Academic Program

Fitness & Wellness

Archer’s fitness and wellness program is uniquely designed to introduce students to a wide variety of activities that are fitness related, based on individual needs and goals specifically geared toward young women.

The objective of the wellness component is to provide accurate information and to practice skills that will help girls be self-reliant and responsible for their choices. Topics focus on building trusting relationships and community, conflict resolution, sexual development, nutrition, and chemicals and the mind. Student input is always relevant to course design as it ensures that the curriculum addresses their particular needs and questions. Archer’s principles of honesty, respect, and responsibility serve as a framework for this course.

The fitness and wellness curriculum is an important complement to the Athletics program. Student athletes reap great benefits from the skills and lessons learned in fitness and wellness: the volleyball player who uses relaxation techniques learned in yoga to calm herself and prepare for intense competition; the track and field athlete who has changed her eating habits because of the connections she learned exist between nutrition and physical performance. The Fitness & Wellness curriculum develops the whole student and encourages her to have a balanced, healthy lifestyle - physically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially.

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  • Middle School

    The Middle School fitness and wellness curriculum encourages students to pursue an active, healthy lifestyle through fitness activities and sports experiences. The goal is to instill enthusiasm and motivation for lifelong participation in physical activity. In addition to teaching the particular skills and strategies for various sports, fitness and wellness class offers a character-shaping program that focuses on positive self-esteem and the importance of cooperation and good sportsmanship. Leadership, effort, skill improvement, knowledge of rules, and etiquette for each activity are vital components of the program. The students end the year with their own “Archer Olympics,” where they practice all the skills they learned throughout the year in a fun and relaxing environment.
  • Upper School

    The emphasis in the Upper School program moves away from traditional sports and toward personal fitness and a variety of individual lifetime activities. Students are introduced and exposed to fitness choices that allow them to take responsibility for their own physical well-being. Students rotate through various activities throughout the year including sessions in the weight room, yoga, sports and games, and a full course of self-defense taught by Impact Personal Safety.


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    Stephanie Ferri 

    Fitness & Wellness Department Chair

Course Offerings

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  • Fitness & Wellness 6

  • Fitness & Wellness 7 & 8

  • Fitness & Wellness 9-12

  • Human Development 6

  • Human Development 7

  • Human Development 8

  • Human Development 9

  • Human Development 10

  • Human Development 11

  • Human Development 12

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’ mission is to educate students in an environment specifically designed for girls. As such, the school will consider any candidate for admission who identifies as a girl. Once admitted to Archer, all students in good academic standing who abide by Archer’s code of conduct and who meet requirements for graduation will be eligible to receive an Archer diploma, regardless of any change in sexual identity or other legally protected status.