Head of School Lee Palmer was recently interviewed by Washingtonian writer Elaina Plott on Blyth-Templeton Academy’s model and the changing landscape of Washington D.C.’s private schools.
The article talks about several newer schools in D.C., including Blyth-Templeton Academy, and the ways they are re-shaping private education across the city. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:
“Palmer has long been an advocate of small classrooms—Blyth-Templeton averages eight students per class—along with a pace that allows for deeper immersion. Students take only two classes a term, a schedule that allows for weekly, if not daily, outings within the District, with teachers often using museums as backdrops for lessons. ‘We don’t even call them field trips,’ Palmer says, ‘because it’s just a normal part of the day.’ With tuition just under $15,000, the school boasts one of the most ‘accessible’ private schools in the area.
“Palmer says the experiential-learning model gives students an edge in college admissions. ‘We feel that we’re better prepping kids for college because we offer a collegiate experience,’ she says. ‘All the classes are seminar-based…The kids are learning to self-advocate and be independent, as opposed to learning a lot of content but then not being able to apply it and solve problems’….
“’The future is different from what it was 20 years ago. We have students applying to Ivies, taking gap years, and everything in between. So just like Sidwell and National Cathedral School and any other, they’ll go where’s right for them.’ Students at Blyth-Templeton’s original iteration in Canada, Blyth Academy, have been accepted to Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell, Cambridge, and Oxford.”
To read the full article, “These Private Schools Are Even More Customized for Your Kid,” click here.