College Admissions 2015

The 80 students who applied to college from the graduating class of 2015 were accepted to 161 universities this year.  Just as we encourage our students to pursue their passions at Athenian, we also encourage them to find the right fit in their choice of college.  For as Eric wrote about in a blog post this year, “let the match and the desires of the individual student, not some ranking, drive that decision.”

100% of the Class of 2015* were accepted to a four-year college or university. 

  • 27% will stay in California (9% will attend a UC)
  • 73% will go out-of-state
  • 60% will attend a private university
  • 40% will attend a public university or college

(*who applied to college.)

College Admission

This year’s class was accepted to the following colleges and universities; schools students plan on attending are in bold.

Allegheny College Loyola University New Orleans
American University Macalester College 
Arizona State University Marist College
The University of Arizona University of Maryland, College Park
Bard College University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Barnard College (2) University of Miami
Beloit College University of Michigan
Benedict College University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bennington College University of Nevada, Reno
Boise State University New York University (3)
Boston College Northeastern University
Boston University Northern Arizona University
Brandeis University University of Northern Colorado
University of British Columbia Northwestern University
Bryn Mawr College Oberlin College
Bucknell University Occidental College (2)
California College of the Arts (San Francisco) Oregon State University
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona University of Oregon (2)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Pacific Lutheran University
California State University, Channel Islands Pacific University
California State University, Chico University of the Pacific
California State University, East Bay Pennsylvania State University, University Park
California State University, Monterey Bay University of Pennsylvania
University of California, Berkeley Philadelphia University
University of California, Davis (3) University of Pittsburgh
University of California, Irvine Pitzer College
University of California, Los Angeles Portland State University
University of California, Merced University of Portland (2)
University of California, Riverside Pratt Institute
University of California, San Diego Prescott College
University of California, Santa Barbara University of Puget Sound
University of California, Santa Cruz Purdue University
Carleton College Quinnipiac University
Carnegie Mellon University University of Redlands
Case Western Reserve University Reed College (2)
Chapman University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Claremont McKenna College Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon
Colby College Rochester Institute of Technology
Colgate University University of Rochester
University of Colorado at Boulder Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Colorado School of Mines Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Colorado State University (2) Saint Mary’s College of California
Connecticut College San Diego State University
University of Delaware University of San Diego (2)
Denison University San Francisco State University
University of Denver (2) University of San Francisco
DePauw University San Jose State University
Diablo Valley College Santa Clara University (2)
Dickinson College Savannah College of Art and Design
Dominican University of California Scripps College
Drew University Seattle Pacific University
Drexel University Seattle University
Elon University Seton Hall University
The Evergreen State College Skidmore College
Fisk University Sonoma State University
Fordham University University of Southern California (2)
The George Washington University Spelman College
Georgetown University St. Olaf College
Gonzaga University Syracuse University
Goucher College Texas Christian University
Hampshire College Tufts University
Haverford College Tulane University
University of Hawaii at Manoa Union College (2)
Hofstra University Utah State University
Hope College University of Utah
Howard University Vassar College
Humboldt State University University of Vermont
University of Illinois at Chicago Washington College
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (3) Washington University in St. Louis
Indiana University at Bloomington University of Washington (3)
Irvine Valley College Wellesley College
Ithaca College Western Washington University (2)
King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Thonburi Wheaton College MA
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Whitman College
University of La Verne Whittier College
Lafayette College Whitworth University
Lake Forest College Willamette University
Lehigh University Williams College
Lewis & Clark College The College of Wooster
Loyola Marymount University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Loyola University Maryland

Student From Las Lomas Answers Question: What is a Good Education?

Published in The Pillar, Athenian’s student newspaper, May 2015

by Irena Volkov ’16

Last month, Las Lomas High School senior Kevin Masukawa ’15 sat in Athenian’s Plato class to find data for his senior project on what a “good education” means to students and families.

Masukawa’s goal was to find what makes private school education different from public school education and what the public school system can learn from schools such as Athenian.

“My initial question was what defines a good education and what is our Acalanes Union District doing to achieve this definition,” Masukawa said. “It was how can we make the Los Lomas and Acalanes Union districts better.”

Masukawa contacted around five schools in the area, including Athenian, De La Salle, and Carondelet, but of the schools he contacted, only Athenian permitted Masukawa to visit. Masukawa was even able to interview Gabe Del Real, the Dean of Upper School Curriculum and Humanities Teacher.

“I think this project is great, which is one reason why I allowed him to visit the school,” Del Real said. “In some ways I think that he actually got more than he was expecting.”

Del Real pushed Masukawa in defining what a good education is by first making him consider what “good” means.

“A good education means to lead someone from one way of being to another way of being,” Del Real said. “I think that a good education is one that has a clear vision of human nature, and a true vision of human nature.”

Both Del Real and Masukawa agreed that Athenian attracts the differences in its students, while public schools solely look at the similarities in students.

“In public school you have a lot of standards,” Masukawa said. “You always have things you can and cannot do, so what I was looking for was ideas to make a curriculum that makes better and stronger students who become one with the information they learn.”

Athenian achieves giving students a good education because, as Dyke Brown envisioned, Athenian has an interdisciplinary approach to education.

The vision of Dyke Brown’s mandala was to look at the human being as a unified whole, as opposed to a composition of parts.

“We have capabilities that fall in line with the powers of the soul, which are emotions, intellect, and free will,” Del Real said. “So a good education has to be able to lead well all of those, for lack of a better term, ‘parts’ of the human soul and body; if you take a look at Dyke Brown’s mandala, that’s exactly what he has.”

Masukawa took this information to heart and concluded that a good education is one that fulfills one’s own definition of a good education.

“Different students prosper in different environments differently,” Masukawa said. “Athenian is unique because it encourages individual expressions through experiences such as AWE.”