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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.

Death of 10-year-old involved in school fight declared a homicide

Fifth-grade student Joanna Ramos died last week after an altercation with a female classmate in Long Beach, California.
Fifth-grade student Joanna Ramos died last week after an altercation with a female classmate in Long Beach, California.

  • 10-year-old girl fights with classmate in an alley and dies at hospital six hours later
  • Authorities: Fight between girls lasted less than one minute; weapons not involved
  • Grief counselors helping instructors and students at Willard Elementary

Opinion from Deb - This is awful...just awful!  I'm not saying that this can only happen to a child enrolled in a public and/or private school system, but it sure is a lot more likely...  Just one more reason to homeschool.

Post originated here.  
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Officials have ruled the death of a 10-year-old girl who got into a fight last week to be a homicide, authorities said Monday.
Joanna Ramos, a fifth-grade student at Willard Elementary School, died of blunt force trauma to the head six hours after an altercation with a female classmate that lasted less than a minute, said Long Beach Police spokesman Sgt. Rico Fernandez.
Authorities have identified the other girl, who is 11, as well as several onlookers, and they are continuing to investigate what happened.
"There are several accounts of what transpired based on interviews with witnesses, but we have not concluded the precise motive," Fernandez said.
In a statement, police said Ramos and her unidentified classmate had challenged each other to a planned fight when their school session ended Friday. "The two girls met in a nearby alley next to a church and began hitting each other," Fernandez said.
The fight was brief, and no weapons were involved, authorities said.
According to Long Beach Unified School District spokesman Chris Eftychiou, Ramos finished her regular school session at 2:12 p.m. Friday and was supposed to remain on campus to begin her scheduled after-school program at 2:30.
"We believe the altercation occurred during that 15-minute window because she apparently left and returned for the session, which involves help with homework and academic-related activity," said Eftychiou.
After the fight, the girls left and went their separate ways.
Ramos stayed in the afternoon session for about an hour but did not exhibit obvious signs of physical trauma, said Eftychiou. "When she did complain of not feeling well, her cousin picked her up, but we had no indication she was involved in an altercation," he said.
"Only when she was at the hospital did we get word about the altercation, and there is no indication that bullying was a factor," said Eftychiou.
Once the investigation and autopsy are complete, the findings will be turned over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for review and to determine whether charges will be filed in the case.
No arrests have been made, authorities said.
On Monday, grief counselors were brought into Willard Elementary to assist instructors and students. "It was a somber day," said Eftychiou.
Ramos had been enrolled at the school for about a year and a half, he said.

Diploma Requirements

Graduation Information
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*Please note that graduates can graduate at any time during the year.  We offer an optional Graduation Ceremony in May.  

If you have a specific college in mind, you should check with them on their entrance requirements to make sure you have all of the needed credits!!!

Everest Academy offers three levels of graduating diplomas to our homeschoolers. Work may be done using whatever resources you deem the most appropriate as long as it is high-school level material.  Some avenues to explore are work studies, job shadowing, text books, Internet, correspondence studies, dual enrollment with a local college, and satellite.

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Go!  We will generate and send you a copy of your official Everest Academy Transcript along with your diploma and padded cover!


How to Award Credits  

Standard Diploma:
There are three different means by which you may earn your Standard Diploma:
  • Earning the following credits
  • or
  • ACT score of at least 20
  • or
  • Passing Grade on the GED
Credits Required
 TOTAL: 23 credits

Academic Diploma:
Credits Required
Courses Required
Algebra 1           
US History & World History
Total:  24 credits

Advanced College Prep:  
Credits Required
Courses Required
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry
US History, World History,
1/2 credit each of Government and Economics     
Highly Recommended:  Foreign Language, Chemistry, Computer Skills, and Literature
 Total:  26 credits



