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Welcome to The Athenian School, where we believe that life is an adventure of intellectual exploration and meaningful contribution.

Welcome from our Head of School

Why Athenian?

The relevance of Athenian’s mission seems to amplify with each passing year. Rare indeed is the school that remains so enduring in a world characterized by rapid change. 

As the school’s founder Dyke Brown said over fifty years ago, "It is not enough to be concerned with the scholarly excellence of our students alone. The values and purposes with which their well-trained minds will be committed are of equal importance." These words still  ring true today; we prepare students to do well and good throughout their lives.

As you explore our website, you’ll see for yourself that Athenian’s approach to education remains rooted in its founding commitment to experiential learning and the IDEALS of Round Square (Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, and Leadership). An overview of the school’s five-year strategic vision (plan) is available on this page of our website. I am inspired by what we have in store for the school’s future and think you will be too. 

Come visit us in person to see why graduates say Athenian is "school as it should be."

Eric F. Niles, Head of School

Leadership Update

Eric Niles is currently on leave and Lauren Railey, Assistant Head of School and Head of the Middle School has assumed school-wide leadership through June 30, 2022. On May 13, the Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Quincy McLaughlin as Interim Head of School. Quincy will join the Athenian community on July 1, 2022. To view the school’s May 13 announcement about her appointment, click here

Leadership Team

Chris Beeson
Director of Admission & Financial Aid 
Amy Rasner Clulow
Director of People & Culture 

Sanjev deSilva
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice 

Meadow Davis
Assistant Head of School & Head of Upper School

Erin Fredrick
Director of Philanthropy

Keith Powell
Chief Operating Officer

Lauren Railey
Acting Head of School

Shoshana Ziblatt '92
Director of Strategic Communications