Archmere Viewbook 2022-23

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Discover your future at Archmere Academy

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glance 1932INSPIRING STUDENTS TO DISTINCTION SINCE 75% of students receive need-based or merit aid 81% of faculty hold advanced degrees 38-acre collegiate-style campus 10:1 student-teacher ratio
Acceptance Rate On average, families receive $8,000 in needbased tuition assistance $3.5 Million+ in financial aid and scholarships is awarded annually 23 AP Courses 21 Advanced & Honors Courses 32 Courses with global distinction 124 academic courses offered


Curriculum Arts Athletics Mission & Heritage Student Life College Counseling Our Campus Transportation Affording Archmere How to Apply 4 10 12 14 16 20 24 26 28 30 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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Fostering growth through academics

Art & Design

AP 2D – Design

AP 3D – Design

AP 2D – Drawing and Painting

AP 2D – Photography

Illustration Art Ceramics: Pottery

Ceramics: Sculpture

Introduction to Design

Introduction to Drawing Junior Portfolio 2D Design Junior Portfolio 3D Design Mixed Media Painting Photography

Yearbook & Graphics

Computer Science

AP Computer Science A

AP Computer Science Principles

Introduction to Com. Prog.


AP English Lang. & British Literature

AP English Literature Honors American Lit. & Inter. Comp

Honors Literary Genres & Intro. American Lit. & Inter. Composition

Archmere’s strong academic program of studies challenges all students at the 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.

British Lit. & Advanced Composition Creative Writing Drama & the Modern World Literary Genres & Intro. Comp. Non-fiction Literature Outcasts & Demons

Short Fiction

Women Writers



AP European History

AP Government and Politics

AP U.S. History

AP World History: Modern Civil Rights

Conflict and Culture

Contemporary Global Issues Europe and the Modern World

Faith in History

Law and Legal Psychology

U.S. History

World History to 1200


Advanced Linear Algebra

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Statistics

Honors Algebra I

Honors Algebra II & Trigonometry

Honors Calculus

Honors Geometry

Honors Math Analysis

Honors PreCalculus

Algebra I Algebra II

Algebra II & Trigonometry

Economic Principles Geometry


Probability & Statistics


Concert Choir

History of Broadway Musical Jazz Ensemble

LogicPro X

Music in Film

Stage Band

Physical & Life Sciences

Advanced Cancer Research & Analysis

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Environmental Science

AP Physics


Anatomy & Physiology

Honors Biology

Honors Chemistry

Honors Engineering

Honors Physics

Anatomy & Physiology Biology Chemistry

Food Chemistry

Forensic Science Introduction to Engineering Marine Biology Physics Theology

Honors Theology Seminar

Christian Ethics Christian Service Christian Spirituality

Church & Sacraments

Death & Dying

Encountering Jesus the Christ

Exploring Sacred Scripture

Faith in History

Intro to Philosophy

Norbertine Spirituality

Social Justice

World Religions

For descriptions of each course, visit our Course Catalog:

World Language & Cultures

Honors Chinese IV

Honors Chinese III

Chinese III

Chinese II

Chinese I

AP French

Honors French IV

Honors French III

French III

French II

French I AP Spanish

Honors Spanish IV

Spanish IV

Honors Spanish III

Spanish III

Spanish II

Spanish I Cultural Geography

Cultural Perspectives

AP Capstone

AP Research

AP Seminar

Additional Courses

Health 9 Health 10 Driver Education

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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 2022, 239 students took 572 AP tests (exams, projects, presentations, academic papers, and portfolios). 113 of those students earned AP Scholar Awards, with 86% of these tests earning the passing score of 3 or higher with an average score of 3.574. Only 27% of the 2.64M+ AP students worldwide earned AP Scholar Awards.


