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In 1995, three visionary women - all mothers and

our approach

graduates of girls’ schools - turned a dream into a

teaching & learning

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reality and founded The Archer School for Girls.

why a girls’ school

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A contemporary girls’ school, Archer offers a 21st

college guidance

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century education fostering intellectual leadership,

signature programs

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creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

life after archer

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At the heart of an Archer education is

AMBITIOUS, JOYFUL LEARNING

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In 1995, three visionary women - all mothers and

our approach

graduates of girls’ schools - turned a dream into a

teaching & learning

19

reality and founded The Archer School for Girls.

why a girls’ school

34

A contemporary girls’ school, Archer offers a 21

college guidance

42

century education fostering intellectual leadership,

signature programs

46

creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

life after archer

54

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At the heart of an Archer education is

AMBITIOUS, JOYFUL LEARNING

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Who is an

?

ARCHER

GIRL


Your daughter. Always a learner. Now she’s at that crucial stage where she’s beginning to realize what moves her. The stage where, under the careful guidance of teachers who understand her interests and motivations, she can go from steps to leaps.

The next seven years are all about her - who she’s becoming, what she’s pursuing, where her natural curiosity and well-practiced talents can take her. That’s where Archer comes in. We founded this school to orchestrate joyful and ambitious learning for every girl who steps through our doors. That means getting to know every girl on a personal level, uncovering what moves her, and giving her every opportunity to showcase her emerging intellect and talents. An Archer education is all about learning that there are no limits to a girl’s possibilities.

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Archer is

Innovative

&

INTENTIONAL


Every programmatic decision is based on current research about how girls develop and thrive. As a school, Archer consistently reaches out to the knowledge base and partners with some of the nation’s leading universities to discover the ways girls learn best. Similarly, the curriculum is highly integrated and steeped in the experiential so that girls develop the confidence to become drivers of their own learning.

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OUR

APPROACH

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Archer does independent school differently.

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.�

We support and expect our students to achieve at the highest levels but remind them, and ourselves, that

-William Pollard

complacency and arrogance are obstacles to true excellence. At Archer we never allow our successes to keep us from continually evolving. Archer is a young, dynamic institution. We are not burdened by heritage or the false sense that the way we did things even five years ago is enough to prepare our students for achievement in the 21st century. In fact, it is in our mission to be reflexive and responsive to the changing landscape of education. Your daughter will experience the classroom like never before, surrounded by collaborative teachers who are expected to learn and continually improve their craft.

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Excellence

Without Arrogance

OUR APPROACH


HIGH stress Does Not Equal

HIGH ACHIEVEMENT

OUR APPROACH


At Archer we know that happy girls are highly motivated. School shouldn’t hurt. All the research shows that chronic stress impedes learning and high-level achievement. We do our best work when we are happy. The truth is that high expectations do not have to be stressful, and at Archer we know this hinges precisely on the quality of teaching. Any school can hold the bar high for students; the best schools have teachers who take responsibility for getting them there. Thus, Archer takes pride in our unparalleled, research-based teaching methods, excellent outcomes and healthy culture, which translate into our motto – ambitious, joyful learning. We want our girls to be ambitious and strive to meet their full potential in their academic and extra-curricular pursuits. Archer girls want to do it all; it is our job to help them hone their passions and channel their strengths so that they learn to lead generative yet balanced lives.

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Independent Schools do not breed

“Mean Girls”

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At Archer it’s clear: girls are not natural enemies. There’s a surprise in store for first-

feel at home. A culture where girls

time Archer visitors: It’s precisely not

think learning is cool, where they honor

the common stereotype of an all-

achievement, applaud success, and have

girls’ school. Gone are the exclusive

each others’ backs when times get tough.

cliques, the petty jealousies, judgments based on shallow circumstances.

