Why a Micro-School is the Right Choice for Your Teen

Posted by Templeton Academy

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Blyth-Templeton Academy is a micro-school. That means that we are intentionally small – we will keep our enrollment below 150 students and our average class size is eight. At BTA we have learned that, with smaller class sizes, education professionals can keep students engaged with innovative classroom solutions. Our model combines a warm, inviting atmosphere with great teaching that allows our students to flourish. Our teachers combine care and empathy with a single-minded determination to serve our students well.

Small Class Size Promotes Student Success

In a small class, teachers can quickly become familiar with their students' strengths and interests. They can communicate with those children in the most effective and helpful ways possible. At BTA we have seen that the small student-centered classroom encourages student engagement and promotes student success.

  • Students can spend more one-on-one time with teachers and other students when there are fewer people per class. With a less crowded room, students and teachers get to know each other on a more profound basis.
  • Teachers can quickly assess how a small class responds to different kinds of assignments and better judge students' interest in and grasp of the material being studied.
  • Smaller class sizes also lead to a more democratic classroom. When teachers and students can openly communicate about school lessons, a shared decision-making emerges that empowers students to become more engaged in their school experience.

Student-Teacher Relationships Change

When teachers can focus on learning, instead of discipline, they can facilitate miracles. Too often at larger schools, hours of instructional time are lost to behavioral problems. In micro-schools, classes can move forward at a faster clip while still ensuring that every student is keeping up with the material. In a small school, students who might otherwise act out from boredom or frustration get the attention they need. We find that small class sizes allow teachers to spend more time with students and help them be successful learners.

A Sense of Community Develops

Smaller schools foster a greater sense of community. The hallmark of some small private schools that commit to small class sizes is how their students learn and practice respect for each other and themselves. For example, small classes help to reduce the type of social climate that can lead to bullying. 

At Blyth-Templeton, we are committed to building community through empathy.  As our students interact with peers in small classes, they will come to understand and appreciate the differences among them. Healthy community – where teens can thrive - is possible where empathy is fostered and inclusion is celebrated.


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About Templeton Academy

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Templeton Academy is an experiential micro school with locations on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and in Nashville, TN. It offers an academically rigorous curriculum designed to foster intellectual curiosity through active learning and community exploration. The small class sizes ensure that each student has a front row seat in classes with an average size of 10. Our model combines a warm, inviting atmosphere with great teaching that allows our students to flourish. Schedule a visit soon.

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