Suggested electives include:  Health, Driver's Education, Typing

Electives may include but are not limited to:  Grammar, Composition, Business English, Vocabulary, Creative Writing, Literature, Earth Science, Biology, Pathology, Anatomy, Physical Science, General Science, Nutrition, Child Care, Parenting Skills, Home Economics,  Sewing, Culinary Studies, Human Behavior, Criminal Justice, Ecology, Psychology, Chemistry, Word Processing, Computer Programming, Woodworking, Automotive, Volunteering, Shop, Choir, SAT/ACT Prep, Wilderness Survival, Environment Study, Photography, Native American Studies, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Consumer Math, Business Math, Drafting, CAD, Elementary Statistics, Accounting, General Math, Basic Math, Fine Arts, Music Theory, Music Classes, Theater, Speech, Financial Management, CPR/First Aid, PE, Sign language, Latin Studies, Band, Sports, Theology, Interior Decorating, Cosmetology, Photography, Art History, World History, Ancient Civilizations, Religion, Bible, Geography, Social Studies, Sociology, Economics, Government, Military History, European History, Aviation History, America History, and many more.  

Traditionally Driver's Education, Economics, Government, and Health are worth 1/2 credit. 

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Diploma Requirement Check List
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Pinson Valley Student Arrested With Loaded Gun

Just another reason why I homeschool....  This seems to be an increasingly common occurrence across the country.

Article found at Al.com:  Feb. 3, 2012 PINSON, Alabama - A Pinson Valley High School student was arrested after school officials found a loaded semi-automatic pistol in his backpack, authorities said today.

Jefferson County sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Christian gave this account: the 15-year-old student on Friday forgot his book bag when changing classes and another student turned it in to the school office. When the student came to the office looking for his bag, he appeared highly anxious and nervous.

School administrators searched the book bag and found the loaded gun inside. The student claimed the bag as his own, however he denied any knowledge of the gun.

Deputies called to investigate learned the student had been seen with the gun by others.

The student was arrested for carrying a pistol without a license and taken to the Jefferson County Youth Detention Facility.

"Our young people are in school to get an education, grow socially and mature into a productive member of society. There is certainly no valid reason to be armed," Christian said. " It's just a ridiculous choice to make, even for a 15-year-old. Ridiculous."

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Cindy and I have been homeschooling since 1991. We have 13 children and all have been homeschooled. Most of all, we are believers in Jesus Christ and you can check out our statement of faith on our website.
- In the Vine, Jim & Cindy 

What is salt? Salt is what we Christians are supposed to be in the world: distinctive, loving, and pure. Our Christian faith should impact every part of our life and our life should impact our families first and then the world. SALT then, is about encouraging and inspiring Christians in living their faith.

SALT Magazine contains articles meant to uplift, inspire and even challenge the believer. It addresses many topics including family, marriage, quiverfull-related, education and politics. While we pray SALT may be a blessing to everyone who reads it, we also believe we who are teaching our children at home, allowing God to determine the size of our families, and who pursue a way of finding a spouse that protects and promotes the purity of our children, need to be encouraged as we travel the path less traveled. We hope it fulfills this purpose as well.

ACT Newsletter: February

ACT Parent
 February 2012
Welcome to ACT Parent, a monthly newsletter designed to help you help your children succeed in middle school and high school as they prepare for college and careers.
To better serve you, please contact us to suggest topic ideas or to offer feedback. We want to hear from you. Email us at actparent@act.org.

*19 Financial Aid Questions to Ask

Here's an ideal scenario: You completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), received your SAR (Student Aid Report) and think your child's first-choice college will send a letter of acceptance! There's just one problem — you're not sure you have enough money to finance that dream education.

