Blyth-Templeton Academy
Nashville, TN

About Us


Nashville is a city of both tradition and innovation as a leader in the music, healthcare, hospitality, and tech industries. Nashville’s rapid growth brings a hundred new people to the city each day. While the city is making sweeping changes to embrace the city’s growth and innovation- one field has remained stagnant- education. With Blyth- Templeton’s commitment to making private school affordable, parents can choose a model that includes personalization and experiential learning. Blyth-Templeton’s mission, “to transform the lives of its students by providing highly individualizes, dynamic and experiential education in small classes with dedicated and skilled educators” offers parents an education alternative that reflects their values. The city’s focus on innovation makes this an incredible fit for students to really explore the city while learning. 

Proposed Location:

  • Located in close proximity of downtown 
  • Easily accessible by car and close to public transit 
  • Service learning and community connections integrated into academicand co-curricular program
  • Extensive use of Nashville resources

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Event Fairs

Come discover what a Blyth-Templeton Academy education truly is by joining us at our upcoming Open House! We welcome students and their families to join us for a fun-filled evening where you will have the opportunity to mingle one-on-one with our faculty and staff, discover the advantages of a BTA education, ask questions about our educational approach on your child's future, and meet BTA Nashville Head of School, Kalee Barbis

Attend an Event Fair


Personal Visits

Schedule a personal visit with Head of School, Kalee Barbis! During this one-hour session, you will get the opportunity to learn more about BTA and discover if it's a good fit for you and your student! 

Schedule a Personal Visit


Info Sessions

We are happy to set up visits to fit your schedule. Visits to the school provide a great opportunity to meet some of the staff, get an overview of how things work at BTA, ask questions, and see the school and students in action.  

Attend an Info Session


Book Club with Kalee Barbis

Join Head of School, Kalee Barbis, for discussions about the book Tribes by Seth Godin, Educated by Tara Westover, and The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. These events are for parents who are interested in meeting up and sharing ideas! 

Attend a Book Club


Our Team

Kalee Barbis

Head of School
Kalee is the founding Head of School for Blyth-Templeton. Kalee is a Nashville native with a decade of educational experience

Jessica Stein

Operations Coordinator
Jessica Stein began her career in education at Currey Ingram Academy, where she taught high school English and Ethics for four years.

Lee Palmer

Chief Innovation Officer
Lee Palmer is the Chief Innovation Officer for Blyth-Templeton Academy and has served as Principal of the Upper School at Sidwell Friends School

Temp Keller

John Templeton (Temp) Keller is the Co-founder and President of Templeton Learning and Co-founder

Dennis Keller

Board Member
Dennis Keller, Board member of the Blyth-Templeton Academy Board of Directors, is a lifelong education entrepreneur.

Ben Wallerstein

Board Member
Ben Wallerstein, member of the Board of Directors of Blyth-Templeton Academy, is deeply committed to issues of equity

News and Notices

Colleges Value Experiential Learners—Here’s Why We Think K-12 Schools Should Too
Colleges Value Experiential Learners—Here’s Why We Think K-12 Schools Should Too

Did you know that a stunning 60% of college students are in need of remedial instruction when they

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

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

What is Exhibition Day? A Look at a BTA Community Tradition
What is Exhibition Day? A Look at a BTA Community Tradition

 Every school has traditions and customs that make it unique: a school song, an annual spirit week,

A Teacher's Take on Place-Based Education (Nashville Edition)
A Teacher's Take on Place-Based Education (Nashville Edition)

Place-based education is a learning model that emphasizes the incorporation of community resources

"My Kids Are Thinking About BTA:" Promoting Student Agency from Application to Graduation

We recently received an email from an interested parent that opened with the following statement:

Here's What to Expect at Your Admissions Interview for Blyth-Templeton Academy (Nashville Edition)
Here's What to Expect at Your Admissions Interview for Blyth-Templeton Academy (Nashville Edition)

Our admissions interviews are a great way to see a student’s excitement and enthusiasm about


Blyth-Templeton Academy is an experiential micro school offering an academically rigorous college-preparatory curriculum designed to foster intellectual curiosity through active learning and community exploration.

What if the future of education was developed around the student and driven by the student?

This is the question we are always asking ourselves.

The time and energy of mainstream education can get tied up by standardized testing, complex reporting, and a one-size-fits-all approach in the classroom. Meanwhile, the needs of individual students fade to the background.

We are pioneering an educational model that genuinely puts students first and that emphasizes the skills that colleges and employers value. Our model does not offer an “alternative” education, it offers an education experience that will help your student fall in love with learning and take an active part in their own education. 

Why not prepare students for successful, full lives starting in middle and high school?

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