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College Guidance

Program Philosophy

A successful college process starts with a happy and self-motivated Archer girl. That’s why we integrate topics like challenging curriculum choices, thoughtful test preparation, and time management into the Human Development curriculum in both 9th and 10th grades to make sure our students are getting good advice at the right time.
In 11th grade, the Human Development curriculum centers on the transition to college as an opportunity for self-development and reflection. We encourage students to use their critical thinking, investigative, and research skills to look beyond the hype and marketing of the college process to identify for themselves the colleges and universities that will best serve their needs, ambitions, and future goals.

Topics include building a personal testing plan, using the best resources for college research, understanding the financial aid process, effective communication with parents, as well as how to best showcase accomplishments in the application and on a resume.

Classwork and hands-on projects are paired with a wide variety of opportunities including:

List of 4 items.

  • Group meetings with 80+ college admission representatives

  • College essay workshops

  • Unlimited one-on-one and family meetings with her college counselor

  • Class trip for local college tours

As each student’s process is unique to her, the program is structured but flexible, allowing each Archer girl to chart her own course on her own terms. While we encourage each student to take the lead in her own process, the structure of our department ensures she is never without the advice and support of her college counseling team.
In 12th grade, we focus on a calm and consistent approach to the application process. Students are given a head start on applications at our annual College Jump Start. Not only does this allow our students to start 12th grade with complete applications, but they are also well prepared for college interviews, scholarship weekends, and success in their classes. Each student meets as often as needed with her counselor to ensure that she is comfortable and confident with her college choices, applications, and overall strategy. As a result of this approach, Archer girls apply to fewer schools than their peers with fantastic results.
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.