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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  • Art project preceding the museum trip by Holly Hayes '23

    November 2022

    AP 2D & Drawing Students Create Art History Alphabet, Visit Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Advanced Placement Studio Art & Junior Portfolio students explored 200 galleries of art in Philadelphia this month, including the Henri Matisse Exhibition.
    The students were tasked with creating an "Art History Alphabet" showcasing the chronology of artists and major art movements synthesized stylistically through typography. This art-history-based studio project provided an opportunity for students to conduct research to develop a broad foundational overview of major art movements before exploring physical art objects at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on November 11th. Students are now in the process of creating their own original artworks inspired by a piece on view in the collection. 

    For photos of their project click here.
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  • October 2022

    AP Capstone Classes Spend the Day at University of Delaware

    Archmere Academy offers special programs to students each year. Among those programs is the AP Capstone, which consists of AP Seminar and AP Research. The students analyze a wide variety of source material to gain a rich appreciation and understanding of issues, and work collaboratively with a team to identify, investigate, analyze, and evaluate an academic or real-world problem.

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  • September 2022

    Mandarin/Chinese Classes Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

    This month the Mandarin Chinese classes celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival. They learned one of the legends, a love story about "Chang-er and Hou-Yi." Hou-Yi, the Lord Archer, was Chang-er's husband, who was strong and shot nine suns off.; Chang-er took the Elixir of life pill and flew to the moon. 
    Moon cake and mochi are symbolic food to have at Mid-Autumn Festival. Students made mocha mochi and solved the riddle (Honors Chinese IV) at the end of the celebration. 

    Festival pictures

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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.