Archmere Academy Viewbook 2021

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Choosing our door opens others.

Archmere Academy students don’t choose this or that; they choose this and that.


Fast Facts




Student Life


College Counseling


Our Campus




Affording Archmere 28 How to Apply


Archmere Academy is a Catholic, Norbertine college preparatory school, valuing community, respect, zeal, reverence and wisdom. Nurturing body and soul, mind and heart, Archmere focuses on the whole person through academic excellence, faith reflection, social development and service to others. Inspired by its heritage, Archmere cultivates empathetic leaders—young men and women—prepared for every good work.

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Archmere at a glance


academic courses offered

24 40 16 AP Courses

Courses with global distinction

On average, families receive $8,000 in needbased tuition assistance

Honors Courses

of students receive need-based or merit aid

84% of faculty hold

advanced degrees

100% 9:1 College Acceptance Rate

Approximately $3.5 Million in financial aid and scholarships is awarded annually INSPIRING STUDENTS TO DISTINCTION SINCE



student-teacher ratio

38 acre

collegiate-style campus


Five Important Things to Know About Archmere Academy


Archmere Academy students are well-rounded.

Because of the vast array of extracurricular activities available, it’s not uncommon for students to participate in both athletics and the arts, for example. The variety of electives available allows students to take classes and join activities that match their interests.


Students are empowered with choice and self-expression.

Archmere values creative expression as an essential component of a balanced education. We offer multiple opportunities to explore interests, discover new talents, and refine higher-level skills for more experienced artists.


There is a deep sense of community at Archmere Academy.

Many Archmere students stay in touch with faculty members well beyond their years on campus. Thanks to small class sizes and extracurricular opportunities, students forge meaningful bonds with faculty both inside and outside the classroom.


During their time at Archmere Academy, students enhance their critical thinking skills.

Archmere’s curriculum challenges students to expand their thinking, sharpen their skills, and empower themselves to reach their fullest potential.


Our College Counseling program is available to all students and families.

Graduates of Archmere Academy consistently share that they feel prepared for college and that their transition to higher education was easy. Students feel confident communicating with colleges and have additional resources through the College Counseling program.

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Fostering growth through academics

Art & Design Introduction to Drawing Introduction to Design Junior Portfolio 2D Design Junior Portfolio 3D Design AP 2D Design AP 3D Design AP Drawing Painting Illustration Art Ceramics: Sculpture Ceramics: Pottery Photography Digital Art & Design Mixed Media Yearbook & Graphics

Computer Science Introduction to Computer Programming AP Computer Science A AP Computer Science Principles


Archmere’s rigorous academic program of studies challenges all students at College Preparatory, Honors, and Advanced Placement levels to advance their critical thinking, sharpen their academic skills, take ownership of their learning potential, and advocate for their own educational goals so that they can explore and discover new opportunities, experience success, and empower themselves and each other to reach new levels of personal distinction and academic achievement. Archmere takes particular pride in recognizing and serving various achievement levels among its students, all of whom seek the rigorous mix of challenge and success that suits their strengths across different disciplines. Success in Archmere’s demanding College Prep classes might lead students to advance to its Honors-level courses and later to AP-level classes. It is this flexibility that sets students up for success at Archmere and beyond.


Literary Genres and Composition Honors Literary Genres and Composition American Literature and Composition Honors American Literature and Composition British Literature and Advanced Composition AP English Language and British Literature Women Writers Drama and the Modern World Short Fiction Creative Writing Outcasts & Demons AP English Literature College Composition and Literary Analysis Nonfiction Literature

Health/Physical Education

Physical & Life Sciences

World Language & Cultures

Health Physical Education

Biology Honors Biology Chemistry Honors Chemistry Physics Honors Physics AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Physics C. AP Environmental Science Anatomy and Physiology Marine Biology Forensic Science Food Chemistry Honors Engineering Introduction to Engineering

French I French II French III Honors French III Honors French IV AP French Spanish I Spanish II Spanish III Honors Spanish III Spanish IV Honors Spanish IV AP Spanish Chinese I Chinese II Honors Chinese III Honors Chinese IV | Cultural Perspectives Cultural Geography

