Archer School for Girls
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|Archer School for Girls|
|11725 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049 USA
|Average class size||17|
|Student to teacher ratio||7:1|
athletics = Fall: Volleyball, Tennis, Cross Country. Winter: Soccer, Basketball.
The Archer School for Girls is an independent, college preparatory, nonsectarian, girls' school, grades 6 -12, located in West Los Angeles, California, United States. Founded in 1995 in the Pacific Palisades, Archer was relocated to its present site in Brentwood Village in 1999. The School purchased the Eastern Star Home for Women built in 1931 by California architect William Mosier, famous for his work in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The building has been designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and is listed in the California Register of Historic Places. In 2003 Archer received the LA Conservancy Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse and in 2007 received an award from the Brentwood Historical Society for Outstanding Repurposing of an Historic Landmark.
The school's Flexible Tuition Program seeks to provide educational access to a wide range of girls across the city. Archer currently enrolls 430 students from 86 different zip codes and 141 feeder schools. Thirty-four percent of Archer girls identify themselves as students of color. Twenty-eight percent of families receive financial assistance, with nearly $3M awarded annually.
Inspiration and history
The school was founded in 1995 by Dr. Diana Meehan, Victoria Shorr, and Megan Callaway. Dr. Meehan’s book, “Learning Like a Girl: Educating Our Daughters in Schools of Their Own” (2007 PublicAffairs™ ISBN# 978-1- 58648-410-1), details the story of establishing the School, as well as making an argument for the benefits of same-sex education.
The school derives its name from the Greek goddess, Artemis, called Diana in later Roman myth, classically depicted taking aim with her bow and arrow, guided by the moon. In addition to being a skilled hunter, Artemis was also traditionally a protectress of girls and women. In the fall of 2012, Elizabeth English, Head of School, launched a new blog developed specifically for the students of Archer. “Take Aim” was named in honor of the virgin-huntress, twin- sister of Apollo, to whom the school is dedicated, known for her precision in hitting the target.
The main building now in use on the Archer campus was built under the supervision of architect William Mooser III, combining dramatic period design elements culled from Art Deco, Moorish and Spanish colonial influences, including the lavish use of oriental tile.
Mooser originally designed the building as a retirement residence for the widows of the Order of Eastern Star of Master Masons.
- "Global Nomads Group Relies on Videoconferencing to Connect Students Worldwide," Annamaria DiGiorgio. T.H.E. Journal. Tustin: Feb 2004.Vol.31, Iss. 7; pg. 8. PMID (ProQuest Media Identifier): 19693. (videoconferencing between Archer School, a school in New York, and a school in Israel during Global Perspectives: One World, Many Celebrations)