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The Pillars of Round Square

Athenian students build important cross-cultural skills and international understanding as members of our global community and through participation in our Round Square Program. Athenian's student body includes international day and boarding students from approximately 20 countries and our students participate in international exchanges, service projects, and conferences through our Round Square Program and other study-travel experiences in the Upper School's March Term. These opportunities support Athenian's commitment to developing self-aware and engaged global citizens.

    • Pillar Ideals

What is a Round Square School?

Round Square is an international consortium of like-minded schools that connect and collaborate to develop global competence, character, and confidence in students. Athenian is a founding member and upholds the six pillars of Round Square: internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership, and service. The pillars are infused throughout our program and curriculum. For example, Focus Days in the Middle School often integrate classroom material and a particular pillar, providing a hands-on opportunity to connect content and big-picture concepts. Likewise, in the Upper School, students participate in the democratic process through the student-run Town Meeting, enacting real change in their school community. 


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  • Conferences

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  • Exchange

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  • March Term

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  • Internationally Shared Values

    Round Square: A Global Consortium 
    Athenian shares six core values with all member Round Square schools.

Cailin Plunkett '19

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.