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Blyth-Templeton Academy's Book Club Celebrates National Library Month

learning community, lifelong learning

Did you know April is National Library Month, a celebration of the important contributions made by our nation's libraries and library workers? This year’s theme is “Libraries = Strong Communities,” highlighting the value of academic, public, and school libraries across the country.

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The Danger of Achievement Culture—Thoughts from A College Counselor on the College Admissions Scandal

student-centered learning, lifelong learning

At this point, we’ve all heard the news about the bribery scandal rocking the world of college admissions. A few wealthy and powerful people, not content with their children’s existing advantages, resorted to criminality to ensure admission to their schools of choice.

Today, I’m exploring the myth of achievement culture, why the prestige of your child’s college choice is less important than you might think, and how you can actually (and legally) help your high schooler prepare for college and life-long success.

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Colleges Value Experiential Learners—Here’s Why We Think K-12 Schools Should Too

experiential learning, skills for the future, lifelong learning

Did you know that a stunning 60% of college students are in need of remedial instruction when they enter their freshman year? This lack of preparedness is a testament to the flawed nature of the typical K-12 school system.

There is also a concerning readiness gap in areas that are less tangible than explicit math or language arts skills. Critical thinking, self-motivation, and creativity are just a few of the essential skills that incoming college freshmen should possess in order to maximize the freedom and opportunity of the typical four-year college education.

Keep reading for an...

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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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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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