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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.

Short Term or Long Term Homeschooler?

Hey Homeschoolers! I am working on making a resource for new homeschoolers where they ask the questions and veteran homeschoolers 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. Please let me know if you do not want me to include your name in the posting. 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 questions and answers. Please put "Blog Challenge" in the subject line. 

Deb Spradlin
Everest Academy Administrator

Question: What are your homeschooling plans? Are you a short-term homeschooler, or do you plan to homeschool through high school? Why?

My Answer: Definitely long term. I already have one that has graduated and another well on her way. Why? Oh! Let me count the reasons... Got a few hours? In a nutshell...Better environment, better education, better life, happiness, life experiences, freedom... I could go on and on.

I am planning to homeschool until my grandchildren graduate highschool! I don't have grandchildren, of course, but that is just a picture of my commitment. I feel very strongly that my children are getting the best of life right here, at home. My kids are thriving and I am certainly enjoying the journey. When we started this homeschool adventure, I would not have been able to answer this question, but now with a few years under my belt, I'm in it for the long haul. If you asked my children, they would tell you that they want to homeschool through high school. I have one that tells me they want to homeschool through college. I'm pretty sure that tune will change, but I love the attitude! To anyone who's doubting or struggling, hang in there! It just gets better!

Lord willing, I'm planning to homeschool for life.

Definitely through high school. Older daughter graduated this spring. She did very well, was accepted to her “reach” college, and her high school years were a very good time for all of us. Younger daughter, a 10th grader, is on the same path and I’m really looking forward to enjoying the next few years with her before she, too, starts her own life. When my DDs were in 4th and 1st grades, the thought of homeschooling through high school was very intimidating to me. As we completed each year, the idea of homeschooling through high school seemed much more possible and now, having done it once, it seems to me a better route for many, many reasons.

Long termer - simply from God’s direction. I trust in Him to give direction for all homeschooling decisions and He has never let me down. Proverbs 3:5-6