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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  • Photo of Timothy Dougherty

    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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  • Global Studies students in India

    November 2023

    Global Studies Program Ten-Day Trip to India

    Twelve adventurous students gave up their entire Thanksgiving vacation (plus one school day) last week for a ten-day trip to Southern India. Under the auspices of Archmere’s Global Studies Program and guided by Mr. Dougherty and three chaperones, students engaged in a broad range of amazing experiences: being the celebrities at two Norbertine schools; walking barefoot through Mysore Palace; seeing elephants, wild dogs, serpent eagles, and a leopard in a tree on two game drives; eating all manner of Indian food, once on a banana leaf “plate”; climbing two miles to see cave writings from 6,000 BCE; and visiting a family living in a tribal colony, and still more. 
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  • Cultural Geography field trip

    October 2023

    Cultural Geography Travels to Jamaican Restaurant 

    The Cultural Geography class ate lunch on Tuesday, October 24th at Jamaican restaurant Reggae Reggae Vibes in North Philly. The class is studying cultural landscapes, including the food, architecture and clothing of different countries and regions, and voted on Jamaican food for their lunch out. They ate oxtail, goat curry, jerk chicken, plantain, and tried sorrel (Jamaican hibiscus drink), tropical punch and ginger punch.
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  • Hispanic Heritage Festival

    September 2023

    Students Attend Hispanic Heritage Festival

    On September 17th, Archmere students traveled to Bellevue State Park to attend the Hispanic Heritage Festival. The Festival is held every year in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The students had an amazing time, enjoying folk dances, beautiful crafts, and tasting delicious tacos and mango water ice. They were able to meet people with Hispanic backgrounds and learn more about their culture.
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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.