Archmere Academy

Archmere Academy is a private, Catholic, college preparatory co-educational academy for grades 9-12 near the Pennsylvania-Delaware border.
Founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers, the Archmere education focuses on the whole person, developing students into empathetic leaders prepared for every good work.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Delaware Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded1932

Student Body

Total Students515 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade Archmere Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers54 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses24 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP 2D - Drawing/Painting, AP 2D - Photography, AP 2D Design, AP 3D Design, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A, AP English Language & British Lit, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP German, AP Government & Politics, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US History, AP World History
Average SAT score1340
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$28,800
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorLeah Lightcap
Admissions AssociateLogan Duffie


Total Sports Offered19 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFencing,
Field HockeyFootball,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.38 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Academic Bowl, Amnesty International, Auk Ambassadors, Auks for Life, Community Service Clubs, Computer Club, Delaware Science Olympiad, Ecology Club, Fencing Club, Forensics, French Club, French National Honors Society, German Club, German National Honors Society, Habitat for Humanity, Horticultural Society, Mathematics League, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, Robotics Club, S.A.D.D, Spanish Club, Spanish National Honors Society, Student Council (StuCo), Tapestry (Literary/Arts Magazine), TEAMS (Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science), The Green Arch (student newspaper), The Patio (Yearbook), Video Announcements (video production, news, video editing)

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama Club, Mastersingers, National Art Honor Society, Stage Band, Stage Crew

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Basketball, Intramural Bowling

School Notes

  • Archmere Academy is a private, Catholic, college preparatory co-educational academy for grades 9-12 near the Pennsylvania-Delaware border. Founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers, the Archmere education focuses on the whole person, developing students into empathetic leaders prepared for every good work. 
  • Archmere inspires students to challenge themselves, take learning risks, and reach their greatest potential. The dedicated faculty create an authentic student-teacher connection based on trust, respect, and a shared pursuit of achievement. Our rigorous college preparatory program offers a variety of core and elective courses in the arts, humanities, mathematics, sciences, and technology. The academic disciplines foster critical thinking skills, strengthen analytical reasoning, and inspire intellectual creativity in all departments. 

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
The Archmere promise to prepare a student for the rigorous academics of college or a university is fulfilled through the challenging academic curriculum while students are supported by a team of dedicated teachers and faculty. For the past 3 years at Archmere, I have learned to challenge myself to work harder which has led me to achieve more than I ever thought possible. Specific to Archmere, what makes the classroom a great learning environment is the desire of each student to get better every day and I know that has aided my academic growth as a high school student. The Archmere experience has not only helped me grow academically, but has introduced me to an amazing and comforting sense of community and zeal whether in the classroom or on the field.
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My daughter transitioned from public school to Archmere. She has always been a good student, but was suddenly a young adult: responsible for her computer, communication with her teachers and coaches, and self-advocation. I can see that Archmere will prepare her for future success.
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While my son has just recently joined this school community as a Freshman, I am so impressed by the level of commitment of the teachers, the technology program, the variety of elective classes, the quality of the sports programs, the many clubs offered but most importantly the welcoming community. From the administration to the faculty and staff we have felt overwhelmingly welcome. The community feeling is evident with the students also; already the class of 2018 feels like they have been friends forever. The admission process was smooth and efficient. I strongly recommend this school if you are looking for great academics and a nurturing environment grounded in the Catholic faith.
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Archmere is well known in our area for its excellent curriculum and college placement, as well as strong athletics and award-winning programs in music and the visual arts. The size is ideal, with a fairly large student body but small individual class size, and the campus setting is a good preview of college life. The teachers and administration are highly professional, as well as responsive to parents and caring to the students. All types of students can get a top-notch education at Archmere.
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Archmere Academy is not only an outstanding academic school but the teachers and administrators exude passion for their work. As a parent, I am thrilled with the school and most importantly their zeal for having every child wanting to succeed academically, socially and ethically.
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Archmere is a highly academic college prep school with a strong focus on educational excellence. They are very technologically progressive. It is a Catholic school but you will find a diverse student body there. It is a rare place where it is cool to be smart. The captain of team football team can sing in the choir and that is cool too. All the students push each other to excel in their studies, athletics and the arts. The faculty is available to the students before, during and after school and in the evenings by email. My Junior and Freshman are very happy there and are getting a very strong foundation for college!
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Archmere is known to be one of the best college prep schools in Delaware. It is a given that the students leave there well prepared for college. However, there is so much more to the school. It is just large enough to offer small classes for the core subjects and also offer a nice variety of extracurriculars. There is also a nice camaraderie that the kids share regarding the work load. They are all in it together which makes it more enjoyable.
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