My favorite day of the school year is graduation. Our Archer girls are authentic and vibrant – wearing white dresses, donning fresh floral wreaths in their hair and clutching shiny new high school diplomas.
This past May we were thrilled to offer a true graduation with family and friends in the audience at the Skirball Center where we had jubilantly celebrated in pre-pandemic times. The ceremony also was a significant milestone for my family as our daughter, Sabrina Kim, graduated with the Class of 2022 after attending Archer for seven years. Academic excellence, sparkling personalities, earned accolades, thoughtful humanism and exuberant confidence were in full display on that day.
Sabrina was presented with the Honestas Award. For demonstration of character and moral conviction, this award recognizes a senior who has served as a role model for her class and school community. My husband and I couldn’t be more proud of Sabrina’s accomplishment and who she became while at Archer: a fearless, considerate and committed young woman who is equipped with the scholarly and social skills to succeed in college. Sabrina and her classmates represent hope, purpose and determination as they go forth to make change in our world.
Now entering my 11th season as Archer’s admissions director, I continue to be grateful for this immense privilege. What also remains true is that an Archer girl is bright, creative, kind, and motivated. When she graduates, she is a self-possessed, entrepreneurial young woman with an irrepressible desire to achieve greatness. Once she leaves the walls of Archer, she goes to medical school, starts a business, becomes a spouse, chooses motherhood, designs interior spaces, defends clients in a courtroom, does scientific research, develops projects in the entertainment industry, gets involved in community organizing, runs for office, creates architectural drawings, excels in visual artistry. The possibilities are endless.
We ask our students to be at once ambitious and joyful. We offer excellence in teaching and learning. We take pride in our unparalleled, research-based teaching methods. Simultaneously, we cherish our happy culture. Archer is known for its inclusive environment that fosters sisterhood and collaboration. We expect our students to lead balanced lives and to find the joy in all that they do - inside and outside the classroom.
Thank you for your interest in Archer. I hope that you will discover that Archer and your daughter might be the right match.