About us

Our Mission

The mission of Blyth-Templeton Academy is to transform the lives of its students by providing highly individualized, experiential education in small classes with dedicated and skilled educators. We are  small enough to be personally in touch with every individual, yet large enough to offer a broad range of courses. Our model combines a warm, inviting atmosphere with great teaching that allows our students to flourish.

Our History

Blyth-Templeton Academy is a collaboration between Blyth Academy and Templeton Learning who have come together to bring the highly successful and innovative educational model of Blyth Academy in Canada to the United States.


Since 1977, Blyth Academy operates for credit international programs for U.S. and Canadian high school students. In 2005, Blyth Academy (Blyth-Templeton’s sister school) opens the doors of its first full-time high school.


Blyth Academy opens second campus in Thornhill, Ontario.


Blyth Academy continues to grow, responding to incredible demand. There are now 5 schools across Ontario.


Future Blyth-Templeton Co-Founder Temp Keller creates Templeton Learning to build high quality, highly accessible K-12 education models for 21st century learners.


Blyth Academy grows to 12 campuses serving more than 6,000 students in Canada and offering more than 30 international programs.


Blyth-Templeton Academy forms a partnership between Templeton Learning and Blyth Academy.


In January, Blyth-Templeton Academy announces first campus in Washington, D.C. and recruits former Principal of the Upper School at Sidwell Friends Lee Palmer to serve as Head of School.


Blyth-Templeton Academy opens its first school in Washington, D.C. in the historic Hill Center less than a mile from Capitol Hill.


In May, the first Blyth-Templeton Academy graduates matriculate and head off to college. BTA students wrap up a great first year with more than 70 experiential learning off-campus activities.


In September, Blyth-Templeton Academy kicks off the second academic year with a nearly doubled student body, a wide variety of courses offered, and a growing number of extraordinary teachers.

Our Team

Lee Palmer

Head of School
Lee Palmer is Head of School for Blyth-Templeton Academy and has served as Principal of the Upper School at Sidwell Friends School

Enrico Orr

Academy Administrator

Enrico Orr, our Academy Administrator, has a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Russian Studies and a B.A.

David Sekora

Computer Science and Mathematics
David Sekora teaches Computer Science and Mathematics at Blyth-Templeton Academy. David has extensive experience teaching

Adam Curtis

Drama, Theater & Film Teacher

Adam Curtis teachers Drama and Theater for Blyth-Templeton Academy. An experienced educator, director, filmmaker and administra

Sam Blyth

Sam Blyth, CEO of Blyth-Templeton Academy, was educated at Cambridge University (B.A. Hons. and M.A)., the University of Paris

Temp Keller

Co-founder and Director
John Templeton (Temp) Keller is the Co-founder and President of Templeton Learning and Co-founder

Dennis Keller

Dennis Keller, Chair of the Blyth-Templeton Academy Board of Directors, is a lifelong education entrepreneur.

Ben Wallerstein

Board Member
Ben Wallerstein, member of the Board of Directors of Blyth-Templeton Academy, is deeply committed to issues of equity

Interested in joining our team?

We're looking for the best and brightest with a passion to learn, teach, and grow with us.