Academic Center

On Saturday, April 13, Archer celebrated the grand opening of the Diana Meehan Center, an innovative building made for the way girls learn best. Scroll down to learn more about the building and the journey to establish Archer's permanent home.
The new Academic Center features contemporary architecture that enhances 21st-century learning while also being sympathetic to the beauty of the Historic Building.

List of 7 items.

  • 1 - West Courtyard

    West Courtyard: Assemblies and More
    The West Courtyard provides seating in an amphitheater-style design. The second floor balcony also opens into the courtyard for additional seating, creating a multi-layered collaborative space.
  • 2 - East Courtyard

    East Courtyard: Dynamic Collaboration
    The East Courtyard totals 800 square feet and is accessible through the two flexible classrooms on the ground floor. The Historic Building’s signature Eastern Star is clearly visible from this dynamic space.
  • 3 - 21st-Century Classrooms

    Classrooms for the Way Girls Learn Best
    Classrooms will be equipped for the latest technology with dynamic infrastructure to facilitate 21st-century learning. This includes movable projectors, low-energy LED lighting with dimming functionality, and sophisticated acoustical isolation between rooms.
  • 4 - Servery and Kitchen

    The servery and kitchen will include both food preparation and serving facilities along with resources for learning. It will connect to the Historic Building through our current Dining Hall.
  • 5 - Reception Area

    Reception Area
    The reception area visibly blends into the iconic Archer Courtyard leading to the Historic Building, creating a fluid synergy between the new and historic parts of campus.
  • 6 - Corridors

    Corridors: Multipurpose Hallways
    The corridors will include lockers, counter-height charging stations, and tackable panels to display student work, announcements and more.
  • 7 - Stairway

    Stairways
    The stairway doubles as informal seating with extra space built in along the sides.

A Journey to the Future

After hearings, petitions, and hard work, Archer established its permanent home in Los Angeles's Westside neighborhood with the opening of the Diana Meehan Center.
Here are some of the prominent milestones from this journey:

May 2019: "I Wanna See You Be Brave"

In anticipation of Archer's new Academic Center, students from the Unaccompanied Minors and dancers are celebrating with an original rendition of Sara Bareilles' anthem to courage, "Brave". See the video below and share on social media using #MovingArcherForward to spread the celebration!

April 2019: Grand Opening

Archer celebrated the grand opening of the Diana Meegan Academic Center, an innovative building made for the way girls learn best. Students now occupy the facility, which includes over 30 classrooms, a kitchen and servery, spacious courtyards, and dynamic collaborative spaces.

December 2017 - March 2019: Construction

In December 2017, Archer broke ground on the Diana Meehan Center. Watch this timelapse video of the project and see how this amazing building came to completion in less than 18 months. 

January 2017: Breaking New Ground

On Monday, January 8, 2017, Archer celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Academic Center, further solidifying its mission of empowering future female leaders and in an environment designed specifically for girls. The event included addresses from Archer’s Head of School Elizabeth English, Craig Allen Jameson, Principal, Design Director at Parallax Architects, Archer's Board Chair Frank Marshall, and students Cameron T. ’18 and Sammy R. ’19.

It Takes A Village

Constructing a facility unlike any in Archer's history took grit and determination; here are a few of the people who made this dream a reality.
 
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