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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.

2nd & 4th Fridays, Bham: W.I.S.E - Waldorf Inspired Southern Educators

W.I.S.E.~Waldorf Inspired Southern Educators~ Birmingham Area

The purpose of this group is to provide supportive and nurturing relationships for the parents and children of families working with the educational methods of Rudolf Steiner, and encourage the growth of the Waldorf movement in our area. This lifestyle goes against the grain of many areas of mainstream culture, sometimes leaving families feeling "on the fringe", or without a sense of community. We want to build that community :-)

We will meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month and possibly for seasonal/festival activities as well.

Please contact Rachel Fee-Prince at atinyseed@gmail.com to find out if W.I.S.E is a good fit for your family!

9/11 Teaching Resources

The lesson plans are free and offer ways to engage your kids in doing good deeds in observance of this year's September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

You can access all of our free materials, including lesson plans, teacher's guides, parent's guides, and new videos, at Scholastic.com/911day, and at 911day.org, where other links and resources from their partners are available as well. 

There are six different, age appropriate lesson plans that include organizing a book drive, or food drive for 9/11, helping children learn more about the role first responders play in their communities, and other ideas.

Huntsville: Civil Air Patrol

HUNTSVILLE Homeschoolers... if your son or daughter is interested in Civil Air Patrol, consider attending a few meeting nights to check it out. Ages 12 and up are invited and encouraged to attend for several weeks before making the decision to join. It's a really great squadron with quite a few homeschool families. 

Here is the link to the Huntsville Squadron webpage... Meetings are Monday nights from 6-8pm at Huntsville Central Church of Christ, 407 Clinton Ave E, Huntsville, AL. You can just show up to any meeting.

Alabama Ballet Performances

It’s time to get your Alabama Ballet tickets for the year. Below is a schedule and price list for the available shows.  Please contact Amy Carrier for an order form at medic91spc@yahoo.com.

Deadline to order, submit payment, and cancellation is August 31.  

Children's tickets are FREE!!!! Adults are $20 each.  


The Alabama Ballet is excited to offer FREE student tickets to our 2013 - 2014 Student Matinees due to the generosity of our education and outreach sponsors. Student tickets are free, adult tickets are $20.

Jekyll & Hyde 
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Alabama School of Fine Arts 
*High School Students Only

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ 
Friday, December 13, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Wright Center, Samford University

Romeo + Juliet 
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Wright Center, Samford University

Agnes de Mille's Rodeo
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:00 AM 
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Alabaster: Homeschool Baton Classes

Jamie Wilson, Director
Shelby Starlets Baton
109 Cloverdale Drive
Alabaster, AL 35007

They are looking to start a homeschool class, most likely Wednesdays from 10-11 AM at the Alabaster studio. Cost would be $45/child/month. Class is one hour in length. They're having open house 8/28 and 8/29 from 6-8 PM at the Alabaster studio.

Madison, Homeschool Martial Arts

Traditional Martial Arts Academy of Madison, located at the intersection of County Line Road and Browns Ferry, is offering a special program just for homeschoolers!  

These daytime classes provide the perfect opportunity for your students to gain the benefits of martial arts training, including: discipline, focus, and self control. Kids from 5 to 13 can participate in a traditional Karate Program that is tailored just for their age group. For tweeners, teenagers, and parents, Jujutsu or Ninpo Taijutsu programs in self-defense are offered. Concurrent class times are available so the whole family can train at the same time.

Our homeschool schedule will initially offer classes from 1PM-2PM and 2:15PM-3:15PM. Reasonable monthly tuition allows your student to train two or three afternoons a week. Comprehensive semester based programs including uniforms and testing are available. Significant discounts for additional family members are available. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are also available.

Please call for pricing.

Sensei Erik is excited to answer any questions you may have regarding the program offered at Traditional Martial Arts Academy. If you or your homeschool group are interested in a demonstration of what is taught at the academy, please contact us at 256-509-0554 or sensei@traditionalmaaa.com.

