The Athenian School believes the best way to master academic subjects is to experience their application first hand. In our rigorous academic program, you and other talented students from the East Bay and around the world will immerse yourselves deeply in coursework, inspiring each other to think critically and collaborate as global citizens. As an Athenian graduate, you’ll thrive in any of the nation’s best colleges and be poised for a life of intellectual exploration and meaningful contribution.
At Athenian 535 students (170 day in grades 6-8, 365 in grades 9-12) enjoy a beautiful 75-acre campus at the base of Mt. Diablo. Students attend from many East Bay communities and 60 boarding students in grades 9-12 from beyond the local area and a dozen countries. The campus residential community also includes 20 faculty families, for a total of over 120 people living at Athenian. No other East Bay School offers this kind of community.
Our curriculum and learning approach is distinctive, focused on learning by doing in engaging student-focused and project-based classrooms. Beyond the classroom, Middle School, focus days engage students to apply their learning in experiential activities. Engineering design activities in the Carter Innovation Studio, athletics, and the arts are vital parts of the student experience. In the Upper School many students take part in international programs (exchange, service, and conferences), and all complete the grade 11 Athenian Wilderness experience. Athenian graduates attend an array of outstanding colleges, carefully selected with the support of expert college counselors for each student and their goals. Athenian goes far beyond preparing students for college by equipping them for lives of meaning and purpose–and encouraging them to make the world a better place for all.
As one student explained, “At Athenian, I’m taught to live actively, not passively. I critically inquire about the information I’m presented, I do not take claims at face value, and I work to become a global citizen who is informed about issues both local and global. I do not allow the world to push me along; I work to shape it for the better.”