Individualized High School Education in Decatur

When it comes to high school learning, one size doesn’t fit all. In fact, it may not happen inside a school at all.

A group of parents, teachers and students in Avondale and Decatur have come together to create The Learning Tribe, a “hybrid school” initiative designed to unleash a young person’s natural enthusiasm for creativity and learning.

The Learning Tribe has put together a traditional high school curriculum — but without the school. Students meet in small groups with experienced high school teachers and community professionals. The goal is to bring the subject matter to life through a more intimate and engaging approach to education.

The approach is inspired by creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson who challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethinking of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

“Socrates had it right,” explains M.J. Randleman-Smith, a teacher with the Learning Tribe. “You put a small group of students around a table and engage them with a series of thought-provoking questions. Quickly they move from information-gathering to critical thinking.”

High school classes are offered in literature, mathematics, history, descriptive geometry, biology with lab, drawing, Spanish, French and documentary film making. The Learning Tribe is organized under the State guideliness for homeschooling.


The mission of the Learning Tribe is to create the organizational structure and educational opportunities for hybrid homeschooling high school students to realize their potential are as independent learners. Our mission is also to create a support community where parents, teachers and students are equally invested in the pursuit of individual learning.

This initiative is organized as a form of Homeschooling. Parents and students are responsible for satisfying Georgia laws for reporting, standardized testing, course requirements, and educational hours.

The Learning Tribe web site is designed to share information and opportunities for individualized learning. We encourage you to offer a broad range of learning experiences to your children, both within and outside traditional school settings. Good luck and keep learning!