Aug. 29, Madison: Homeschool Kick-Off Party


Event: Huntsville/Madison Area Homeschool Kick-Off Party

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Place: Dublin Park, in Madison at the Kid's Kingdom area

Description: This is a great opportunity for all area homeschoolers and their families to socialize and share information for the upcoming school year. There will be information on upcoming park days, field trip, co-ops and more. The kids will have time to play and make new friends. 

TEENS!!  Special shout out to the teens!  We will be discussing events for the Huntsville Teen Scene at this party!  Please don't leave your teens at home for this party!!!

Important Details: Please bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on. You are also encouraged to bring any information you have on events or classes that might be of interest to other homeschoolers and a calendar for planning. You may also want to bring picnic supplies for your family.

For more information, please contact: 

This event is sponsored by Everest Academy but open to all homeschoolers regardless of church school affiliation!  

DATE CHANGE!!! August 27, Spanish Fort: Science Activity in a Bag Swap for Preschool and Early Elementary

Science Activity in a Bag Swap for Preschool and Early Elementary

Swapping bags at the Splash Pad @ Eastern Shore Centre 2:00pm on August 27, 2013.
(30500 State Highway 181, Spanish Fort, Alabama 36527)

What are activities in a bag you ask? They are great little activities that use things most have around the house to create a fantastic little activities that fit easily in a bag. They are easy to store and access. Average cost per bag $1 or less (most materials you will have around the house).

We need 25 moms or dads to participate in this swap. This particular swap will be science based. I have 3 science AIAB books, as well as others. So if everyone likes it we can do multiple swaps and have TONS of activities.

How it works? I will assign one activity and instructions to you once we get everyone signed up. You will put together 25 of the same activity. We will meet up and you will bring a reusable grocery bag with you. One of all the 25 activities will be placed in your bag, and you have 25 FUN activities to do with the kiddos.

Once you contact me, I will send you an activity that has complete instructions. 

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP July 29th, 2013

Please RSVP to Jen Rogers:
Phone: 205-983-4028
Email: hippiemamajen@yahoo.com, if no response within 24h call me, your mail must have went to my "junk" folder.

Aug. 27, Gardendale: No School Zone Picnic, Splash Pad & Park Day

August 27
No School Zone Picnic, Splash Pad & Park Day
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Located at:
 2191 Fieldstown Road
Gardendale, AL 35071

Wow! It's time to celebrate NOT going back to school!! Let's celebrate together at Gardendale's Celebration Park. This park feature pavilions, clean bathrooms, lots of play equipment and an AWESOME splash pad. 

Click here for park information

Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
What: No School Zone Picnic, Splash Pad & Park Day
Who: All homeschoolers welcome!
Cost: FREE

SPECIAL NOTE:  To prevent injury, please help keep the splash pad area to a maximum of 40 children at a time.  This means making sure that other children besides your children get an opportunity to play on the splashpad as well.  Thanks for your help with this!!!

Teens: Special shout to all homeschooling teens!!! We always have lots of teens at our events, so please don't leave your teens at home for this event! 

Picnic Lunch - Please bring a picnic and drinks for your family. 

Buy/Sell/Trade - Bring your gently-used curriculum, clothes, books, toys etc. that would benefit other families. We will have a Freecycle area set up. If you are selling or trading, please DO NOT put your for sale/trade items near the Freecycle area. Please take any of your left over items home with you when you leave. 

Things to bring:
bathing suit
picnic lunch and drinks for your family
Freecycle items

Questions? Contact Deb Spradlin at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  You do not have to RSVP to attend.  

CANCELLED - American Girl Clubs Bham & Huntsville!


American Girl Club

Would you like to be more hands-on when teaching your kids about American History? Then this club is for you!!! As the name of the club suggests, our primary resource will be the books and other materials from the American Girl series (no dolls required); however, events may also include other resources such as visiting the Arlington House at Christmas time, attending a Native American Festival, or maybe attending a Civil War ball!

The American Girl Group is sponsored by, but not limited to, Everest Academy for Alabama Homeschoolers interested in learning American History through the use of the American Girl series of books. ALL members are expected to host at least once during the year. When you sign up, be prepared to provide the month(s), September to May, in which you are interested in hosting an event.  A hosting schedule will be announced at the beginning of the year; however, if all hosting has been fulfilled, please consider offering to co-host if the scheduled host is interested.

The American Girl Club will organize events and communicate through a Facebook group.*

* For security, Facebook groups are "closed", please contact Deb Spradlin at everestacademy1@gmail.com for information on joining this group.


Meet the American Girls
Click on the link above to play games, download wallpapers, send E-cards and more!!! 

American Girl Club Events
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Student Spotlight: Dakota Morrow

If you are an Everest family and want to spotlight your student, please send a write up along with a picture (optional) to everestacademy1@gmail.com .  
Huntsville, AL - DAKOTA MORROW of CORDOVA, AL recently attended AVIATION CHALLENGE at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home of SPACE CAMP and NASA's official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making.

DAKOTA was part of the AVIATION CHALLENGE MACH III Program, a program specifically designed for trainees who have an interest in military aviation and the mechanics of flight. He spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated F/A-18 fighter jet. The crew learned critical land and water survival skills and mastered Top Gun flying maneuvers. DAKOTA and crew returned to land in time to graduate with honors. 

Aviation Challenge crew trainers who lead each 16-member team must have at least a year of college, and the majority of staff are college graduates.  Aviation Challenge operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses fighter pilot training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in barracks designed to resemble military bays. More than 600,000 trainees have graduated from SPACE CAMP since its opening in Huntsville in 1982, including STS-131 astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger.  Last year, children and teachers from all 50 states and 58 international locations attend SPACE CAMP.

Interested in training like an astronaut? Visit www.spacecamp.com or call 1-800-63 SPACE.

Aug. 20, Jasper: Homeschool Swim/We're not going Back to School Party

Homeschool Swim/We're not going Back to school party at Jasper Natatorium. Kids will be back in school & we are going to meet-up at the Jasper pool to get to know one another, let the kids get some good exercise & we can all socialize. 

Tuesday, August 20th 12p-2p
Bring a snack to share & drinks for your family.

Tuesdays at 12p will continue to be the homeschool swim day/time for this the school year. 
This is open to all homeschool families, regardless of cover. This is not a drop-off event, you are responsible for & must stay with your children.

Homeschool swimmers: $2 each

Hope to see many new faces! Can't wait to meet you!

For more information, please contact Sherry Morrow at themorrowclan@yahoo.com.  This event is sponsored by Everest Academy but open to all homeschoolers!  Hope to see you there!

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.  

Sep. 3, Spanish Fort: Gators After Dark Tour

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? Gators After Dark Tour @ 5 Rivers Delta
****DEADLINE for signup and payment is 8/19/13****
Payment is nonrefundable - no exceptions - This trip is very limited, and once you sign up then that spot is taken, so please do not ask for a refund after making payment.

RSVP to Jen Rogers
Phone: 205-983-4028
Come out and join us for a guided night cruise of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Cost: $10 per person ALL Ages (even if your child is an infant) (NON-REFUNDABLE). All ages welcome. We will meet at sunset, if you are brave enough! Please call to reserve your spot. These are private tours, not open to public. 

Jen Rogers
Phone: 205-983-4028

Online Tutoring in Math, Chemistry, & Physics

Dear Everest Academy,

We are contacting you to let you and your parents know about our affordable tutoring services for homeschool families.

We have noticed the disturbing trend of homeschool students returning to the public school environment during junior high and high school, mainly because of daunting math and science subjects.

It is our mission to help parents keep their students in a safe, wholesome environment while still providing a high quality education for their children.

