The Best of 2018: 4 Major Milestones for Templeton Academy in the Last Year

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Have you taken any time this January to reflect back on 2018 and notice how things have grown or changed?

Maybe, like us, you are charging forward with new goals and resolutions for 2019. Maybe, also like us, you are looking back and celebrating the big milestones and accomplishments that took place as you gather strength for the new excitements and new challenges.

That's exactly what we're doing today for Templeton Academy as a whole. How did our personalized, experiential education environment grow and change in 2018? Here are four major milestones we passed in the last twelve months.

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What is Exhibition Day? A Look at a Templeton Academy Community Tradition

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 Every school has traditions and customs that make it unique: a school song, an annual spirit week, or a regular service project.

These special traditions help create a school community that feels like a family, united around common memories and a common effort to grow and learn together. For Templeton Academy in D.C., our favorite community traditions include something we call Exhibition Day.

Keep reading as we explore what Exhibition Day is, how it brings out the best in our students, and what it means for our larger community of Templeton Academy parents, friends, and supporters in the...

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How the Most Popular TED Talk of All Time Inspired Templeton Academy’s Approach to Quality, Affordable Private Education

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Interesting things can come from the unscheduled hours of a flight delay. A bout of bad weather during a layover between Austin and Washington D.C. gave me the gift of several free hours to catch up on long-neglected articles and podcasts. Before I knew it, I was musing about the original founding of the Templeton Academy model and about the questions I asked then and still ask myself about how education ought to work in order to best serve kids.

Here’s an exploration of some of the questions that I have been asking and answering as the Templeton Academy team pioneers a...

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The Two Big Reasons You Won’t Find AP Courses at Our Small Independent DC School

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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 Templeton Academy 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 this blog...

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How Private School in D.C. Can Be Accessible to All Families

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The education landscape of D.C. can be difficult for families to navigate for both positive and negative reasons.  On the positive side, D.C. has a wide variety of school choices based on program, location, and cost. On the negative side, it’s a challenge to find the right fit for your family with so many choices.  

Public, charter, parochial and private schools are the traditional routes when it comes to education in D.C., but for many families there is never the opportunity for a true choice for their child. 

What can families do? Money doesn’t grow on trees, and if families don’t have...

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