About Archmere

Summer Camps

Ready to hone your skills and have some fun this summer?

Archmere Academy is hosting a variety of camps and programs this summer for kids of all skill levels and ages. The art program is available to rising 7th-12th graders. Sports camps are available for kids entering 3rd-8th grade. Archmere looks forward to hosting you on campus this summer.

Art Program

Full Day Program 9am-3pm, Monday - Friday

Sessions 1 & 2
$1,500 per session, per registrant
Sessions 3 & 4
$500 per session, per registrant

2024 Art Program

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  • Painting Intensive | July 8-12 & July 15-19

    Open to Rising 9th - 12th graders
    • Introduction to a range of techniques and concepts in acrylic paint.
    • Build technical fluency in paint and develop a personal sense of style.
    • Create works of art that reflect the student's interest and aesthetic abilities.
    • Demonstrations to support each student's technical development and creative confidence.
    • Designed for painters of all ability and experience levels. Even beginners!
  • Introduction to Drawing | July 8-12 & July 15-19

    Open to Rising 9th - 12th graders
    • A drawing course designed to equip students with fundamental drawing skills needed to undertake advanced exploration in art and design.
    • Satisfies the introductory prerequisite (Intro to Drawing & Design) to accelerate art coursework.

  • Introduction to Design | July 22-26 & July 29-August 2

    Open to rising 9th - 12th graders
    • Explore the elements and principles of two-dimensional design, color theory, abstraction, non-figurative and figurative design, principles of composition, and more!
    • Satisfies the introductory prerequisite (Intro to Drawing & Design) to accelerate art coursework.
  • Middle School Art Intensive | August 5-9

    Open to Rising 7th & 8th Graders
    • For all rising 7th and 8th graders with a passion for drawing and art.
    • Learn the fundamentals of drawing through sketchbook practice and finished artwork.
    • Learning through observation, students will create a scratchboard pet, design their own mandala, and learn the foundations of drawing in perspective.
  • Middle School Painting Intensive | August 12-16

    Open to Rising 7th & 8th Graders
    • For all rising 7th and 8th graders with a passion for art and painting.
    • Learn the fundamentals of painting with watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint.
    • Learn through color mixing, technique practice, and painting from observation.

Meet the Instructors

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  • Stephanie Silverman '00 - Painting Intensive

    Stephanie Silverman '00 is a graduate of Archmere Academy and a National Board Certified art and design educator and the current chair of Archmere Academy's nationally-recognized art and design program. She earned her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master's in Art Education from the University of the Arts. She recently completed her doctoral coursework at Indiana University in Curriculum & Instruction with a Specialization in Art Education. She holds instructional licenses from both Delaware and Pennsylvania in Art Education K-12. Stephanie's high school students have been recognized for their art and design accomplishments with over 2,300 individual awards and 26 National Medals in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program and over $2M in scholarships and contest prizes. She was recognized as the National Independent School Art Educator of the Year (2024), the National Eastern Region Art Educator of the Year (2015),  and Delaware Secondary Art Educator of the Year (2013).
  • Hollie Lyko - Intro to Drawing, Intro to Design, Middle School Intensive

    Hollie Lyko grew up northwest of Philadelphia in the small suburb of Hatfield, Pennsylvania. She earned her MFA in Studio Art from Syracuse University and her BFA in Ceramics from the University of Hartford. Her previous teaching experience includes ceramics courses at Syracuse University and Central Texas College. Hollie joined the faculty at Archmere Academy in 2023, where she teaches Ceramics, Drawing and Design. She exhibits her work nationally, most recently with Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA. Collections include the Fuller Craft Museum and numerous private collections.

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  • Photo of Nicholas Sanna

    Nicholas Sanna 

    World Language and Cultures Teacher; Assistant Athletic Director; Advancement
    302-798-6632 Ext 732

Art Program Dates

Session 1 | July 8 – 12 & July 15 – 19
  • Painting Intensive (two week session)
  • Introduction to Drawing (two week session)

Session 2 | July 22 – 26 & July 29 – August 2
  • Introduction to Design (two week session)

Session 3 | August 5 – 9
  • Middle School Art Intensive

Session 4 | August 12 – 16
  • Middle School Painting Intensive

Sports Camps

Full Day Camp 9am-3pm, Monday - Thursday
$310 per week, per camper 

Registration Discounts
Applies to Sports Camps Only
  • $30 discount for signing up for 2 sports camps (including sibling registrations)
    Use Code: 30OFF
  • $70 discount for signing up for 3 or more sports camps (including sibling registrations)
    Use Code: 70OFF

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  • Running & Speed | June 17-20

    FEE: $310
    DIRECTOR: JR Creekmore ‘11 and Mark Hannigan

    Archmere Academy Running and Speed Camp seeks to expose young athletes to the potential that the sport of running holds for them. From novice athletes to more seasoned athletes to those who just want to increase their speed in the off-season, Archmere Running and Speed Camp seeks to teach 3rd through 8th-grade students the basics of the speed and power events in track and field.

