The Little Middle School

Pursue the puzzle. Embrace the struggle. Grow.

How it Works

  • We have a teacher/student ratio of about 1 to 9 (not including support staff).

  • Students are registered as homeschool students with the state. 

  • The legal requirement for homeschooling is 4.5 hours a day, 180 days a year. We have scheduled 180 days. You may wish to track additional hours and days throughout the year, thereby allowing some flexibility for sick days, travel days, and personal days.

  • Each school day begins at 9 AM and ends at 2 PM. Students arrive as early as 8:30 AM and can stay till 2:30 PM.

  • The shorter school day, by design, makes it possible for students to pursue their own interests in depth outside of school.

  • Homework is not assigned separately from regular schoolwork. Rather, when and where to work is at the student's discretion. Each week, students have assignments in each subject area, which can be completed during school or at home as desired (or as necessary). 

  • The amount, pacing, and type of work assigned to each student can be adapted to each student’s strengths and weaknesses, interests, and academic goals. In addition, the level of guidance can be calibrated based on each student's individual needs.

  • Each day, students have some discretionary time. Students may elect to participate in teacher-directed activities, use classroom materials, or pursue individual and group projects. Students are granted as much freedom as they can handle with respect to taking breaks and switching between activities or subjects.
  • We take a fall retreat in October (to Tennessee) and a spring trip in May (destinations have included Washington, D.C. and Savannah, Georgia). 

  • We will follow the Atlanta Public Schools' calendar for 2017 - 2018 (since they decided to match our October and February breaks!).
  • We do not report grades, per se, to high schools when students move on. We can offer a pass/fail transcript and a letter with placement recommendations. 

  • Each student will receive an annual progress report. This for parent and student information and use and is not designed for school admissions. We also offer frequent informal progress updates.

Founded in 2012 by Casey McCann. Thank you to the daring parents and students who tried something new. I am forever grateful.