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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.

Bham: Tutoring Service for Math, Language & Writing

For more information, please contact Angela Cellitti at (205) 567-3010.

A’s with Angela

Alabama certified teacher, Master’s Degree
15 years experience, all subjects
Hands-on strategies and Multi-sensory methods
Rates vary per session depending on grade-level
Math disciplines: Elementary Math through Pre-Calculus
Language and Writing, All grade levels (including college)
Pre-pay 7 sessions, get one session FREE

I will be happy to meet at a location convenient for your family, including your home.
Grade levels
Kindergarten & 1st, any subject
$35 per 1/2 hour session
limit 3 sessions per week
2nd - 4th grade, any subject
$50 per one hour session
minimum 1 session per week
5th - 8th grade, any subject
$60 per one hour session
minimum 1 session per week
9th - 12th grade, any subject(limit through Precalculus for math)
$65 per one hour session
minimum 2 sessions per week
STUDY SESSIONS (i.e. ACT, SAT, Grad Exam, etc)
$75 per week
3 total sessions up to 1 1/2 hrs each
STUDY SESSIONS (i.e. ACT, SAT, Grad Exam, etc)
$115 per week
5 total sessions up to 1 hr each
Adult Education (including GED, remediation, etc.)
$75 per week
3 total sessions up to 1 1/2 hrs each
Adult Education (including GED, remediation, etc.)
$115 per week
5 total sessions up to 1 1/2 hrs each
English Language Learning
$65 per week
3 total sessions up to 1 hrs each
English Language Learning
$100 per week
5 total sessions up to 1 hr each

A’s with Angela Math Workshops for Kids
Each session should have between 10 and 16 registrants/ students; however, I will hold sessions for fewer students at a slightly higher rate per student. If more than one session is schedule for that day, your families will receive a discounted rate as noted on the chart below. 

The Math Patterns workshop is a scientifically research-based program that requires students to develop strengths and build on them at any academic level. They will be required to work collaboratively within the group to problem-solve and use mathematic reasoning to prove their answers. Children and adults alike have a lot of fun during the workshop because they are permitted to discuss their thinking with one another, use math manipulatives to prove their reasoning, and develop a portfolio to document their growth in math.

Number of students per session
Number of sessions
Less than 10
$60/ student
Less than 10
2 or more
$55/ student
10 to 16
$45/ student
10 to 16
$40/ student
10 to 16
$30/ student

Pelham: Homeschool Dance Classes

We just wanted to let you know that our dance studio offers classes for Home Schoolers in the Birmingham, Metro-South area. We have served students for 40 years from all over the state. Please see our web site for classes and schedules at www.grebeldance.com.

You may download a brochure online. We are flexible in developing classes and times. Our instruction begins by age, and later by ability. We would like to have at least 4 people in a class for the classes to meet.

We also are home to the Alabama Youth Ballet Company, a non-profit educational dance program for children ages 9-19, offering pre-professional instruction, training and performances. www.alabamayouthballet.info

Please call, or reply, if you are interested and would like more information.

Kindest regards,
Stevan and Deborah Grebel
The Stevan Grebel Center for Dance
102 Commerce Parkway
Pelham, AL 35124

Gardendale: Homeschool Tennis Lessons

Homeschool Tennis Lessons 

Location:  Gardendale Park & Recreation, 2109 Moncrief Road, Gardendale, AL 35071 
*There is a nearby Kiddie Park, where  younger children can play.              

If interested, please contact Marie Zassoda   mariezassoda@yahoo.com  

Ongoing, Warrior: Homeschool Dance Class

A Time To Dance, a Christian dance studio in Warrior, AL, is offering homeschool dance classes for younger students and for teens.  Monthly tuition for either class will be $30 a month. August tuition will be due at the first day of class. We offer sibling discounts of $10.   Facebook Page

  • Teen Hip Hop Class - Friday mornings at 10:45 A.M. Music will be Christian, such as Toby Mac, etc.
  • Younger Kids - Friday mornings from 9:30-10:15 A.M These classes will be combo classes(tap/ballet).  Dancers will have the opportunity to perform on stage at our mini Christmas Show and at the end of the year recital in May. Each dancer will need to purchase a costume for the May recital. The deadline for recital costume money will be mid November. Costumes for this class are $100 and that will include 2 skirts, one leotard, head piece, and tights.

In the spring, the younger class will be selling ads for our recital programs. We will have a picture day at our studio to take pictures for these programs. We ask that each dancer sell/buy at least one ad. Siblings will be able to have their pictures made together. There is a recital fee for the May recital which will be due at the 1st of May. It is $90 and that includes May tuition, recital t-shirt, and armband for mom to get in the recital.