It’s almost too unexpected to imagine. But once you see it for

In their place? A supportive sisterhood

yourself, you’ll probably find yourself

where every girl feels welcomed. Highly

watching the interactions around

spirited lunch in our courtyard where

you and thinking, “lucky girls.”

your daughter can sit anywhere and

OUR APPROACH


For Archer girls, it’s all about healthy competition. To say Archer girls don’t compete at all would be naive. But here are some things they don’t compete about: boys, clothing labels, class rank, college choice. Competition at Archer transcends the superficial because it’s healthy–and productive. Your daughter–surrounded by supportive, high-achieving girls–emulates the work ethic and dedication of her peers. She and her best friend discuss how, even though their essays on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein adopt different points of view, they still arrive at similar conclusions about how society views “otherness.” She might ask her lab partner, “how did you balance that chemical equation?” In explaining it, both girls gain a deeper understanding of acid-base reactions. Archer girls take pride in their classmates’ achievements and learn from them along the way.

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Competition is a good thing

OUR APPROACH


We’re in this

TOGETHER

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At Archer we know a positive partnership between school and home is key to your daughter’s success. New parents at Archer are often

A positive school-parent partnership

surprised by how diverse and down-

is central to your daughter becoming

to-earth our families are. Our students

a healthy, high-achieving girl. Archer

come from nearly 100 different zip

offers its parents ongoing education on

codes, and over half of our students

issues facing girls today – leadership,

come from public elementary and middle

resilience, self-esteem and body

schools. Our community reflects the face

image, digital literacy and more.

of greater Los Angeles; this is intentional

We foster thoughtful conversations

since we know that diverse communities

at school and at home and support

are more inclusive and kind.

parents as their daughter’s academic and social journey unfolds.

OUR APPROACH


teaching

and

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great  teachers are not just experts in their subject area

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Archer faculty are also experts in teaching children. We believe that every teacher

Independent schools are famous

should have to take the Hippocratic

for hiring teachers with content

oath: “Do No Harm.” An experienced

area expertise. However, having a

teacher of girls knows that relationships

Ph.D. in math does not necessarily

are at the heart of everything.

mean one can teach math. An Archer

If you’ve ever heard your daughter say, “I don’t like (fill in the subject area); my teacher doesn’t like me,” that’s because for girls the relationship comes first. Archer girls know their teachers care deeply about them as individuals. As a result, they are willing to take risks and embrace challenges they might otherwise avoid in a less supportive

teacher recognizes that if a student has not mastered a concept, he or she has not taught it effectively. This is what we call reflective practice. As a community, we are explicit and extremely literate about what good teaching looks like – including the girls themselves who typically thank their teachers at the end of each class.

and connected environment.

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Taking notes all day Does Not result in

Learning Archer girls learn by doing. We take a brain-based approach to

and the Institute for Film & Video

teaching and understand that the very

Literacy, students have the chance to

structure of the school day must be

transfer and apply skills and concepts

designed to optimize every student’s

to authentic learning experiences.

learning. Believe it or not, the seven period, 45-minute schedule to which many schools still cling derives from a turn-of-the-century factory efficiency model. It’s sufficient if all a teacher does is lecture. An Archer teacher never just lectures, and our schedule reflects this.

Instead of just taking notes, your daughter may learn ninth-grade medieval history by first creating an illuminated manuscript on the historical figure of her choosing. Then she might design an interactive website to share the details of her character’s life and

We train our faculty in research-based

influence, using appropriate vocabulary

pedagogy and equip each teacher with

and terminology. In these processes,

an instructional tool box and common

she learns how to evaluate and cite

language with which to reflect on and

resources and engage her audience

improve their practice. Our teachers

through scholarship and thoughtful

ensure that students engage actively

design. The result: experiential learning

with the material, think analytically,

that sparks excitement about the

and construct their own meaning.

subject, demonstrates mastery, and

Through programs such as the IDEA

ensures enduring understanding.

