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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: Noah Wentworth

Noah Curtis Wentworth, who will represent the Everest Academy class of 2013 as its salutatorian, has been homeschooled since birth and has been with Everest Academy since his freshman year in high school. It was apparent early in Noah’s life that traditional school would not be the best option for him. Noah began reading at 18 months and by 5 years old was reading novels extensively. Weekly library visits were a necessity in his elementary years, and by the time he was in junior high school library visits numbered at least 3 times a week to get more books. He has been involved with Hoover Library’s Summer Reading Program as a participant and volunteer for the last 13 years. Noah’s great love of reading made it difficult for him early on to focus on just one passion. He seemed to love everything he read and “what he wanted to be when he grew up” changed regularly. At various times he has wanted to be a paleontologist, an entomologist, an astronaut, a writer, an actor, a video game programmer, a librarian and a cartoonist, as well as numerous other things.  Homeschooling has allowed Noah to pursue each passion, not only through reading, but also through exploration, travel and participation in opportunities geared at these interests.  Noah has been to science museums, zoos and art museums all across the United States.  He has participated in many of Everest Academy’s clubs to include: Drama, Yearbook, Art Appreciation, iServe, Outdoor Adventure and NovelTeen, a teen writing group that he started himself. He is currently taking ballroom dance, piano, and German lessons. He is in his second year of art instruction at Space One Eleven Gallery in downtown Birmingham as a high school art scholarship recipient. He has been involved with the Alys Stephens Center’s Martin Hames Mentoring Program for the last 3 years. He has been a movie extra, taken a glass blowing class, begun writing a novel, and is currently working on an on-line collaborative historical fiction project. With his family, he has visited over 200 National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, Landmarks and Historic Sites. Homeschooling has allowed Noah to actively pursue the things that interest him most and shift gears whenever those interests have changed. He has been able to succeed and fail in those pursuits, and now as his high school career comes to a close he has definite goals and ideas about his future.  

Upon graduating from Everest Academy, Noah plans to attend college and major in art to pursue a career in graphic arts. He is considering a minor or double major in languages. He qualified for academic scholarships at every college he showed an interest in, which included the University of Alabama, Montevallo, UAB, Troy, and Jacksonville State. After visiting campuses, reviewing offers and weighing compatibility options, Noah has chosen to attend Jacksonville State University in the fall. Noah has received from JSU a full 4 year academic scholarship to include tuition and books. He was also accepted into the Honors Program at JSU. Noah is looking forward to the new experiences that college will hold for him, including a trip to Germany after the successful completion of his first semester of college.

Do you have a student you would like to spotlight?  If so, please send a picture along with a short write up to Deb Spradlin at everestacademy1@gmail.com .