Templeton Academy DC

Templeton Academy was founded to challenge Students and K-12 to pursue their why- and transform both in the process.
We believe that there is no better offense in the 21st century than a sense of purpose, nor a better defense for the mental health crisis facing today's youth.
We believe in project-based learning and learning by doing and that every TA Student should have a campus job that contributes toward their tuition.
We believe in using yoru community as your campus adn that reflection--as individuals adn as a collective--drives deeper learning and growth.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked DC School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 81 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,800
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Templeton Academy DC ranks among the top 20% of private schools in District Of Columbia for:

School Overview

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

Student Body

Total Students
81 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
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
10 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition payments are made through 12 equal installments of $1650 beginning in April and ending March
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
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

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Templeton Academy DC cost?
Templeton Academy DC's tuition is approximately $19,800 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Templeton Academy DC?
The acceptance rate of Templeton Academy DC is 80%, which is higher than the national average of 60%.
What is Templeton Academy DC's ranking?
Templeton Academy DC ranks among the top 20% of private schools in District Of Columbia for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees.
When is the application deadline for Templeton Academy DC?
The application deadline for Templeton Academy DC is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is Templeton Academy DC located?
Templeton Academy DC is located in the Northwest Washington neighborhood of Washington, DC. There are 61 other private schools located in Northwest Washington.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
Templeton has been a great experience for my child. The small class sizes mean that teachers know every student and make sure that each has the tools to be successful. Every teacher has office hours when students can get individual assistance when needed. Overall, I have found the school environment to be warm and supportive.
- Posted by
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.
- Posted by
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!
- Posted by
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.
- Posted by

Endorse Templeton Academy DC. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards
Endorse this school:

Recent Articles

Montessori Schools
Montessori Schools
Montessori schools are popular world-wide with parents of children in the primary grades.
How To Find A Summer Program
How To Find A Summer Program
Sending your children to a summer program or camp keeps them active in fun-filled settings. We explore your options.
Leadership, Legacy, and Learning: Pillars of Top Schools
Leadership, Legacy, and Learning: Pillars of Top Schools
We explore the key elements contributing to the success of leading private schools, highlighting the importance of strong leadership, a rich legacy, and a focus on comprehensive learning experiences.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked DC School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 81 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,800
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Request Information

Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Washington, DC is $29,363 for elementary schools and $33,185 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Washington, DC is 60% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

Related School Videos

Quick Links