2023 will be remembered as the year of Barbie, the blockbuster summer movie that has surpassed a box office take of one billion dollars. The film’s director and co-writer, Greta Gerwig, has been celebrated for her incisive, cerebral, witty interpretation of what happens when her main character leaves “Barbieland.” Ms.Gerwig, a girls’ school graduate whose alma mater is Barnard College, tells the story of how Barbie is stunned by the gender bias and misperception she experiences in the “RealWorld” and must choose a new destiny for herself.
“I wanted to make something anarchic and wild and funny and cathartic,’’ said Ms. Gerwig, who was the keynote speaker at the 2020 Archer Film Festival, in The New York Times recently. “And the idea that it’s actually being received that way, it’s sort of extraordinary.’’
This brings me to my favorite day of the school year: graduation. Our Archer girls are authentic and sparkling – wearing white dresses of their own choosing, donning fresh floral wreaths in their hair and clutching diplomas that symbolize their achievements.
When they depart from Archer, our graduates are able to navigate the realities of the greater world because they are equipped to compete and lead with empathy, to excel without apology. They have been taught to explore, experiment, take purposeful risks, fail and recalibrate on their terms, preparing them to live, learn and lead fearlessly and joyfully for the rest of their lives.
Archer girls are vibrant, sharp and unstoppable because we give rise to limitless girls. At our school, you will find every kind of student: scientist, performer, musician, activist, journalist, athlete, filmmaker, ambassador, writer, dancer and environmentalist. Archer offers every girl the opportunity to explore her edges and find that crucial intersection of their passions and purpose.
Our innovative learning environment develops girls into fearless leaders who can pursue their brilliance. Archer offers a research-based, boundary-pushing education that yields distinct and impressive outcomes for girls. Our focus on community and resilience creates an educational experience like no other.
I invite you to learn about Archer with the hopes that you will discover that Archer and your daughter might be the right match.