    During camp, athletes will focus on skill development in the sprints, jumps, relays, and throws. An introduction to longer runs will also be introduced as well as fitness training in the newly renovated Ambrogi Fitness Center. Campers will have the opportunity to improve upon their skills in everything from the high jump to the 100m dash through drills and fun-filled competitions that reinforce the fundamentals of running.

    There will be a focus on the development of the whole athlete in addition to just running including mental preparation, running form, and resistance training among others. This camp is not only for track and cross country enthusiasts but all campers who are interested in getting faster and quicker.
  • Field Hockey | June 17-20

    FEE: $310
    DIRECTOR: Kaite Schaller ‘24

    Archmere Academy’s Field Hockey Camp is geared towards teaching the fundamentals of the game. The camp is designed to work on the skills of the game. An emphasis will be placed on stick work, passing, and shooting. Offensive and defensive concepts will also be introduced. Campers will not only learn the fundamentals of the game but they will also be schooled in the various concepts within the game. Campers of all skill levels are welcome from beginners to experienced players. The goal for each camper will be to come out of the camp with new tools and helpful techniques while having fun in a top-notch environment.
  • Football | June 24-27

    FEE: $310
    DIRECTORS: John Bellace

    Archmere Academy’s Football Camp will focus on the fundamentals necessary to be successful in the game of football, both individually and as a team. This will include:
    • Learning techniques from both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and for multiple football positions
    • Fun competition through various activities like one on one drills and 7 on 7 games
    • Learning how to watch and analyze game films and better understand play design and “chalk talks” for off-field development
    • Learning and practicing goal-setting, team-building, and leadership skills through discussions with our athletes and coaches 
    • Safe and proper strength training and speed/agility work

    Players will be divided into groups from 3-5th grade and 6th-8th grade and the programs will be appropriate for age. Younger players will be encouraged to try and learn all positions; Older players can decide whether to focus on one or more positions based on their experience. No experience playing football is necessary - just bring your enthusiasm and willingness to learn! By the end of our camp, we hope each athlete has learned skills to be a better leader, teammate, and player and, most importantly, have FUN playing football!
  • Volleyball l June 24-27

    FEE: $310
    DIRECTORS: Jerry McCarthy

    Archmere Academy’s Volleyball camp aims to teach the players fundamental volleyball skills so that the player can be the best volleyball player he/ she can be. The skill sets that will be taught will challenge the camper both physically and mentally. The campers will learn how to pass, serve (standing float or jump float), and the proper hitting footwork and arm swing. As the campers are going through the drills and game situations, they will be asked “What if” questions to help them learn how the game is played and to help the campers develop their Volleyball IQ.
  • Boys' and Girls' Lacrosse | July 8-11

    FEE: $310
    DIRECTOR: Pete Duncan and Logan Duffy

    The mission of Archmere Academy Lacrosse Camp is to provide its boys and girls campers with a learning experience where players can have fun, learn about the right way to play the game of lacrosse, and be exposed to the life values of hard work, physical education, camaraderie, and positive self-esteem. Archmere Academy Lacrosse Camps are designed for boys and girls looking for improvement with all lacrosse skills, concepts, and strategies at each position on the field. All skill levels are welcome as campers will be divided by gender, age, and in some cases, skill level.
  • Baseball | July 15-18

    FEE: $310
    DIRECTOR: Nick Sanna '98, Joe Singley ‘16 and Billy Phillips

    Archmere Academy Baseball Camp will focus on the fundamentals of baseball. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the game, the camp will have something for all levels and skill sets. Archmere Baseball Camp will lay the foundation for success on the diamond. The campers will be broken down into groups based on age level. Skills will focus on infield/outfield techniques, hitting, throwing, and baserunning. The focus of camp will be the integration of fundamentals blended with fun-filled games and contests. The goal for each camper will be to come out of the camp with new tools and helpful techniques while having fun in a top-notch environment.
  • Softball | July 15-18

    FEE: $310
    DIRECTOR: Dan Pisani

    Archmere Academy Softball Camp will develop all the fundamental skills of softball in a fun and safe environment. They will learn and develop all 5 tools that it takes to be a better player. Each day will focus on hitting, throwing, baserunning, pitching, and catching. Players will be broken up into stations in the morning that will focus on skill development. Afternoons will focus on games, competitions, and contests.
  • Boys' and Girls' Basketball | July 22-25

