Archmere Academy

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Archmere Academy
3600 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, Delaware
Archmere Norbert Hall.JPG
St. Norbert's Hall
3600 Philadelphia Pike
Claymont, Delaware, (New Castle County), 19703
United States
Coordinates 39°48′8″N 75°27′20″W / 39.80222°N 75.45556°W / 39.80222; -75.45556Coordinates: 39°48′8″N 75°27′20″W / 39.80222°N 75.45556°W / 39.80222; -75.45556
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Denomination Norbertine
Established 1932
Rector Rev. Fr. Joseph McLaughlin, O. Praem
Principal John Jordan
Headmaster Dr. Michael Marinelli '76
Chaplain Michael Johnson
Grades 9-12
Enrollment approx. 470 (2010–2011)
Average class size 15
Color(s) Green and White         
Mascot Great Auk
Nickname Auks
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Tapestry
Newspaper 'The Green Arch'
Yearbook 'The Patio'
Director of Student Life Robert Nowaczyk
Director of Admissions Kristin Mumford
Director of Finance John Cirillo
Director of Institutional Advancement Rebecca Baeurle
Director of Athletics David Oswinkle

Archmere Academy is a Roman Catholic college preparatory school of approximately 470 students in Claymont, Delaware. It is run independently within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.


Archmere was founded in 1932 by the Norbertine religious order, initially as an all-boys school, in the former home of U.S. industrialist John J. Raskob. It was also a boarding school, but due to the space available at the time, the size of the school was quite small. Over time, the school grew in size, forgoing the style of a boarding school, and eventually accepting girls in 1975.

In April 2001, an internal dispute among the Norbertines relating to the establishment of Claymont Priory separate from Daylesford Abbey spilled over into the administration of Archmere Academy and left the campus in turmoil. Interventions from noted alumnus, and now Vice President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and the superior general of the Norbertines in Rome, Abbot Hermenegild Noyens, calmed the turmoil and eventually resulted in the Academy taking control of the former Raskob residence, known as "The Patio."[2]

The Patio[edit]

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The Patio, country estate of John J. Raskob
Location 3600 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, Delaware
Area 15 acres (6.1 ha)
Architectural style Renaissance, Other, Italian Renaissance
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 92001143[3]
Added to NRHP September 9, 1992

Archmere, which is also known as The Patio is on the National Register of Historic Places. This house was the country estate of John J. Raskob and his wife.


Archmere students are required to take a large number of courses in a variety of areas, including eight semesters of English, as well as seven semesters of religion, and six semesters of mathematics, foreign language, history, and the sciences. Choices for elective classes include art, yearbook (which meets during class time), band, chorus, and computer courses.

Archmere offers a large number of AP courses, including Spanish, French, German, Statistics, Calculus, both AB and BC, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Art Portfolio in 2-D and 3-D, Computer Science, English, Composition, US History, European History, and World History.


Archmere competes in the Diamond State Conference for interscholastic sports such as football, field hockey, basketball, ice hockey, soccer, swimming, diving, lacrosse, volleyball, golf, tennis, cheerleading, baseball, softball, cross country, track and field, and wrestling.

Archmere's campus features two artificial turf fields (utilized by football, M/W soccer, M/W lacrosse, and field hockey), a baseball field (upgraded with dugouts), a softball field (upgraded with dugouts), six tennis courts, and a running track.

Music program[edit]

The music program at Archmere Academy is an elective program that focuses on performance practices from the Renaissance to the 20th century including jazz and Broadway. Instruction is provided mostly through rehearsal experience although there is also a course on music theory for advanced students as well as a songwriting course. Performing groups include the Concert Band, Concert Choir, Stage Band, and Mastersingers. The Mastersingers was founded in 1988 and consists of 21–25 students selected by audition at the beginning of the school year. In addition to giving community concerts, they compete nationally and internationally and supply music for school liturgies.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ Margot Patterson (May 11, 2001). "Turmoil follows school firings - Archmere Academy". National Catholic Reporter
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 

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