Student Life


Students Are Empowered with Choice and Self-Expression

At Archmere Academy, students are empowered with the choice to design an academic schedule that includes a wide range of elective offerings in fine and performing arts. Our educational program extends far beyond traditional academic classrooms. It offers multiple opportunities to explore interests, discover new talents, and refine higher-level skills for more experienced artists in our Performing Arts Center and Manor Studios.
Archmere values creative expression as an important component of a balanced liberal arts education. We offer opportunities for students to explore vocal and instrumental music, drama, and every aspect of the visual arts. Any student is invited to become an Archmere artist or performer, regardless of prior experience. All students have the choice to elect choral music, band, or one of our many fine arts electives as part of their academic schedule, and two annual dramatic productions provide students with an additional extracurricular opportunity in the arts.

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Stephanie Silverman

    Stephanie Silverman 

    Art & Design Department Chair; Art Teacher
    302-798-6632 Ext 797
  • Photo of Damian Demnicki

    Damian Demnicki 

    Director of Bands; Music Teacher
    302-798-6632 Ext 773
  • Photo of David Ifkovits

    David Ifkovits 

    Director of Choral Activities; Music Teacher
    302-798-6632 Ext 774
  • Photo of Brian Manelski

    Brian Manelski 

    English Teacher; Dramatics Director; Theater Manager
    302-798-6632 Ext 741

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  • Choral Program

    Archmere students have performed vocally for the Governor, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI. They have also sung The National Anthem at Citizens Bank Park for the National League Playoffs and performed in major cities worldwide, including Rome, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, and Orlando.

    Students have also been selected to be part of the Delaware All-State Choir and All-Eastern Choir.

    The Archmere Mastersingers have Received Recognition at San Francisco's Heritage Musical Festival of Gold, the prestigious National Festival, Orlando Music Fest, North American Music Festival International Competition in Toronto, and Performed in Rome at the Vatican.
  • Fine Arts

    Since 1985, Archmere art students have garnered over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants to prestigious art and architectural institutions such as Cooper Union, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, and New York University-Tisch School of the Arts
    In the 2021 Scholastic Art Competition, Archmere artists won more individual awards and more gold keys than any school in Delaware.
  • Music

    Instrumental Music students are selected to be members of the Delaware All-State Band and Jazz Band. Many have also been chosen to be members of the All-Eastern Band and All-Eastern Orchestra.

    In recent years, Archmere's Jazz Band has received, first place at the Virginia Beach Music Festival, Best Saxophone Section, Best Brass Section, and Best Soloist awards.
Archmere Academy is a private, Catholic, college preparatory co-educational academy,
grades 9-12 founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers.