Kalee Barbis

Kalee is the founding Head of School for Templeton Academy in Nashville. Kalee is a Nashville native with a decade of educational experience. Educated at the University of Tennessee, Lipscomb, and Vanderbilt Universities. Kalee is deeply committed to personalized, experiential education. She has a strong track record in developing relationships with students and teachers, and cultivating a student-centered classroom. Kalee spent the past three years in Washington DC, founding Washington Leadership Academy, an XQ Super School focused on reimagining high school, as the assistant principal. Prior to that, Kalee taught in Nashville for six years. She is excited to return home to bring BTA to the city.

Recent Posts


Kalee’s Original Templeton Academy Application

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Why is this the right location for the next Templeton Academy?

Nashville is a city of both tradition and innovation as a leader in the music, healthcare, hospitality, and tech industries. Nashville’s rapid growth brings a hundred new people to the city each day. While the city is making sweeping changes to embrace the city’s growth and  innovation- one field has remained stagnant- education. According to US News, Tennessee ranks 37th in high school rankings in 2017. Nashville’s public schools rank an average ACT Score of 18.7. Nashville parents are forced to choose between terrible public...

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The "Why" Behind Templeton Academy Nashville

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In addition to this blog, Kalee also spoke to New in Nashville podcast host, Elam Freeman, about the founding of Templeton Academy in Nashville. In their conversation she discusses her background in experiential and innovative education. They also discuss Templeton Academy's unique model and how it fits into the Nashville educational landscape. If you are an urban living proponent or you are looking for an innovative education option for your family, you'll find this episode enlightening and informative.

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Thinking About Schooling Options for Next Fall? Apply by March 8th to Templeton Academy Nashville!

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At this time of year, many Nashville parents are thinking hard about the next school year. Will their children get the spot they want through the lottery system? Can their family afford private education? Are their kids being challenged enough at their current school? 

We know there is a lot to think about when it comes to making a schooling decision. It's not too late to consider Templeton Academy Nashville! In fact, we've extended our regular admissions to March 8th and are still offering a 5% tuition discount to families that apply before the deadline. This is the perfect moment to...

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A Day in the Life of a High School Student at Templeton Academy Nashville

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If you are new to the idea of experiential learning, it can be tough to visualize what the school day looks like at Templeton Academy. In our Day in the Life series, we present student stories and visuals in order to help you picture what it would be like for your child to become a part of our small, student-centered environment. 

Jordan gets off the metro bus and walks across the street. She loves that her parents trust her enough to take the city bus. Before Templeton, Jordan didn’t know how to take the bus. She learned how to ride the bus 9th grade year. Now as a sophomore, she feels...

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A Day in the Life of a Middle School Student at Templeton Academy Nashville

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If you are new to the idea of experiential learning, it can be tough to visualize what the school day looks like at Templeton Academy. In our Day in the Life series, we present student stories and visuals in order to help you picture what it would be like for your child to become a part of our small, student-centered environment. 

“See you later, mom!” Zoe shouted as she shut the car door and ran up the stairs to the entrance where Mrs. Barbis, the head of school, waited to high five her. Zoe walked through the cafeteria and common area, up to the middle school floor. She checked in with...

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