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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off cover school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Secular Homeschooling Questionaire

Are you a secular homeschooler? What does that mean? Secular homeschooling just basically means that you are homeschooling for reasons other than religious.

Note from Tiffany Manley ~

I’ve just started writing an eBook on secular-friendly homeschool resources. I’ve got a questionnaire I’ve been asking homeschoolers to fill out for a little market research.


For more information, please contact Tiffany Manley at tiffany.manley@hotmail.com.

Huntsville & Harvest Guitar/Bass Lessons

Guitar/Bass Lessons by Mike McAlister
$80 per month, 1 - 30 minute private lesson per week
Two locations:
Huntsville at Railroad Bazaar
Harvest in our Studio
For more information visit: www.studio144.net
or call Mike at 256-679-9342.
We love homeschoolers!
Current 2011 spots available: 
Monday - 2:30 - Huntsville
Tuesday - 1:00, 1:30 and 2:00, 3:00, and 6:00 - Harvest
Wednesday - 6:00 - Harvest
Thursday - 12:30 - Huntsville
Friday - 2:30, 3:00, 4:30 - Huntsville
Saturday - 8:00, 9:30, 10:30 - Harvest

Waiting for Superman

Every morning, in big cities, suburbs and small towns across America, parents send their children off to school with the highest of hopes. But a shocking number of students in the United States attend schools where they have virtually no chance of learning--failure factories likelier to produce drop-outs than college graduates. And despite decades of well-intended reforms and huge sums of money spent on the problem, our public schools haven't improved markedly since the 1970s. Why? There is an answer. And it's not what you think. From "An Inconvenient Truth" director Davis Guggenheim comes "Waiting for 'Superman'", a provocative and cogent examination of the crisis of public education in the United States told through multiple interlocking stories--from a handful of students and their families whose futures hang in the balance, to the educators and reformers trying to find real and lasting solutions within a dysfunctional system. Tackling such politically radioactive topics as the power of teachers' unions and the entrenchment of school bureaucracies, Guggenheim reveals the invisible forces that have held true education reform back for decades. --7copy; Paramount

Karate

Gardendale Homeschool Karate Class
Monday/Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Peachtree Crossing Dojo
6521 Peachtree Blvd.
Gardendale, AL. 35071
Japan International Karate Center 

Pricing:    
$65/month one child (or $150 for 3 months)
$110/month 2 in the same family

$145/month 3 or more in the same family

You are able to go to any of their Dojos as many times a week as you would like. 

For more information or to sign up, please contact Sharla Foy at 205-616-5715 or stamperAL@yahoo.com


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NE Alabama: COMPASS Support Group

Compass Homeschool Support Group E-Newsletter

COMPASS Christian Home Educators of NE Alabama is a support group for home educators in Etowah, Marshall, DeKalb, Cherokee, Blount, Talladega, St. Clair and Calhoun counties. We are open to all families, regardless of cover school affiliation. Our membership fee for the 2013-14 school year is still a bargain at only $5. COMPASS Support Group Newsletters can be picked up from Rainbow City Library and Gadsden Public Library.

Check out the new COMPASS website and calendar~

Request to join us on Facebook:

Check your AL Compass Yahoo group to plan or post events and communicate with other homeschoolers. (Yahoo group for members only)

Thanks,
Jan

Performance Arts FREE Program

MARTIN HAMES ARTS MENTORING PROGRAM



Students excel with our mentoring program
The Alys Stephens Center has developed an Arts Mentoring Program to introduce middle school and high school students to the arts. Local artists and arts educators serve as volunteer mentors and are paired with students to attend specific performances throughout the Alys Stephens Center's Season.

Students will participate in facilitated group discussions ("Talk Backs") immediately following each performance, and on occasion will have the chance to meet the guest artists. This unique arts learning experience is designed to create a safe environment in which to discuss and share ideas, values, and feelings, which the arts stir, and to encourage leadership and critical thinking.

In addition, the group discussions enable students to interact with professionals in the field. This year-long program will culminate in a final event for participants, parents, and mentors. For more information, call (205) 934-6012 or contact Heath Mixon at heathmix@uab.edu.

Mobile: Classically Homeschooled Classes

Mobile CLASSICALLY HOMESCHOOLED 
2011‐2012

A Christ Centered Academic Program Offering Challenging Courses in a Nurturing Environment
Grades 1st -12th

Accomplished Christian Instructors

Classes held Fridays at Dauphin Baptist Church
September-May

We have openings in the following classes this fall:
HS Honors American Literature and Honors World Literature
HS Honors American History and Honors World Geography
HS Honors Apologia Chemistry
Elem, MS and HS Spanish I and II
MS Literature and Basic Writing I
Youth Bible Drill
Elem, MS and HS Spanish I and II
Elem Guitar and Youth Guitar
Children’s Choir /Musical
ACT Math Prep
Studio Art A
HS Honors Apologia Chemistry
For registration information go to our website or contact Martha Benton:

Or 

Bessemer YMCA PE Program




Bessemer Homeschool P.E. Classes at Bessemer Legacy Y on Wednesdays 1-3pm for ages 5 and up.  Phone – (205) 426-1211.  Dress: All students need to wear athletic shoes.  Flip-flops / sandals or dress shoes will not be permitted.  Shorts, sweats or jogging clothes are necessary to do all activities.  Join other homeschoolers at the Homeschool P.E. program at the Legacy YMCA in Bessemer. This program is offered every Wednesday from 1 -3 pm. Meet in the gym for a few minutes of warm-up before breaking into groups. This program offers group skills activities, sports, aerobics, weight training, swimming and making lots of new friends. All students are asked to wear athletic shoes as well as shorts, sweats or jogging clothes. It is also important to be on time as the kids split up into groups based on age (younger vs. older) shortly after 1 pm. The minimum age requirement is 5 yrs of age. Registration is required one week prior to the new month and a $10 late fee will be assessed for payment after the deadline. You may register with Legacy's Athletic Director Chris Bateh at 426-1211 or cbateh@legacyymca.org. Legacy's location is 1501 4th Avenue S.W. Bessemer, AL  35022.


Homeschool PE August 1st with the first class being September 7th. Please help me spread the word. We need at least 30 kids to have the class.


Cost:

Members - $20 per month($5 for each additional child)

Non-Members - $35 per month
($5 for each additional child)

Ages 5 and up


Class meets every Wednesday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Leeds: Piano & Keyboard Lessons

Piano and Keyboard Lessons!
Parnell Piano Studio
Leeds, AL
Bethany Parnell, Piano and Keyboard Instructor
NOW ACCEPTING STUDENTS!
BEGINNER – INTERMEDIATE, AGE 6 – ADULT
REGISTER TODAY!!!

$35 Registration fee covers lesson and theory books for the year, studio notebook and supplies, yearly lab fee, and registration processing. When paid it secures your lesson day and time.
**Monthly Tuition = $80/4-5 weekly 30 minute lessons**


Bethany Parnell has 14 years personal piano experience; 7 years keyboard experience; and 2 years experience in piano and keyboard instruction.  Her new in-home piano studio offers a safe, comfortable, fun environment to share the gift of music with children and adults.  For more information about Bethany and Parnell Piano Studio please call, email, or visit the Parnell Piano Studio page on Facebook! 

Register Today!!

Student Spotlight: Zachary Khan



2009/2010 Graduation Speech
~Zachary Khan~

Zachary was the 2010 Everest Academy Valedictorian and is currently attending UAB on a full scholarship (plus stipend). 

Good Evening Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen and the Graduating Class of 2010. First I would like to say WE DID IT!              When I was asked to do this speech I thought it would be impossible.  As a Senior class we are unique in that we have not spent our school years with each other.  There are no memories that bond us together.  However, we are brought here tonight with something in common – one chapter of our life is ending and other is beginning.

I do know change is inevitable. As we stand on the brink of moving into life beyond high school change will be inevitable! It is inevitable and indeed gratifying to know that we have matured and became skills proficient ready to tackle and further our life-long education. It is inevitable that structures and processes and relationships will change in our day-to-day lives. It is inevitable that we will face new challenges and it is indeed inevitable that things may seem a little different in the years ahead. Yes, life is definitely going to become different. 

But as we look back this evening on a journey - a journey that started out with hesitant, tentative steps, we can individually see just how far we have come. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my mother for her encouragement and her commitment to see me successful in all that I attempt.  Her love for me has made a huge difference in my life.  I would also like to thank my brother William for his love and support.  William I thank you for influencing my life in such a positive way.  To my Pastors – Larry and Sandy Ragland – thank you for giving me a church that has impacted my life in a wonderful way.  Just as I have taken this opportunity to thank some important people in my life, it is my hope that my fellow students would do the same. 

It is also my hope that the older generation will see the future seems destined to be in capable hands. It appears the graduating Class of 2010 has achieved exceptional things, perhaps too many to highlight or to single out.  I am comfortable saying that I believe that the vast majority of Everest Academy students strove to achieve their potential, they aimed high, they set their goals and I believe they not only achieved them, but in fact surpassed them.

So fellow students, as you face and tackle the inevitable changes, hold true to yourself. Remember to hold onto your value system, develop a good work ethic but most importantly hold tight to your humanity. It is these qualities that will guide you further on your journey as you leave here this afternoon. 

Today's achievements may fade or even be forgotten. The applause may become a distant memory and our diplomas and awards may gather dust on a shelf or in a drawer. But, we can leave here this afternoon full of faith and hope for the future that is ahead.  It is with great honor I leave you with this scripture from the book of Numbers Chapter 6 verses 24 thru 26:  God bless you and keep you.  God smile on you and gift you, God look you full in the face and make your prosper.  Thank you.

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller graduated from Everest Academy on May 27, 2011 as the 2011 Everest Academy Salutatorian.  

~A note about Elizabeth from her mom, Jennifer Fuller.

Elizabeth applied to 3 schools. She was looking for a smaller private school. All three schools she applied to she was accepted at.

She applied to Colorado Christian University, and was rewarded a scholarship. She also applied to Bethel University in TN. Bethel invited her to compete for a scholarship, as they don’t just hand them out, but invite qualified applicants to compete for them.

She has chosen to go to Stetson University, in Deland, Florida, where she also received a Faculty scholarship, which will cover a little over half of her cost of attendance.

None of these schools ever questioned anything we submitted as homeschoolers. I included a short letter with her transcripts stating that we are homeschoolers.  For CCU, they required a letter about her spiritual life from a minister. For Stetson she also submitted an essay, though it was not required. She did take both the ACT & SAT, though all three schools only required one or the other.

We have been homeschooling since Elizabeth started 2nd grade. We are much more on the unschooling side. I really believe they learn better from living life and having experiences more than reading text books and memorizing dates and facts. It is more important that they know how to find the answers. We have tried to allow our children to be exposed to as many opportunities as we could. We have always been big on volunteering and helping others. Elizabeth has been a part of theater communities both in our church as well as in the Birmingham community. She has had regular conversations with all sorts of people, from all over the world. She has worked with both young children as well as senior citizens. She has volunteered in organizations both within a Christian environment as well in the secular community.