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; English Teacher
    302-798-6632 Ext 735

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  • November 2021

    Ms. Lauren Walton Leads Faculty/Staff Book Club on Neuroteach; Attends Boston Conference 

    Archmere Learning Specialist Ms. Lauren Walton is currently running a Faculty/Staff Book Club on Neuroteach, and recently attended the Learning and the Brain conference in Boston. The conference was titled "Calming Anxious Brains", and focused on teaching and treating students with anxiety, trauma, depression, and academic learning loss. Learning & the Brain connects educators to the latest research in the science of learning and its potential application to education. Ms. Walton has extensive experience in the mind, brain and education, and has been an invaluable addition to the the Archmere community this year.
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  • October 2021

    Art Advisory Group Learns About Modern Art Movements

    On the September 29 Green Day, the Art Advisory group met and painted pumpkins inspired by different modern art movements. National Art Honor Society officers Jocelyn Zavala Garcia '22 (President), Bella Reeves '22 (Treasurer), and Helen Qi '23 (Vice President) each presented a slideshow to the group, providing an overview of key modern art movements and styles. The advisory group then painted pumpkins inspired by their artist/art movement of choice. The pumpkins were displayed in the Manor for the Archmere Open House.

    To view the presentations and the final pumpkins, click here. 
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  • AP Art at the Delaware Art Museum

    September 2021

    Students and Alumni Sing At Ordination

    On July 13, 2021, Monsignor William Edward Koenig was ordained as the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington.  This was the first Episcopal Ordination to take place in the diocese in 100 years.
    There was a large Archmere presence in the music ministry for the historic event. Mr. David Ifkovits, Archmere’s Choral Director and Music Department Chair conducted the choir and orchestra. Choir members included alumni Jamie Wohlhagen, Annalise Tonn, Katie Yakovenko, Eric Longo, Ryan Ifkovits as well as past parent William Hassink and current senior Rob Smith. The installation was aired nationally on EWTN and can also be seen on YouTube.
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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.