Dear Members of the Archmere Community:
As 2015 draws to a close, we are finishing the second quarter of the Academy’s fiscal year. During that time, we have advanced toward goals of the 2012 Strategic Plan for Archmere with the following initiatives. Looking over all of the action plans completed, in process, or to be accomplished, it is encouraging to see that 210 specific action items have been completed or are related to initiatives that have been started and are on-going. Looking ahead, we have 34 action plans to be addressed by the end of 2016, in addition to incorporating the measurable goals established by the Middle States Association Accreditation Process, which will be completed by the end of the school year.
We are in the process of developing a plan for celebrating the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Patio (2016-2018). Interest in the renovations continues to grow, particularly by guests who are attending the Green Concerts. The donation of a historic pipe organ is moving ahead, with a projected installation completion date of Spring, 2017.
We are also reviewing our student retreat programs, including the Kairos experience. We are looking to evaluate the lasting impact of these retreat experiences for the students.
We have begun a discussion around the concept of diversity at Archmere, including how we define the term in the context of the school’s mission. The discussion, first taking the form of individual conversations with parents, trustees, and faculty members, will continue to be expanded to include students and other interested community members.
We will continue to administer the CWRA+ (College and Work Readiness Assessment) to the Classes of 2018 and 2019, and potentially expand the administration of the assessment to all four classes, as a means to develop a quantitative measure of academic skill development for each student.
We will continue to benchmark our compensation levels for faculty and staff members with comparable NAIS schools, and maintain competitive offerings. We also continue to provide professional development and enrichment programs for teachers that are content specific as well as general methodology that is good practice.
Celebrating 40 years of coeducation is a focus this year, and plans are in place to present programs for the Spring, 2016 that spotlight Archmere women. A focus for the Spring is to update young alumni contact information as they move from their parents’ homes into their own. This data collection will also help with providing career networking for alumni and develop guest lists for region alumni gatherings planned for Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Comprehensive Campaign for Archmere has reached a benchmark goal of $7.1 million as of the end of the calendar year, against a total goal of $12.5 million. Of the total goal, $8.5 million is designated for renovations to Saint Norbert Hall, of which $4.5 million has been raised. Another $2.5 million is the goal for endowment, of which $1.5 has been raised. The remaining $1.5 is composed of two years of Archmere fund contributions, and we have raised $1.1 million to date.
Enrollment projections are optimistic to fill the Class of 2020 with 125 students. At present, 280 students registered for the Entrance Exam, and the enrollment process will begin with student and parent interviews in early January, 2016.