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What is the Magic of the Inclusive School?

student-centered learning

As a parent, it is heartbreaking to watch your teen struggle through adolescence. As adults, we know adolescence is the trial and error period leading to adulthood. Learning to navigate the adolescent years is a critical step toward becoming a satisfied adult.  

It is still difficult to stand by while watching teens question their role among their peers.

This is precisely why parents should prioritize a small, inclusive school environment during the high school years.

In this post, we will walk through the magic that happens for teens who are given both the space and freedom to grow and...

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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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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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Students Need to Risk Some Failure on the Way to Success

grit, student-centered learning

Think back to when your teen was a baby - maybe 9 or 10 months old - and they tried to stack blocks for the first time. It's highly likely they were not able to build the stack on their first try. At least not as high as they would have liked. For many parents (and some teachers!), the first instinct is to reach in and cheerfully "fix" the stack. The baby has a tower without the experience of trial and error in building it or in strategizing to overcome small failures along the way.

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What Are The Advantages of Project Based Learning?

student-centered learning, experiential learning

“Project based learning transforms students by inspiring them to think differently about themselves as learners, collaborators, and leaders.” Buck Institute for Education

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