Lab, Honors Research & Science,

TEACHING & LEARNING


Archer partners with the country’s leading research institutes to hone our approach. We know a lot more today than we did 20 years ago about educating girls. While Archer’s ultimate goals and standards are those of any fine liberal arts institution, we pay close attention to the research to better understand the rapidly changing educational landscape. We take pride in our skillful faculty who make Archer the dynamic and innovative place that it is. In our partnerships with Stanford, UPenn, USC, UCLA and others, our teachers study issues of gender in education for the ultimate benefit of their students. Indeed, it is in our very mission to remain focused on the ways girls learn best.

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Schools should be among our most

dynamic institutions

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Technology is not a fad

At Archer the future of education is happening now. Today’s students use technology

access to the tools our teachers need to

regularly to access information and

provide a true 21st century classroom.

construct knowledge. This reality has fundamentally changed the nature of formal education and the role of the teacher. Through the purposeful and natural integration of digital tools, Archer teachers develop more innovative and individualized learning opportunities for all students.

Let’s face it, paper is quickly becoming a thing of the past. At Archer, students can connect with classmates and teachers outside the classroom, access online course notes and digital resources, and have 24/7 access to assignments and grades - as do their parents. As educators in the digital age, we

Archer is a leader in the use of educational technology. Our well established 1 to 1 program provides every student with an Apple MacBook, fully loaded with the most current and educational software on the market. This commitment assures equity of

teach our students and parents about the mindful and responsible use of technology. We believe that the best way to do this is by embracing technology’s permanence, recognizing its potential for misuse, and ultimately enjoying its endless benefits.

TEACHING & LEARNING


It’s not your mother’s

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At Archer, fitness goes beyond running the mile. Being a teenage girl today isn’t easy.

of the curriculum focuses on topics

Archer takes a holistic approach to

such as personal values, mindfulness,

fitness and wellness. Our curriculum

healthy decision-making, self esteem,

develops the whole girl and encourages

relationships, and body image.

her to live a balanced, healthy life – physically, emotionally, and socially.

Archer girls are encouraged to be selfadvocates and take ownership of their

The fitness component of our program

own well-being. Programs like Peer

is uniquely designed to introduce

Support, Family Fridays, and Advisory

students to a wide variety of activities,

provide a safe space for girls to discuss

from jazz dance and flag football to

what matters most. The supportive

ultimate Frisbee and yoga. Students

atmosphere that exists among our

learn the importance of working as a

students is genuine, healthy, and fun.

team and making fitness a long-term personal goal. The wellness piece

TEACHING & LEARNING


It’s more than just a

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Archer Athletics push girls to new heights. Archer girls take to the field and court, competing in a variety of sports each season. While some of our graduates go on to compete in college, all of our student athletes gain valuable life skills through participation in athletics. Sports at Archer strengthen bonds, promote healthy competition, and foster resilience. Fall Sports

Winter Sports

Spring Sports

Cross Country

Basketball

Softball

Tennis

Soccer

Swimming

Equestrian

Equestrian

Equestrian Beach Volleyball

Volleyball

Track & Field

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Moving beyond a

simple elective Archer girls discover their creative voices through Visual and Performing Arts. An Archer education begins in the

Our heralded performing arts program

classroom, but girls find outlets–creative

stages plays and musicals in our on-

and athletic–across our campus. Archer

campus Blackbox theatre. Likewise,

provides an intensive visual arts program

Archer’s award-winning choirs and

that supports girls’ burgeoning talents

orchestras give public performances

and trains them classically in disciplines

and play in competitions throughout

ranging from drawing, painting,

the year, while our dancers perfect

sculpture, and ceramics to printmaking,

their technique for our annual Night

photography, and graphic design.

of Dance and Dance Showcase. For

As an Archer artist, each girl has the opportunity to develop an in-depth portfolio for art school or explore photography as a novice. She can put on her own exhibition as part of a senioryear independent study or learn the

girls interested in working behind the scenes, the Archer Tech Crew provides students an opportunity to experience stagecraft from the inside – designing lights and sound, building sets, and managing the stage.

basics of advanced design software.

Whether they specialize in visual or

It all depends upon her personal

performing arts, Archer girls quickly

interests, motivations, and talents.

find their individual niches and excel.

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Why a

?

Girls’ School

It’s about climate. And the climate in co-ed schools remains “chilly” for girls. Dr. Bernice Sandler, co-author of the

In a girls’ school, the girls are always

landmark Title IX legislation, which

called on first, always the president of

afforded girls equal opportunity in

the student body, the captain of the

education and athletics, coined the

engineering and design team, the CEO

term “chilly climate.” It describes the

of the student store, and the lead chair

well-documented gender dynamics

in the orchestra. So, it’s not surprising

and biases inherent in co-ed

that comprehensive studies done by the

environments. Whether in a classroom

U.S. government and UCLA found that

or a corporate boardroom, we call

girls’ school graduates exhibit higher

on men more, give them more praise

achievement, greater confidence, and

for what they say, and interrupt them

more inclination to assume leadership.

less. Over the course of 12 years

Archer alumnae underscore these

of schooling, this has a cumulative

findings as they earn advanced degrees

and damaging effect on a girl’s self-

and top awards in medicine, law,

esteem, confidence, and aspirations.

business, journalism, and science.

Study - Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Difference in their Characteristics and the Transition to College, Linda J. Sax, Ph.D., Principal Investigator


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The Reality is men still

Run the World Archer is determined to change that. According to the 2013 Catalyst Research

Of those who do ascend to the highest

findings, women currently constitute

level of government and business, girls’

half the total U.S. workforce, earn 50%

school and women’s college graduates

of bachelors degrees, and 60% percent

are leading the way. Take for example

of masters degrees. Yet women hold

the first three female U.S. Secretaries of

only 4% of CEO positions and only

State, or the fact that over two-thirds

16% of board seats in Fortune 500

of female Heads of State world wide

companies. In addition, women suffer

are graduates of single-sex schools.

a pay gap that begins with their very first job and increases over time.

It’s clear: single-sex environments empower future leaders and Archer

Additionally, while the 113th U.S.

girls come to learn that leadership,

Congress boasts the highest numbers

in essence, is service and requires

of women in the Senate and the House

abundant courage, self-reflection,

of Representatives, women still only

and a great deal of good humor.

represent 20% of senators and 18% of representatives. Of the nation’s 50 governors, only five are female, a mere 10%.

WHY A GIRLS' SCHOOL


Girls’ school graduates have the edge. Girls’ schools have enjoyed a renaissance over the past decade, and with good reason. Girls’ schools create a proven culture of achievement. Think about it. During the school day your daughter is free to focus on what actually matters: finding her passion, developing her voice, and ultimately building the confidence that will underlie her every achievement. At Archer, girls expect to be called on, heard, and afforded every opportunity to succeed. Contrary to the claim that single-sex schools don’t prepare girls for the “real world,” research continues to validate and quantify the advantages of an all-girls education, citing higher test scores, superior math, writing, and science skills, higher numbers of girls majoring in STEM fields, and a more positive approach to learning. Simply put, Archer graduates exhibit higher confidence which, in turn, results in higher achievement.

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Taking on the

“real world”

WHY A GIRLS' SCHOOL


Traditions, without being

Traditional

WHY A GIRLS' SCHOOL


Archer’s oldest tradition is joy. Being a young school has many benefits. As a community, we are willing to embrace change, but we also understand the importance of traditions as a way to foster school spirit and pride. Community-wide events such as Founders’ Day, One Book, Grandparents’ Day, the Halloween Carnival, Moving Up Day, and the beloved Maypole Dance ensure a cohesive, happy culture where we celebrate the accomplishments of today, stay connected to Archer’s past, and look ahead to the future.