We tutor small groups of homeschool students twice a week through Skype and Scribblar in the subjects of math, chemistry, and physics (our classes are listed here).

We only charge $15 a week for this service. Our tutors are highly qualified (each holds a degree in either chemistry, physics, or education), and we have been tutoring and teaching since 2001.

We consist of four tutors who are devoted to the idea that our children thrive in an environment that is free of the negative influences and the peer pressure that is found in a public school setting. 

You can read more about us here, and more about the tutoring program here.

If we can be of service to any of your families, please pass along the attached flyer.

Many thanks for you time,
Cynthia Elm

PS - I homeschooled my oldest son for a number of years, but let him return to public school when he was in junior high. The consequences for him have been dire.

One of the main reasons I started this program was to help other families keep their children safe and healthy, both physically an emotionally, and I believe that this can be best accomplished in a home environment.

Bham: Scrollworks, FREE Music Lessons

The Scrollworks Youth Music School is designed to prepare students to play in an ensemble. We teach more than how to play an instrument. We teach music.

Scrollworks focuses on teaching orchestral instruments and piano. Beginners start in group classes. As they progress and develop proficiency on their instrument, instruction becomes more individualized.

Each term includes 12 lesson dates plus a jury day and recital. There is a registration fee of $50. Method books are provided. Instruments are loaned if available. Students at certain levels are required to participate in choir or other ensembles.

For more information email or call 205-908-8843.

Tuesdays, Malbis: Splash Pad Park Day Every Other Tuesday Through the Summer!

* New for the Summer *
Splash Pad Meet-up at the Easter Shore Center Splash Pad in Malbis!!
When:  every other Tuesday through the summer
Starting June 18 
(with exception of July 2nd)!
June 18
June 30
July 16
July 30
August 13
August 27
Time: 2:00 p.m. until...

Splash Pad Meet-up at the Eastern Shore Center Splash Pad!!

Location: 30500 State Highway 181, Suite 451, Spanish Fort, Alabama 36527

Details: Hope you can join us at the Eastern Shore Center (Malbis) Splash Pad over the summer. We will meet every other Tuesday at 2p. This will take the place of our monthly park day throughout the summer. Come cool off, bring drinks, beach towels, and snacks and let's have some fun! Hope to see you there.

Have questions? Contact Jennifer Rogers ~ Hippiemamajen@yahoo.com or 205-983-4028

Please review the Everest Academy Participation Policy before attending any of our events.

August (Multiple Dates), Auburn: ACT Test Practice Series

Open to anyone planning to take the ACT this year. Practice each section of the test, including timed essays. Learn about resources available online and at the library to help you improve your score. Take a complete ACT with Writing practice test on a Friday morning. BYO pencils, paper, and calculator. Come to any or all sessions, but reservations are required for the Friday, Aug 23, practice test.

Location: Auburn Public Library (corner of Thatch & Dean) Youth Services <http://www.auburnalabama.org/library>

RSVP to Nancy Melkerson, n_melkerson@hotmail.com

Cost: No Charge

Limit 14
  • Fri, Aug 2, 9:30-12:00pm - ACT overview & library resources
  • Fri, Aug 9, 9:30-12:00pm - ACT Math, Science, & Writing practice
  • Fri, Aug 16, 9:30-12:00pm - ACT English, Reading, & Writing practice
  • Fri, Aug 23, 9:00am-2:00pm - Full-length ACT Plus Writing (with 30-min-BYO-lunch break)
  • Fri, Aug 30, 9:30-11:30am - ACT review, Q&A, etc.
Description of the ACT from http://www.actstudent.org/:  
The ACT (No Writing) consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four multiple-choice tests and a Writing Test.

