The Little Middle School

Pursue the puzzle. Embrace the struggle. Grow.

The remarks below have been edited for spelling and punctuation, but not for content. In some cases, we've indicated how long the student has been at LMS (e.g., first-year student) because it sometimes provides a greater context for their comments).

The first day that I came to LMS I was confused. I walked into the building and I honestly thought that I must have been in the wrong place — there was no way that this was a school. The past year I have been at LMS it has been fun, scary, and confusing. I was made to confront my hate of math. I had to admit to myself that I needed to go back and relearn some stuff. That was a difficult realization for me. Being here has taught me a lot. I have learned to play the game of school. I’ve learned how to be interested in learning. I’ve learned that my education is MINE. I control it. I’ve had the time and space to grow and learn.
— a first-year seventh grader
When I first came to LMS, I had a fixed mindset. Now, thanks to my teachers and friends, I have a growth mindset and I’m excited to learn.
— a third-year student
I have been at the Little Middle School for a little over a year. In that time, I’ve started liking math (just a little), learned how to play the ukulele, become more confident in who I am as a person, and made so many new friends. Making the decision to come here was one of the best choices I’ve ever made because I’ve grown so much, both academically and personally.
— a second-year student
At first I didn’t want to give in to their way of teaching me. When I was in elementary school the only way I learned was if someone showed me what to do. AT LMS you have more independence to do what is due. At first it was hard to do things on my own, but now I can keep track of what I am doing. Instead of dreading homework, I can just do it without thinking. I am scared that I will not be ready for high school. I am trying to accept that going at my own pace will help me, but I just think that I need to be taught what my peers at other schools are being taught.
— a second-year seventh grader
I feel I’ve become less of an aggressive person at LMS. At [my old school], since I didn’t know anybody, I assumed everyone was going to be jerks. Here, I don’t feel that way at all.
— a seventh grader
I’ve been working through geometry much faster because of LMS — self-paced math time as compared to a traditional environment.
— an eighth grader
Before The Little Middle School, I was homeschooled, but that environment did not provide enough push to learn. The Little Middle School had enough of the push to learn, but had enough freedom to stop me from being overwhelmed in the transition from homeschool to school.
— a first-year seventh grader
At the public school I attended before LMS, seventh grade was all about memorization and busy work, but at the Little Middle School, our teachers actually care if we learn or not. My work load isn’t as large, and yet I’m learning much more. Everyone is really welcoming — we’re all on the same team.
— a first-year student
This school requires people to contribute and be vulnerable. People need to be able to say when they don’t get things, which can be hard. Little Middle puts aside so much time into making us a team and building a safe space where people are willing to be vulnerable. This school doesn’t work unless everyone is committed. Committing means sharing the same goal and allowing the team to succeed.

Buying in is the hardest part — it was hard for me and I’ve seen it be hard for other people.
— a third-year eighth grader
I believe being at The Little Middle School has made me better at getting work done and searching for a more in-depth understanding of subjects like math and history.
— a sixth grader
When I came to The Little Middle School, I was very quiet and didn’t ever want to answer questions or even ask them. Now I feel more confident in asking questions and answering them even if they are wrong because I am in a safe environment.
— a first-year eighth grader

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