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Your Teen Will Engage More in a Small Classroom

Posted by Blyth-Templeton Academy

student-centered learning

Blyth-Templeton Academy, a micro-school, is committed to a small class size. We average eight students a class - a structure that encourages classroom discussion instead of lectures and collaboration over competition. Our classrooms provide an environment where students and teachers know each other well and where flexibility in learning modalities is a given. As a small private high school in DC, we specialize in hands-on and project-based learning and community collaboration.

What are the benefits of the small classroom?

In micro-schools, teachers understand the learning style of their students, what they know, what they need to know, and what they want to know. Students are encouraged to follow a passion, a new interest, or to dig deeper. The transformed structure of the classroom supports:

  • Deeper learning through more discussion
  • Less lecture and hands-on exploration and research  
  • Longer class periods focused on fewer subject areas
  • Online and experiential learning allowing the student to individualize study

Why is belonging to a community important? 

Teachers and students develop collaborative relationships built on respect which fosters the building of a community of support among peers and with adults. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning both in the classroom and beyond. Clubs form through student interest and leadership, and students recommend speakers, events, and activities they feel will enhance their lives.

At Blyth-Templeton we know that teens develop their sense of identity through how others see them - what psychologists term “the looking-glass self.” We are committed to providing a small, inclusive school environment that encourages the students to know each other well. Teens find a community where they feel they belong, are not judged, are respected, listened to actively, and where they can be individuals without the pressure to conform. All students can be comfortable to try, fail, try again, succeed, grow, share, and know their peers and teachers are there for them. 

 

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About Blyth-Templeton Academy

Temp Keller
Blyth-Templeton Academy is an experiential micro school located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. It offers an academically rigorous 9-12th-grade high school curriculum designed to foster intellectual curiosity through active learning and community exploration. The small class sizes ensure that each student has a front row seat in classes with an average size of 8. Our model combines a warm, inviting atmosphere with great teaching that allows our students to flourish. Schedule a visit soon.

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