About

Our Story and Mission

Honoring our founders' vision, The Archer School for Girls remains intentional in its practice of teaching girls the way they learn best.
Founded on research and supported by expert faculty, this construct prepares girls to become leaders in the 21st century.

Archer was founded in 1995 by three women, Megan Callaway, Victoria Shorr, and Dr. Diana Meehan, all graduates of girls’ schools and all parents of daughters who were about to enter middle school. Informed by current research on the clear benefits of single-sex education for girls and guided by their founding principles of innovation, community, and diversity, Archer originally opened in a converted Pacific Palisades dance studio with just over 30 6th and 7th grade students.

Over two decades later, Archer’s tremendous growth to 490 students on a seven-acre historic Sunset Boulevard campus is a testament to our role as a model of the renaissance of girls’ schools. Our founders’ basic premise - that girls thrive in a learning environment of their own - is now playing out across the country: since our founding, over 25 girls’ schools have started in the United States.

Mission Statement

The Archer School for Girls empowers young women to discover their passions and realize their true potential in an environment that is both ambitious and joyful.

We sustain a collaborative, student-centered teaching and learning community that explores and contributes to the research on how girls learn and thrive.

We engage girls in a purposeful, inquiry-driven curriculum that fosters critical thinking and life-long intellectual curiosity.

We inspire girls to become confident, ethical leaders, strengthening their voices and capacity to contribute positively to their communities.

We promote challenge-seeking, encourage creative risk-taking, and embrace each girl’s unique possibility.

We support girls to develop meaningful relationships in a diverse and inclusive community rooted in empathy, integrity, and responsibility.

We graduate courageous, resilient young women who take responsibility for their own physical, financial, and emotional well-being.

Stewards of a Historic Landmark

Archer occupies the former Eastern Star Home for Women, a 1931 Spanish Colonial Revival building on Sunset Boulevard in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the structure provides Archer girls with a one-of-a-kind learning environment complete with dark wood beams, colorful mosaic fountains, and intricate architectural features around every corner. True to its origins, the building feels more like a home than a school, and girls quickly grow attached to its unique charm.