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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.

2022-2023 FOA Board Members:

Kim Belton, President

Carol Stoker, Vice President

Mark Skinner, Treasurer

Molly Lane, Secretary (Teacher Rep)

Kris Algeria, Member

Liz Burgess, Member

Marla Espeseth, Member

Sarah Harris, Member

Matty May, Member

Katie Mochalski, Member

Alison Schwartz, Member

FOA Advisory Board Members:

Stephen Reynolds (FOA Founder)

Amy Williamson (FOA Founder)

Beneen Prendiville (Past President)

Tracey Balderson (Past President)

FOA Meetings

FOA meets monthly during the school year.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Meetings start at 6pm and are held in the Amundsen library.

2022-23 FOA Meeting Schedule:


August 8, 2022

September 12, 2022

October 17, 2022

November 14, 2022

December 12, 2022

January 9, 2023

February 13, 2023

March 13, 2023

April 10, 2023

May 8, 2023

June 12, 2023

About Amundsen High School

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.

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