Welcome to

Welcome to

All rights reserved by Everest Academy
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.

Chelsea: Free Bamboo

Nov. 2, Odenville: Family Dance

Field Trip Guide

Wonder Woman?  I think not....

I have had a lot of moms confide to me that they are interested in organizing field trips, but they don't know what to do or where to start.  I have written this "Field Trip Guide" in reply.  Let me just say that you awesome parents are what make Everest Academy so great.  You allow us to keep costs down by all of the volunteering that you do.  We would not be able to do nearly what we do without the effort that you put forth.  Now let's get on with the "Super Duper Handy Dandy Everest Academy Field Trip Guide!"

If you are a new homeschooler, you may not realize this, but you have come into homeschooling at a wonderful time. If you are a veteran homeschooler, you know exactly what I mean. When my family started homeschooling, we were lucky to find a group that we could sign up with to go to Children's Theatre. That's it! That's all! There was literally almost nothing available for homeschoolers. It was a world where if you wanted to see something happen, you either got up and did it or resigned yourself to the fact that it just wasn't going to happen. There have been SO many doors opened in just a few short years, but it wasn't always pretty. 

I was lucky enough to run across a super nice lady named Cherie Scogin who was the one and only activity director of my cover school who gave me some great advice, and now I am going to pass that information on to you. Here's how it all happened. I called Cherie one day just bursting with ideas about field trips thinking that this homeschooling thing was about like public schooling and that someone else would be in charge of field trips, and we would just tag along. I also had it in my mind that I wasn't "supposed" to organize field trips because there was an "official" activity director. I didn't want to step on anybody's toes. Cherie let me know very kindly that that was not necessarily the case, and she encouraged me to set up a few field trips and invite others to tag along. And that, folks, is how it all began for me. It REALLY doesn't take a Wonder Woman to set up a field trip.  What I came to realize is that group activity coordinators are homeschooling moms too, and they have a lot going on in their families as well. They are doing just what I did. They are organizing field trips that will benefit their families and inviting other homeschoolers to tag along. I would encourage you to do the same.
What are the benefits?
  • You are the organizer, so everyone there knows who you are.  You WILL meet new people.
  • If the field trip costs money, the organizer usually gets to go for free.
  • Sometimes, not always, you will get a free spot for every ___ paying attendees.  Apply this to your kids.  Organizing field trips is a great way to get to attend field trips you might not could have otherwise afforded. 
  • You get to schedule field trips at your convenience and on your terms - For instance, you can organize field trips around what your family is currently studying.  Don't like to get up early?  Then schedule a 1:00 p.m. field trip.  The POWER is in your hands!  
One thing that you guys have that I definitely did not have is a communication network to get the word out there.  I am MORE than happy to advertise any field trip that you would like to offer to others.  Here's how...

How To Set Up A Field Trip:
  • Call up the organization you would like to visit, introduce yourself, and let them know you are interested in a school field trip.  Why is this important?  A group rate is usually higher than the school group rate.  
  • Ask about details such as:
  • maximum/minimum number of attendees you can have 
  • costs
  • duration of the field trip
  • any special instructions  
  • That's really about it!  Easy peezy lemon squeezy!!!

Getting the Word Out - Just email Everest Academy the details.  You will want to include:
  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Cost
  • Description
  • Deadline to sign up and pay
  • Your contact information
Pre-Field Trip:
  • Send a pre-field trip reminder email
  • Set up a meeting place
  • Ask everyone to show up 15 minutes early
The Day of the Field Trip:
  • Be on time
  • Introduce yourself to the guide
  • Start the field trip on time - people running late can catch up
  • Be relaxed.  Nothing ever goes exactly as planned.  Don't sweat the small stuff. 
  • Enjoy yourself and your kids!!!
Not Interested in Organizing Field Trips?
If organizing a field trip is not your cup of tea, that's alright.  It's not for everyone, but here are some things that you can do to ensure a fun field trip for everyone:

  • Make sure you read all of the information on the field trip.  It is your responsibility to make sure that a field trip is appropriate for your family.  If your family has special needs, it is your responsibility to make sure those needs are met.  
  • Make sure to say a special "Thank you" to the coordinator at each field trip as they are doing all that they do as a volunteer.  Coordinating field trips takes a lot of time, creativity, and effort.
  • Offer to help.  
  • BE ON TIME!  SHOW UP IF YOU SIGN UP!!!  Homeschoolers are starting to get a pretty bad rep for showing up late or not showing up at all.  I am afraid that we are going to start losing lots of opportunities because of this.  FYI, it is pretty embarrassing to the field trip coordinator when they reserve 70 seats and only 10 people show up.  
  • Please DO NOT show up if you have not signed up. 
  • Please check your email the morning of any field trip for last minute cancellations or instructions, especially during inclement weather.   
  • Make sure that the field trip coordinator is able to enjoy their time at field trips as well.  They are there to enjoy their families just as you are.  Don't monopolize their time by complaining, showing up late, not following instructions, etc.  Just "food for thought".
  • Offer to help clean up afterwards.  
  • Make sure you check on any special accommodations that your family may need.  
  • Each child MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult.  "Drop offs" are not allowed. 
  • Children are expected to behave.  Disruptive families will be asked to leave the event.  
  • Everest Academy is not responsible for any injuries, theft, or loss of personal property at any events.  All participants take full responsibility for their children and attend events "at your own risk".
Whew!  That's a lot of info!  I hope you join us on many adventures!  

