Why I chose Archmere – One Freshman’s Story

Sometimes choosing the right high school can be a very difficult process. It’s a big step: leaving a school that, for many, has been home for nearly eight years. It is often the biggest decision kids have had the opportunity to make thus far in their lives. This four year commitment to a new place can be simultaneously daunting and empowering.

One of our freshmen, Annie Martino, would like to share with you some of her insights based on her experience last year during the high school admission process as well as why she ultimately chose Archmere.

Dear Prospective Students and Families,

My name is Annie Martino, a freshman at Archmere Academy I would like to share with you my journey to Archmere.

Like most of you, I started with the 7th grade open house and practice exam, then attended the fall 8th grade open house and December’s entrance exam, application, and finally the interview. Then came the hard choice to determine whether Archmere was the right high school for me.

I had applied for numerous schools and all are great schools; I knew I could do well at any of them. The decision was very challenging, and seemed nearly impossible because I was offered a scholarship from each school. So, why did I choose Archmere?

Archmere provides a rigorous education. I believe it prepares students to compete for top universities and to excel in college. The college prep classes are excellent, but we are also challenged by Honors classes and AP classes. I am taking Honors Geometry, Honors English, and Honors Biology. I am also taking Chinese as a core language that will prepare me to travel and be an exchange student in Asia. Even though the program is very challenging, help and support is always just a raise of the hand and an email away.

The top-notch academic program is supported by a state of the art technology infrastructure. The technology allows us to learn and communicate in an efficient and effective way. Whether it’s taking tests online or emailing a teacher in the evening and getting the answers that we need, we are keenly aware of the impact that the technology has on our learning experience. Also, I believe it will position us to be competitive in the global and technological economy.

Archmere provides a well-rounded development with a commitment to service. It provides the opportunities and encourages students to try new things to explore our potential. I just finished my first-ever field hockey season in the Fall! I hope to join the swim team this winter and look forward to playing golf in spring. I am taking Concert Choir as an elective and I look forward to our Christmas concert. I am in various clubs including: academic bowl, forensics, yoga, and Chinese. I also serve as an altar server at Mass and an Auk Ambassador to welcome 7th and 8th grade students to Archmere. I look forward to auditioning for the winter musical, and Mastersingers. Also, I look forward to get involved in our leadership development program, campus ministry, and community services.

Archmere provides a spiritual, supportive, and disciplined environment. Archmere trains us to take responsibility and to be independent. It helps us to form our moral compass, shape core values, and learn to firm up our life’s priorities. I believe that our Archmere education is important to help us find happiness, develop grit, and to achieve success. Our guidance counselor is caring and supportive. I have met him twice already in my short two months at Archmere. We have weekly assemblies and the messages are challenging and inspiring. And I look forward to our annual retreat. I know Archmere will prepare me to venture into the world and make a difference.

Archmere is a welcoming, loving, and fun community. Archmere is my home away from home. My whole family is an integral part of the Archmere community. The Admissions office and the entire school community have worked so hard to welcome me and my family to Archmere. They are so supportive to help students to transition to Archmere to ensure that we are on the path of success. I have met so many friends. I am very grateful for our supportive teachers, coaches, counsellor, and administrators. They have an interest to see us grow to our potential at Archmere and beyond. I know I that I have formed and will form life-long friendships here. I look forward to the many special memories and milestones that I will share with my friends. I am so happy and proud to be a part of the Auks family and Archmere legacy.

The college-like campus provides a serene environment to learn, to relax, and to grow. I enjoy hanging out and having lunch with my friends at the Student Life Center. I always enjoy the walks around the campus. The historic Patio and Manor add beauty and character to every celebration. And we do celebrate here at Archmere! From the Freshmen Orientation Picnic to Homecoming to our school dances to parent mixers, it seems like Archmere is always festive! I am looking forward to my first Christmas at Archmere, which I am sure will be amazing!

I hope you will come to see what an Archmere education could offer. On behalf of the Archmere family, we look forward to meeting and welcoming you to Archmere!

Sincerely yours,
Annie Martino, Class of 2018

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Annie Martino ’18, Fall 2014