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A Day in the Life of a High School Student at Blyth-Templeton Academy Nashville

[fa icon="calendar"] 3/4/19 5:35 PM / by Kalee Barbis

Kalee Barbis

high-schoolers-day-in-the-lifeIf you are new to the idea of experiential learning, it can be tough to visualize what the school day looks like at Blyth-Templeton Academy. In our Day in the Life series, we present student stories and visuals in order to help you picture what it would be like for your child to become a part of our small, student-centered environment. 

Jordan gets off the metro bus and walks across the street. She loves that her parents trust her enough to take the city bus. Before Blyth-Templeton, Jordan didn’t know how to take the bus. She learned how to ride the bus 9th grade year. Now as a sophomore, she feels confident about navigating the city.

Jordan greets Mrs. Barbis on the way in to the school. She goes through the cafeteria and common area before heading up to the high school section.

Jordan arrives at 8:30. She then heads to her first period class. This quarter, Jordan is taking Computer Science II. In Computer Science II, she is doing a lot more with app design. She recently developed an app that helps people organize their items and even color code by using a filter. She is excited to take her app and demonstrate it at the upcoming tech fair. Computer Science takes place in the tech lab. It’s a bigger space than a traditional classroom and she can see the city of Nashville from the window. After her two hour class, Jordan looks forward to her break.

On the break, Jordan greets the friends from her house. Jordan loves being part of the house Acuto.
Jordan’s problem solving traits and cleverness led to her landing in the Acuto House. She loves
community meetings when her entire house comes together.

After break, she heads to English II. In English II, she is currently reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She is very intrigued by the science behind it. In class today, they are heading to the Entrepreneur Center to hear from Danielle. Danielle started her open company where she helps hospitals do a better job with patient services through artificial intelligence. Jordan is impressed by her experiences. She has combined science with hospital needs.

Between second and third periods, Jordan heads off campus to Martin’s. She signs out and heads to
Martin’s BBQ with her best friends. She usually tries to be health conscious but she can’t turn down good BBQ- and the student discount is awesome!

Last period, Jordan has flex. She has flex period with Ms. Brown, her house leader. While Jordan
normally goes off campus, she chooses to stay in the silent work zone. The silent work zone is where
students go when they need to get in the zone. For Jordan, she needs to get this code just right. Then, she needs to develop a marketing plan for that app.

After school, Jordan heads up to the roof. She loves yoga on the roof. The counselor, Mrs. Mansfield,
walks students through a mindfulness/ yoga exercise. After a day that is packed with so much, she finds the yoga as the best way to decompress.

At the end of the day, Jordan heads home. She jumps back on the bus and rides home. When she gets home, she has already finished her homework and can enjoy dinner with her family.

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Blyth-Templeton is student-centered, focused on helping each child thrive and succeed personally and academically. Our model features small classes, experiential learning, and regular excursions that make the most of Nashville's growing resources.

We have exciting news for you! We've extended our regular admissions deadline to March 8th and are offering a 5% tuition discount to families who apply before the deadline.

If you're considering a new schooling adventure for next year, now's the time to explore Blyth-Templeton and get your application process rolling. We have all the information you need available on our Tuition and Fees page, and you can get started immediately.

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Topics: student-centered learning, Nashville

Kalee Barbis

About Kalee Barbis

Kalee is the founding Head of School for Blyth-Templeton Academy in Nashville. Kalee is a Nashville native with a decade of educational experience. Educated at the University of Tennessee, Lipscomb, and Vanderbilt Universities. Kalee is deeply committed to personalized, experiential education. She has a strong track record in developing relationships with students and teachers, and cultivating a student-centered classroom. Kalee spent the past three years in Washington DC, founding Washington Leadership Academy, an XQ Super School focused on reimagining high school, as the assistant principal. Prior to that, Kalee taught in Nashville for six years. She is excited to return home to bring BTA to the city.

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