Templeton Academy was founded to revolutionize the way Students learn by mentoring the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they need to thrive in college, career, and life.
We welcome young people from all backgrounds and seek to nurture them into purpose-driven lifelong learners who use their gifts in a way that brings them joy and serves others.
We're an innovative 6-12 independent school in Washington, DC: a financially accessible private high school that is committed to offering rigorous, project-based, and experiential learning to an intentionally diverse array of area students.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 76 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,500
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1 / Jan. 25 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
76 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
Templeton Academy DC Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
10 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 1 / Jan. 25 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Nicole Weston


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
9 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Journalism Club, Makerspace Club, Math Club, Model UN, Music Appreciation Club, Sewing Club, Student Government, Theater Club

School Notes

  • 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.
  • We have an average class size of 10, and our school will never exceed 150 students. Students and teachers, as well as peers, are able to develop strong relationships that lead to more effective learning. Each student develops a Learning Journey that guides their academic experience over their years at Templeton with an end goal to discover their gifts and how they can be used in a way that brings them joy and serves others.
  • Our 4 programitic pillars include:  
  • 1)    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. 
  • 2)    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: (example). 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. 
  • 3)    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.
  •  4)    Affordability is Our Design
  • We are committed to racial and socioeconomic diversity and inclusion. We strongly believe in the power of intentionally diverse environments to build compassionate and wise humans who are poised to become positive changemakers in society. As such, we have created our model to be sustainable at a price point significantly lower than the average tuition for independent schools in our metropolitan areas.
  • A visit is the best way to understand what makes Templeton unique and whether we might be a fit for you. I look forward to meeting you soon! 
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
My daughter is an eighth-grader at Templeton DC. Now she loves going to school each morning. The project-based curriculum is an engaging way to learn, with students going deep on particular topics and bringing in a variety of academic subjects and skills. Field trips happen once or twice a week and are directly integrated into the projects. Each term is capped off with an evening of student presentations about their projects, allowing each student to shine. The atmosphere is warm and supportive, both by the teachers and by the other students. Clubs are built into the day, with middle school students and high school students attending the same clubs, and the high school students being engaged with and mentors to the middle-schoolers. There is an intentional focus, built into the weekly schedule and evaluation process, on learning about self-advocacy and self-reflection, skills that everyone (especially teenagers) need. Also, the downtown location can`t be beat, giving easy access to all the city offers and independence to the students. We look forward to sticking with Templeton for high school.
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I love everything about Templeton Academy! They are very supportive of my son's challenges and provide it when needed. The teachers are team players with the parents as well. The project-based curriculum is awesome! It gives the students the chance to learn to work as a team and also use critical thinking skills. The class schedule is unique as well where the student will take 2 courses per semester for 10 weeks and still get all their required credits. Even though school is virtual right now, my son has met some friends. Oh, and the class sizes are nice and small. The teachers are available for students when needed. Another thing I love about Templeton is how they praise the accomplishments of their students. My son is featured on their social media pages for winning 2 scholarships for being a philanthropist. I highly recommended Templeton Academy for a middle and high school choice. You won't be disappointed!
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My daughter joined Templeton when during the pandemic, when she stopped learning in the public school. She is one of those really smart kids that needed more interaction to learn, and she wasn't getting it in public schools doing distance learning. At Templeton, she gets a lot of individual attention. For example, we have discovered that she has excellent leadership skills and her teachers encourage that. Classes are more project-based and she is able to engage. There is a lot of debate, so she gets to exercise her critical thinking skills. Classes are engaging and use a variety of different activities to engage students. She loves her field trips that are made safe even during the pandemic. Staff is highly responsive and knows and understands her. She loves her school. I highly recommend Templeton.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 76 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,500
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1 / Jan. 25 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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