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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: Sela McDonald UA Early College Ambassador

Everest Academy Students Participate in UA Early College

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sela McDonald, student at Everest Academy Homeschool in McCalla, has been selected to serve as a 2013-2014 UA Early College ambassador. Sela joins over 1,000 students across the United States who are earning college credit at a four-year university while remaining in high school. The program offers students an opportunity to earn college credits online, by distance, while still in high school. 

High school students can earn up to a full year of college credit through UA Early College while remaining in high school.  

“UA Early College is designed to accommodate high school students’ busy schedules.  Our online classes are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week, so students have the flexibility to study and complete college work ahead of deadlines,” said Dr. Cheree Causey, director of UA Early College. “Students from Alabama to Ohio, California to Vermont, are part of a global classroom, participating together in discussions, chat, and group projects.”  

“Early college has given me tons of opportunities, I have been able to do an internship with the Entrepreneurial Internship Program at the University of Alabama for two years in a row. It has also given me a big head start in my college career.”  

In its fourth year, UA Early College has over 1,000 students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA in their University of Alabama courses. UA Early College students choose when they take courses – every term, during the summer, or in selected terms as their high school schedule allows. A number of students participated in the UA Early College Summer Residential Experience this year, living on campus, making new friends, and earning 6 credit hours.  

Early College credits transfer broadly to most colleges and universities across the nation.  Students who complete 17+ UA Early College credit hours with a 2.5+ grade point average are eligible for admission to The University of Alabama without submitting an ACT score and receive priority assignment for Housing. UA Early College students also benefit from a partial tuition scholarship that reduces the cost of tuition.  

“This is an excellent program for motivated high school students who are prepared to take college-level courses,” Causey said. “Peer coaches and other support networks are in place to help the student transition to college-level study. We accept students throughout the year – spring, summer, and fall.”

To enroll in UA Early College, students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and a transcript sent by a counselor, principal or homeschool agent.  High school students may apply to UA Early College anytime from the fall of their sophomore year through the summer following their high school graduation. For more information on UA Early College, including application deadlines, tuition and scholarships, visit http://uaearlycollege.ua.edu or call 1-877-823-8759.

“I will also be glad to help answer any questions anyone has, or to point you in the right direction,” Sela McDonald, email: smcdonald1@crimson.ua.edu

If you are an Everest student and have a story to share, please email us at everestacademy1@gmail.com.