Student Spotlight: The Clowdus Family

I started our homeschool journey several years ago when I took my sixth and tenth grade children out of public school. I was so disappointed in the education they were getting. I know some classrooms can have up to thirty or more students, but I don't understand how so many are promoted from one grade to another without noticing that some don't know math facts and some can barely read.  I am very happy that I made that choice.  My two younger children have never been to public school, and I can really tell the difference.  We are blessed to be a part of the Everest Academy family. So many people are always commenting on how smart and polite my children are.  My children have fun learning everyday and enjoy going deeper into subjects, with so many choices. We love that we can go as fast or slow as we want to . Being able to homeschool is such a wonderful blessing! 

Clowdus family

If you are enrolled in Everest and have a story to tell, please email me a short paragraph along with a picture (not required) to everestacademy1@gmail.com.  I would love to hear your story!

Student Spotlight: The Oswald Family

In the pictures are Larah Oswald age 10, Hunter Oswald age 8, and their mom Kami Oswald. This is our home classroom.

This is only the second year we have been homeschooling, but these are the best school days ever. Our children were attending public school.  When I really sat down and started asking questions, I noticed that my 4th grader could not do any math, and my son in the second grade could not read. I was very concerned, so I went and spoke to the teachers and observed the classrooms. This is when I made the decision to homeschool. The teachers were not teaching, they sat the children in front of a T.V and expected the T.V to teach the children. I spoke to some of the teachers who actually told me it would be the best decision to homeschool. This surprised me. So here we are, and we are so very happy we made this decision. Our children are learning and are more self confident than ever before. Everest Academy has given us the opportunity to teach and grow closer to our children. Homeschooling may not be for everyone but for us it was one of the best decisions we ever made. I resigned from my corporate position so that I and my wife can teach. Thank you very much Everest Academy for being there for us.

If you are an Everest Academy family and have a story to share, please email it to everestacademy1@gmail.com along with a picture (not required).  I would love to spotlight your family.  

Student Spotlight: The Hopper Family

We are first year homeschoolers. We started homeschooling June 17. My oldest son is 5 and is required to start school this year as he will turn 6. We have started him using a Kindergarten curriculum. He is developmentally delayed due to a seizure disorder. My son has been in a private daycare specializing in special needs children that included therapy to assist him. Also, he has been in a public preschool program. He was tested 3 years behind in each of these programs. He was recently tested for private occupational therapy, including a Peabody test (measuring his ability based on his age). He has progressed to only 2 years delayed in the 6 short weeks of homeschool! This is fabulous news for us and proves to us that we are doing the best for him.

My youngest son is 3, and he is enrolled in homeschool as well. We enrolled him so early because he is showing such a yearn for learning. He is also using a Kindergarten curriculum. He has no trouble keeping up with the lessons and has learned so much. He would not have an opportunity to expand his knowledge this soon in a public school. Watching him learn and being able to be such a large part of both of my children's education means so much to us. We are so thankful to have this opportunity.

Randy and Katie Hopper

If you are an Everest family and have a story to share, please send it to Deb Spradlin at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  

Student Spotlight: Gianna Quarello

This starts our 6th year with Everest Academy. Gianna's path to homeschooling was a blessing from God to help me find the perfect match with Deb Spradlin and Everest. Gianna has always been gifted in many ways, but allowing us to choose the curriculum, social, and learning opportunities outside the realm of a standard classroom is what we needed. What Gianna has experienced would never have been accomplished without the freedom to choose a schedule that allows for Gianna's illnesses. This has been a life of learning for her and a connection for me that would have been lost in public school. She has won an Art contest from National Geographic Calendar, Science Fair from Currclick.com, and a Blue Ribbon for her incredible horse drawing at the Shelby County Fair. Her most cherished gift is being able to be a volunteer at the Birmingham Zoo. Gianna's love of animals makes everyone at the zoo recognize her dedication and drive to succeed. She will become a Biologist/ Elephant handler thanks to us being able to learn at our pace and environment. Thank you Everest for making this possible.

If you have a homeschooling story to tell and are enrolled in Everest, please send it along with a picture (not required) to Deb Spradlin at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  I truly love learning all about you.