For more information, please call 205-266-3523

Thanks, Kassidy Wingo and Kourtny Teer

Bham: Homeschool Music Classes

LifeChurch Birmingham
5567 Chalkville Mnt Road
Bham, AL

Wanted to provide some into that I thought you might share with your group. Here is the link: http://understandingworship.com/2012/08/18/worship-school-coming-soon/ (We will have a different site open soon) But following is the info to share! Thanks so much.

OUR GOAL IS SIMPLE:  to help your child discover the creative ability that God has put into ALL of us…and to direct that ability to the local worship stage.  We offer more than a music, dance or art class; instead, we work on stage development, worship arts and instruction, dramatic and arts creativity, and more.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us @ 205.213.1205

Life After Homeschooling

Hey Veteran Homeschoolers!  I am working on making a resource for new homeschoolers where they ask the questions and you give the answers.  My goal is to provide advice, resources, and most of all to show that there is more than one way of doing things.  

Please contact me with your answer to the following question.  I have already included answers that folks sent me on Facebook.  I will not add your name, so feel comfortable in speaking freely.  Please give as much info as possible including links, details, explanations, etc...  I will add your answers to this page so that new homeschoolers will have a resource to refer back to again and again.

You can contact me at everestacademy1@gmail.com with your answer.

Deb Spradlin
Everest Academy Administrator

Today has been bittersweet. My oldest moved into his college dorm today. He is only 20 minutes from home at UAB, but was required to live in a dorm for his first year because he was awarded a scholarship. He is also in the Honors Program at UAB. We had no issues with entering UAB, receiving the scholarship, or the Honors Program. I would love to hear from other homeschoolers who have graduated one of their children. What was life like after graduation for your child? College? Scholarships? Job? Military? Please tell us about your experience as a homeschooler entering into one of these arenas, the application process, etc. Any issues? 


It is bitter sweet. I am happy to see her flying on her own, but still a shift in family life. We have not had problems with the application process and since she dual enrolled last year at the local Community College its not all that big of a change for her. She is attending Madison School of Massage. She was also accepted at Calhoun Community College. We had all along decided to go the Community College route first, but they did not have a Massage curriculum, so we took another avenue.

I know Sonya's two oldest daughters graduated through Everest in the past couple of years and went on to make the Dean's List at college.

I have 3 who have graduated from homeschool. One went to Jeff State with a full scholarship, my son went into the Army, and killed his ASFAB, the other just graduated this year... It is great to see them move onto the things in life they feel called to do, and mature into such amazing adults, but, with each graduate, my home is a little more quiet, and a little more empty... which is as you said.. bittersweet.

I was homeschooled, went to college, joined the Army, and am now out and homeschooling my two kids. I never had any issues with applications - in fact, the university I ended up attending looked very favorably upon my "life experience" when I applied (granted, this was 12 years ago, but I'm hoping it still holds true.) I got the impression that, had I not attended college first, the Army might have had an issue with the homeschooling, but my college transcripts covered that. And, if I remember correctly, the DoD recently moved homeschoolers from one tier to another in terms of recruiting preference (traditionally schooled recruits used to be favored over homeschoolers, but *believe* they've changed that.) 
~Deb's response to this: Thanks for your response. You are correct. Homeschoolers are now viewed as a Tier 1 when entering the military. We have had several Everest students enter the military; HOWEVER, I have found the ease of the acceptance depends on the recruiter. I would suggest if you have issues with one recruiter, find another one.

UNA in Florence was very happy to accept Evan, as was NWSCC when he decided that a community college closer to home (literally just a few blocks) worked better for a couple of semesters. He took the ACT and blew it out of the water. I made a very honest transcript (our covering did not offer one, but I had no questions about the one I used.) They were very impressed when talking with him and commented several times on his maturity and good manners. Absolutely no problems whatsoever at admission, and the admissions officers at both institutions commented very favorably on homeschoolers in general.

Having been a homeschooled teenager, I *highly* recommend the community college route. I graduated high school at 16 and I knew I wasn't (socially) ready to go off to a 4-year school, so I did two years at our local community college before I transferred to a university and am *so* glad I did. I never took the ACT/SAT, since I could take a placement test to get into the CC and my 4-year school didn't require it since I graduated with my AA.

My daughter graduated last year and is about to move back to school next weekend for her sophomore year. She had applied to 3 colleges and was accepted with no problem to all three and offered scholarships at all 3. I homeschooled her since she entered 2nd grade all through high school. She did very well her first year.She goes to Stetson University, which is in FL. She also was on the Dean's list both semesters.She has also decided to double major. This is my last year to homeschool, my son is a senior this year, and then I will retire ;-)

Selective Services System

Excerpt from website:  If you are a man ages 18 through 25 and living in the U.S., then you must register with Selective Service. It’s the law. According to law, a man must register with Selective Service within 30 days of his 18th birthday. Selective Service will accept late registrations but not after a man has reached age 26. You may be denied benefits or a job if you have not registered. You can register at any U.S. Post Office and do not need a social security number. When you do obtain a social security number, let Selective Service know. Provide a copy of your new social security number card; being sure to include your complete name, date of birth, Selective Service registration number, and current mailing address; and mail to the Selective Service System, P.O. Box 94636, Palatine, IL 60094-4636.

