Welcome to The Athenian School, where we believe that life is an adventure of intellectual exploration and meaningful contribution.
Every day, Athenian students from the East Bay and around the world practice leadership, teamwork, empathy, and global citizenship while mastering academic subjects by experiencing their application firsthand. I came to work at Athenian in 2009 because Athenian's mission, which embraces intellectual curiosity and community involvement, inspired me. Rare indeed is the school that encourages its students to do well and do good in the world. Athenian is just such a place.
For nearly 50 years Athenian's educational model has been highly innovative, and it will continue to be. We initiated a one-of-a-kind blended learning consortium, we create opportunities for students to explore their unique passions, and we value openness to new ideas, projects, and approaches by all. We are embarking on the next phase of Athenian's life by ensuring that our physical campus more fully supports the power of our academic programs. We will be constructing several buildings that will support the dynamic learning that is the hallmark of Athenian's rigorous academics.
I invite you and your family to join our community of lifelong learners. Explore our website and come visit us in person to see why graduates say Athenian is "school as it should be."
Welcome to Athenian.
Eric Niles, Head of School
What Eric Is Reading
How Democracies Die by Daniel Ziblatt ‘90
Daniel came to campus to speak about his book and what is needed in society. I now believe even more whole-heartedly that civics education must include a commitment to cultural competency, as it is by understanding our differences that we can engage in productive and meaningful democratic discourse.
“Kurt Hahn and the Roots of Expeditionary Learning” from Beyond the Blackboard Podcast
The story is long, but I urge you to listen if you can find the time. If you want to understand why we do Focus Fridays, AWE, Round Square exchanges, emphasize the Arts, and push so hard on core academic skills–this story is a great window into our mission and our thinking. And if you want your child to visit the schools in Germany and Scotland started by Kurt Hahn, then just have them sign up for a Round Square exchange, for those two schools, like Athenian, were founders of that organization. Read More