Templeton Academy DC

Hill Center - 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Office #013
Washington, DC 20003
  • We're an innovative High 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.
  • Through our learner-centered educational model, we graduate motivated, resilient, and purposeful lifelong learners positioned to thrive in the 21st century.  Grades 9-12.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded2015

Student Body

Total Students52 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Templeton Academy DC Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size10 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$15,550
Admissions DirectorNicole Weston


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Math 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! 

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  • Washington
    Grades: 6-12 | 292 students
    5.5 miles
    4101 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    (202) 362-8882
    5.5 6-12
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    Grades: 6-12 | 37 students
    5.2 miles
    4842 16th St Nw
    Washington, DC 20011
    (202) 726-0740
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    Grades: NS-12 | 896 students
    5.1 miles
    3100 Macomb Street NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    (202) 243-1800
    5.1 NS-12
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    Grades: NS-12 | 436 students
    14.9 miles
    8224 Lochinver Ln
    Potomac, MD 20854
    (240) 395-0698
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    Grades: 6-12
    3.6 miles
    2000 Florida Ave. NW, 2nd Floor
    Washington, DC 20009
    (202) 244-0639
    3.6 6-12

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