Physics - Mechanical Chemistry

English Language & Composition


AP Courses

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 — Design

AP 2D — Drawing & Painting

AP 2D — Photography

AP 3D — Design

AP Research

AP Seminar

Academy five year averages of ap test scores
Calculus AB Calculus BC 2D Art & Design World History Spanish 3.85 3.71 4.17 4.12 3.97 4.03 3.76 4.39 4.22 1140–1362 Class of 2023 Mid50% SAT Range National Merit Semifinalists in Class of 2023 5 students earned AP Scholar Awards 113 National Merit Scholarship Winners from Class of 2022 2 students scored 3+ out of 5 on the AP exam in 2022, with an average score of 3.574 86% of AP Capstone students earned the AP Capstone Diploma 100%
93 91 90 85 86 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 61 58 59 59 54 56 57 6161 61 Archmere Academy Delaware Global Advanced Placement Test Scores Percentage of total AP students with scores 3+ ADVANCED PLACEMENT TEST SCORES % of total AP students with scores 3+ (on AP scale 1-5)
Archmere Academy students don’t choose this or that; they choose this and that.

Global Studies Opportunities

Archmere Academy’s Global Studies Program prepares lifelong learners for every good work by building cultural competence and by fostering personal growth and professional success through travel and study. This multidisciplinary academic program provides cross-cultural, experiential learning opportunities that cultivate empathetic leadership, effective communication, and a global mindset. Students who meet program requirements will earn a Global Studies Certificate, and those who also participate in one of Archmere’s international travel opportunities will earn the Global Studies Diploma.


Students must either take four years of a language or Archmere courses designed with a global distinction to qualify for the Global Studies Certificate and Diploma. As part of their studies, they must create a shareable project, as in the AP Capstone program.


One of the program requirements encourages students to get involved with Archmere on a deeper level, either by hosting an international student, presenting a TEDxYouth talk on a global studies topic, participating in an Archmere club that cultivates a global mindset, such as Model UN or Habitat for Humanity.

Travel Opportunities

As part of Archmere’s commitment to offering classes with a global distinction, international travel opportunities will be available to students each year. The Spanish and French classes host an exchange trip each year. Students will have additional travel opportunities throughout their time at Archmere Academy. In the upcoming year, students are traveling to Belize over spring break 2023 to learn about coral reef conservation.

Courses With Global Distinction

Chinese I

Chinese II

Chinese III

Honors Chinese III

Honors Chinese IV

French I

French II

French III

Honors French III

Honors French IV

AP French

Spanish I

Spanish II

Spanish III

Spanish IV

Honors Spanish III

Honors Spanish IV

AP Spanish

Christian Service

Civil Rights

Conflict and Culture

Contemporary Global Issues

Cultural Geography

Cultural Perspectives

Faith in History

Norbertine Spirituality

Social Justice

World Religions

AP Capstone

AP Environmental Sciences

AP European History

AP World History:

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Award-Winning Arts

Art & Design

Archmere Academy’s nationally recognized Art & Design program focuses on creative investigation. An intentionally designed curricular sequence of study supports students from predominantly teacher-directed foundation coursework in the ninth grade to our twelve advanced elective offerings, where students are encouraged to self-direct their artistic explorations. Students learn through intensive hands-on studio experience in the Manor, our 5,000 square-foot building that houses a pottery studio, a traditional darkroom, a Mac Lab equipped with the Adobe Creative Suite to support digital art, 3D printers, industry-grade large format printers, and three dedicated painting and drawing studios. Under the guidance of expert faculty who are also practicing professional artists, students self-direct their creative inquiries while developing strong technical skills. Throughout the program, students also learn about the broader historical context of art and design by examining aesthetics, studying art movements, and engaging in the critical analysis of art works. Students concentrating their elective courses in the Art & Design program will develop a body of work that demonstrates critical thinking, artistic development, and an authentic understanding of the elements and principles of art and design.


Every year, the Archmere Academy theatre program produces a fall drama and a winter musical. The Archmere Drama Club sponsors activities such as 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.