    FEE: $310
    DIRECTORS: Dan Pisani & Nick Sanna '98

    Archmere Academy Basketball Camp is an excellent opportunity to learn and develop in the game of basketball. Archmere Academy has two full-court gyms and a staff that is energetic and ready to meet the needs of players of all levels. Campers will be broken down by age and skill level. The day will be centered around skill sessions, games, and fun competitions. Skill sessions will include ball handling, shooting technique, passing, and offensive moves along with the essentials of defense. Have a great experience while learning the game of basketball the right way.

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  • Billy Phillips - Baseball

    Coach Phillips is currently in his 4th year as a baseball coach at Archmere Academy. Phillips is one of the most decorated high school players in the state of Delaware. As a freshman at St. Mark’s, he won the state championship going 11-0 on the mound en route to 1st Team All-State Honors. Phillips would lead the team to back-to-back titles once again garnering All-State Honors. Despite not playing his senior year due to cancer, Phillips is 2nd all-time in wins in a career by a high school pitcher in the state of Delaware. Billy Phillips would go on to beat cancer and play Division 1 baseball at the University of Maryland.

    Coach Phillips has been instrumental in the Archmere baseball program. He also enters his second year as a member of the Archmere Facilities team. He holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Maryland.
  • Dan Pisani - Basketball and Softball

    Dan Pisani has been the head coach of the Archmere softball program since 2014. In 2021, he helped lead the Auks to their first state tournament victory in over 10 years. Before Archmere, Coach Pisani spent 6 years coaching at Appoquinimink High School where he started the softball program and qualified for the state tournament in each of the school’s first two varsity seasons. He is closing in on 100 wins at the varsity level and was twice named Conference Coach of the Year.

    Coach Pisani is a member of the Archmere faculty where he teaches math.
  • Jerry McCarthy - Volleyball

    Coach McCarthy enters his second season at the helm of the Archmere Volleyball Program. Coach believes in teaching each player the fundamental skills that it takes to be a successful volleyball player and start to develop an understanding of the game. Coach leads by example to show his players that with hard work anything can be achieved. Coach’s philosophy is that through team sports, players will build confidence and resilience in themselves. 
    Coach McCarthy has coached volleyball at all different age levels. He has been a clinician at numerous camps across the tri-state area. He has been a fixture on the travel volleyball circuit. Before Archmere, Coach McCarthy was the head coach at St. Elizabeth High School where in 2017 he was named DVCA Coach of the Year.
  • Joe Singley '16 - Baseball

    Joe Singley was a 2-time All-State catcher for Archmere. Upon graduation, he went on to play at Tulane and Coastal Carolina. Injuries cut his playing career short, but not his passion for the game. In 2021 was recognized for his catching instruction by the Cincinnati Reds where he became a coaching intern. Singley was recently tabbed to be a part of Coach David Bell’s (former Phillie) coaching staff for the 2023 MLB season with the Cincinnati Reds. Joe has become renowned for his work with catchers and players of all levels. After the passing of his father, Joe founded Singley Strong, a foundation that helps families who are struggling with cancer.
  • John Bellace - Football

    John Bellace has been the head varsity football coach for the past six seasons. Coach Bellace has produced football players who have gone on to play NCAA football at the Division I, II, and III levels. During his tenure, the Auks have achieved an overall record of 66-20, six straight state tournament bids (2018-2023), two championship appearances (2020, 2021), and a Class 2A State Championship in 2021. Bellace was named Division II Coach of the Year in 2020 and the Class 2A Coach of the Year in 2021. He also helps coach Archmere's rugby team. Coach Bellace has been a faculty member and coach at Archmere since 2000.
  • JR Creekmore '11 - Cross Country/Track and Field

    JR Creekmore has been an avid distance runner and athlete since grade school. He graduated from Archmere Academy in 2011 after making All-State teams in cross country, track & field, and swimming. During his tenure at Archmere, he was also a key member of two state cross country championships. He still holds school records on the track and in the pool. JR then went on to the University of Tennessee where he competed for the Volunteers on the cross country and track teams, lettering all four years.

    After graduation, JR joined the National Development Team for USA Triathlon. At his peak, he was ranked 12th in the US and the top 250 in the world at the draft-legal, Olympic discipline. 

