The Athenian School, Danville, California, Uniited States

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The Athenian School is a college preparatory and boarding school located in Danville, California, United States. This top baroding school in California educates students in grades 6–12 ( boarding available in grades 9-12) on a 75-acre (300,000 m2) campus at the base of Mt. Diablo, located near San Francisco. This prestigious boarding school was founded by Dyke Brown (1915–2006) in 1965. Athenian is composed of roughly 150 students in the middle school (grades 6-8) and 300 students in the high school (9-12). Approximately 60 students and 18 teachers live on campus full-time.  60 Upper School boarding students come from more than 16 different countries on five continents: Australia, Canada, China, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Hong Kong (China SAR), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. With distinctive meaningful programs, this top boarding 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 fulfilment. Athenian’s distinguishing features include: an exciting and challenging academic curriculum, required community service, a required wilderness course, and extraordinary international experiences . 

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67,000 USD

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School accreditations: WASC, NAIS, CAIS, TABS, SSAT, ERB

The Athenian School has three dorms that house 8-22 students. Each dorm has its own Dorm Parent, Dorm Prefect, and Live-In Residential Faculty member who work together to create a safe, fun, and comfortable living and learning community. As a boarder, you will live in a double- or triple-occupancy room your freshmen year. After that, you will have the option to live in a single room if available. Each dorm has a common area, shared bathrooms, and a laundry room. Exercise equipment, games, and a TV are available in a shared lounge for all the boarding students. 

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Academic life

Courses: Advanced Art, Advanced Choir, Advanced Cinema, Advanced Musical Combo, AP AB Calculus, AP BC Calculus, AP Computer Science, AP French IV, AP Literature, AP Spanish IV, AP Statistics, AP World History, Honors Advanced Biology, Honors Advanced Chemistry, Honors Advanced Physics, Honors Algebra II, Honors Applied Science, Honors Biology, Honors Chinese III, Honors Chinese IV, Honors French V, Honors History Seminars (many), Honors Humanitas, Honors Literature Seminars (many), Honors Marine Biology, Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Spanish III, Personal Projects in Art

10 Most Popular College Choices: New York University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Davis; University of California, Santa Barbara; Chapman University; George Washington University; Occidental College; University of Colorado, Boulder.

Virtually 100% gain admission to 4-yr. universities, fr om all the Univ. of CA campuses, to USC, Stanford, all the Ivy League campuses, outstanding liberal arts colleges, and a wide range of others . This top boarding school encourages students to find the colleges or universities that best fit them, and most students gain admission to their first-choice school. 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’s superb curriculum extends far beyond academic subjects with distinctive programs which develop students as world citizens for successful, meaningful, and purposeful lives. The academic curriculum offers:
Interdisciplinary humanities courses in grades 9 and 10, followed by diverse seminars in history and literature
Hands-on and applied science options, including: an airplane construction project, an applied science course, and an award-winning robotics team
Extensive mathematics offerings beyond our two years of AP calculus courses to  AP statistics and AP computer science
Extensive offerings in the arts, including drawing, painting, pottery, stained glass, and photography, theatre, dance, and chorus.

Sport and culture

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Golf, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Athenian Wilderness Experience–required, Basketball Club, Hiking Club, Independent Physical Education Option, Rock Climbing, Running, Sailing, Ultimate Frisbee, Weight Lifting, Yoga

Arts and Music Programs:
Band & Orchestra, Chorus, Dance Club, Music and Dance Concerts, On Campus speakers and artists, Poetry Readings, Theater Productions

Location Description

The Athenian School is located east of San Francisco at 2100 Mount Diablo Scenic Boulevard. Danville, California, 94506. Athenian has a private bus system with three bus routes. The nearest airports are Oakland International Airport (OAK) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). 

2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd. Danville, California CA 94506

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