Apply Over Winter Break

Interested in attending The Athenian School?  It’s not too late to apply!  Come to Athenian’s Open House in January or give the Admission office a call to learn more about the application process.

Request Admission information here.

December 2012

If you have already completed some or all of these steps, congratulations!

Since important admission dates and events are approaching, we offer a few reminders.
Note: It is not too late to start an application. Contact the Admission Office for information.

  • Applicant Information Form, Fee, and Photo: Please file as soon as possible, before other documents. Photos for online applicants can be sent by standard mail or email to 
  • Entrance Examination (required of all applicants):  All scores must be received by February 15 to guarantee consideration in the first group of applicants. See our website for more information,
    • § Domestic Upper School applicants can take the ISEE or SSAT.
    • § Middle School applicants will take the ISEE. 
    • § International applicants must demonstrate intermediate level English with an approved examination: TOEFL, IELTS, or SLEP.
  • Visit Classes (required of all applicants within reasonable travel distance): Call Athenian to schedule your visit as soon as possible.  In the Upper School, contact Vickey Nemanich  (925.362.7223), and in the Middle School, contact Patti Martens (925.362.7239).
  • Financial Aid Application: Information and the financial aid application are available through our website in the Admission section. For priority consideration, Financial Aid applications must be completed and submitted by January 17, 2013. Tax returns for 2012 are due by February 15, 2013. (While financial aid grants will be made without 2012 tax returns, Athenian reserves the right to revise awards based on tax return information.)
  • Open Houses: Below is information about the year’s final open houses. These events are strongly encouraged but optional. Because the program follows a specific schedule, we ask that you arrive before the 1:00 p.m. start time. All family members are welcome.  To attend, call the school’s receptionist at 925.837.5375.

Saturday, January 12 (1:00 to 3:45 p.m.): Middle School Open House — Learn about Athenian from the Head of School, the Middle School Head, faculty, students and Admission staff.

Sunday, January 13 (1:00 to 4:00 p.m.): Upper School Open House — Learn about Athenian from the Head of School, the Upper School Head, faculty, students and Admission staff.

We look forward to receiving your application by the January 17 priority filing date.  Please call the Admission Office at 925.362.7223 or send email to if we can be of help to you.


The Admission Office

Note: After the January 17 priority date, we will inform applicants if any application items are outstanding and give them time to get the missing items to us.  For applications received after January 17, we will make every effort to consider them in the first round of decisions.

Admission Dates For Fall 2013 Entry


Full Application


Contracts and Deposits Due

Middle School

Dec. 1 – Jan. 17

Jan. 17

March 7

March 15

Upper School

Dec. 1 – Jan. 17

Jan. 17

March 14

March 22

Karla Brundage Presents at American Book Awards

The Before Columbus Foundation, in partnership with C-SPAN, honors a select group of authors annually for “outstanding contributions to American literature.” This year, Athenian Humanities teacher Karla Brundage was asked to present the award to Rob Nixon for his Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Karla, an author herself, introduced Nixon: “Nixon has created a singular, remarkably rigorous and inventive style of literary criticism, illuminating the work of writer-activists both in America and around the world whose own powerfully decisive works are for highly original solutions and perspectives on the daunting, often intimidating, prospects of human extinction.”

View Karla’s presentation here or scroll to the right below to see the video.

From Before Columbus Foundation:

2012 American Book Awards


About the Program

The 33rd annual American Book Awards presented by the Before Columbus Foundation. This year’s winners are Annia Ciezadlo, Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War, Arlene Kim, What Have You Done to Our Ears to Make Us Hear Echoes?, Ed Bok Lee, Whorled, Adilifu Nama, Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes, Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, Shann Ray, American Masculine, Alice Rearden (translator) & Ann Fienup-Riordan (editor), Qaluyaarmiuni Nunamtenek Qanemciput: Our Nelson Island Stories, Toure, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now, Amy Waldman, The Submission, Mary Winegarden, The Translator’s Sister, and Kevin Young, Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels. A Lifetime Achievement Award is given to Eugene B. Redmond, poet and professor emeritus at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. This year’s American Book Awards were held at the University of California at Berkeley on October 7, 2012.