History World History to 1600 United States History AP United States History Europe and the Modern World AP European History Conflict & Culture Psychology Contemporary Global Issues Civil Rights Faith in History AP Government and Politics AP World History

Mathematics Algebra I Honors Algebra I Geometry Honors Geometry Algebra II & Trigonometry Honors Algebra II & Trigonometry Honors Math Analysis Precalculus Honors Calculus AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC AP Statistics Honors Linear Algebra Economic Principles Statistics

Music Concert Choir Lab Band Jazz Ensemble Stage Band A History of the Broadway Musical Music in Film

Theology Exploring Sacred Scripture Encountering Jesus the Christ Church and Sacraments Christian Ethics Christian Spirituality Christian Service Death and Dying World Religions Norbertine Spirituality Faith in History Social Justice Moral Philosophy

Special Programs AP Research AP Seminar Driver Education

For descriptions of each course, visit our Course Catalog:

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World Class Academics Consistently meriting the College Board’s highest AP Scholar awards, Archmere Academy students have excelled academically. Archmere’s dedicated and passionate AP teachers prepare students for success in the future with a college-paced curriculum. The success of our AP curriculum is one clear indication of the value of an Archmere education. Because of our robust academic and AP program, Archmere students stand out to college and universities. In 2021, 254 students took 606 AP tests (exams, projects, and portfolios). 111 of those students earned AP Scholar Awards, with 85% of these tests earning the passing score of 3 or higher with an average score of 3.574. The national average of students with scores 3 or higher is currently 56%.

Archmere Academy five year averages of ap test scores Physics - Mechanical


Calculus AB




Calculus BC


English Language & Composition


2D Art & Design


World History


English Literature




AP English Language & British Literature AP English Literature & Composition AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC AP Statistics AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Physics C AP Environmental Science AP United States History AP European History AP World History: Modern AP U.S. Government & Politics AP French Language & Culture AP Spanish Language & Culture AP Computer Science A AP Computer Science Principles AP 2D Art & Design AP 3D Art & Design AP Drawing AP Seminar AP Research AP Art History







(out of 36), compared with Delaware state average of 24.2 and national average of 20.8

(out of 1600), compared with Delaware state average of 985 and national average of 1058

Compared with Delaware state average of 53.9% and national average of 56.2%


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AP Courses


% of total APofstudents withstudents scores 3+ (on AP scale 1-5)3+ Percentage total AP with scores


60 60



61 61


Archmere Academy


58 59

2019 Delaware


59 61







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Award-Winning Arts Archmere Academy values self-expression and creativity, and offers an array of choices for studying the fine and performing arts. Students in our arts programs have many opportunities to perform, display, and showcase their talents to audiences on campus as well as in regional, national, and international venues.

Fine Arts The Manor at Archmere Academy offers 5,667 square feet of studio space over three floors entirely dedicated to visual arts. With painting and drawing studios, ceramic and pottery studios, a dark room and photography lab, and three computer studios equipped with Adobe Creative Suite, Archmere students can find an art and design program they enjoy.

Performing Arts Musical performing groups exist for all levels of experience. Stage Band, Jazz Ensemble, Lab Band, Concert Choir, Mastersingers, and annual dramatic and musical productions all provide opportunities for exposure and skill development in the performing arts. Archmere’s dedicated Performing Arts Center features a 750-seat auditorium, band room, choral room, keyboard lab, and multiple practice rooms.

Instrumental and Vocal Performance Archmere’s signature band curriculum incorporates jazz, funk, rock, and swing. Students involved in the instrumental music program may audition for Archmere’s Stage Band. In the past, Archmere’s Stage Band and Jazz Band have performed at the Carnaval de Quebec, Disney World, St. Aloysius Jazz Fest, and have represented the state of Delaware at the Festival of States in New Orleans. Concert Choir, open to all grade levels, covers music from the Renaissance through the Contemporary period. Emphasis is placed on the development of choral tone, proper vocal production, proper rehearsal techniques, musicianship, and some music history. The Concert Choir performs both a capella and accompanied works, occasionally incorporating students from the instrumental groups. There are two annual concerts, the Christmas concert and a spring concert. Concert Choir students with advanced vocal abilities are eligible to audition for Mastersingers.

