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The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. ~Robert Maynard Hutchins

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what is a “Non-TRADITIONAL” learning center?

All of our students are registered as homeschooled. Parents are contracting with MLA to oversee the education of their children. We use only Georgia certified teachers with extensive experience and academic credentials.

Our students attend academic classes 60% of their time and spend 40% in independent/home study.

What is the teacher/student ratio?

In class ratios range from 1:1 to 1:6. We average 6 students to every teacher with a school maximum of 30 students school-wide.

what is meant by a family atmosphere?

MLA operates as a family. We look out for each other and kindness is expected. We offer a true working relationship between teachers, students and parents. Our top 3 goals for every student are to provide a safe environment, challenging academics, and a passion for learning.

We are very active in our community as well and we try to give back as often as possible. We participate in local festivals, parades, and other community events and service opportunities throughout the year.

What if I want my child to attend 5 days a week?

We do offer a 5-day program for middle school students. This program is $650 per semester and the students are guided by a certified teacher through their independent study assignments. Students learn to be self-motivated, organized and prompt with assignments. We also encourage pride in their work and honesty in all aspects of their education.

What is a DOI?

A DOI is a Declaration of Intent to Homeschool. It must be filed for every student before the end of August. Parents can file online and it takes 2 minutes.

what about student accountability, motivation and independence?

This is a true college preparatory program with an emphasis on independent learning, student accountability, and self-motivation.

Students develop skills necessary for success in multiple academic environments. Organization, note-taking, studying, and research are all important focuses.

what is the current tuition and fee schedule?

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is $6600 paid over 10 months. We charge a monthly activity fee of $50 and a one time supply fee of $400 per student.

Scholarships are available and are based on the parent’s financial situation. We will never allow money to prevent a child from access to our school. With that said, we operate on a very small and very tight budget and must have a firm commitment from each family. We look for sponsorships and scholarships for students but every family contributes in some way.

What about advanced classes and AP?

We can offer most any AP class a student is interested in taking. Our course rigor has proven to produce not only high AP scores but also SAT and ACT scores high enough for the Hope and Zell Miller Scholarships. Specific rigor courses are not required for homeschooled students in order to qualify for Hope and Zell.

Are you accredited?

We have been given candidate status by the National Association of Private Schools and should be fully accredited by September 2019.

what curriculum do you use?

By using only certified teachers for core classes we have the ability to develop curriculum that is individualized for each student. MLA is dedicated to a challenging college – prep curriculum and students will be encouraged to move ahead as quickly as they can master concepts and content. No Common Core is used and texts are selected based on knowledge sequence and classic education. There is no single boxed curriculum we rely on. Every child learns differently and at different rates.