Archer is above and beyond our expectations! The head of school, Elizabeth English has me at hello when we toured the school. She gives an incredibly persuasive argument as to "why an all-girls education" - This is my daughter's first year at Archer as a 7th grader. She is thriving both academically and socially. For a private school in Los Angeles, this school has a very down to earth feel as well as more diversity than many of the others we toured. I am giving a grade of A+++++++
I can't say enough good things about Archer. My daughter has been inspired in so many ways by the teachers and programs at Archer that it's impossible to list them all. Suffice to say that she has decided on a career path in science, blossoming in both science and math while at Archer. All of her teachers have been approachable and supportive, in addition to challenging, and you won't find a more visionary principal than Elizabeth English. Opportunities for parents to be involved abound, and the administration really does listen to parent concerns. Parental involvement coupled with the smaller size provides many opportunities for close relationships between teachers and students, teachers and parents, students themselves and parents too.
My daughter will be graduating in June, 2013 after attending Archer for seven years. Her experience has been outstanding. She excelled in all classes and many sports and was noted by her teachers for each achievement. She has confidence, drive, and a desire to learn and make the world a better place. It has been proven that girls do better in single-sex schools and Archer is the educational institution for it. With its diverse population and unique campus, the girls enjoy a learning experience that is not available anywhere else in Los Angeles.
Archer has exceeded my expectations for all 3 of my daughters' educations. The first graduated in 2003 with high honors and went on to study at St. Andrews in Scotland. The middle school is a perfect blend of academics and FUN! The curriculum, supported with cutting edge teaching methods, develops each girl to their greatest potential. I see Archer as one of the BEST GIRLS schools in AMERICA.
Archer has transformed my daughter. After one year at Archer, she exudes confidence, a willingness to take risks, and above all, despite these hormonally charged years, she continues to be caring, respectful, and compassionate. I am forever grateful to the Archer faculty and administration who employ innovative teaching techniques inside and outside the classroom and always strive higher. Head of School, Elizabeth English, is taking this school into the 21st Century by employing the latest research based teaching techniques, integrating the latest technology, and embarking on a campus plan that will provide new facilities that are equal to the caliber of the faculty, administration and students. Above all, unlike many middle schools, the Archer parent community is warm and inclusive. Not only does Archer prepare our girls, but they educate the parents to form a cohesive partnership in our girls' learning.
the academics are as if not more challenging than other independent schools however the support is like no other school I've investigated. the girls are poised intellectuals. Every girl is a high achiever with the support as opposed to pressure. I wish it were closer to my home as my daughter attends Marlborough and her friends who go to Archer are learning the same material with smiles and eagerness rather than ulcers.
At every turn I see the School making shrewd decisions and raising up all the Archer girls to be tomorrow's leaders. We know Campbell Hall, Buckley, Harvard Westlake from the good experiences of our older kids... Archer is just so impressive, again and again and again.
This school is flawless. There is nothing wrong with it at all! I'm in 6th grade there, and within the first 2 days of school we were all best friends. None of the girls are catty or mean what-so-ever. I have been to 3 other schools before Archer, and this is the first year I'm actually being challenged. The teachers are so purely kind, and you can always go to them. The work load is completely manageable for me, and I do dance for days a week. This school is amazing!!
Archer is terrific. I don't believe that the money you pay is a waste. I go there.
This school is highly amazing I thought it was bad cause imma girl going to and ALL girl school. But it's skewl were all like sisters.
The academics are Okay, but nothing to brag about. The girls are absolutely terrible they are catty and shallow. For the money that you pay the school is not worth it at all.
We are a middle-class family and paying for Archer has been difficult, but the school has been a perfect fit for our daughter. Go to the open house in the fall--it's very seductive.
Be prepared to grow, and not only academically. Classes are challenging especially in High School, but teachers are approachable and really look out for you. Standards are high (as is most private high schools) and extra curricular activities are endless; there really is something for everyone. Socially, I found it a bit hard to adapt to, but rarely have I felt alone in the community.
We have been extraordinarily happy here, though nothing is perfect. The teachers have been incredible and the school is working to improve those that are not of the absolute highest caliber. There has been a good deal of not only ethnic diversity, but socio-economic diversity as well. LOTS of opportunity for student involvement no matter what their interests. Best of all, the school caters to building a well-rounded student body and encourages the differences among the girls.
We are very happy with the level of academics at Archer. This is our second year there. the teachers have overall been excellent and also their level of involvement and offers of help are incredible. My daughter participates in music at Archer and we have been happy with it. The level of parent involvement varies. There are opportunities to be very involved and also to volunteer once or twice per year. It is up to the individual parent and there are opportunities for working parents. I disagree with the other reviews as far as community involvement. I think there are many ways the girls get involved if they choose to. Further we have not had the experience of 'snobby' girls. My daughter's friends are ethnically diverse and economically diverse-I have been happy with the diversity of friends she has to choose from. I would highly recommend the school.
High quality academics and arts. There needs to be more emphasis on serving the community. And a more economically diverse enrollment would be a plus. It is very difficult for a middle class girl to find like companionship in this school of very affluent and often spoiled and self-centered girls.
My daughter received a first rate education at Archer and was well prepared for college. The only negatives in my opinion are that there is little emphasis on community involvement and there is little diversity. The population is for the most part very affluent. There is a sprinkling of minority children on scholarships, but the middle ground is practically non-existent.
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