If you have a social security number, you can register online (click here). It's quick and easy.

What method of homeschooling do you practice?

Hey Veteran Homeschoolers!  I am working on making a resource for new homeschoolers where they ask the questions and you give the answers.  My goal is to provide advice, resources, and most of all to show that there is more than one way of doing things.  

Please contact me with your answer to the following question.  I have already included answers that folks sent me on Facebook.  I will not add your name, so feel comfortable in speaking freely.  Please give as much info as possible including links, details, explanations, etc...  I will add your answers to this page so that new homeschoolers will have a resource to refer back to again and again.

You can contact me at everestacademy1@gmail.com 
with your answer.

Deb Spradlin
Everest Academy Administrator

What method of homeschooling do you practice, how and why? The goal is to show new (and veteran) homeschoolers that there is no one way of doing things. Would love to hear specifics. Feel free to be long winded.

My Answer:  
Some of you may at this point be thinking, "Methods?  I didn't know there were different methods!"  You can find a listing and explanation of some of the the different homeschooling methods here.  My family practices unschooling with a spattering of Charlotte Mason and a structured math using Teaching Textbooks.  Both of my children are avid readers (new development for my youngest - yippee...happy dance!).  We do lots of hands on things such as gardening, canning, composting, nature studies, art, and physical activity such as yoga, martial arts, ballroom dancing, jogging, weight training, etc.  We also attend lots of field trips and local classes such as the Bham Zoo Science Classes, McWane Science Classes, Scrollworks, etc.  We always try to do plenty of volunteering as well.  

I think I am leaning toward eclectic 

I have a 6th grader and a 2nd grader they both use computer based programs that we love! I have found it is easier to teach them individually then together. It makes for a longer day for me but it seems to work better then doing both at the same time. I try to have a few minutes set aside 3 days a week where we come together and have some kind of lesson whether it is reading, art or Bible as a family. I just feel like it makes us closer to have that time to interact as a 'class'. 

We use Switched on Schoolhouse which is computer based. Right up my sons alley. Last year we were very structured and he had to work until he completed assignments for the day but this year we will have a schedule. Work steady from 8-12 and then done for the day. If we have somewhere to go then either the computer goes with us or that work will wait until another day. Also planning more field trips. Last year we were so concerned with him learning what he needed for that "school year" and have come to realize after SAT's that we are so far ahead of the curve that now learning is going to be fun. Letting go of my "brick and mortar" public school mentality. :) 

I call my method Individualization. One child takes half his highschool classes online and uses textbooks and a strict structure for the rest of his classes. Another child is also in highschool but works with unit studies and lapbooks in her classes. Still another child gets most of his middle school education through documentaries and books on tape. The youngest uses a mix of texts and workbooks, documentaries and computer based classes for his elementary school needs. Each child is different, therefore each education is different. 

Unschooling perhaps you could call it.... you name it we use a little of everything. Some days are kind of rigid and others are at the creek doing science. We do not use many texts ... A lot of reading . 

We homeschool M-Th utilizing F for weekly exams play dates and field trips. We homeschool from 9-3 with a 45 minute lunch break and a few 10 minute breaks. We are eclectic. We utilize "A Well Trained Mind" as a foundation, but add and take away to meet our needs. We complete 7 subjects a year utilizing various curriculums, the library, and computer programs. We incorporate creativity and her personal interests. 

This will be our 3rd year. The first year was a combination online curriculum and 2 classes were not. We used the library, books and videos and some TV documentaries for lessons. The second year all classes were online except 1 which was for her foreign language. This year all classes are online. But we still use workbooks the library, videos, etc for fun and also for extra information that may not be in the online curriculum to give more background to subjects, or for practice. We also are involved with 2 support groups. One is a home school group through our church and the other is through our cover school. So the kids can get together to do things like field trips and parties. My daughter is a Senior this year and didn't want to go to public school for high school.   PS I am a blind, home school mom. If I can do it, anyone can! 

We are eclectic Charlotte Masoners! We go to a co-op T & Th. We school at home M 9-1:30, T 9-12, W 9-1:30. We leave Friday for fun or if they don't finish their work. We use the bible & misc books for history, Apologia for science, Mastering Essential Math Skills, WriteShop, Apologia for bible study, footwork for handwriting, and a few other things. You can check out my blog for our complete list. www.sincerelyhome.blogspot.com

Hodgepodge the first few years ;o) Now, Classical Conversations Inc

We use different methods for 2 kids. My 7th grader uses switched on schoolhouse which is computer based. My 4th grader uses abeka curriculum. Doesn't like computer based learning. We school m-w with Thursday as coop day. We also do school on Fri. We school 3 wks on and 1 week off. So far it is working out. 

