Giving
Philanthropy at Archer

Major Gifts

Major gifts from individuals and foundation partners provide significant funding in support of key areas at Archer. To learn more about Major Gift Opportunities, please work with a member of our Advancement Team.

Your generous donation can be used to support the programs of your choice below.

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  • Financial Aid

    By our mission, Archer is committed to sustaining an educational community that reflects the face of greater Los Angeles, representing a multitude of backgrounds and honoring its individual members.

    Archer students come from more than 144 different elementary and secondary schools and from 75 different zip codes throughout Los Angeles. Through extensive admissions outreach, Archer provides access to a challenging and transformative educational experience for qualified students of need.

    Through a deliberate re-balancing and re-shaping of our budget, we are proud to share that for the 2016-2017 school year, nearly one-quarter of our student body received financial aid. This exceeds the National Association of Independent Schools’ average of 21%. This $3.6 million commitment exceeds the financial aid commitment of other local and national independent schools with more heritage and endowment. Still, there is more to do.
  • STEM

    At Archer, we believe that science is for everyone, not just a select few. All girls are engaged in a rigorous curriculum that provides a deliberate balance between cultivating scientific literacy and encouraging innovation. Our program teaches students to:

    • Formulate and design experiments to test original hypotheses.
    • Collect and analyze data using numerical and graphical techniques.
    • Become skilled in the use of modern scientific instrumentation and technology.
    • Recognize scientific processes in the surrounding environment.
    • Use mathematical models to describe physical processes.
    • Draw conclusions and write scholarly reports in a scientific format.
    • Argue, debate, and explain the ethical and environmental issues in science.

    Archer's Honors Research in Science Program provides students with the opportunity to utilize cutting-edge technology to design and implement an original scientific study.

    Archer's new state-of-the-art IDEALab (Integrated Design & Engineering Arts) is a design space dedicated to collaboration, creativity and invention. We believe the study of engineering imparts problem-solving skills and builds personal qualities that will serve our students for the rest of their lives, regardless of their chosen professions.
  • NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School)

    • NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) teaches leadership, wilderness education, and environmental studies. Since 2011, more than 300 Archer students have completed a NOLS course. NOLS graduates find that the lessons learned from their experiences are lasting, transferrable, and relevant to their lives.
    • Archer’s goals for Arrow Week are to provide experiential opportunities for students to embrace possibility, seek challenges, and take risks in outdoor settings. This is an integral tenet of Archer’s mission and one of the primary ways we fulfill our commitment to graduating resilient, confident, and self-assured young women.
    • The cost of the 7th, 9th and 11th grade NOLS program, including lodging, meals and transportation, is paid for by Archer, but there are associated costs, including a medical physical, equipment rentals, items on the packing list, and any personal expenses such as extra baggage fees, etc. that are covered by the individual families.
    • Gifts directed to NOLS will help our families who receive financial assistance with their associated costs and support their daughter’s opportunity for an incredible life-changing NOLS experience.
  • Professional Development for Faculty

    Archer girls are surrounded by innovative, passionate, expert educators who understand what it takes to provide each student with an engaging and active learning experience. Your donation goes towards professional development that keeps us at the cusp of emerging best practices in the classroom and school management.
  • Harris Hartsfield Memorial Scholarship


    About Mr. Hartsfield

    Mr. Hartsfield (1954 - 2012), a founding faculty member of The Archer School for Girls, fostered a learning environment that was comfortable and empowering to his photography students. Described as a mentor, inspiration and friend, Mr. Hartsfield's reach extends across all grade-levels, encouraging many to view the world through a lens. He taught at The Archer School for Girls for 15 years. We will always miss and remember our beloved Mr. Hartsfield.

    About the Scholarship
    The Archer Community celebrates Mr. Hartsfield’s life and his work inspiring young minds through the Harris Hartsfield Scholarship. Just as Mr. Hartsfield always encouraged life through the arts, this scholarship will be awarded to an Upper School student of promise in the Visual Arts.

    How to Donate
    If you would like to donate in memory of Mr. Hartsfield, please designate your gift to the Harris Hartsfield Scholarship Fund. Please contact the Advancement Office at 310-873-7056 or advancement@archer.org with any questions.