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Head's Message

Thank you for taking the time to explore The Athenian School. In words and pictures, you will begin to discern the “Athenian Advantage,” a personalized education anchored in deep intellectual exploration with an emphasis on knowing how to apply knowledge to real-world situations. Athenian students graduate with an outstanding academic foundation, keenly developed analytic skills, and an appreciation for the complex interdependencies of the world beyond the classroom walls. We know our students are well-prepared for success in college and the professional world. On annual surveys, they overwhelmingly tell us so.

Our graduation ceremony symbolizes who we are and what we do. Rather than traditional speeches followed by a student procession, each Athenian graduate stands before family and friends while the faculty member of his or her choice speaks about the student’s passions and achievements. What does this tell you about Athenian? Our students are deeply known as individuals and respected for their academic and personal accomplishments. We push our students to “experience” their education, not just read about it in a book. We can do this in a school with an average class size of 15 students. At Athenian, we value the way we treat each other, creating a safe place to explore, grow, and learn.

Educational experts and business leaders tell us our children need determination and self-assurance to create a meaningful future and to succeed in this global economy. This has been our mission since our inception, almost 50 years ago—this is the Athenian Advantage.

I invite you to explore our website—news items, blogs and profiles of our teachers, students and faculty—in order to see and understand our model of education. Also, visit our 75-acre campus nestled at the base of Mount Diablo. Boundless physical space that provides an impressive learning laboratory for our students awaits you. Experience this special place and meet the dedicated people who bring our mission to life. I look forward to introducing you to Athenian.

Eric F. Niles
Head of School
Graduation: A Personal Experience