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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.

Student Spotlight: Katie Kratsch

Katherine Leigh Kratsch (Katie to everyone who knows her) is a 2013 high school graduate. She loves reading, writing and everything to do with acting and film making and has been accepted by the New York Film Academy to begin classes in September. She was also just informed that she earned an Honorable Mention in the Huntsville Literary Association's Annual Young Writer's Contest, and that her short story, "The Storm", will be published in an anthology soon available for sale on Amazon. Katie has also been accepted into an eight-week internship with True Adventure Sports in Ft. Payne where she will spend her last summer before leaving for college training in extreme outdoor activities such as zip lining, kayaking, and water rescue. 

Her parents pulled her out of a failing public school in her 8th grade year to begin homeschooling her and have had the privilege of watching her blossom into a young lady who just can't get enough of learning. She spends most of her time attending classes at Lion's Gate Christian Academy, Acting Up acting school, YMCA Youth in Legislature (where she has attended statewide mock trial and youth legislature competitions in Montgomery for the last five years, and was offered the chance to represent Alabama in the national competition this year) and Calhoun Community College, where she has already completed almost all of her General Studies college prerequisites. She also loves spending time with her four little siblings (three sisters and one brother), who will miss her sorely when she goes away to college, as we all will.

If you have an Everest Academy student you would like to spotlight, please send a brief write up along with a picture to Deb Spradlin at everestacademy1@gmail.com.