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Your daughter deserves to attend a college worthy of her achievements. We are exceedingly proud of our college

Balance is a word often used at Archer. In

acceptance record, and admissions

9th and 10th grades, deans help students

officers routinely praise Archer girls

make appropriate course selections,

for their maturity, poise, humility, and

monitor individual student progress, and

creativity. In any given year, Archer’s

work directly with teachers and parents.

graduating seniors matriculate to a wide

Developing sound study habits while

range of highly selective colleges and

finding a balance between academic

universities. Our students attend small

and extracurricular endeavors positions

liberal arts colleges, large public and

every student to thrive after graduation.

private universities, engineering schools,

While the conversation about college

art institutes, and professional academies

starts early, we believe that freshman and

specializing in visual and performing arts.

sophomores should be focused primarily

The college application process can

on their lives as Archer students.

be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.

COLLEGE GUIDANCE


Archer graduates can be found on the campuses of: American University The American University of Paris Amherst College Bard College Barnard College Bates College Brandeis University Brown University Carnegie Mellon University Columbia University Connecticut College Cooper Union Cornell University Dartmouth College Duke University Emerson College Emory University Eugene Lang College Fordham University Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering The George Washington University Georgetown University Harvard University Haverford College Harvey Mudd College Howard University Lewis & Clark College Middlebury College Mount Holyoke College New York University Northwestern University Occidental College Parsons School of Design Pomona College Pratt Institute Princeton University Reed College Sarah Lawrence College Scripps College Skidmore College Smith College Stanford University Swathmore College Syracuse University Tulane University University of California, Berkeley University of California, Los Angeles University of Chicago University of Miami University of Pennsylvania University of San Diego University of Southern California Vanderbilt University Vassar College Washington University in St. Louis Wellesley College Wesleyan University Williams College Yale University For a complete matriculation list, please visit www.archer.org/admissions/college.

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College Guidance at Archer Archer boasts two full-time college

Just before classes resume in August

guidance counselors who work closely

of senior year, Archer offers a College

with students and their families

Boot Camp to work intensively on

throughout the process. Every

applications and hear from speakers

girl is assigned her own guidance

about essay writing and interviewing.

counselor, and 11th graders are

The College Guidance class continues

required to take a year-long class

to meet during the first semester,

designed to help them navigate the

and students discuss the application

college search process. Junior year

process, learn how to interview, and

is an opportunity for the counselors

hear from Archer alumnae. Archer’s

to get to know each student and her

thoughtful college curriculum ensures

family personally. This partnership

an ambitious yet healthy future for all

begins the process of creating a list

its graduates, empowering them to

of schools that meet the student’s

choose a college based on who they

interests and push her to new heights.

are and not what others expect.

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Given the right tools, an Archer girl

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The Eastern Star Gallery at Archer On the surface, the gallery is an

Co-directors, managers, docents,

attractive, modern space for displaying

communications directors, exhibition

the artwork of students and guest

designers, historians, and photographers

exhibitors. But like many things at

all work together to create a publicly

Archer, it’s more than meets the eye–it’s

attended, professional-level art exhibit.

experiential learning at its best. We start

Our inaugural show in 2006 featured the

with girls in love with art. Then we put

photography of Leonard Nimoy. Since

them under the guidance of an expert

then we’ve hosted sculptors, painters,

teacher who knows the landscape of

photographers, and ceramicists.

the contemporary L.A. art scene and the ins and outs of running a gallery.

And the girls do it all. They consult with museum professionals as well as

Our philosophy: set up the perfect

with our own gallery director, getting

conditions where the girls’ passion for

advice, tips, and techniques. They read

art helps them learn in areas that diverge

the books and do the research. They

far from typical “art appreciation.” The

keep track of the finances. They help

girls form a student board that oversees

choose and mount the artwork. Most

the production of a fully realized art

of all, they learn to surpass their own

show from conception to exhibition.

expectations every step of the way.

Girls occupy every position within The Eastern Star Gallery at Archer.

