I graduated high school with top honors in math, science, and just about everything else. Straight A's all of the time. I was a leading student with fantastic projects and inventions. I went to college and did the same thing, but didn't finish because of illness. (which is why I started writing and building websites)
My girlfriend is one of the people who is intelligent but doesn't do well with a physical school. She made great grades and everything, but switched to homeschooling so she could teach herself the things she wanted to learn. She's so far ahead of her peers in her age range because of that choice.
Of course, experience and schooling are both equally important. You don't need a physical building to learn though. Learning is something you should always do and take with you everywhere you go. Read books, do your own projects, study what you love, and continue to expand your mind. So many folks go to school and forget what they know. That's a lot of money spent on nothing.