Education is to be Experienced: A Video Tour with The Athenian School Head Eric Niles

Eric Niles, Head of School, at The Athenian School (Danville, CA in the East Bay) takes viewers on a summer campus tour. Campus is quiet and Niles nicely captures what an Athenian education means.

Emphasizing a safe and accepting community, Athenian is an upper and lower day school with a boarding program for 9-12 grade students. The school is a founding member of the Round Square Conference of Schools.

Blessed with a beautiful physical setting abutting Mt. Diablo State Park, Athenian uses the environment as a classroom whenever possible. Environmental science classes take place in the field. Students practice organic, native, self sustaining, gardening, and composting. 60% of the school’s electricity comes from a campus based solar array (in the shape of a capital A).

Living the notion that “education is to be experienced,” Athenian students take their active engagement into every facet of their educations.

Students are working to complete the second student built airplane and, as a graduation requirement, every junior student is required to complete an outdoor solo program.

An Athenian education fosters flexibility, perspectives, and confidence as the foundations for life-long success and learning.

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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