The Little Middle School

Trying to make the middle school experience more joyful than painful. The Little Middle School is a comprehensive homeschool enrichment group serving grades six to eight.

It's like homeschool for non-homeschoolers...or school for homeschoolers. It's a great option for kids with passionate interests that they'd like to explore in depth. It could be ideal for kids who have trouble fitting in, as well as kids who fit in all too well and get lost in the shuffle. If you're reluctant to return to your giant middle school, how about an itty-bitty alternative? Let's question the way it's always been done.

Mission: To create an effective, efficient, and engaging academic experience tailored to the needs of each student.

Operating as usual

How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger

A must-read!

"With little kids, you often think they're pushing your buttons, but that's not what's going on. They're upset about something, and you have to figure out what it is." - Lisa Ipeelie

h/t to Mauricio Gutiérrez for the link. At the top of the world, the Inuit culture has developed a sophisticated way to sculpt kids' behavior without yelling or scolding. Could discipline actually be playful?

The Little Middle School strives to be an antiracist community, particularly in the realms of curriculum, culture, hiring, and admissions. We're always seeking to do better.

We believe unequivocally that #blacklivesmatter.

(photo credit: Kyle Kotajarvi / CC BY-SA (

Investing in the plan we hope we won't need — Rulerless

Hi everyone! I hope you're hanging in there. We're a bit busy. 😅 In our online meetings with students and parents of The Little Middle School, one question keeps coming up: “How long do you think we’re going to be doing this?” We’re all craving certainty right now, and though the correct answer is, “Nobody knows,” I offer a different one: “We’re p...

Boys dance, too -- if the adults will make room — Rulerless

I couldn’t let it go. Last Thursday, Good Morning America did a quick segment about Prince George’s activities. Host Lara Spencer, encouraged by a laughing audience and co-host, used a mocking tone when she mentioned that George is taking ballet classes. She implied that the child’s enthusiasm for dance will not last...

The Rise of AltSchool and Other Micro-schools: Combinations of private, blended, and at-home schooling meet needs of individual students

We're on trend! Combinations of private, blended, and at-home schooling meet needs of individual students

No talent? Play anyway.

Our founder, Casey, has been busy writing this summer! Here's her latest article.

Starting out terrible at something? Terrific -- what a great opportunity to see for yourself the impact of consistent effort over time. Talent is convenient. It’s undeniably helpful to have early promise or natural aptitude in a particular area. We tend to enjoy things we’re good at. If you are naturally good at something, you will stick with it all the way to mastery. However, the flip side concerns me more. If you are not nat

[08/01/18]   Great teaching team luncheon at The Albert today! We are so excited to start school tomorrow.

Congratulations to LMS alumna Klara Willner, who has been nominated for Positive Athlete Georgia! We are so proud of you.

Klara Willner - Gymnastics/Cheerleading - Junior - St. Pius X - Atlanta

[03/15/18]   Adolescents are beautiful and surprising. Their stories are not mine to tell.

Grady Students Win Competition to Create Inclusive and Accessible Theater Opportunities In Atlanta

Congratulations to LMS alumnus Henry! (H/T to Sarah for the link.) By: Alicia Sands Lurry A group of students at Henry W. Grady High School is determined to make a difference in the community and the world around them. Now, thanks to a grant from Wells Fargo and d…

Grades are for Onions, Beef, and Other Produce; Not Children

A thoughtful piece on grading. Pardon me whilst I muse a little, please…

Is your daughter ok? Check again.

A brave and heartbreaking article. Anxiety disorders are prevalent among adolescents, and it can be difficult to make sure kids are getting the help and support they need. "Dad I'm ok". That’s what Alex said to me Tuesday afternoon. Alex has been suffering from Social Anxiety and general depression since receiving a

Our students got to experience totality on Monday in Highlands, North Carolina. Thank you to the parents and friends who made it such an incredible trip! The kids will never forget the moment of darkness they experienced in the middle of the afternoon.

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

It's catching on! A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No HurrySHAREShare on FacebookPost on TwitterEmailLog in to SaveRead Later on LinkedInShare on WhatsappShare on Google PlusShare on RedditShareCancelStudents at Flushing International High School in Queens working on project...

Why Kids Can’t Write

This matches the conclusions we've drawn after five years of working on it. Why Kids Can’t WriteSHAREShare on FacebookPost on TwitterEmailLog in to SaveRead Later on LinkedInShare on WhatsappShare on Google PlusShare on RedditShareCancelAngela AsemotaBy DANA GOLDSTEINAugust 2, 2017On a bright July morning in a windowless conference room in a Manh...

Lunch at The Albert courtesy of Tia Landau! #24hoursofLMS

Artwork by Sully

The Little Middle School's cover photo


The Little Middle School is now in Inman Park. Our 2017 - 2018 admissions season has begun. Family info sessions are coming up on February 9 and 11. Come check us out!

"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 We are looking for students who will thrive in an environment that respects their individuality. From students who stand out (or stick out) to students who tend to hide in plain sight - we want them all on our team.

More Hokki stools arrived today!

Bright Side

This is great!

Math is an art, I've always known it.

[03/28/16]   Congratulations to our LMS Flying Robots on their first place finish in the 2016 Drones for Good competition at Grady High School! We're proud of you.

Why You Should Be Less Responsible at Work

Thing is, the most critical stuff is usually the hardest and looks the least productive. Stuff like THINKING. The secret to professional advancement lies in figuring out which activities actually lead to results

Rethinking College Admissions

Bout time! A new report suggests that we’re on the cusp of important, necessary changes in the way colleges evaluate applicants.

I Don't Care Where My Children Go To College

Recommended reading! I'm going to say something a bit unheard of in modern times. My thoughts are anathema for most parents. But I'm done pretending. Here goes ... I don't care where my children go to college. I'm n

“Teachers! Please Do Not Make Your Students Use Synonyms for ‘Said,’” I Blurted

Preach! My fourth-grade English teacher employed a list of words he called “D.N.U.’s,” for “do not use.” It was about a dozen words long and included get, nice, ve

We're in The Grady Southerner this week! The article was written by an alumna of LMS.

Elon Musk Didn't Like His Kids' School—So He Opened His Own

We're on to something! This post originally appeared on Business Insider. Elon Musk didn't like his kids' school, so he started his own, the inventor and entrepreneur said in an interview on Beijing Television. The school is called Ad Astra—which means "To the stars"—and is small and relatively secretive. It doesn't have…

[03/25/15]   Big thanks to Nic Huey Fine Art & Portrait Photography for coming in this month to share his experiences and process with us. Our students were very inspired by your work and passion.

Congratulations, LMS students! We're so proud of you. Thanks to School Of Bob for your hands-off, patient guidance throughout.

The Flying Rabbits: The Little Middle School took home the inaugural G3 Drones for Good Design Award. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Information meeting tonight at 7 PM!

[01/07/15]   We have two evening information sessions coming up! One is tomorrow evening (Thursday, January 8) at 7 PM. The other is next Tuesday, January 13, at 7 PM. Both events take place at 56 17th Street NE. Prospective students are invited along with their parents. Hope to see you there!


Now officially accepting applications for 2015 - 2016! "There's something about the combination of freedom and responsibility at your school that is working for her. She enjoys how hard you push her (her words) because I think she sees herself doing things she never thought she could do."

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned

Bottom line: Students do too much sitting and being quiet. Thanks to Lara for the link! The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she de...

[08/19/14]   I asked the students where they would want to go on a class trip this year. Paris, Hawaii, Tokyo, and Yosemite, it turns out. Plus laser tag.

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