Theatre The Archmere Drama Club produces a dramatic fall play and a winter musical every year. Among other activities sponsored by the Drama Club are Broadway open mic nights, trips to New York to see Broadway shows, and participation in the Greater Philadelphia Cappies program. The Drama Club also participates in regional theatre festivals in the area, including competitions at Bucks County Playhouse and West Chester University.


Fine Arts awards at Delaware Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 2021



of Archmere Academy students enroll in at least one of our 13 fine art classes


Students won National Scholastic Art Medals in 2021

Recent Highlights 51 Archmere students were recognized with 138 awards in 12 Art and Design categories at the 2021 Delaware Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Margaret Atkins ‘21 and Adam Hartman ‘23 were selected as two out of five as American Vision nominees for the state of Delaware. Archmere Academy was recognized as one of Top 50 High School Visual Art Programs in U.S. in 2021. Archmere students have performed vocally for the Governor, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI. They have also sung The National Anthem at Citizens Bank Park for the National League Playoffs and performed in major cities worldwide, including Rome, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, and Orlando The Archmere Mastersingers have received recognition at San Francisco’s Heritage Musical Festival of Gold, the prestigious National Festival, Orlando Music Fest, North American Music Festival International Competition in Toronto, and Performed in Rome at the Vatican. Instrumental Music students are selected to be members of the Delaware All-State Band and Jazz Band. Many have also been chosen to be members of the All-Eastern Band and All-Eastern Orchestra. In recent years, Archmere’s Jazz Ensemble earned first place at the Virginia Beach Music Festival, Best Saxophone Section, Best Brass Section, and Best Soloist awards.

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Auks Excel in the Classroom and on the Field Our dedicated athletic staff views coaching as a professional commitment and the Archmere athletic experience as an extension of classroom learning. With two Sprinturf fields, a sports complex that includes two gymnasiums and a fieldhouse, redesigned baseball, softball, and soccer fields, and a fitness center, Archmere’s athletic facilities surpass most secondary schools. The athletic programs at Archmere help shape each student’s character—the teamwork, collaboration, humility, and discipline that students experience to foster growth of character and empathetic leaders on and off the field. Our individual athletic programs embody Archmere’s core values and belief that a community of respect, zeal, reverence, and wisdom help make the world a better place.

Fall Sports

Winter Sports

Spring Sports


Basketball (Boys & Girls)


Cross Country (Boys & Girls)

Indoor Track (Boys & Girls)


Field Hockey

Swimming (Boys & Girls)

Lacrosse (Boys & Girls)




Soccer (Boys)

Soccer (Girls)

Volleyball (Girls)

Softball Tennis (Boys & Girls) Track (Boys & Girls) Denotes club sports





DIAA Varsity Teams

DSAC Conference Championships*

Newly renovated Sprinturf fields

Overall student athlete GPA in 2021



* Since 2015

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Norbertine Heritage Students and families of all faith traditions are welome at Archmere Academy. As a community of faith, Archmere celebrates its Catholic heritage and the Norbertine charism, united by the importance placed on community, respect, zeal, reverence, and wisdom. While campus ministry programs are ecumenical in mission and scope, all students are welcome to join the activities and services offered. Students demonstrate leadership and creativity while expressing, deepening, and reflecting on their faith.

Liturgical Offerings Through campus ministry, students have the opportunity to participate in monthly liturgies in significant roles, such as Eucharistic Ministers, lectors, altar servers, or musicians. While our liturgies are conducted according to the Roman Catholic tradition, students of all faiths are encouraged and welcomed to participate in any way possible during our community celebrations. Every day, students can take time to reflect on the day’s Gospel during Kenosis, which occurs in the Oratory at the beginning of each lunch period with daily Mass following. In addition, Confession and Adoration are available on a weekly basis.