Instrumental Performance

Archmere’s instrumental music program is comprised of two performing groups — Jazz Ensemble & Stage Band. Our signature instrumental curriculum incorporates jazz, funk, rock, blues, and swing. We focus on music from artists like Spyro Gyra, Glenn Miller, Chuck Mansion, and Dave Brubeck. Students involved in the instrumental music program may audition for Archmere’s Stage Band. In the past few years, Archmere’s Stage Band has performed at various festivals and competitions including San Fransisco’s Pier 39, Carnaval de Quebec, Festival of States in New Orleans, and Disney World. We strive to give each student a memorable performance experience. In addition, the band runs a yearly clinic and workshop in Westmoreland, Jamaica.

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Fine Arts awards at Delaware Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 2022

of Archmere Academy students enroll in at least one Art & Design elective

Students won National Scholastic Art Medals in 2022


Vocal Performance and Mastersingers

Concert Choir covers music from the Renaissance through the Contemporary period. Emphasis is placed on the development of choral tone, proper vocal production, rehearsal techniques, musicianship, and some music history. The Concert Choir performs both a capella and accompanied works, occasionally incorporating students from the instrumental groups. Concert Choir students with advanced vocal abilities are eligible to audition for Mastersingers.

The Mastersingers of Archmere Academy is comprised of 30 outstanding singers selected through extensive auditions in September from the members of the Concert Choir. They have performed extensively throughout the state of Delaware, having performed numerous times for the governor and other state officials. Mastersingers throughout their history have performed for Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, as well as at Citizens Bank Park, Carnegie Hall. Additionally, they have performed in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Toronto, San Fransicso, Orlando, and on tour in Italy through Naples and Rome.

Helena Raskob Arts Institute

The Helena Raskob Arts Institute offers individual music lessons to Archmere students on campus in the Patio. Students can take private lessons in piano, voice, and organ. For students with a specific interest in other instrumental lessons, the Institute Director will work to identify a teacher who might be available to join the studio at Archmere.

The studio program includes chamber music, enabling orchestra students to have an on-campus opportunity to develop chamber music skills through participation in The Institute’s programs. Students already taking lessons in strings, woodwinds, and brass instruments will receive coaching for various chamber ensembles and be offered performance opportunities at Archmere.

Recent Highlights

51 Archmere students were recognized with 126 awards in 12 Art and Design categories at the 2022 Delaware Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Grace Yang ’25 and Liz Xu ’24 won National Scholastic Art Medals in 2022.

Jocelyn Zavala-Garcia ’22 was awarded First Place and a $10,000 grand prize in Herschel Backpack Design contest sponsored by the National Art Education Association, including an on-site at Herschel and production of her original product design.

Archmere Academy was recognized as one of Top 50 High School Visual Art Programs in U.S. in 2021 and 2022.

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.

Archmere Academy was nominated for 10 and won 4 Cappies Awards in 2022: Best Costumes, Best Ensemble in a Musical, Comic Actor in a Musical, and Lead Actress in a Musical.

Alicia Chu ’24 was the Naitonal 3rd place winner of MTNA Senior Voice Competition. She was also the 2022 National YoungArts Foundation Merit award winner, a semifinalist in the Classical Singer Music Vocal Competition and semifinalist of Music International Grand Prix’s competition, placing 3rd in the New York region.

4Cappies Awards in 2022 for Archmere’s production of Once Upon a Mattress

Helena Raskob Arts Institute students received State or National recognition in 2021-22.

Andres Ramos ’26 and Valentina Ramos ’26 performed the harp and piano, respectively, for the Embassy of Slovenia.

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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 newly renovated fitness center, Archmere’s athletic facilities are on an elite level among secondary schools in the area.

The athletic programs at Archmere help shape each student’s character — the teamwork, collaboration, humility, and discipline that students experience foster growth of character and empathetic leadership 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 helps make the world a better place.