    In 2017 Coach Creekmore returned to his alma mater as a science teacher and coach. He now has a combined 12 seasons of coaching experience in cross country and track & field – 8 as a head coach. During that time, he has coached multiple athletes to All-State teams in cross country plus cross country teams to as high as 3rd place at the state championship. On the track, he specializes in coaching sprints, jumps, and hurdles. He coached the girls’ and boys’ track teams to their highest team finishes in more than 10 years after becoming the head coach. He has also coached multiple state podium finishers in a full range of events including the 100m dash, 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay, and 300m hurdles in addition to a state championship in the high jump. 

    Coach Creekmore is passionate about track and field and watching student-athletes reach their full potential. JR strongly believes in the power of continuing track and field education and he is USATF Level 1 certified. When not coaching or teaching, JR can be found running on his own. He recently completed his first marathon in 2:43.
  • Mark Hannagan - Cross Country/Track and Field

    Coach Hannagan has been coaching at different levels, including both high school and college, for over 7 years. He ran for Salesianum School, University of Delaware, and Wilmington University. While at Wilmington he helped the team reach the NCAA Championship in 2013 and went on to coach a conference championship team in 2015. Currently, he coaches alongside Coach Creekmore at Archmere. He hopes to push athletes to get the most out of themselves. Coach Hannigan is a current faculty member at Archmere serving as a History teacher.
  • Nick Sanna '98 - Baseball and Basketball

    Coach Sanna is a ‘98 graduate of Archmere Academy. At Archmere he starred in football, basketball, and baseball and was named Athlete of the Year. After graduating from Archmere he went on to LaSalle University where he played both football and baseball at the collegiate Division I level.

    Sanna is currently in his 5th season as the head baseball coach at his alma mater. He recently just completed his 1st season as the varsity boys basketball coach at Archmere. Prior to Archmere, Sanna spent 13 years at St. Mark’s serving as varsity boys basketball coach. He was named Delaware High School Basketball Coach of the Year in 2018. Over the years coach Sanna has coached several players that have gone on to play at the college and professional level.

    Coach Sanna has been running camps and clinics for over 15 years. He is a Co-Founder of Basketball the Right Way. He is the Co-Director of St. Edmond’s Basketball Camp. He is the Founder of Sports Camps at the Academy. He was previously the Baseball Camp Director of Sanford Baseball Camp. In 2016 Sanna was inducted into the Archmere Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to coaching baseball, he also coaches basketball. He currently works on the Advancement team, is the Assistant Athletic Director, teaches Spanish at Archmere Academy, and holds a Master's Degree from Wilmington University in Leadership.

  • Pete Duncan - Lacrosse

    Coach Pete Duncan is currently Head Boys' Lacrosse Coach at Archmere Academy and, most recently in 2022, guided the Auks to a 14-1 record and state semifinal appearance. Selected Delaware State Coach of the Year in 2012 and DSAC Coach of the Year in 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2022. Overall coaching record of 211-94 in 19 seasons as high school head coach. Has coached 17 U.S. Lacrosse High School All-Americans, including three selected State Player of the Year (2006, 2016, 2019). Over 50 former players have gone on to play NCAA lacrosse. 

    Coach Duncan was raised in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey where he was an All-American and starter on state championship teams in 1995 and 1996. Coach Duncan played Division I lacrosse at the University of Delaware. While at UD, the Blue Hens made the NCAA tournament quarterfinals in 1999 before losing to eventual champion Virginia. 
    Coach Duncan has a B.A. from the University of Delaware and a Master of Education from Wilmington University.
  • Katie Schaller '24 - Field Hockey

    Coach Schaller started in both field hockey and softball during her career at Archmere. As a junior she helped lead the Auks to the state finals for the 1st time in school history. Coach Schaller was a 4 year varsity starter in both field hockey and softball. She was an all conference performer in both sports since her sophomore year. She was honored in field hockey in the state tournament with the DIAA academic award. Schaller will continue her career next year where she has accepted a scholarship to play Division 1 field hockey at Lasalle University.
    Coach Schaller is no stranger to camps. She has been a part of the Archmere Sports Camps staff since the camps inception.

Sports Camp Dates

Week 1 | June 17 – 20
  • Running & Speed (full day)
  • Field Hockey (full day)

Week 2 | June 24 – 27
  • Football (full day)
  • Volleyball (full day)

Week 3 | July 8 – 11
  • Boys' and Girls' Lacrosse (full day)

Week 4 | July 15 – 18
  • Baseball (full day)
  • Softball (full day)

Week 5 | July 22 – 25
  • Boys' and Girls' Basketball (full day)
Archmere Academy is a private, Catholic, college preparatory co-educational academy,
grades 9-12 founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers.