5/20/19—The Archer School for Girls recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Academic Center, further delivering on its mission to empower future female leaders in an environment specifically created for their success. The Diana Meehan Center features spaces that are flexible and light-filled, creating an ongoing dialogue between indoors and out. The new building comprises over 30 state-of-the-art classrooms, student center, and courtyards.
“Thanks to Archer’s early and passionate supporters, the iconic Eastern Star Home for Women became the school’s permanent home in 1999,” Head of School Elizabeth English said. “Being the steward of one of L.A.’s most stunning, historic buildings is a responsibility Archer takes seriously. Inspired by the myth of Artemis, the Archer, protector of girls and goddess of the hunt, our architects at Parallax and Associates designed the new Academic Center with Archer’s mission firmly in mind. While the design provides an elegant counterpart to our cherished historic building, it also signals to our students and our community that the empowerment of girls and women is critically important work for Los Angeles, our nation, and the world.”
Bridging the school’s 2018-2019 theme of “courage” with the new center’s grand opening, students from The Unaccompanied Minors, Archer’s a cappella group, and student dancers created an original rendition of Sara Bareilles’ anthem to courage, “Brave”.