Academic Philosophy

Fostering Growth Through Academics
Archmere’s faith-based liberal arts 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 and academic distinction.
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.
Committed, Caring, Passionate Teachers
Archmere’s greatest asset is its faculty, an experienced, informed, compassionate group of women and men dedicated to their students’ academic growth, excellence, and integrity. Teachers across all disciplines build challenging curricula designed to expand critical thinking skills, stimulate intellectual curiosity, achieve content mastery, and establish academic discipline.
With an average class size of 15, teachers can engage students personally, guiding them to become organized, self-motivated, and ultimately, independent learners. Ready to support their students after class ends, faculty are accessible throughout the school day, before school, during unscheduled periods, and after school until 4:00 p.m.
Archmere faculty members are also actively engaged in students’ extracurricular lives: as academic advisers, mentors, club and organization moderators, and athletic coaches, they help students to live out Archmere’s mission and values—community, respect, zeal, reverence, and wisdom—beyond the classroom walls.

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    Timothy Dougherty 

    Director of Academics; Global Studies Coordinator; English Teacher
    302-798-6632 Ext 735

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Classroom News

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  • April 2022

    Archmere Academic Bowl Team Wins Championship

    Academic Bowl is a team trivia competition where students compete against another team to prove they are the most knowledgeable in a wide range of academic subjects, including history and literature, math and science, and geography and the arts.

    Throughout the school year, Archmere has competed against Ursuline Academy, Padua, St. Marks, and Salesianum in Academic Bowl competitions. On Monday, April 25, the team competed against Salesianum for the Diocesan Academic Bowl trophy and won, which completed an undefeated season.
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  • March 2022

    Sophomore Alicia Chu Places Third at Senior Voice Competition

    Alicia Chu ‘24, placed third in the national senior voice competition sponsored by Music Teachers National Association. Alicia, winner of the Delaware and Eastern region competitions, performed songs in four languages. Her performance was recorded in the Patio, with Christine McCloskey, piano teacher for the Institute, accompanying. Alicia is a student of Lily Zhang, a voice teacher in Texas.

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  • February 2022

    Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science Competition

    On Wednesday, February 23, 8 teams of 2 - 4 students (17 girls and 10 boys) participated in the Delaware TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science). The theme for the 2022 event was Engineering in Entertainment, for which each team wrote an essay on designing a 21st century stadium, took a rigorous skills test, then worked together on a design/build challenge. The competition was held in the SLC at Archmere.

    The goal of TEAMS is to have students work collaboratively to develop practical and creative solutions to real world engineering problems. High school teams that rank 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the Best in State rankings or that achieve a minimum combined score are eligible to compete in the national TEAMS competitions. The scores from this month's competition will be released next month.
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I took advantage of the many AP courses offered at Archmere. As a result of a rigorous schedule, I entered college as a sophomore. I found the classwork at one of the top 10 schools in the nation to be 'less' demanding than my courses at Archmere, and I was tremendously well-prepared for my future academic career. I cannot possibly imagine any other school delivering an even remotely comparable experience.

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Archmere Academy is a private, Catholic, college preparatory co-educational academy,
grades 9-12 founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers.