QED Math Club, Robotics Team--award-winning, Rock Climbing, Round Square Int'l. Service Projects,

College Matriculation

Year: 2010 - 2013 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
New York University 13
University of California, Berkeley 10
University of California, Santa Cruz 8
University of Calfornia, Los Angeles 7
University of California, Davis 7
University of California, Santa Barbara 7
Chapman University 6
George Washington University 6
Occidental College 6
University of Colorado, Boulder 6

School Notes

    Athenian's superb curriculum extends far beyond academic subjects with distinctive programs which develop students as world citizens for successful, meaningful, and purposeful lives.The 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  AP statistics and AP computer science
  • 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 100 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)
  • 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 leaders.
  • Service Learning in which academic courses include hands-on experiential learning with a community service focus. Such programs happen on campus, in the San Francisco Bay Area, and on international trips to such places as Africa, South America, Asia, and Europe.
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 college class. 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 and sports. 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 him. He wants to help better the world. Jason now attends Stanford. The excitement about ideas ignited at Athenian shone through in his Stanford application. --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. Personally, Athenian 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/alumnae:
    • Phillip Bennett - Geology Professor, Univ. of Texas, 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. Founder
    • Jackie Thomas - Nike Executive, Athenian School Trustee
    • Andrew Wistrich - United States District Magistrate Judge
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