I had 2 kids who loved to read but 1 son who did not, so to get him interested in history I had him do 2 reports a week on a musician from recent history and long ago history because his passion is music. He needed to tell about what the world was like during that persons life, what was going on as far as wars, government, and events. He still remembers a lot of the details.

Our method is a bit eclectic but we use the Thomas Jefferson Education as our education philosophy. We don't stick to any one method because our children have different needs, sometimes they need more structure sometimes they need more freedom. It changes from child to child, year to year and even within the same day for the same child depending on subject. So we're flexible when it comes to what method we use. When we first started homeschooling we used basically a homeschool in a box method with a set curriculum. The girls hated it. So we found an online curriculum which they loved.. for about 6 months. We finished out the year with that and decided not to renew our subscription. Now we lean more towards literature based education where the children read classics (and yes even for math, The Number Devil is my all time favorite to read with the children).

I have been homeschooling for 5 yeas now. I have two boys, a 7th grader and a 4th grader. My boys do not like to read and they hate formal writing. They are super smart with hands-on activities, games and anything that is made into fun.  We use such a variety of curriculum. I have many, many bookshelves of resources as well as many computer sites that I utilize. My advice is that if it is not fun and interesting for the children, then don't be afraid to change mid-stream. Learning should be a GOOD experience, not a drudgery. I love field trips!  Surf the internet and write down sites that you love so that you can go back to it. Don't spend a ton of money on curriculum that you may or may not enjoy. If you spend a lot then you feel that you HAVE to use it no matter what. Go to thrift stores and yard sales to buy. Also I get a lot of my curriculum off of ebay. You can get slightly used materials that are just as good as the expensive new stuff. It does not take long to get too much curriculum.  I have tried strict schedules, and I have tried being less restrictive. We do well with a middle of the road approach on this. I have torn up my schedules though and just have learned to go with the flow more. Some days we spend hours on one subject and some days we sail through them all. I do school in every room of my house, at the park, outside under the shade tree, whatever it takes! Don't worry about what other people think, and do not compare your self or your kids with others. God made us all individual for a reason.  Also, I use different curriculum for different subjects. For example, I really love Bob Jones Grammar and Writing. I love A Beka curriculum for Health and P. E. I like IXL math on line. I LOVE workbooks! Some of the best Science workbooks that I have used have been from Teacher Created Resources. (I buy these at the Parent Teacher Store in Northport.) Some of my favorite internet sites are : www.spellingcity.com/ , www.IXL.com/,www.gmajormusictheory.org ,apples4theteacher.com, and I love You Tube for videos about Science and History.  We also watch the History Channel and Discovery Channel a lot.   You will have good days and bad days. Don't beat yourself up if it is not going well for a day. Feel free to take a break for a while and come back to it if you are beating your head against the wall. It is better for me to work with my children individually on some things and together on others. I like to do the subjects that are harder for them in the morning when they are fresh. I find that doing heavy work in the evenings is a no no at my house. 

Everest Academy Administrator: Deb Spradlin

Debbi Spradlin
My name is Deb Spradlin, and I am the administrator of Everest Academy.

About our family: I have been married to David, my high school sweetie, for 22 years. I have an 20-year-old and a 14-year-old. We love anything to do with water and are also a martial arts family, with 3 of the 4 members being black belts in one or more of the following arts: Yoshukai, Taekwondo, and Taijutsu. We grow a huge garden in the summer including veggies, herbs, and some fruits. In the past, we have frozen all of our harvest, but a few years ago we decided to try our hand at canning and loved it so much that we will continue to do both freezing and canning. We are very interested in eating clean and learning more everyday about buying organic and/or local.

About our homeschooling: My family has been homeschooling for 11 years, 20 if you count from the time my oldest was born. My oldest is ADHD and initially went to public school, tops on my "regrets list", and graduated in 2011 as the Everest Academy Valedictorian (making a 27 on his ACT - planning to test twice more in hopes of an even better grade) and has been awarded a very nice scholarship to UAB (yeh Dalton!) He is now attending UAB on scholarship, in the UAB Honors Program, and a member of the UAB Student Government.  We are an unschooling family, but my youngest child is currently doing a structured math curriculum at her request. She is a very much a hands-on learner, and we utilize lots of resources to learn including Netflix, workshops, field trips, games, internet links, experiments, mentoring opportunities, camps, traveling, co-ops, gardening, composting, martial arts, camping, library, lapbooking, timelines, etc... We are very hands on and love to get messy with learning!

Deb's contact information: