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Ambitious, joyful learning.

our mission

The Archer School for Girls is an educational community that supports and challenges young women to discover their passions and realize their true potential. • We provide a rigorous, integrated college preparatory curriculum that fosters critical thinking and intellectual curiosity. • We create and sustain a collaborative teaching and learning environment that explores and refines the ways girls learn best. • We help girls to become leaders and life-long learners, strengthening their capacity to contribute positively to their communities. • We strengthen girls’ voices in a diverse and culturally rich environment. • We embrace possibility, promote challenge-seeking and support risk-taking. • We encourage girls to develop meaningful relationships with peers and faculty rooted in honesty, respect and responsibility. • We graduate courageous, committed and ethical young women who take responsibility for their own physical, financial and emotional well-being.




We begin with ambitious, exuberant, multitalented girls. We surround them with expert teachers attuned to how girls learn best. We offer them a challenging curriculum, a classical visual and performing arts program, competitve athletics, and experiential learning opportunities. We see their abilities accrue, their energy build, their confidence reach new heights. And we send them into the world where they become leaders and pursue productive, joyful lives.




Facts at a glance Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1 Average Class Size: 17 Student Life: Archer has more than 30 clubs, mostly student-run and student-initiated activities. Diversity: Archer has 36% students of color. Students come from 146 different elementary and secondary schools and from 92 different zip codes throughout the city. Faculty: 63 Faculty with Advanced Degrees: 71% Male Faculty: 27% Faculty of Color: 19% Financial Assistance: 26% of students receive financial assistance. Nearly $2.9 million in financial aid was awarded for the 2013-2014 school year. Memberships: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS), California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), College Entrance Examination Board, Online School for Girls, A Better Chance (ABC), The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs, Young Eisner Scholars

technology As a 21st century school, Archer embraces the fact that our students are digital natives who use technology every day to access information and construct knowledge. This reality has fundamentally changed the nature of formal education and the role of the classroom teacher. We are dedicated to using technology as a critical component in the teaching and learning process. Through the purposeful and natural integration of digital tools, we develop more innovative and individualized learning opportunities for all students. Since the adoption of our 1 to 1 Laptop Program, we’ve seen a dramatic shift in the type of work students produce. Students now express their understanding through student-created movies, illustrations, infographics, Word/Google documents and annotated images and video. Students are able to more easily communicate with faculty and their peers as well as experts from around the world. A group of sixth-grade Archer students were honored to teach a computer science workshop downtown at the LA Makerspace this past year. They taught a group of eighteen kids and their parents living throughout Los Angeles how to program in Scratch (a graphical programming language developed by MIT’s Media Lab.) The presenters were all members of Archer’s Scratch Club.

Archer Science Teacher Crystal Sengstaken was one of only three high school teachers in the country to receive the Vernier Technology Grant from the National Science Teachers Association. The award was given to three teachers who will use the funds to incorporate the innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld device, in the science classroom.

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of all student work is digital.

1 to 1 Laptop program Archer students and teachers all have their own Apple MacBook, preloaded with the most up-to-date office tools and creative software.

From Walltalkers in classrooms to student access to cuttingedge software, we integrate technology into all aspects of curriculum to enhance student learning.


At Archer, we help our students develop the determination, tenacity and confidence to take on difficult challenges. We believe that math, science and engineering are for everyone, not just a select few. Our girls are engaged in a rigorous, integrated curriculum that provides a delicate balance between cultivating scientific and mathematical literacy and encouraging innovation. Technology is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum. The Archer Honors Research in Science Program provides students with the opportunity to utilize cutting-edge technology in our on-site labs to design and implement original scientific study with a focus on chemistry, physics, engineering, or biology. Our annual STEM Symposium provides an opportunity for Archer students, as well as students from the local community, to present their independent research. Archer Middle School students have a similar opportunity at their own symposium.

Siemens Challenge recognized two teams from Archer as finalists for the “We Can Change the World Challenge.� Both teams of three Archer students were among the ten finalists from California and the top 50 finalists in the nation. One team focused on finding an alternative material to use for plastic soda rings, while the other analyzed reducing lunch program waste by only serving buffet style. The students also shared their projects at the 2013 STEM Symposium.

Our new IDEA Lab is a creative space dedicated to collaboration, creativity and invention. The IDEA Lab is the hub of our vision for Integrated Design and Engineering Arts, the banner under which we bring engineering activities and design into a wide range of classes and extracurricular activities. In our Upper School, students complete projects together combining aspects of computer programming, mechanical engineering, discrete electronics, engineering management, and design thinking. Our Middle School program offers computer science in the 6th grade and introduces our 7th graders to electronic circuits. Archer also brings engineering design and problem solving activities to the physical science curriculum. At Archer, we have a responsibility to advance girls in engineering and STEM and we are profoundly grateful to the Edward E. Ford Foundation for their $50,000 matching grant in support of our program.

Brooklin Cohen ’14, Annmarie Dominguez ’13, and Gloria Ryoo ’14 attended Raytheon’s 13th Annual Engineering Games competition during Engineers Week in February 2013. The three won first place for their design and construction of a Stirling engine.

performing & visual arts At Archer, we inspire our students to find their voices and use their passions while building the skills they need to succeed in any field in the 21st century. Students can participate in a variety of programs, including: choir, orchestra, an a capella group called the “Unaccompanied Minors,” dance, Upper and Middle School musicals and plays, ceramics, photography, drawing and painting, film, and The Eastern Star Gallery at Archer. Recent Recognition: Both Middle School and Upper School Orchestras and Choirs won first place in their divisions at the 2013 Music in the Parks Competition in Anaheim, California. This is the second year in a row for both groups to receive first-place distinctions. At this year’s California regional Scholastic Art Awards, Archer girls had a strong showing with artists receiving gold and silver keys for their work in a variety of media. The Drama Teachers Association of Southern California awarded Archer thespians top honors for their performance of Shakespeare classics, including: • Middle School with a first and third place, as well as two honorable mentions • Upper School with four participants advancing to semi-finals Archer was recognized with 8 National Youth Arts Awards in 2012, including two for ensemble performances, four for a lead actress and two for a supporting actress. “A Moment in Time” was the theme of the Archer Dance Troupe and Dance Company Night of Dance performances at the American Jewish University on February 9 and 10, 2013. Nearly 100 dancers performed dances choreographed by renowned guest professionals, students and faculty.

athletics Athletics is more than just a game at Archer. Our athletes take to the field, court, and pool to compete in a variety of sports, discovering leadership skills while enjoying the camaraderie of team play. We are dedicated to helping our girls strengthen bonds, learn healthy competition and foster inner strength and resilience as they participate. Archer athletes participate in cross country, tennis, equestrian, beach volleyball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming, and track and field.

Archer was recognized as a regional winner of the 2013 “Kenny Fagan Shake for Sportsmanship” award by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF-SS). The award provides recognition for schools singled out by a vote from their peers for outstanding sportsmanship displayed throughout the season. Criteria includes behavior at home and away games, enthusiasm, and treatment of opponents and officials. Archer representatives were honored on the field at the Dodger-Padres game on April 16, 2013.

After an impressive year of fencing victories, Jennifer Horowitz ’14 won gold at the 2012 U.S. High School Fencing Championships and then went on to become the 2013 gold medalist in the U.S. Fencing Association’s Junior Olympics Championships. In April 2013 she was inducted into the National Jewish Museum Sports Hall of Fame at its headquarters in Commack, NY.

• Varsity volleyball tied a school record with 16 wins, won the Delphic League Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF 4A division. • Varsity cross country qualified for the CIF preliminary competition as a team for the first time in school history. • Varsity tennis qualified as a team into the CIF doubles tournament for the first time in school history. • Middle School swimming team won their second consecutive Pacific Basin League (PBL) Championship (first out of 23 schools). • Varsity swimming had 31 students on the roster, an all-time high enrollment for an Archer team sport. Every swimmer on the varsity team qualified for the Delphic League Finals where the team placed fifth overall. • Varsity basketball defeated the defending CIF 4A champions en route to qualifying for the CIF playoffs, despite playing in a highly competitive league. • Varsity track broke three school sprint records and two in the field events on their way to a top four finish in the Delphic League. • Middle School track set six school records and won the most individual medals ever for an Archer team at the PBL finals where they finished in third place in the 23-member league. A record 11 athletes qualified for the Delphic League Finals. • Archer fielded a beach volleyball team in the Interscholastic Beach Volleyball League, winning 3 matches. • Equestrian finished fifth of 75 schools in the Interscholastic Equestrian League. • Middle School softball advanced to the semifinals for the second year in a row. • Varsity softball, playing in the Alpha League alongside the #4 and #10 ranked teams in the State Division 4, qualified for the CIF-SS Division 5 playoffs with a fourth place finish in the league and a 10-10 overall record. • Lindsay Levesque ’13 was awarded the Delphic League Volleyball MVP and named to the CIF 4A All-CIF volleyball team. • Maia Barnett ’14 was awarded first team All-Alpha League and named to the CIF 4A All-CIF team. • Jessica Cranston ’13 was named the Delphic Track MVP.

Krysia Sikora ’13 is the first soccer player from Archer to sign a national letter of intent with a NCAA division 1 program, playing for the Duke Blue Devils. She is a three-time all-league player, a two-time Archer soccer team MVP, and was the 2011 Archer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Krysia scored a goal in her first game at Duke.

40% of students participate in Athletics

Historic Landmark The Archer campus was built in 1931 by famed California architect William Mooser III and is listed as a Los Angeles Cultural/Historic monument.

Archer forward Our campus preservation and improvement plan will secure our mission for future generations of girls. Learn more at

In 2003, Archer was recognized with a Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award for converting the Eastern Star Home into an outstanding private educational institution.

our campus Our eight-acre historic landmark campus evokes the charm of a bygone era with graceful archways, peaceful courtyards and elaborately hand-painted ceilings. The intimate campus invites contemplation and exploration--whether by curling up with a book in front of the fireplace in our 6,000-square-foot library or finding the perfect study spot in our courtyard. The campus reflects Archer’s warmth and openness. For Archer girls, it is a home away from home. Archer is a modern school in a historic setting. Archer girls thrive in a building which has always been used for women. Constructed in 1931 and designed by the famed California architect William Mooser III, our campus was originally used as a home for women of the Order of the Eastern Star.

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At Archer we know that a positive partnership between school and home is key to your daughter’s success. All parents are automatically members of the Archer Parent Association (APA). There are a variety of ways to get involved and volunteer. In addition to social activities with parents and families, Archer also provides extensive educational opportunities for parents about topics relevant to them and their daughters.


With 134 courses, including 11 Advanced Placement classes, Archer’s curriculum seeks to challenge and inspire. Students are expected to develop strong critical thinking skills and an appreciation for the importance of an intellectual life. While the immediate goal is a strong foundation for success in college, an Archer education gives students the skills to make sound and reasoned decisions in their academic, professional and personal lives. Archer provides an innovative yet structured curriculum that explicitly teaches collaboration, character, communication, problem-solving and critical thinking through an integrated approach to learning. Knowledge and skills are anchored in enduring understandings to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century and to thrive in an increasingly connected and global world. The curriculum affords students active learning opportunities to construct knowledge and derive meaning. Department demonstrations of learning guide curriculum development and instruction around student outcomes for each discipline.


of seniors are currently enrolled in Calculus AB or BC and of juniors are currently enrolled in Calculus AB.



of juniors and seniors currently take an AP course.

There are

3 National Merit Commended Students, 2 National Merit Semi-Finalists, and

1 National Achievement Finalist in the Class of 2014. The National Council of Teachers of English recently awarded Archer literary magazines high marks for their creative work. Pillars of Salt, the Upper School literary magazine, was rated “Superior,” the highest ranking. Archer was one of only 13 schools out of the 417 magazines submitted in California to receive this honor. Write in the Middle, the Middle School literary magazine, was rated “Excellent,” the second highest ranking. That means it was ranked in the top 20 out of the 417 magazines submitted in California. Archer was the only middle school on the list.

Archer students Maria Gelabert ’15 and Lulu Cerone ’17 were recently recognized for their award-winning essays in the National French Week Essay Contest. Maria placed second in the high school division and Lulu received the third place award for the middle school division.

Archer in the news From printed magazines and papers to online news outlets and television, this has been the most successful year of media coverage since Archer moved into the Eastern Star building in 1999. A sampling of recent coverage includes: • The Los Angeles Times wrote an article on The Gallery at Archer, which was featured on the cover of the Arts section of the Sunday edition. • Ventura Magazine recently listed Archer Freshman Lulu Cerone as a “Top Teen To Watch” and a world changer. Lulu was also featured on KTLA and LA Talk Radio. • The Los Angeles Business Journal covered The Archer School for Girls’ dedication to helping girls become powerful business and social leaders. • Heather Keddie, Co-Director of College Guidance, wrote for The New York Times blog on the college admissions process. • The Palisadian Post ran a story about Archer’s annual “Literature &…” literary conference and highlighted several Archer students. • Recent Brentwood Patch coverage about Archer: • • • • • •

Archer Student Emboldens Peers to Social Activism Maypole Rises on Archer School Campus Once Again Archer School Student Honored as International Fencing Champion Students Receive Brentwood Youth Citizen Awards Archer School to Highlight 100 Student STEM Projects Archer School Soccer Talent Signs National Letter of Intent With Duke University • Students, Educators Lead ‘Inspirational’ Diversity Day • Students Receive Brentwood Youth Citizen Awards • PLANETS COLLIDE: The Archer School For Girls And Loyola High School Come Together For A Joint Gallery Art Show • Head of School Elizabeth English participated in two Huffington Post Live shows. • The Brentwood News Online recently published: The Archer School for Girls Showcases Student Filmmaking at Archer Film Festival May 10-11, 2013. • Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal published an article titled “STEM Educators Recognized for Data-Collection Innovation in the 2013 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards.” Archer science teacher Crystal Sengstaken was one of three high school teachers in the country to receive the grant award. For more news coverage and stories, please visit

class of 2013

The Class of 2013 included 61 seniors who submitted a total of 413 applications to 160 colleges and universities. They matriculated to:

American University Bard College Barnard College Bates College Boston University Brandeis University California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Carleton College Carnegie Mellon University Columbia University Dartmouth College Duke University (2) Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts Indiana University Ithaca College Lafayette College Loyola University New Orleans New York University (6) Northwestern University (2) Pitzer College Pratt Institute Princeton University Santa Monica College

Syracuse University (2) Texas Christian University Tufts University Tulane University Union College University of Arizona University of British Columbia, Vancouver University of California at Berkeley (2) University of California at Los Angeles University of California at Santa Barbara University of Colorado at Boulder (2) University of Miami University of Michigan (5) University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of Puget Sound University of Redlands University of Richmond (2) University of Southern California (3) Washington University in St. Louis Wellesley College

Gaby Cach ’13 was named Archer’s first Gates Millennium Scholar in April of 2013. This scholarship program, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates, is an all-inclusive, “good-throughgraduation” scholarship that covers up to ten years of higher education. This year there were 1,000 Scholars selected from a national pool of 54,000 applications, which is an admit rate of only 1.8%. Gaby is a freshmen at Carnegie Mellon University and plans to study engineering.

During her last year at Archer, Nahal Shakib ’13 wrote about a variety of topics for the Huffington Post. Nahal also had the opportunity to attend TedX Teen, a conference giving teenagers across the United States the opportunity to listen to and mingle with high-level thinkers and doers. And congratulations to Nahal on a post being re-tweeted by First Lady Michelle Obama to all of her 1,479,591 fans!

Chloe Mills ’13 gave the keynote speech at the annual Green California Schools Summit and Exposition at the Pasadena Convention Center on September 28, 2013. The Summit is the state’s largest annual gathering of green school leaders. Chloe also served as the President of GYM (Green Youth Movement) and was a student ambassador for the Environmental Education Initiative (EEI).

College list Our graduates are accepted to some of the finest colleges and universities across the country and world. The list below reflects admission and matriculation for the last five graduating classes.

NEW ENGLAND Amherst College Babson College Bard College Barnard College Bates College Bennington College Bentley University Boston College Boston Conservatory Boston University Brandeis University Brown University Clark University Colby College Colgate University Columbia University Connecticut College Cooper Union Cornell University Dartmouth College Emerson College Eugene Lang College Fordham University Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Hamilton College Hampshire College Harvard University Hobart and William Smith College Hofstra University Ithaca College Middlebury College Mount Holyoke College New York University Northeastern University Pratt Institute Princeton University Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhode Island School of Design Rutgers University

Sarah Lawrence College School of the Museum of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts Skidmore College Smith College Suffolk University Syracuse University Trinity College Tufts University Union College University of Rochester University of Vermont Vassar College Wagner College Wellesley College Wesleyan University Wheaton College (MA) Williams College Worcester Polytechnic Institute Yale University MID-ATLANTIC American University Bowie State University Bryn Mawr College Denison University Dickinson University Drexel University Franklin & Marshall College The George Washington University Georgetown University Gettysburg College Goucher College Haverford College Howard University Johns Hopkins University Lafayette College Lehigh University Maryland Institute College of Art

Muhlenberg College Swarthmore College University of Delaware University of Maryland University of Pennsylvania Villanova University MID-WEST Bucknell University Carlton College Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve Grinnell College Indiana University Kenyon College Lake Forest College Loyola University Chicago Macalester College Northwestern University Oberlin College Ohio Wesleyan University School of the Art Institute of Chicago University of Chicago University of Iowa University of Michigan University of Pittsburgh University of Wisconsin Washington University SOUTH College of Charleston Duke University Emory University Spelman College Tulane University University of Miami University of North Carolina University of Richmond Vanderbilt University of Virginia Wake Forest University

SOUTHWEST/WEST Art Center College of Design California Institute of the Arts Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Chapman University Claremont McKenna College College of Santa Fe Colorado College Colorado State University Harvey Mudd College Lewis & Clark Loyola Marymount University Mills College Occidental College Pepperdine University Pitzer College Pomona College Reed College Santa Clara University Scripps College Southern Methodist University Stanford University St. Johns University Texas Christian University University of Arizona UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Los Angeles UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz University of Colorado Boulder University of Denver University of Hawaii University of Oregon University of Puget Sound University of Redlands University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of Southern California University of Texas University of Washington Whitman College Whittier College INTERNATIONAL Emily Carr School of Art & Design (Vancouver) Franklin College of Switzerland McGill University Trinity College University of the Hague University of British Columbia University of Edinburgh University of St. Andrews


Colleges & Universities The members of Archer’s last five senior classes received admission to more than 260 colleges and universities.

accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)


of our graduates are accepted to a 4-year college or university.

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