Retreats Each class will participate in a day retreat to foster community and grow closer to God and one another as they go through their Archmere journey throughout the year. The Kairos retreat program is one of the most involved and enriching of all the campus ministry opportunities. Kairos, the largest program run by campus ministry, is a three and half day-long retreat for Juniors and Seniors, offered three times a year.

Community Service Empathetic leadership is a key component of Archmere Academy’s mission. We integrate service to others in need into the Archmere experience. In addition to the regular outreach programs, the student-run Community Service Club plans food drives through the school year to support local food banks, like Claymont Community Center and Knollwood Community Center. There are also opportunities for service within the Archmere community through our annual blood drive and tag days that raise funds for various local charities and organizations.





of students belong to the Community Service club on campus with 24 student leaders

hours of community service performed each year on average

Organizations supported on a weekly or semi-regular basis

“Despite not practicing Catholicism myself, I always felt Archmere’s religious dimension presented positives rather than negatives. I broadened my perspective within Archmere’s religion classes, where I learned moral philosophy, history, and traditions of religions around the world. Teachers and peers allowed me to share my own views and were eager to understand my beliefs. Overall, the religious experience at Archmere enhanced my worldview and provided a complete and multidimensional education.” Rohit Mathur ’21 • Yale University

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Clubs & Organizations Archmere Academy students are well-rounded. They develop a wide range of experiences and skills that leads them to success in the future. Because of Archmere’s small size, students can balance their academic schedules with options to play sports, participate in the arts, and so much more. With over 50 clubs, activities, organizations, and student-run events, Archmere offers students a wide variety of opportunities to find an activity they love to do on campus. Students are encouraged to propose and lead new clubs inspired by personal interests. 5k Club Academic Bowl Aevidum Mental Health Club American Math Competition Anime Club Archmere Academy Organ Society Art Club Athletic Assistance Auk Ambassadors Auks Beat Cancer Auks Give Life Auks Read Aukspirators B+ Club Campus Ministry Chemistry Olympiad Chess Club

Comic Book Club Community Service Club Cross Fit Club Deathly Hallows Club DEI Club Drama Club Dungeons and Dragons Club Ecology Club eSports Club Ethics Bowl Foreign Language Clubs & Honor Societies Gay/Straight Alliance Gender Equality Club Golf Club Habitat for Humanity Helena Raskob Arts Institute

Horticulture Club Intramural Basketball Kids Count Mastersingers Math Madness Contest Mathematics League Military Heroes Club Mock Trial Model United Nations National Art Honor Society National Honor Society Outreach to Schools in India Personal Finance Club Robotics Club Rugby Club (Men’s) Science Field Trips Science National Honor Society Science Olympiad Scuba Club St. Norbert Leadership Corps Stage Crew Stock Club Student Council Tapestry TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) The Green Arch Video Announcements Yearbook: The Patio

“Throughout my years at Archmere, my teachers encouraged me to participate in math competitions and take advanced math classes that very few high schools offer. This inspired me to lead the DE Stock Market Club and explore my interest in mathematics beyond the traditional classroom environment.” Jessica Pei ’20 • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania


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Setting Students up for Success Archmere Academy’s Office of School Counseling helps students develop a healthy understanding and respect for themselves and others. With the School Counseling team, students increase their skills in problem solving, decision-making, emotional-management, and academic skills through individual and group counseling sessions, classroom presentations, health coursework, and schoolwide assemblies.

Personalized Support

The school counselors at Archmere provide student focused and data driven programming that nurtures students’ overall physical, social, and emotional well being. It provides a place for students to recharge and gain coping strategies. This year, the school counseling office offers new social emotional learning programming through The NEST (Nurturing Every Student to Thrive). The NEST intentionally encompasses and utilizes the entire Archmere community to best position students for success beyond the classroom. The solid foundation they create allows Archmere students to successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, productive citizens, who respect themselves and others.

• Nurture all students social and emotional well-being, encouraging academic development and interpersonal success

• Develop strategies to help students find success in the classroom through a dedicated Learning Specialist

• Provide a data-driven developmental counseling program that meets the needs of every student • Support students through counseling interventions, individual student planning, responsive services, and resources

• Align our policies and As students move into higher education and the professional world, practices to promote equity it’s important for them to understand what they need to succeed and and inclusion on all levels be solution-oriented and initiate conversations with the right people to ensure their needs are met to the extent possible in each context. In the interests of serving our students and preparing them for lives of principle and purpose outside of the classroom, Archmere has reimagined learning support in subtle ways that will have a significant impact. Every student can benefit from understanding how learning happens, gaining tools to study effectively, and building executive functioning skills.


“Saint Norbert’s vision was to give people a “sense of place” and belonging. Archmere embraces this tradition wholeheartedly, recognizing that what inspires its students most to achieve are the relationships they form while they are here. This commitment to a diverse school community is reflected today in the school’s mission statement, and core values.” Danyele Dove ’93 P ’24 • Director of School Counseling, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Their Future Starts Here Foundation for Success Archmere’s Office of College Counseling has over 45 years of college admissions experience. Counselors are available to all students and their families for 12 months and counsel students from their ninth grade year through graduation. The goal of the College Counseling program is to promote student growth and assist students in finding the college with the best academic, extracurricular, and social fit for them. Archmere’s college counselors examine how schools make admissions decisions to help students understand the strategic side of college applications, maximizing their success. Throughout the entire process, students continually have discussions and personalized college counseling to prepare for the application process. In addition, it equips students with the necessary tools to maximize each student’s success in making the best possible college decision. The College Counseling Department also works closely with the Archmere Alumni Association to allow students to learn about various career options. Each spring, the junior class has a Career Day with alumni, parents, and other local professionals that speak with students in small groups. Career Experience Day is held every fall for the Senior Class and provides students with the opportunity to shadow a professional in a field of their interest.

130+ colleges and universities visit Archmere Academy each year. Since 2019, $18M+ on average in college scholarships awarded per graduating class

67 students

recognized by National Merit Scholarship Foundation over last the five years.

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College Counseling Program Year-round dynamic programming from ninth grade year through graduation Interview preparation Individual student and family meetings beginning junior year College essay composition workshops Career panels Direct access and personalized attention from college admission professionals at over 130 colleges and universities Junior and senior college seminar class Junior Career Day Senior Career Experience Day Parent programming Test Prep Night Early financial aid College athletic recruitment Case studies program Free practice exams for SAT and ACT Why a Career series

In recent years, Archmere graduates have matriculated at the following colleges and universities: Amherst College Berklee College of Music Boston College Boston University Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University Case Western Reserve University Catholic University Clemson University College of the Holy Cross Colgate University College of William & Mary Columbia University Cornell University Dartmouth University Drexel University Duke University Elon University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Franklin & Marshall College Georgetown University Georgia Tech Gettysburg College Harvard University High Point University Johns Hopkins University Loyola University Maryland Maryland Institute College of Art Massachusetts Institute of Technology New York University New York University Shanghai Northeastern University Northwestern University Pennsylvania State University Princeton University

Reed College Rochester Institute of Technology Saint Joseph’s University Savannah College of Art and Design Stanford University Stevens Institute of Technology Swarthmore College Syracuse University Temple University Trinity College Tufts University Tulane University UCLA University of Chicago United States Military Academy United States Naval Academy University of Delaware University of Maryland College Park University of Miami University of Michigan University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of Richmond University of St. Andrews University of South Carolina University of Virginia Vanderbilt University Vassar College Villanova University Virginia Tech Wake Forest University Washington University of St. Louis Yale University

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What the Archmere Community Has to Say “Archmere helped me find my way to a career in science and healthcare in many ways. Being one of three women science olympiad captains with Mr. Hartman my senior year solidified my continued interest in the sciences and pushed me to succeed in a leadership and team setting. It is also no surprise being one of the co-founders and presidents of the B+ club, I ended up as an oncology nurse! The interactions with the foundation and the brave children who spoke at the tournament each year were inspiring. It was not just my collegiate preparation but also my high school experiences that have given me the confidence to succeed in the nursing field.” Lauren Yoslov, BSN, RN ’16 • Nurse, Hospital at University of Pennsylvania

