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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.

Student Spotlight: Katie Lindelow Koon


Kathleen Anne Lindelow Koon, known as Kat to her friends, will graduate with the 2013 class of Everest Academy. We started homeschooling as Kat started fourth grade and we were living in Pittsburgh, PA.  Part of the reason we decided to homeschool was so that our family could travel with Dad as he visited interesting places for his job. As a result, Kat has had a chance to travel in Europe several different times, visiting much of southern Germany; England; Barcelona, Spain; brief visits to Luxembourg and Belgium; and she has been in France and Austria. She enjoyed traveling to Germany by herself at age 14 and spent two weeks visiting a girlfriend and attending her German school. She’s also traveled to Canada, visiting Niagara Falls and Vancouver, British Columbia; and she’s visited parts of Mexico twice.  These travels expanded Kat’s horizons, made history much more real (imagine walking on roads the Romans built –in Germany, England, and in Spain) and walking up the same steps in Barcelona that Christopher Columbus did when he returned to Spain to tell the king and queen about this “new world” he’d discovered!

Kat has done well with her high school studies which have included online classes, self-study, dual-enrollment at Calhoun Community College, taking AP-English, and classes through a local co-op. Through Red Cross programs, she received certification as a lifeguard and in first aid. Kat has volunteered in numerous areas around the Huntsville area, including playing games with residents of an 
assisted living center, rebuilding fences at Burritt on the Mountain, packing lunches for the homeless, and being a teacher’s assistant with younger children at the co-op. Kat has been an active member of the Huntsville Homeschool Prom Planning Committee since its inception in 2009 and designed the 2013 prom t-shirts. She enjoys keeping fit and competes in 5K runs around the Huntsville area (and one in Florida so far).

One of Kat’s joys is her rescued black lab, Mia. Kat and Mia attended obedience and agility classes through Huntsville Obedience Training Club for two years. Mia is Kat’s shadow and obeys her “mom” 
without fail. Mia will be getting to know the rest of the family better once Kat heads to college in August.

This fall, Kat will be attending the University of Central Florida in Orlando, majoring in Criminal Justice, and joining the Air Force ROTC program. In addition to UCF, Kat applied to Florida Atlantic University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Alabama, and University of West Florida. She has been accepted at all five universities, and has been offered to join the Honors Program at two.