Fall Sports Winter Sports Spring Sports

Cheerleading* Cross Country (Boys & Girls) Field Hockey Football Soccer (Boys) Volleyball (Girls)

Basketball (Boys & Girls) Indoor Track (Boys & Girls)

Swimming (Boys & Girls)


Baseball Golf Lacrosse (Boys & Girls) Rugby* Soccer (Girls) Softball

Tennis (Boys & Girls) Track (Boys & Girls)


club sports
23 DIAA Varsity Teams 31 DSAC Conference Championships since 2017 3.72 overall student-athlete GPA in 2021 82% of student body competes in interscholastic sports 100% of DIAA Varsity teams qualified for their state tournament in 2022 2 athletic trainers on staff Archmere Academy • 13 Andy Zhu ’24 Two-time First Singles Tennis State Champion

Campus Ministry & Service to the Community

Students and families of all faith traditions are welome at Archmere Academy. As a community of faith, Archmere is one of only two Norbertine high schools in the United States. To celebrate its Catholic heritage and the Norbertine charism, Archmere is 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 Archmere offers. 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.


Each class will participate in a day-long retreat to foster community and grow closer to God and one another as they continue their Archmere journey each 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 an intensive three-day retreat where Archmere juniors and seniors can grow in their relationship with God, self, and others. While it is optional, it continues to be popular every 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.


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the Community Service club on campus with 6 student leaders different countries are home to Norbertine communities throughout the world Organizations Supported • Claymont Library • Claymont Community Center • Knollwood Community Center • House of Joseph II • Child Care Center in Wilmington • Emmanuel Dining Room • Chester Community Charter School • Blood Bank of Delmarva

“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.”

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Rohit Mathur
’21 • Yale University

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

Archmere Academy Organ Society

Archmere Storytellers

Art Club

Athletic Assistance

Auk Ambassadors

Auks Beat Cancer

Auks For Earth

Auks Give Life

Auks on Air Podcast

Auks Read! Club


B+ Club Campus Ministry Chess Club Chinese Club Community Service Club Crochet Club

Dance Club

Deathly Hallows Club

DEI Club

Drama Club

Dungeons and Dragons Club

eSports Club

Ethics Bowl

Foreign Language Clubs & Honor Societies

French Club Gay/Straight Alliance Golf Club

Habitat for Humanity Helena Raskob Arts Institute Horticulture Club Intramural Basketball Mastersingers Math Madness Contest Mathematics League Mock Trial Model United Nations National Art Honor Society National Honor Society Personal Finance Club Photography Robotics Club Rugby Club (Men’s) Science National Honor Society Science Olympiad Scuba Club

Spanish Club

St. Norbert Leadership Corps

Stage Crew Student Council

Tapestry TEAMS (Tests of Engineering

Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science)


The Green Arch Video Announcements

Yearbook: The Patio


of Archmere faculty is involved in at least one club, activity, or sport.


Clubs, Activities, Organizations, and Student-Run Events each year

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“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

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.

Archmere’s school counselors provide student-focused and datadriven programming that nurtures students’ overall physical, social, and emotional well-being. Students have a place to recharge and gain coping strategies. The school counseling office offers social/emotional learning programming through The NEST (Nurturing Every Student to Thrive). The NEST utilizes the entire Archmere community to best position students for success beyond the classroom, including training Peer Support Leaders so students have a peer they can reach out to for help. The solid foundation they create allows Archmere students to successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, productive citizens, who respect themselves and others.

Every student has access to learning support resources. Students with or without documented learning differences who need assistance with organization, study skills, and tutoring can meet with the learning specialist. Our Learning Support staff are also a resource for parents, caregivers, and faculty.

Learning Support Resources

• 1:1 sessions with a Learning Support Specialist

• Resources to help students study effectively and build executive functioning skills

• Small group sessions

• Two Learning Support Specialists on staff

School Counselors available to students, with one counselor assigned to each class

Peer Support Leaders on campus in 2022-23 for student support

Student racial and social justice facilititators through YW Leaders training at YWCA of Delaware

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“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 Archmere Academy • 19

Their Future Starts Here

Foundation for Success

Archmere’s Office of College Counseling has over 75 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 college counselors are also leaders and educators within the admission profession at the state, regional, and national levels. The College Counseling program aims to promote student growth and assist students in finding the colleges with the best academic, extracurricular, and social fit for them.

Archmere’s college counselors examine and share with students and families how colleges make admissions decisions to help students understand the strategic side of college applications, in order to maximize their success and understanding of the process. Throughout the 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 works closely with the Archmere Alumni Association on career-focused programming for students. Each spring, the junior class has a Career Day with alumni, parents, and other local professionals that speak with students in small groups. Other career programs include a young alumni career panel and networking reception, fieldspecific evening programs, and a video series of interviews with alumni and friends of Archmere.

64 students recognized by National Merit Scholarship Foundation over last the five years with 2 National Merit Scholars in the Class of 2022.

Since 2019, $18M+ on average in college scholarships awarded per graduating class

100+ professionals from colleges and universities visit Archmere Academy each year.

75+ years of combined college admissions experience from 3 full-time and 2 part-time College Counselors

Year-Round College Counseling Programming

Search & Application

• College seminar class in junior and senior year

• Parent programs for each class

• Minimum of four individual meetings with a counselor for each student

• Essay workshops and individual meetings

• Practice interviews with staff and guest admission professionals

• Mock application reviews/case studies programs


• Host two official SAT dates per year

• Offer free practice SAT and ACT testing

• Understanding Testing program


• Why a Career series

Networking program

• Junior Career Day

Personality inventories

• Video interview series with professionals

Scholarship & Financial Aid

• Financial Aid Night

• Early Financial Aid Night

• Individual financial aid counseling


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

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

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

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

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

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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Why Families Choose Archmere

“Archmere has provided an elite academic experience for our daughter. The community has also welcomed our youngest daughter with open arms. 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

“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.

Ava Passehl ’22 College of William & Mary

“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 “Auk-olades.”

Jin Kim P ’18, ’22

“Being one of three women Science Olympiad captains 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!”

Lauren Yoslov, BSN, RN ’16 Nurse, Hospital at University of Pennsylvania

“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

“Prior to sending our sons to Archmere, we heard many reasons why Archmere is a good choice: strong academics, beautiful campus, dedicated teachers, safe and caring environment, thoughtful administration. Our experience has proven all of this to be true. Archmere does a great job of bringing people together and fostering an active school community. We were warmly welcomed by faculty and staff members, giving us an immediate sense of belonging. Social events and campus activities throughout the year provided us opportunities in a variety of settings to connect with other parents and families. While our backgrounds and experiences are diverse, all parents we have met share common goals and values.”

Chuck & Carmel Anerino P ’23, ’26

“Archmere helped me immensely for college, as I’m confident that I’m ready to tackle these new challenges. From taking numerous AP classes and leading the Math League team to playing Varsity baseball and intramural basketball, my Archmere experience epitomized the breadth of opportunity that Archmere provides. Even though I’ve just recently left Archmere, I can proudly say I’m an Auk for life.”

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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, the Helena Raskob Arts Institute, 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 Four States

Archmere Academy Shuttle Stops


While the majority of Archmere’s students travel from Delaware (51%) and Pennsylvania (41%), our student population from New Jersey (7%) is growing!

NJ MD(1%)

From Tim & Lynn B. from Mullica Hill, NJ.

Parents of Archmere students from the Class of 2022, 2023, and 2026

“We consider Archmere to be a hidden gem right across the Commodore Barry Bridge. The school offers everything we wanted for our three children— opportunities to engage with inspired faculty and motivated students in the classroom, to compete in multiple sports, and to participate in a variety of clubs and leadership activities.”

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Affording Archmere


Tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year is $30,900. Fees included in tuition are library, athletic, yearbook, and all regular school fees. In addition, there is a $450 technology fee for Archmere’s one-toone 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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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!

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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

The entrance/scholarship exam for 8th graders is November 12, 2022 or November 13, 2022, with a make-up test scheduled on November 16, 2022. 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.

4Schedule 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.

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 304 students who applied for admission into the Class of 2026, 137 entered Archmere in the fall of 2022.


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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32 3600 Philadelphia Pike Claymont, DE 19703 302-798-6632 A private, Catholic, college preparatory co-educational academy, grades 9-12, founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers. Admissions Team Leah Lightcap Director of Enrollment & Admissions 302.798.6632 ext. 781 Denise Starnes ’ 93, p ’ 23 Admissions & Marketing Coordinator 302.798.6632 ext. 660
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