At The Athenian School, we are committed to developing teamwork, personal and community responsibility, self-reflection, compassion, and resilience in our students. Kurt Hahn’s philosophy that, “there is more in you than you know,” is a critical element of their success in life.
One of the opportunities an Athenian student has to enhance these qualities is on the Athenian Wilderness Experience (AWE). You and a small group of your classmates will explore the beauty and enchantment of either the High Sierra mountains or the Death Valley desert during your junior year. Working together to navigate off-trail terrain, cook group meals, rock climb, and set up camp, we hope you will come to appreciate the freedom from technology, routine, homework, and other responsibilities while learning how to care for yourself, collaborate, problem-solve, empathize, and believe in yourself and others. Twice a year, the campus is reinvigorated by the AWE participants' positive energy, enthusiasm, wonder, self-awareness, and openness. We invite you to participate in the ceremonial end of their adventure to see for yourself the transformative experience that is AWE. Check the school calendar in March and August for "Run-In'' specifics.