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The Two Big Reasons You Won’t Find AP Courses at Our Small Independent DC School

learning community, student-centered learning

Earlier this year, eight independent schools in DC made headlines when they collectively announced their decision to move away from offering Advanced Placement (AP) courses to their high school students.

While this move represented a major and potentially controversial step for these school leaders, the team here at Blyth-Templeton Academy (BTA) was not surprised by it.

The question of AP courses was one that we considered long and hard as we developed our school model three years ago, and at the time, we deliberately chose a forward thinking vision of education that didn’t include APs. In...

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5 Things You Can Expect in a Blyth-Templeton Academy Graduate

learning community, lifelong learning

High schoolers are expected to be many things today - scholars, athletes, volunteers, civically engaged, and socially responsible.

We aspire for our graduates to be all these things, and much more. Our hope, for every young person that walks through our doors, is to equip them with tools and help them develop qualities that will serve them both in high school and for the rest of their life.

Keep reading for a full description of the top five characteristics we work to develop in Blyth-Templeton Academy (BTA) graduates.

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

skills for the future, careers of 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

skills for the future, parents and education

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

lifelong learning, student-centered 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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