Philosophy

The college admission process, because it involves a plan for the future, a range of options, and a good dose of uncertainty, can be exciting, daunting, and empowering.  The College Counseling team works to assist students in identifying their strengths, aspirations, priorities, and goals through a process of self-reflection.  This enables us to support students in charting a course to find the best possible post-secondary fit(s).   We encourage students to take the lead in this process in order to maximize individual growth and ensure that the journey best prepares them for future success in college and beyond.  However, students will not fly solo during this journey.  The College Counseling Office, and the entire Archmere community, will join students, and their families, to create a support network to lessen the anxiety and stress that comes with the college search and application process.
    • Class of 2017
Archmere offers a comprehensive College Counseling program available to all students and families.   The progressive college programming provides insight and informs families about the college admission process throughout a student’s high school years.  Accessibility and an open door policy for students and parents promotes conversation from casual to formal.  Constant discussions between students and counselors, as well as individual reflection on the part of a student, aid counselors in understanding a student’s aspirations and provides counselors the ability to suggest post-secondary options that families can investigate.   Early college programming and conversations in the freshman, sophomore and junior year will provide students with the opportunity to become better informed and more comfortable with the college process, thus alleviating some stress. This ‘information’ will come from the counseling staff as well as college admission personnel.  Numerous college admission professionals, from schools around the country, will participate in Archmere programming.  Giving students access to admission representatives early and often provides students with greater confidence and comfort in communicating with colleges and also provides additional resources for questions, answers, and peace of mind. 
 
Finding the right fit is the ultimate goal of this process.  We will use our knowledge and resources to assist students from start to finish.  Counselors will shepherd, challenge, suggest and inform students and families while also serving as a strong advocates during the search, application and decision process.  It is important that students do not envision the college search as a race to the finish.  “Getting in,” while exciting, is simply a stage in the process.  We believe the growth opportunities for a student in this process are extremely valuable.  Students will better develop their Scientia during this journey, taking the knowledge and skills they’ve learned from their Archmere education and applying them to their education and futures.  The college search process will challenge and better develop a student’s ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, self advocate, communicate, reflect, plan for the future, be a savvy consumer and make adult decisions.  All of these are practical skills that will better equip them for the rigors of college and their futures beyond higher education. 
 
This process rewards students that put in time and effort.  The College Counseling Office looks forward to working with every individual student on their college search process.  We will ride the roller coaster together, celebrating, commiserating, and yes, even enjoying the process.  All Archmere students will find a college (unless they choose another path, which will also be supported!) that they will call home, a school that they will thrive both academically and socially.  Their next alma mater!

College Counseling News

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  • May 2017

    Celebrating the Seniors

    On May 1st the Archmere community celebrated College Decision Day with Archmere seniors wearing apparel from the schools they’ve decided to attend. Throughout the day, the College Counseling department hosted a photo booth and the reserve assembly day ended with the traditional class photo on the steps of Saint Norbert Hall. Students also celebrated with Rita’s Water Ice and were encouraged to write thank you notes to the people that assisted them throughout the process. The 124 seniors will be enrolling at 73 different colleges in 20 states and three countries. There are also 26 students enrolling at schools where there are no other Archmere graduates attending.  

    To view photos from College Decision Day click here. 

    Juniors Participate in Several Programs

    Thirty juniors participated in are yearly After School College Workshops on May 15th.  Nineteen college admission representatives volunteered to participate in classroom sessions and mock interviews with the students. Every student completed an interview opportunity, and our classroom session topics this year were "The Importance of Supplemental Essays" and "Understanding the Match". That same evening, several families participated in the Wilmington Case Studies and College Fair program that Archmere co-coordinates with several other Delaware independent schools. In total over 500 people attended the evening program.  
     
    Career Programming with Sophomores

    College Counseling visited all sophomore health classes to complete new career programming with students. The one class exercise was a modification of G. Richard Shell’s "Six Lives" exercise, which attempts to help participants identify their definition of success and happiness.

    This Summer...
     
    The College Counseling Office is open over the summer for questions and communications regarding anything college. Please feel free to call or email us.  Congratulations to all seniors, we look forward to the continued celebrations and graduation.  
     
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Meet the Staff

List of 3 members.

  • Mr. Christopher Boehm 

    Director of College Counseling
    (302) 798-6632 Ext. 771
    Bio
  • Ms. Catherine Souza 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    (302) 798-6632 Ext. 863
    Bio
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Lyon 

    College Counseling Office Assistant
    (302) 798-6632 Ext 772
    Bio