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About FOA

Friends of Amundsen (FOA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to aid Amundsen High School through fundraising, supporting students, staff, and parents, and promoting school spirit throughout the community.

FOA was created in 2012 and is all volunteer based. Parents, teachers, alumni and community continue to help Amundsen be an outstanding high school of choice in Chicago.

Amundsen High School is a stand-out choice among all neighborhood high schools in Chicago for many reasons, including:

- Highest CPS rating possible (Level 1+)

- Top perfoming & competitive IB program

- Thriving athletic programs

- Unwaivering committment to providing every student an authentic college & career prep experience

Amundsen High School students adopt a school-wide value system, The Viking Way, which fosters development of Accountable, Honorable, and Scholarly students.  

About AHS

Amundsen High School students are HAPPY!

2020-2021 FOA Board Members:

Tracey Balderson, President

Matty May, Vice President

Beth Benjamin, Treasurer

Kelly Reynolds, Secretary

Molly Lane, Member (Teacher Rep)

Kim Belton, Member (Tech)

Allison Freedman, Member (Spirit Wear)

Linda Lesondak, Member

Claes Brameus, Member

FOA Advisory Board Members:

Stephen Reynolds (FOA Founder)

Amy Williamson (FOA Founder)

Beneen Prendiville (Former President)

Jim Anderson (Former Treasurer)

Margaret O'Conor (Former Member)

Roni Walsh (Former Member)

Minh Nguyen (AHS AP)

Kristi Eilers (AHS AP)

FOA works in partnership with Grow Community and other "Friends of" programs:

Friends of Amundsen Athletics

Grow Community

Ravenswood Community Council

Friends of Coonley

Waters Today

Friends of McPherson

Friends of Ravenswood

Friends of Budlong

Lincoln Square North Neighbors

Winnemac Park Neighbors

Join over 1,200 friends who get updates & participate in the Friends of Amundsen Facebook Group!

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Since becoming Principal in 2012, Anna Pavichevich (call her Ms. P) has led a remarkable and exciting transformation to bring Amundsen High School to the forefront of high school choices for Chicago students!

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Since 2012, Friends of Amundsen has supported our community by spreading the good word about and raising money for Amundsen High School.

Through fundraisers, community outreach projects, hosted events, lobbying of influential organizations and fundraising, FOA has helped celebrate and impact the positive change accomplished at Amundsen over the last several years. 

BOOST NEWS:  This years Back To School Boost saw an increase of over 30% over last year with a total of $3,755.  This was a “give the sake of giving” capital campaign and FOA is so very grateful to those who donated.  General donation opportunities to FOA are evergreen...

Thank You Amundsen Community!

Thanks to the incredible outpouring of support from the Amundsen Community at the Raise the Sails benefit combined with the generous sponsorships from our 27 Amundsen Allies during the charter year of the Allies program, Friends of Amundse...

The Back to School Boost campaign was a big success. Thanks to the generosity of our community, FOA raised nearly $3,000 that will be used throughout the year to fund programs like Homecoming Fun, Teacher Appreciation, Spirit Wear, and Alumni Networking. 

Every little b...

Sponsored by our amazing Amundsen Ally Jen Schreiber, real estate broker at Dreamtown.

Please CLICK HERE to visit her website and support our Allies!

Thank you for joining us for a fun night of food, drinks, music, and fundraising as we all came together to support Amundsen High School's Sports and Clubs programs!

Dear Viking family and community,

I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you on behalf of the entire Friends of Amundsen board for helping create something really special. As we all get back into the groove of a new school year, we can’t help but refle...

On Wednesday May 3rd, Friends of Amundsen, Cubs Charities, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC Chicago), celebrated with an on-field presentation of a $150,000 award.  This now brings the total award up to $250,000 for Amundsen High School baseball and...

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