Aidan, 14, arranges his workspace in the "Homework Room" at home in Long Beach, California. Aidan is part of a growing number of children who are homeschooled without the influence of religion in their curriculum, which dominates the community. Photos taken for The Atlantic.
Laura Smith, Aidan's mom, helps him look over his movie review of "Aliens" at their home in Long Beach. Aidan has ADHD and dysgraphia, a disorder that makes it difficult for him to express himself in handwriting.
Aidan jumps on the trampoline as a break from work. Aidan has ADHD, so he takes frequent breaks to get out his energy.
Laura Smith and Aidan look over Aiden's movie review of "Aliens" at their home in Long Beach.
Aiden's geometry work sits on a desk in the "Homework Room."
Aidan works on "Joker and Scarecrows' Toxins," a science essay explaining various poisons and toxins.
Character figurines adorn "The Homework Room" that Aiden shares with his older brother.
Laura Smith and her son Aidan at their home in Long Beach.
Aidan swings in the front yard of his home in Long Beach.