Templeton Academy

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Templeton Academy is an accredited, college-preparatory, micro school serving students in grades 6-12.

The City is our Classroom
Learning isn’t limited to a desk or a classroom; and we believe school shouldn’t be either. Actually, we think the most meaningful learning often comes from being out in the world and interacting with community members which is why we say the “city is our classroom.” That means we spend as much time out of the classroom as possible, doing everything from partnering with local community organizations to solve real-world problems to writing plays in the shadow of famous theaters and doing in-depth research at renowned museums and cultural centers.

Project-Based Learning is our Method
We focus our classes on big questions that make us think. We use a rigorous learner-centered instructional method called Gold Standard Project Based Learning that allows our students to learn key content in STEM and the humanities by engaging with complex, meaningful questions like: How do we as lawyers determine the effectiveness of a revolution? Through allowing our students space for voice and choice, multiple opportunities for revision and reflection, and clear expectations, our students create beautiful, high-quality work beyond what they could have imagined.

Core Advisory is our Heart
We are more than a college-prep school; we are a purpose-driven school. Our Core Advisory program is the heart of our school. Through meaningful relationships with their Advisor and their peers, students engage in innovative curriculum that helps them delve deep into who they are--their strengths, interests, and values—and graduate with not just an acceptance letter to a university of their choice, but with a strong sense of purpose that will help them be resilient through life’s challenges.

Basic facts

  • Available Spots:  10/30/20 We have 10 spaces for 6th grade, 10 spaces for 7th grade, 10 spaces for 8th grade, 10 spaces for 9th grade, and 5 spaces for 10th grade.
  • Age Range:  11-18
  • Enrollment:  51 Students currently enrolled
  • Average Class Size:  10
  • Tuition:  $19,500
  • Who you serve:  Co-ed, High School, Middle School
  • Mission/Philosophy:  

    Our mission is to revolutionize access to Student agency by nurturing young people from all backgrounds into purposeful adults who use their gifts in a way that brings them joy and serves others.

  • Capacity:   150 Students
  • Available Hours:  9:00-4:30

Contact Details

  • Address: 406 7th St. NW Washington, DC 20004
  • Zip Code: 20004

  • Phone: 202-847-0779

  • Website: http://templetonacademy.org


  • What differentiates your school from all others? 

    In addition to being a accredited micro-school, our 3 core pillars are what most differentiate us.
    1. We use the city as a classroom. This allows us to provide a high quality relevant education at a much lower tuition price point.
    2. We use Gold Standard Project-Based Learning methods in all of our classes.
    3. We use a purpose-centered and evidence based curriculum in our core advisory program to build resilience.

  • Where do you see your school in 5 years, what will be different? 

    In 5 years, we will be in our new space located at at 7th street in NW. We will be a fully enrolled for middle and high school.

  • What kind of student is most successful at your school? 

    Students who are intellectually curious, kind, and who have a growth mindset (coachable) are most successful at Templeton.


  • Why should we choose your school? 

    Families should choose Templeton if they want their child to develop agency over their own learning, engage with content through meaningful and relevant projects that allow them to use their gifts in a way that brings them joy and serves others and if they want to ensure their child builds social and emotional resilience through an evidence based curriculum.


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  • What does a typical day look like for your kids? 

    Our students only take 2 classes a quarter. Each class run for approximately 2.5 hours. This gives us time to dive deep into projects and to go into the city for our field work. Students start school at 9:00 am. They're in their first block until 11:30, which if followed by a lunch break in which they may go off campus should they have parental permission. Following lunch, students meet for advisory and/or clubs and their second block class begins at 1:30 and runs until 3:30.

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