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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 church "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.

World Exchange Foreign Exchange Program

Hi all! We are a local homeschooling family, and I wanted to share with you a wonderful learning opportunity. I have hosted and placed exchange students in Birmingham for several years now. It has been a great experience for my own children to learn about a variety of cultures, and it is a lot of fun. You make a difference in the life of a teenager, and experience a new culture all at the same time. We are seeking families willing to open their homes to students for a semester or academic year. I would love to answer any questions you have or talk to you further about this opportunity if you are interested. We get students from all over the world, and the host family is able to select a student that best fits their circumstances. A good host family can look like a lot of things-no kids, lots of kids, teenaged kids, younger kids-we are mostly looking for families willing to take these students in and treat them like family. Thanks!

Brandy Dahlen

By opening up your heart and your home, you will be giving an exceptional young person the opportunity of a lifetime — to live with your family and experience firsthand the language, customs and culture of our country.

There is no greater opportunity for bright, inquisitive teenagers eager to expand their knowledge and their worlds. In return, your World Heritage exchange student will bring a fresh new outlook on life and a bit of his or her native country into your home.

Of course, one of the primary goals of your World Heritage foreign exchange student will be to master the English language. However, all students are at least conversant in the language before their arrival. Therefore, your exchange student will be able to communicate with you and your family in his or her charming accent. By the end of the year, your student will be speaking our language with fluency, slang and all!

As part of the fun, your family will probably be learning some of your student’s native language as well. This is no small benefit considering the growing importance of foreign languages in these exciting times of international change.