Admissions

Application Process

The Admissions Committee considers many factors when evaluating an applicant including the required application pieces and, beyond that, what it would be like to have her join our community.

These components help the Committee form a complete picture of each applicant - her strengths, interests, and personal qualities. We seek families that will support and uphold the mission of the School and students who are best suited for our program and who we believe will contribute positively to our community.

Archer's online application process is designed to be clear and simple. Once you create an online account, a comprehensive checklist and directions ensure that you don't miss a deadline or forget to submit important paperwork. An application summary can be found below.

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  • Apply Online

    The application process at Archer is fully digital with all forms and information submitted online. Once your application is submitted, a detailed checklist will be provided in your online account to track the status of your application components.
    Archer reserves the right to evaluate an application and render a final decision even if all pieces of the application have not been received. 

    Upper School decisions will be released at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    Middle School decisions will be released at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020. 
  • Tour Archer and Interview

    Applicants who submit their application and application fee on or before November 13, 2019, will be guaranteed an on-campus interview. Interviews will be granted on a space-available basis to families who submit their applications between November 14, 2019, and the application deadline of December 11, 2019.

    Archer begins interviewing families in October and interviews will take place during the school day, Monday through Friday. The Admissions Office will contact you to schedule an interview.

    The visit includes a tour of Archer with a student tour guide. Parents and students are interviewed separately by a member of the Admissions Office. In total, the visit could take approximately an hour and fifteen minutes.
  • Register for the ISEE

    All applicants are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Early registration is suggested as test sites fill up quickly. All applicants should take the ISEE after August 1, 2019, and before January 17, 2020.

    Students will be allowed to take the test two times during the Archer admissions process. Archer expects to receive scores for each test a student takes. All test scores should be received by 
    January 17, 2020. To ensure Archer receives test results, parents must request ISEE to submit scores to Archer.

    Our school code is 054240.
     
    For more information on the test, including registration, dates, and locations, visit www.iseetest.org.
  • Submit Recommendations Online

    Archer requires two separate teacher recommendations: one from the applicant's current English teacher and one from the applicant's current Math teacher. 

    Teacher recommendations and one school administrator recommendation should be completed and submitted directly from your daughter's school to Archer by January 17, 2020. Recommendations are sent via email directly to the teacher or administrator. Applicants are then notified once the teacher has completed the recommendation form.

    Archer waives teacher and school recommendations for all candidates enrolled in SMMUSD schools to reflect the district policy that teachers do not provide student recommendations for independent school applicants.  

    *Please note that recommendations should not be submitted until November 2019 to give current teachers time to get to know your daughter.
  • Submit Transcripts

    A complete and official transcript, including both current (2019-2020) and previous (2018-2019) year grades and standardized test scores, should be sent directly from your daughter's school to Archer by January 17, 2020

    Download the CSSAD Transcript Request Form to submit to your daughter’s school.
  • Optional Day Visits

    Archer offers optional Day Visits to students who want to experience our campus on a regular school day. Applicants will be paired with Archer students who will serve as ambassadors during the visits. Applicants will attend classes starting at 8:45 a.m. and will stay for a complimentary lunch with departure thereafter. 

    To request an optional Day Visit, an application must be submitted. Parents may then submit a request through the Portal Checklist to register for their daughter’s day visit. 

    Day Visits are intended for applicants to gain further insight on an Archer education.
    Attending a day visit does not improve chances for admission, nor does declining to schedule a visit negatively impact chances for admission. Space is limited.
     
    For sixth and seventh grades, Archer will host visits on the following days:
    October 21, October 23, October 28, October 30, November 1, November 8, November 11, January 13, January 22, January 24, February 3, February 4.

    For ninth grade, Archer will host visits on the following days: 
    November 8, November 13, January 22, January 24.
  • For Sibling Applicants

    Archer understands the benefits of having all daughters in the same family attending the School. However, what is right for one child may not necessarily be the correct placement for her sister. A sibling applicant will be accepted based on the Admissions Committee's determination that the student will be successful at Archer. A sibling's admission to Archer is not guaranteed. It is recommended that all families apply to other schools. 

    Sibling applicants should apply by October 4, 2019 and take their ISEE exam no later than December 2, 2019.

Important Deadlines

  • Sibling Application: October 4, 2019
  • Guaranteed Interview Application: November 13, 2019
  • Sibling ISEE: December 2, 2019
  • Application: December 11, 2019
  • ISEE, Transcripts, Flexible Tuition, and Recommendations: January 17, 2020

Questions? Contact Us

Email: admissions@archer.org
Phone: 310-873-7037
The Archer School for Girls admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status in its hiring or in the administration of its educational policies and programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs or other school-administered programs.
The Archer School for Girls admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status in its hiring or in the administration of its educational policies and programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs or other school-administered programs.