“Looking back at our decision to send our three kids to Archmere, the most influential factor was not only the beautiful spacious campus, the learning-centric spaces and ornate buildings, nor all the advanced technology for learning—it was the faculty and staff. Their impact is so often witnessed daily in our children’s education and personal development, we’ve come to recognize them as “Aukolades.” While it is unlikely the faculty and staff will ever fully realize their impact beyond graduation, we are forever grateful for the ‘Auk-olades’ that will serve our children for their lifetimes.” Jin Kim P ’18, ’22 • FBI


“As educators, we are so grateful for the way the Archmere community has provided an enriching academic and social experience for our daughter, even under the difficult circumstances of the past eighteen months. With thorough planning, a dedicated faculty, and a caring community, Archmere has provide an elite academic experience for our daughter. The community has also welcomed our youngest daughter with open arms this fall. We are so fortunate to be part of the Archmere community, grounded in faith and dedicated to providing an environment that ensures all students have the opportunity to grow academically, socially, and in faith, and to leave Archmere better than they found it.” Julie & Tim Hamberger P ’22, ’25 • Educators

“After graduating from Archmere, I felt more than prepared for the academic rigor of college. At the end of my first year of school, I was nominated and accepted into Swarthmore College’s Writing Associate Fellowship Program. I worked as a Writing Associate for my school until I graduated, and I truly enjoyed helping other students develop confidence in their writing. I always attributed my college preparation and especially my confidence in my writing skills to my teachers at Archmere.” Taylor Tucker ’16 • Swarthmore College | University of Pennsylvania

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Experience Archmere for Yourself Archmere’s Campus Archmere Academy closely resembles a college campus—with dedicated buildings for science, fine arts, academics, and athletics. A large open quad connects all of these buildings with Adirondack chairs that students can use for independent work and for relaxing, too. The newly renovated St. Norbert Hall houses administration and most academic departments, and features the Technology Center, Library and Learning Commons, and private study rooms for collaborative and focused work. Students can find the Main Office, cafeteria, and the Counseling Suite in The McLaughlin-Mullen Student Life Center. The oldest buildings on campus, The Patio and The Manor, have served many purposes since 1932. Today, students attend fine arts classes in The Manor. The Patio is reserved for special events, such as concerts, Prom, and other social gatherings.

A Balanced Schedule With free periods built into their schedules, students have the autonomy and independence to manage their own time. Students may choose from a range of possibilities for their free periods— including attending Mass in the Oratory, meeting with teachers, working on a painting or sculpture in The Manor, or enjoying the beautiful labyrinth and meditation gardens. Our unique college campus-like setting and schedule encourages and allows students to responsibly manage their calendars, homework, projects, and commitments to activities beyond academics, fostering the independence they will need in college.


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We’re Closer Than You Think! Whether you are on the Pennsylvania Mainline, just over the bridge in New Jersey, near Elkton, MD or Dover, DE—Archmere is within your reach. Archmere is in Claymont, DE, just north of Wilmington and about 30 minutes south of Philadelphia. It sits so close to the borders of neighboring states that it is easily accessible to families living in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. School district buses and Archmere’s shuttle service make us closer than you think!

School District Busing PA school districts in Chester and Delaware counties within 10 miles of Archmere provide free bus transportation to Archmere students living in Chester, Upland, Chichester, Garnet Valley, Penn Delco, Wallingford, Swarthmore, Ridley, Rose Tree, Media, Springfield, Unionville, Chadds Ford, and West Chester. On regular school days, most buses leave campus at 4:50 p.m. to accommodate student involvement in activities and after-school functions.

Public Transportation The SEPTA Claymont Station is a short 15-minute walk to Archmere. DART bus transportation is also available between the Claymont Station and Archmere.

