Combining the latest research on how girls learn best with a 21st-century approach to pedagogy, technology, and social issues, Archer provides more than a traditional, girl-centric learning environment. The school equally prepares young women for leadership in our ever-emerging global world.
The Archer School for Girls is an educational community that supports and challenges young women to discover their passions and realize their true potential. Honoring our founders' vision, Archer remains intentional in its practice of teaching girls the way they learn best. Founded on research and supported by expert faculty, this construct prepares girls to become leaders in the 21st century.
Archer was founded in 1995 by three women, Megan Callaway, Victoria Shorr, and Dr. Diana Meehan, all graduates of girls schools and all parents of daughters who were about to enter middle school. Informed by current research on the clear benefits of single-sex education for girls and guided by their founding principles of innovation, community, and diversity, Archer originally opened in a converted Pacific Palisades dance studio with just over 30 sixth and seventh grade students. Almost two decades later, Archers tremendous growth to 480 students on a seven-acre historic Sunset Boulevard campus is a testament to our role as a model of the renaissance of girls schools. Our founders basic premise - that girls thrive in a learning environment of their own - is now playing out across the country: since our founding, over 25 girls schools have started in the United States.