Athenian

2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd., Danville, CA 94528
Phone: 925-362-7223
Fax: 925-362-7228
Head of School
Eric F. Niles
Director of Admission
Christopher W. Beeson
Established: 1965
Grades: 6-12
Enrollment
  • 470
    Total student enrollment Grades 9-12
  • 230
    Boys
  • 240
    Girls
  • 41
    Percent students of color
  • 10:1
    Student: teacher ratio
  • 16
    Average class size
  • 75
    Faculty
  • 70
    Percent faculty with advanced degrees
  • 12
    Average years teaching
Admissions Process
  • January
    Application deadline (month)
  • $75
    Application fee
  • 230
    Number of 9th Grade applications
  • 29
    Average range of openings 9th Grade
  • 5-10
    Average range of openings 10th Grade
  • 0-5
    Average range of openings 11th Grade
  • 0-2
    Average range of openings 12th Grade
Costs
  • $33,516
    Tuition (2013-2014)
  • $500 -$1000
    Other costs
  • January
    Financial aid deadline
  • $18,000
    Average grant
  • 22
    Percent students on financial aid
Academics
  • 30
    HL courses offered
  • 9
    Advanced placement cources offered
  • 154
    AP exams taken
  • 112
    Students taking AP exams
  • 85
    Percent scoring 3 or above
  • 1925
    Cumulative SAT score
  • 622
    Mean SAT score Verbal Reasoning
  • 660
    Mean SAT score Math
  • 643
    Mean score Writing
  • 99
    Percent students attending four year colleges/universities
  • 1
    Percent students attending two year colleges
Top five names of Colleges/ Universities attended by
7 or more students (2009-2013):
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    New York University
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    University of California, Berkeley
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    University of Colorado, Boulder
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    University of California, Davis
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    University of California, Santa Cruz
Sports
  • 17
    Number of Varsity sports offered
  • 14
    Number of Junior Varsity sports
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The Athenian School goes far beyond preparing talented and diverse students for outstanding colleges. Athenian empowers its graduates to become world citizens with lives of purpose and personal fulfillment through meaningful experiences. Athenian’s distinguishing programs include: a challenging academic curriculum that engages students actively in inquiry and learning, required community service, an amazing required wilderness course, and extraordinary international experiences. Other signature programs include: town meeting, an airplane construction project, an award-winning robotics team, and many international opportunities (exchange, service projects, annual conferences, and faculty-led educational and service trips). A new program is Athenian‚Äôs Makers Studio which houses significant engineering and design activities. The Athenian population of day student families, boarding students, and residential faculty forms an unusually strong community. Located on 75 beautiful acres at the base of Mt. Diablo, Athenian is the San Francisco Bay Area’s only nonsectarian school with a high school boarding program. Our bus program makes Athenian accessible for day students from throughout the East Bay. Boarding opens our enrollment to the world. Virtually 100% attend 4-yr. universities, from all the Univ. of CA campuses, to USC, Stanford, Ivy League campuses, outstanding liberal arts colleges, and a wide range of others. Athenian encourages students to find the colleges or universities that best fit them, and many¬†students gain admission to their first-choice college. Few schools are as international, hands-on, experiential, service-minded and green as Athenian. Most importantly, Athenian students develop a deep understanding of themselves, extraordinary skills for achievement, and the compassion to make a positive difference in the world.

Athenian also offers a boarding school option.

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