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Aspire to Be the Next Silicon Valley CEO? Here's How You Can Get Started in High School

careers of the future, skills for the future

Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Michael Dell. Rachel Ray.

What is one thing these entrepreneurial giants have in common? All of them journeyed down unconventional paths in high school and college. Rejecting traditional education and a four year college degree has become a well known part of their atypical success stories.

Many young people have big dreams and aspirations. They enter high school filled to overflowing with ideas and creative solutions for the problems they see around them.

If that spirit is not nurtured and cared for, they can quickly give up on those dreams and ideas in favor of...

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What College Admissions Officers Are REALLY Looking For in a High Schooler

parents and education, skills for the future

Ask any student what the most stressful part of their final year and a half of high school has been, and the majority will respond - college applications.

At a time in their life where young people are highly impressionable, beginning to solidify the ideals and patterns of thinking that will serve them for the rest of their lives - they are concurrently under intense pressure and stress, often dealing with unhealthy levels of anxiety.

And their anxiety doesn’t even compare to what their parents are feeling.

Keep reading as we explore what a college admissions office is really looking for...

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Lifelong Learning: Thinking Big Picture About Your High Schooler's Success

student-centered learning, lifelong learning

At any given back-to-school information night, at any number of schools in Washington D.C., you will hear teachers, faculty, and administrators proudly highlighting the numerous programs and initiatives at their school, all designed to bolster your child’s college resume and help them get into the university of their dreams.

But you won’t hear that same speech at an information night at Blyth-Templeton Academy (BTA).

Now, these options are not necessarily bad things - there is certainly merit in extracurricular activities, academic clubs, and test prep - and at BTA, we offer plenty of ways...

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What Should Schooling Look Like in the 21st Century?

learning community, skills for the future

What should schooling look like in the 21st century? This is the fundamental question that we wrestled with — we being the co-founders of Blyth-Templeton Academy — when we came together in 2014.

And we were not alone then, nor we are alone now.

Stanford University has done some of the best thinking about this question most recently, and if you haven’t checked it out already, the Stanford2025 website is worth reviewing. Written from the perspective of the future well beyond the year 2025, they “look back from 2100 to the era when Stanford students began declaring missions, not majors.”

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The Importance of a Learner-Driven Community at the High School Level

experiential learning, adolescent development

For most adults, thinking about our teenage years brings back powerful and distinct memories--memories of a first job, a first relationship, a significant class where you fell in love with a topic, a tough family situation, an identity crisis.

These memories and experiences from adolescence go on to shape our adult lives in significant ways.

In the same way that your first heartbreak may have taught you a lot about relationships, your high school learning environment shaped the way you tackle challenges, think through tough problems, learn and retain information, ask questions, collaborate...

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