Understanding the financial aid process can be hard, and you may not know where to turn for answers. The financial aid section of each college's website is a good starting point. If you don't find answers there, call the financial aid office. Here are 19 questions to ask:
  1. What types of financial assistance do you offer: need-based, merit-based or both?
  2. Can you provide an early estimate of what our financial aid award might be?
  3. If we don't qualify for need-based aid, what alternative financing options are available?
  4. What percentage of your student population receives financial aid?
  5. How much does an average student owe on student loans when he/she graduates?
  6. What forms are needed in order to apply?
  7. When are financial aid applications due?
  8. What costs for my student are considered by the financial aid office? For example, does the aid just take into account tuition, room, board and transportation? What about additional expenses such as books, fees, computers and personal expenses?
  9. What is included in the comprehensive fee? For example, do students have to pay extra for computer time or to attend campus events (concerts, plays, films, lectures, athletic events, etc.)?
  10. When will we be notified about the amount of assistance we can expect?
  11. Does the institution have an appeal process to review special circumstances?
  12. Is there a commitment for financial assistance beyond the first year?
  13. If not, how and when do we apply for financial assistance after the first year?
  14. What grants, loans and work-study opportunities does the college offer?
  15. How long does it typically take a student to graduate from this college? Four years or longer?
  16. What impact do scholarships from outside sources have on other financial aid?
  17. Can we apply financial aid toward an off-campus study program, either in the U.S. or another country?
  18. What happens if our family's financial situation changes substantially during the school year?
  19. Are there payment options available, such as monthly or quarterly?

*Test Taking Tips

Your child may get good grades, may be a fantastic athlete, an avid reader, or paint beautiful pictures, but when it comes to tests, you want to make sure that test scores reflect his or her true abilities.

As a parent, you worry. Relax. Then be proactive. There are steps you can take to help your child — no matter what his or her age — succeed. In fact, ACT has the same message for everyone: Encourage your child to take the toughest classes offered and to work hard. For more information, check out theBenefits of a High School Core Curriculum.

Unlike other tests, the ACT actually tests what's been learned in the classroom, so most students will find the questions familiar. To best prepare your student for both college and career, here's what you can do:
  1. Reinforce that it's critical to pursue a core curriculum, including four years of English, at least three years of mathematics, three years of science and three years of social studies.
  2. Read to your child as much as possible and encourage your teenager to continue reading.
  3. Help your teen set a benchmark score goal for each section of the ACT.
  4. Tell your student to take advantage of ACT's free test preparation materials includingPreparing for the ACTPractice Test Questions, and Test Descriptions.
  5. Periodically review Tips for Taking the ACT.
Finally, remember that colleges look for more than a score. They want applicants who have talents and passions and who work hard. Grades, volunteering, personal essays and extracurricular activities are important components of the college application process. Colleges want diversity in their student body — diversity of ideas, of backgrounds, of regions, and of experiences.

*Who Takes the ACT?

Most students who take the ACT are juniors and seniors. Here's how the other numbers break down:

*EOS: How It Can Help Your Student

When registering for the ACT, your student will be asked whether he or she would like to receive information from colleges and scholarship agencies about educational, scholarship, career, and financial aid opportunities. Checking the box for this Educational Opportunity Service (EOS) is optional. But the majority of students choose to take part. In fact, 88% of the 2011 high school graduates participated in EOS on at least one test date.

If your student checks the box, he or she authorizes ACT to send information (name, address, gender, high school, email address, date of birth, year of high school graduation, racial/ethnic background, and intended college major) to colleges, scholarship organizations, ACT, and other organizations so they may contact your student about programs that they may be interested in exploring. A student's test scores and Social Security number are not reported. All organizations that receive this information have agreed to use it only for this purpose.

*Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program

Now is the time to nominate great volunteers, ages 6 to 18. Top winners receive $10,000 each. Nominate now through March 15; nominators must be 21 or older. For more information, please visit the scholarship site.

*News Your Child Can Use

ACT is offering a valuable free resource to keep your child "in the know." "News You Can Use" provides high school students with key deadlines, college planning information and valuable resources they'll really appreciate. It's also written specifically for teenagers. Your son or daughter can easily sign up for the monthly publication by clicking here.

*2011–2012 ACT Test Dates

Test DateRegistration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline
April 14, 2012March 9, 2012March 10-23, 2012
June 9, 2012May 4, 2012May 5-18, 2012
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See also:

ACT's Information for Parents
Financial Aid
College Search