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Empowering Women in Film The film industry has a long-standing

these revealing statistics, the Archer

reputation as a men’s club, and recent

Film Festival strives to encourage a

statistics certainly support this claim.

new generation of female filmmakers.

Of the 100 top grossing films of 2012, only 16.7 percent of the 1,228 directors, writers, and producers were female. Women accounted for 4.1 percent of directors, 12.2 percent of writers, and 20 percent of producers.

Archer’s annual student-run festival is open to high school filmmakers in California and all girls’ school students nationally. While the festival is dedicated to empowering female filmmakers, the goal is not to exclude men, but to

This calculates to a 2012 ratio of 5

include women. Each year, participants

males to every 1 female behind the

get the rare opportunity to screen

camera. Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Director

their films at the festival and learn

win for The Hurt Locker at the 2009

from high-level industry professionals

Academy Awards was certainly a

at a series of panel discussions.

triumph, but amazingly, she is only the fourth woman to be nominated in the directing category in 85 years. Due to

Statistics from 2012 study conducted by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

SIGNATURE PROGRAMS AT ARCHER


National Outdoor Leadership School

Thoughtful risk-taking is part of Archer’s mission. Students are expected to explore their limits and in doing so discover their strengths. Our Arrow Week program allows students to gain self-knowledge and skill through challenging experiences outside of the classroom.

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Learning the Art of Leadership Archer partners with the National

risk management, and environmental

Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

studies. Students learn about what it

to provide a program that promotes

means to lead effectively and discover

self-discovery and personal growth.

their own leadership “style” as they

Founded in 1965, NOLS is a proven

venture out on five-day backpacking

leader in worldwide outdoor education.

courses. Trips are an integral part

Archer is in good company, as NOLS

of an Archer education. While most

partners with such notable organizations

independent schools offer some form of

as NASA, Harvard Medical School,

outdoor education, Archer surpasses its

the United States Naval Academy, The

peers by offering the NOLS experience.

Nature Conservancy, and Google.

Archer’s tenets of leadership, respect,

The Arrow Week curriculum for grades 7, 9, and 11 is an opportunity for

and responsibility are incorporated into all aspects of the daily life.

students to gain an appreciation and

Our students have backpacked through

respect for the natural environment,

the mountains in Southern Arizona

while learning valuable leadership

and New Mexico, the canyons and

and interpersonal skills. The core of

Anasazi ruins of Southern Utah,

the Arrow Week/NOLS curriculum

and the mountains and lakes in the

centers on leadership, technical skills,

Northern Cascades in Washington.

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stem @ archer Engaging Girls to Succeed Archer believes that every girl can excel

In high school, students have the

at science, technology, engineering,

opportunity to take a year-long

and math (STEM). Students are

Honors Research in Science course.

engaged in a challenging curriculum

During the first semester, students

that provides a deliberate balance

explore current research topics through

between cultivating scientific and

close readings of scientific journals

mathematical literacy and encouraging

and presentations from local scientists.

innovation. Technology is incorporated

During the second semester, they work

into all aspects of the curriculum with

closely with an advisor to design and

student-driven research at the core.

execute an original scientific study

Classes are open-ended, with inquiry labs in science allowing students to design their own procedures and processes to answer a question or solve

utilizing cutting edge technology in Archer’s on-site research lab. At the end of the semester, students present their findings at an annual conference.

a problem. Engineering and robotics are

Each year, Archer proudly hosts a

integrated into the science curriculum

collegiate-level STEM symposium where

beginning in 6th grade, and all Archer

local high school scientists are invited

students learn to design, build, and

to submit their work for consideration

program robots and small machines.

at the event. The symposium provides

Our integrated math curriculum provides girls the opportunity to study all strands of math in a

an opportunity for students to present their work and exchange ideas with peers and industry professionals.

connected approach to see the dynamic relationship between algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability.

