Programs

Academic Program

The Archer School for Girls’ academic program challenges and inspires girls to discover their passion and realize their potential. Our learning community is highly collaborative, real-world focused, and research-based.
Classrooms are spaces of active learning and faculty design their lessons based on the latest research about how girls learn best. The availability of cutting-edge digital tools extends conversations beyond the classroom and engages students in powerful, authentic, global learning.

Archer’s dedicated and talented faculty are at the center of the educational experience. Archer faculty know their content deeply and draw from the professional knowledge base to develop high-quality instruction, resulting in excellent learning outcomes. Teachers employ a range of tools and strategies to gather data, plan meaningful learning experiences, enhance clarity, and check for understanding. They make thinking and learning visible, so every student is challenged to stretch toward her potential. Rather than just covering content, research-based lessons focus on developing transferable skills and concepts to build enduring understanding.

One overarching goal of the academic program is for students to hone strong critical thinking skills and an appreciation for the value of an intellectual life. An Archer education teaches students to make sound and reasoned decisions in their academic, professional, and personal lives. Archer’s program ensures that girls have time to process and reflect, develop strong social connections, and discover passions outside the academic realm. We do not believe rigor and balance are mutually exclusive. While Archer students are encouraged to push themselves to high levels of scholarship, it is never at the expense of their happiness.

Division Directors

List of 2 members.

  • Gretchen Warner 

    Upper School Director
    310-873-7040
  • Karen Pavliscak 

    Assistant Head of School: Curriculum & Instruction/Middle School Director
    310-873-7065

Archer's Curriculum Philosophy

Archer provides an innovative yet structured curriculum that explicitly teaches collaboration, character, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking through an integrated approach to learning. Knowledge and skills are anchored in enduring understandings to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century and to thrive in an increasingly connected and global world. The curriculum affords students active learning opportunities to construct knowledge and derive meaning. Department demonstrations of learning guide curriculum development and instruction around student outcomes for each discipline.

Departmental Demonstrations of Learning