At a Glance: 2016-17

The Athenian School: Life is an adventure of intellectual exploration and meaningful contribution.

Our Community

518 Students
172 Middle School students (Grades 6-8)
346 Upper School students (Grades 9-12)
287 Upper School day students from throughout the San Francisco East Bay
59   Upper School boarding students from more than 16 different countries on five continents: Austria, Australia, China, France, Germany, Hon Kong (China SAR), India, Japan, Nigeria, Panama, Russia, South Kora, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Nearly 50% of students are people of color.
70+ Faculty
74% of faculty have advanced degrees.  
30% of faculty are people of color.

Residential Community
59 students from more than 15 countries.
75 people including teachers, staff, and their families (29 kids!) also live on campus.

The School

Nonprofit independent school, WASC accredited, founding member of Round Square schools

Campus and Location:
 Athenian's 75-acre campus of rolling, oak-covered hills lies at the base of Mt. Diablo in Danville, CA just 32 miles East of San Francisco.  Athenian buses transport students to and from many East Bay communities. 

Head of School: Eric Niles
Average class size: 15-17
Financial Aid: 22% of the student body receives financial aid totaling $2.9 million.
College Admission: 100% of class of 2015 gained admission to 4-year colleges
Environmental Awards
Sustainability Award for a Small Organization, 2013 (Acterra)
Green Ribbon School, 2012 (US Department of Education)
Green Power Partner (Environmental Protection Agency)
WaterSmart Award (EBMUD)
WRAP (Waste Reduction Award from CalRecycle)

•California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC)
• California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
• Council for Advancement and Support of Educations (CASE)
• Green Schools Alliance (GSA)
• National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
• Round Square (RS)
Year Founded: 1965

Mascot: The Owls
School colors: Terracotta and black 
(as pictured on Greek-style amphoras made by Athenian 7th graders)

Testing Averages

from 2016

SAT Averages  Reading Math Writing Total
The Athenian School 654 677 659 1990
Independent Schools 535 542 580 1657
Parochial Schools 533 527 537 1597
Public Schools 492 478 501 1471

In 2014, more than 100 Athenians participated in 126 AP exams. Ninety-two percent passed with scores of 3 or higher.

College Admission

A sample of the colleges Athenian graduates have been accepted to in the last four years: 

American University
American University Of Paris
Babson College
Barnard College
Bard College
Beloit College 
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brigham Young University
Brown University
California State University:
13 Campuses
Carleton College
Carnegie-Mellon University 
Chapman University 
Clark University
Colby College
Colgate College
Colorado College
Colorado School Of Mines
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Duke University
Elon University
Emory University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Evergreen State University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute Of Technology
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Haverford College
Harvey Mudd College
Hofstra University
Howard University
Indiana University
Johns Hopkins University
Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lehigh University
Lewis And Clark College
Loyola University Of New Orleans
Loyola-Marymount University
Macalester College 
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
Mills College
Morehouse College
Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Olin College Of Engineering
Oregon State University
Parsons School For Design
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Pratt Art Institute
Purdue University
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
Saint Mary’s College Of California
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College Of Art & Design
Scripps College
Seattle University
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern Methodist University
Spelman College
St. John’s College (NM)
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Texas A & M
Trinity College (CT)
Trinity University (TX)
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College
U.S. Military Academy 
U.S. Naval Academy
University Of California at: 
Los Angeles
San Diego
Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz
University of:
British Columbia (Canada)
Colorado at Boulder
Illinois (Urbana-Champagne)
Oxford (UK)
Puget Sound
San Diego
San Francisco
Southern California
The Pacific
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Washington College
Washington University, St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College (MA)
Whitman College
Willamette University
Worchester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University (LA) 
Yale University