The 2012 Strategic Plan for Archmere Academy, approved in November of 2012, is blueprint for Archmere Academy that builds upon its strong 80-year foundation and charts a vision for the school’s future. Each quarter, Archmere’s Headmaster Dr. Michael Marinelli, Ed.D, ’76, will give an update on the Academy’s progress related to the focus areas and goals outline by The Plan.
The plan focuses on five key areas, with goals outlined for each:
- Archmere will articulate, promote, and live its unique mission.
- Archmere will enhance its exceptional academic tradition with 21st century best practices for learning to attract and advance motivated and talented students.
- Archmere will attract, retain, and develop excellent teachers and staff to preserve the Archmere experience for its students.
- Archmere will engage its alumni to become more involved in the Archmere community.
- Archmere will ensure financial sustainability by assessing and articulating the Academy’s needs and priorities.
The Plan underscores Archmere’s fundamental commitment to its founding mission, vision and history and allows Archmere to expand upon that mission and to advance in an ever-changing world. We invite you to embrace the five key themes of The Strategic Plan and help Archmere achieve the related goals identified for each theme.
The answers to the questions “Who are we?” and “What is our mission?” are found in the rich history and tradition of Archmere.
- In 1120, Saint Norbert founded the Order of Premontre, whose members eight centuries later established Archmere Academy as a community of faith inspired by the deep Norbertine devotion to the Eucharist and to serving others through education and good works.
- In 1910, John and Helena Raskob purchased the Archmere estate. From 1916 to 1918, they constructed a magnificent Neoclassical Italian Renaissance mansion and garages, a home that reflected their Catholic family life.
- In 1932, Rt. Rev. Bernard H. Pennings, O.Praem., Abbot of Saint Norbert Abbey in DePere, Wisconsin, envisioned Raskob’s home as a perfect site for a school and purchased the estate. Archmere Academy was founded to grow the educational ministry and priestly vocations of the Norbertines in the United States.
Archmere is committed to sustaining a vision of academic rigor and excellence, faith and values that was formed by an eighty-year American tradition born out of a nine-century European tradition of being a Catholic, Norbertine community, grounded in the ideals and faith of its founders and located on an historic campus.
Archmere has a strong academic tradition that values a consistent work ethic; cultivates an appreciation for excellence; values mathematics and science equally with the humanities and the fine arts; and supports students’ self-discovery of their unique skills, talents and avocations.
Archmere’s academic leadership will build upon the school’s tradition of excellence by studying, evaluating and applying the most effective pedagogical best practices for learning in the 21st century. These approaches will guide Archmere in improving existing and adopting new curricula, crafting professional development opportunities for staff and implementing tools for student learning and assessment that will be centered on developing the following student competencies:
- Analytical and creative thinking and problem solving
- Complex communication through oral and written methods, plus digital and quantitative literacy
- Collaboration skills fostered through learning to work in teams, both as leaders and team members
- A global perspective of learning and living
- Integrity and ethical decision making
Archmere graduates will become the empathetic leaders of their time, prepared to manage the challenges of the 21st century and to sustain the traditions of the exemplary alumni who preceded them.
The positive interaction among students, teachers and staff is a notably unique and significant benefit of the Archmere experience. These relationships form a key component of Archmere’s distinctive learning environment that supports students in all aspects of their education and transition to college life. Because the faculty and staff are a key asset of its community, Archmere will strengthen its focus on attracting, retaining and developing excellent teachers and staff members.
Archmere’s alumni represent its past, present and future. They are its living history, carrying with them the traditions and heritage that make Archmere unique. The energy that many alumni devote to Archmere provides invaluable support for the school. Alumni empower the community and embody the spirit – the intangible essence – of Archmere. They are valuable ambassadors for the school. The strategic vision for Archmere’s future rests on a base of continual engagement with alumni across the Archmere community.
As an independent school, solely responsible for its own finances, Archmere is committed to a sustainable financial model. Archmere will increase endowment and annual financial support, decrease dependence on tuition and carefully evaluate ongoing programs and new initiatives. This strategy will ensure that financial resources will be used in the most effective manner possible to meet the objectives of the school’s mission and to preserve the value of an Archmere education.