Academic Philosophy

Fostering Growth Through Academics
Archmere’s faith-based liberal arts program of studies challenges all students at College Preparatory, Honors, and Advanced Placement levels to advance their critical thinking, sharpen their academic skills, take ownership of their learning potential, and advocate for their own educational goals so that they can explore and discover new opportunities, experience success, and empower themselves and each other to reach new levels of personal and academic distinction.
Archmere takes particular pride in recognizing and serving various achievement levels among its students, all of whom seek the rigorous mix of challenge and success that suits their strengths across different disciplines. Success in Archmere’s demanding College Prep classes might lead students to advance to its Honors-level courses and later to AP-level classes. It is this flexibility that sets students up for success at Archmere and beyond.
Committed, Caring, Passionate Teachers
Archmere’s greatest asset is its faculty, an experienced, informed, compassionate group of women and men dedicated to their students’ academic growth, excellence, and integrity. Teachers across all disciplines build challenging curricula designed to expand critical thinking skills, stimulate intellectual curiosity, achieve content mastery, and establish academic discipline.
With an average class size of 15, teachers can engage students personally, guiding them to become organized, self-motivated, and ultimately, independent learners. Ready to support their students after class ends, faculty are accessible throughout the school day, before school, during unscheduled periods, and after school until 4:00 p.m.
Archmere faculty members are also actively engaged in students’ extracurricular lives: as academic advisers, mentors, club and organization moderators, and athletic coaches, they help students to live out Archmere’s mission and values—community, respect, zeal, reverence, and wisdom—beyond the classroom walls.

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  • Photo of Timothy Dougherty

    Timothy Dougherty 

    Director of Academics; Global Studies Coordinator; English Teacher
    302-798-6632 Ext 735

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Classroom News

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  • India, November 2023

    January 2024

    Global Studies Program Update
    The Global Studies Program is humming along these days. After Mr. Dougherty's successful trip to India over Thanksgiving with twelve students, Ms. Witte is leading forty students and four teachers to the British Isles over Easter break, where they will visit such famed cities as Dublin, Belfast, Derry, and London. After school ends in June, six other students will accompany Ms. Yu to Taiwan where they will initiate what we hope will become a student exchange with a partner school. While in Taiwan, the group will explore Taipei, pick tea, visit a 19th century trading port, take a train ride through the forest in Alishan...and more.
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  • Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Photographer Jim Graham speaking to Art Club

    December 2023

    Professional Photographer Jim Graham Speaks to Archmere Art Students 

    On December 13, the Archmere Art Club hosted a special guest speaker, Pulitzer Prize-nominated local photographer, Jim Graham. Jim gave a short lecture about his work as a professional photojournalist and photographer. He also spoke to the students about Archmere alum Bill Epperidge’s mentorship and indelible impact on his own work and career. Following the lecture, Jim offered individual student portfolio reviews to students who wished to submit entries into the Scholastic Art Competition in the Photography category, or who were just interested in the chance to have professional feedback about their work. 

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  • Global Studies students in India

    November 2023

    Global Studies Program Ten-Day Trip to India

    Twelve adventurous students gave up their entire Thanksgiving vacation (plus one school day) last week for a ten-day trip to Southern India. Under the auspices of Archmere’s Global Studies Program and guided by Mr. Dougherty and three chaperones, students engaged in a broad range of amazing experiences: being the celebrities at two Norbertine schools; walking barefoot through Mysore Palace; seeing elephants, wild dogs, serpent eagles, and a leopard in a tree on two game drives; eating all manner of Indian food, once on a banana leaf “plate”; climbing two miles to see cave writings from 6,000 BCE; and visiting a family living in a tribal colony, and still more. 
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I took advantage of the many AP courses offered at Archmere. As a result of a rigorous schedule, I entered college as a sophomore. I found the classwork at one of the top 10 schools in the nation to be 'less' demanding than my courses at Archmere, and I was tremendously well-prepared for my future academic career. I cannot possibly imagine any other school delivering an even remotely comparable experience.

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Archmere Academy is a private, Catholic, college preparatory co-educational academy,
grades 9-12 founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers.