About Friends of Amundsen

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.

2021-2022 FOA Board Members:

Matty May, President

Kim Belton, Vice President

Anne Ryan, Treasurer

Molly Lane, Secretary (Teacher Rep)

Claes Brameus, Member

Liz Burgess, Member

Patti Morrow, Member

Alison Schwartz, Member

Carol Stoker, Member

Chris Yarusso, Member

FOA Advisory Board Members:

Stephen Reynolds (FOA Founder)

Amy Williamson (FOA Founder)

Beneen Prendiville (Past President)

Tracey Balderson (Past President)

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. 

About AHS


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!

Amundsen High School is the school of choice for our neighborhood families due to its excellent student achievement results and competitive academic and extracurricular programs, offered in a 21st century facility. Teaching to ensure growth and achievement is the core principle of all instruction. Amundsen graduates embrace intercultural respect and possess the needed skills to be leaders in their communities and in a global society.



Amundsen's mission is to provide every Amundsen High School student with: a 21st Century rigorous and relevant education, which prepares them for success in their post-secondary academic endeavors and careers; authentic learning experiences that develop their ability to be life-long, independent thinkers and learners, equipped with comprehensive literacy skills in mathematics, languages, arts, sciences, and technology; and, a foundation for understanding a variety of cultural perspectives (international-mindedness) and a service-oriented mindset.



The Viking Way, which cultivates the school’s core values of Accountability, Honor, and Scholarship, is the foundation of the culture at Amundsen. The Viking Way is seen every day in every Amundsen student, in every hallway and in every classroom. The Viking Way is why Amundsen has notably high levels of safety and security, outstanding student civic participation, and a one-year graduation rate that exceeds 95% in recent years.