SIGNATURE PROGRAMS AT ARCHER


Ambitious

&

joyful

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Archer is Transformative We begin with exuberant, multi-

After Archer, she sees all the possibilities

talented girls. We surround them with

in front of her and possesses the

expert teachers attuned to how girls

wherewithal to seize them. She goes

learn best. We offer them a challenging

on to college with a keen intellect, a

curriculum, a classical visual and

healthy self-confidence, an awareness

performing arts program, competitive

of global realities, and the passion

athletics, and experiential learning

to make her contribution matter

opportunities ranging from study

in whatever field she chooses.

abroad to community service. We see their abilities accrue, their energy build, their confidence reach new heights. And we send them into the broader world, where they become leaders and pursue productive, joyful lives. We’re not in the business of changing

When we founded The Archer School for Girls in 1995, we broke the mold of Los Angeles independent schools. Today, Archer girls continue to break the mold of what girls can accomplish. It’s an attitude we instill, and one that lasts a lifetime.

a girl’s essential nature, but rather of drawing out her unique potential.

LIFE AFTER ARCHER


Across The Curriculum At A Contemporary Girls’ School

Research shows that adolescent girls’ brains exhibit high levels of communication between the left and right

Founded in 1995 by three mothers in search of

hemispheres, which means girls naturally

the ideal school for their daughters, Archer’s

make connections between different

arrival on the L.A. educational scene provided

subject matters, different cultural milieus,

families an alternative that didn’t previously exist.

different time periods ... the list goes on.

Combining the latest research on how girls learn

At Archer, we teach to that strength by

best with a 21st-century approach to pedagogy,

engaging girls in cross-curricular projects

technology, and social issues, Archer provides

and by widening the scope of assignments

more than a traditional, girl-centric learning

to cover not just the subject matter, but

environment. The school equally prepares young

also to embrace the relationships to other

women for leadership in our global world.

disciplines that emerge during discussion.

In A National Historic Landmark

at archer,

Archer occupies the former Eastern Star Home for Women, a 1931 Spanish Colonial Revival building on Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the structure provides Archer girls with a oneof-a-kind learning environment complete with dark wood beams, colorful mosaic fountains, and intricate architectural details around every corner. True to its origins, the building feels more like a “home” than a school, and girls quickly grow attached to its unique charm.

Alongside Creative, Dedicated Teachers Teachers choose Archer for specific reasons. They’re passionate about teaching girls, passionate about their subject matter, and dedicated to continual professional development that keeps them on the cusp of emerging best practices in the classroom. You won’t find rote lectures or passive learning at Archer; rather, in each classroom, you see teachers learning shoulder-toshoulder with students, engaging their minds in the type of active learning that’s as effective as it is memorable.


About Finding Her Best-Fit College Within An Energetic, Supportive Sisterhood

Archer girls choose schools that are worthy of their talents and accomplishments. Each year, they

Archer girls believe that excelling at school shouldn’t

collectively gain acceptance into the

come at the expense of their classmates. They put

finest colleges and universities in the

that belief into practice each day, sharing their

country and also wisely and responsibly

emerging interests, their newfound curiosities,

select the colleges that are right for

and their opinions on topics ranging from genetic

them, as individuals. That means

engineering to national politics. And if an Archer girl

you can find Archer girls just about

happens to be going through an adolescent rough

anywhere, from the Ivy League to art

patch, she has hundreds of sisters right beside her to

schools, regional liberal arts havens

support her, cheer her up, and see her through it.

to national research universities.

your daughter can learn... All That’s Possible In Her Life Because an Archer education instills an abiding love for learning in girls, it’s an experience that shapes graduates for the rest of their lives. Each Archer girl emerges as a stunningly confident young woman, fully prepared for her next endeavor and equipped with Archer’s lifelong gifts: the belief in a life full of possibility, the capability to achieve in most any circumstance, and the unquenchable desire to keep learning every day.


We invite you to contact us at 310-873-7037 to learn more, set up a campus tour, or just talk about how Archer and your daughter might be a good fit. The Archer School for Girls 11725 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049

archer.org

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