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A Message from the Principal Department

 
Wow! It’s been an exciting and eventful few years. As the principal of Amundsen High School since 2012, I have been fortunate to lead our neighborhood high school through a remarkable and exciting transformation that has earned our neighborhood high school a CPS “school quality rating” of Level 1+. We are proud to have led our students to this level of academic and post-secondary success while maintaining our focus on inclusivity and diversity. We are eager to share the great news about our improvements in all areas, spanning academics, athletics, student-life and university and not-for-profit partnerships. Our $30M+ capital improvement projects have been extensive. Future projects are still being planned. Once completed, they will further enhance our school-wide learning environment and physical setting for athletics and other extra-curricular activities.
 
The Viking Way, which fosters the development of Accountable, Honorable, and Scholarly graduates, is at the core of every student’s cultural and academic experiences. Our comprehensive course catalog and thriving student-life ensure that every student feels challenged and valued. Amundsen High School is a stand-out choice among both magnet and neighborhood options for many reasons, including the following: high performing International Baccalaureate Programme; “Wall-to-Wall” Middle Years Programme” for all students in 9th and 10th grades; competitive results in Academic Decathlon, Science Fair, Math Team, etc.; thriving and well-funded athletic and extra-curricular programs; safe environment; and, an unwavering commitment to providing every student an authentic college and career preparatory experience that meets their unique educational needs.
Choosing a high school is an exciting, important, and daunting decision, but the high school journey is an unparalleled learning experience for all students. We strive to create this personalized learning experience for all students and are committed to making all decisions based on the needs of our students, who are at the center of everything we do. 
 
Goooo Vikings!
 
Anna Pavichevich
Principal
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Important Information for Parents!

Attention Parents! Please come to this important information session being held this Thursday night, April 25th, at Amundsen High School at 6:00pm. Find out everything you need to know to keep your child safe from these harmful products.
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Vikings Conquer the World!

Welcome back to school! We hope everyone had a safe and happy spring break and that you were able to enjoy some of the sunny days that nature brought us this past week. It's finally starting to look like spring! We especially want to welcome back our Viking adventurers, who explored Spain and Japan this past week. The 36 students and 6 teachers who went to Spain visited the historical and cultural highlights of Madrid, Granada, Toledo, and Sevilla. The Japan group, whose trip was funded by the Japanese Government and comprised of Amundsen MYP Japanese Language students, visited Tokyo, Osaka, and surrounding areas. Both groups had a wonderful time and we can't want to hear more about their amazing experiences. We are so proud of our Viking travelers for doing such an excellent job of representing AHS and Chicago in their international travels. What's our next destination? Switzerland, Austria and Germany in 2020!
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Amundsen Algebra I Team Finds X for the Win!

Congratulations to the Amundsen Algebra I team on their 1st place win at the final math competition of the season that took place Saturday April 6th at Lane Tech. Congratulations also to the Geometry team for its 3rd place win in its division. Overall, the Amundsen Math Team finished 3rd place in its division for the season. Congratulations to all of our mathletes, and to your coaches, Ms. Prappas and Mr. Evans, for your outstanding work this season. We are so proud of you!
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Amundsen Counselor Honored by Illinois School Counselor Association

Congratulations to Ms. Elvia Lopez on being honored by the Illinois School Counselor Association this past Thursday. Ms. Lopez received an honorable mention for her outstanding work as a school counselor in the annual Counselor of the Year award competition. We are so proud of her and grateful to have her here working with our freshmen and sophomores here at Amundsen. Congratulations Ms. Lopez!
Attention all AHS Families:  SAT and PSAT Testing Schedules April 9th and 10th (Click for More Info) Featured Photo

Attention all AHS Families: SAT and PSAT Testing Schedules April 9th and 10th (Click for More Info)

On Tuesday, April 9th, AHS will administer the SAT test to all 11th graders and some 12th graders. All other students are off on Tuesday. On Wednesday, April 10th, AHS will administer the PSAT exam to all 9th and 10th graders. All other students, except for those who have extended time for the SAT are off on Wednesday. Students who are testing should report at 7:30AM on the day of testing and report to their designated classroom. Students will be dismissed when testing is complete. This is approximately 12pm for the PSAT and 1pm for the SAT unless the student has been provided with an individualized schedule. For more details, please see the attached letter which includes details of the testing plan.
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Got a Problem?

Let Amundsen Design students offer a solution! On May 17th, AHS Design students will compete in our 3rd annual Makeathon where they will offer solutions to everyday problems proposed by stakeholders in our community. We are looking for stakeholders to work with our students on these projects as their teams utilize the design process to innovate and iterate a solution. Stakeholders communicate with students 3 times to describe the problem and to offer feedback on prototype solutions. They are also invited, but not obligated to participate in the judging process on May 17th. Interested stakeholders should contact Aleksander Rusic of Amundsen’s Dyson team at arusic@cps.edu. Parents, staff and community members are all welcome to participate. Thank you for your support!
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Summer Boot Camp Registration for Rising IB Juniors (Click here)

The Amundsen IB Program and Gear UP are joining forces once again to offer a summer boot camp just for Amundsen's rising IB juniors. If you've recently been accepted into either the DP or CP program and want to strengthen your academic skills or learn how to manage your stress, then this program is for you! The two-week session also includes 2 college tours. Click on the link above to access the registration form. Space is limited so register today!
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Get a Jump on the Application Process this Summer at College Boot Camp! (Click here)

Amundsen High School, in partnership with GearUp will offer a college planning boot camp this summer to help rising AHS seniors get a jump on the college application process. This is for all seniors, but is highly recommended for those with heavy academic or athletic schedules who might be too busy during the year to find time for the college application process. Register by clicking on the link above. Hurry, space is limited!

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  • 100%of IB Diploma Graduates Earned Early College Credentials
  • U of C 5EssentialsWell-Organized for Improvement
  • 25+Athletic Teams