Archmere Academy Shuttle The Archmere shuttle service routes in Delaware cover the Greenville/ Hockessin/Newark and the Bear/Middletown/Dover areas. Another shuttle service runs to New Jersey, serving the Mullica Hill area. Archmere also runs a shuttle via the Blue Route, servicing students from Newtown Square, Havertown, and Drexel Hill areas. The annual fee ranges from $3,600 to $4,200 based on your round-trip route. One-way options are also available.

Students From Five States

Archmere Academy Shuttle Stops

The current student body comes from 66 zip codes across five different states! While the majority of Archmere’s students travel from PA Delaware (51%) and Pennsylvania (41%), our student population from New Jersey (7%) is growing!


MD/NY (1%)

“When I first stepped onto Archmere’s campus, it felt like a perfect fit. The student body, the faculty, the facilities, and the academic opportunities are why I chose Archmere. I live in South Jersey, and Archmere is just a quick drive over the bridge! I’m thankful every day for the opportunity to learn and experience high school at Archmere. Come join us, and be an Auk!” Ava Passehl ’22

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Affording Archmere Tuition Tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year is $29,700. Fees included in tuition are library, athletic, yearbook, and all regular school fees. In addition, there is a $400 technology fee due in September for Archmere’s one-to-one Mac laptop program.

Books and Uniforms Estimates for new books range from $200 to $400, depending on a student’s academic schedule. Uniforms range in price from $150 to $250. The AUK Attic school store, run by The Mothers’ Guild, offers discounted prices for used books and uniforms.

Scholarships and Grants Scholarships and grants are awarded based on superior academic performance and financial need for the duration of a student’s time at Archmere Academy. Students with superior performance on the entrance examination and a strong academic record may qualify for an annual scholarship. Any additional financial awards are need-based grants. Families must submit a financial aid application and their latest IRS 1040 form to the School Scholarship Service by mid-January (or before the admission interview) to help determine the value of the grant. Grants do not generally exceed one-half of tuition.

The Diversity Scholarship Program Through the Diversity Scholarship Program, promising students of traditionally under-represented populations whose families demonstrate financial need can receive an Archmere education. Students who meet Archmere’s academic qualifications and complete the admissions process may receive significant four-year grants based on financial need.


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Start Your Process Today!

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Complete an inquiry form & schedule a Shadow Visit at Archmere The very first step in the admissions process is to complete a standard inquiry form. This is also a great time to schedule your shadow visit. While shadow visits aren’t a mandatory part of the admissions process, we highly recommend you take advantage of the opportunity. This can all be done in one convenient step!

Complete your application in your candidate page Once step one is complete, we will prompt you to create a username and password for the candidate page on the Archmere Parent Portal Page. From that page, you can complete your application, download the required transcript request forms and directly submit teacher recommendation forms (beginning October 3). You must be logged in to view and access these forms. All application materials must be submitted by January 5, in order to be considered for admission. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $60.

Take the entrance/scholarship exam

Admission Criteria Admission is competitive and based on a combination of the student’s middle school record, teacher recommendations, performance on the entrance exam, and the personal interview. Of the 320 students who applied for admission into the Class of 2025, 124 entered Archmere in the fall of 2021.

The entrance/scholarship exam for 8th graders is November 13, 2021 with a make-up test scheduled on November 17, 2021. Preregistration is required, along with a $55 registration fee. The registration form can be found on your candidate page upon completion of your application. Results will be released approximately two weeks after the exam.

Schedule an interview with the admissions office Students and their families who have completed all application materials and have taken the entrance exam will be invited to interview with a member of the admissions committee. A suggested time frame and sign-up link for the interview will accompany the entrance exam results.

Questions? Visit for more information, or reach out to our Admissions team. Contact information is provided on the back of this Viewbook.


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Admissions Team Leah Lightcap

Logan Duffie

Director of Enrollment & Admissions 302.798.6632 ext. 781

Associate Director of Admissions 302.798.6632 ext. 713

Denise Starnes ’93, p ’23

Pat Tolvaisa

Admissions & Marketing Coordinator 302.798.6632 ext. 660

Assistant to the Director of Enrollment & Admissions 302.798.6632 ext. 706

3600 Philadelphia Pike Claymont, DE 19703 302-798-6632

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