The Archer School for Girls
|The Archer School for Girls|
|11725 Sunset Boulevard
Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA 90049
|Motto||"ambitious, joyful learning"|
|Average class size||16|
|Student to teacher ratio||8:1|
Fall: Volleyball, tennis, cross country, swimming, equestrian
The Archer School for Girls is an independent, college preparatory, nonsectarian, girls' school, grades 6–12, located in West Los Angeles, California, United States. Archer currently enrolls 490 students from 86 different zip codes and 151 feeder schools. Thirty-nine percent of Archer girls identify themselves as students of color.
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, teaching girls in her protection to be self-sufficient and strong before rejoining society.
Archer was founded in 1995 by Megan Callaway, Victoria Shorr, and Diana Meehan, all graduates of girls’ schools and all parents of daughters who were about to enter middle school. The school started in a converted Pacific Palisades dance studio with just over 30 sixth and seventh grade students. In 1999 the school purchased the Eastern Star Home for Women and relocated to its present site in Brentwood Village. Built in 1931, the Home was designed by California architect William Mooser, 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.
Archer offers 155 classes in subjects including arts, languages, and science. The school also partners with the Online School for Girls to offer additional courses to students. Archer puts on an annual STEM symposium as part of an initiative to increase female participation in these fields. The school also has an extensive film program including an annual film festival.
Traditions and extracurriculars
One of Archer’s long standing traditions is the raising of a maypole each year in spring. The tradition began in 1981 when an anonymous donor arranged to have the maypole erected for the residents of the Eastern Star Home for Women. Archer has continued this tradition, with sixth graders performing a maypole dance on the last day of school.
Awards and recognition
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.
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