ACT & SAT Testing


Testing Requirements

Virtually all colleges and universities require students to take either the ACT or the SAT I Reasoning Test; however, specific testing requirements vary from college to college.  It is important that you are aware of the testing requirements for all the schools that you are considering.  Contact each college or visit their web sites to be sure that you know what is required and when.

Many colleges require students to have all scores sent directly from the testing agency, and you must request that your scores be sent to the colleges of your choice. 

When  Should I Take  the ACT and /or SAT?

You can take a pre-ACT as early as the 8th grade.  See information below.  
  • The EXPLORE® program is designed to help 8th and 9th graders explore a broad range of options for their future. EXPLORE prepares students not only for their high school coursework, but for their post–high school choices as well. It marks an important beginning for a student's future academic and career success.
  • PLAN Test - The PLAN is the pre-ACT, which students may take as sophomores in the Fall.  It gives an indication of how students may perform on the ACT, as well as offering a career interest inventory.  
  • Juniors should take the ACT or SAT I in the fall.  You can take the test as many times as you would like; however, fees do apply.  Make plans to retake the one on which you do better during the Fall of your senior year.  Most colleges will take the highest score.

How Do I Register?

The code for homeschooled students taking the college ACT 969-999 or
SAT tests is 970-000. The PSAT code is 990-199. The test results will be
mailed directly to the parent.

ACT Parent Newsletter
ACT Parent Newsletter is published monthly and delivered to your email address. ACT provides this free newsletter to parents to help you guide your kids through middle school and high school toward college and a career. ACT Parent is also available online.

Powered by Blogger Gadgets

Standardized Testing

Everest Academy does not require any testing or testing scores.  Testing is not required by the State of Alabama, but some families may find it beneficial for evaluating their children. Testing is optional, so parents are responsible for getting their children tested.

Please note that if you are planning on putting your child back in the public/private school setting, having test scores could be a plus.  

Testing Information

You can order a test for evaluating your child, administer it at home and send the test back to these companies for grading. They will send you the results.


Christian Liberty Academy

CAT Test
Please note that if you are planning on putting your child back in the public/private school setting, having test scores could be a plus. I strongly recommend that you, as the parent/guardian, administer a CAT (California Achievement Test). The CAT is a standardized test for grades k-12. I can not guarantee the school will accept the test and promote your student, but it would be a very responsible action. Scores are mailed to you within 2 weeks of the date they receive your returned testing materials. Here is a link for the CAT : http://www.setontesting.com/cat/

Hewitt Educational Resources
This test is designed specifically for Home Educated Students.

IOWA Basic Skills Test - Check with Bob Jones University

SAT Testing
If you are interested in your child taking the SAT test, it must be administered by an official SAT testing facility.  This is one such facility that specializes in homeschooling SAT testing in Alabama:

Power 2 Excel Learning Center
Faith L. Abraham, B.S., M.S.

Homeschooling Advice

Lucky you!!!! I couldn't sleep tonight! Why does that make you lucky? Generally when I can't sleep, it's because I am thinking of ways to help other homeschoolers. It's time again to put the questions you want answered most out there for veteran homeschoolers to answer. Email me the question about homeschooling you would most like answered, and I will make a posting on the Alabama Homeschooling Facebook page and see what answers we can come up with. Then I will put together a permanent archive for you to refer to again and again. 

Make sure to email me directly with your questions at everestacademy1@gmail.com. Please DO NOT post your questions on the Alabama Homeschooling Facebook page. I will make the posting so that hopefully the most homeschoolers possible can receive it in their feed. 

I'm looking forward to helping you find the answers to your most thought-provoking questions!

Deb Spradlin
Everest Academy Administrator
Powered by Blogger Gadgets Powered by Blogger Gadgets

Play Dates

Park Days, Activities & Other Ongoing Play Dates  

Park Days are such a wonderful time not only for the little ones to play together, but the support that is shared among the parents is invaluable.

Please note, all information posted below was current when posted.  You know how things go....  Things change and people forget to tell me.  If you find a posting that is no longer current, please contact me at everestacademy1@gmail.com so that I can update the post.

Powered by Blogger Gadgets

Powered by Blogger Gadgets

All activities listed are open to all Alabama homeschoolers regardless of church school affiliation.    Please note that these play dates are not sponsored or organized by Everest Academy unless specifically noted.  If you have questions concerning one of these activities, please forward your questions to the contact listed.  If you would like to add a resource or if you find a broken link, please contact the Everest Academy webmaster


In the event that you choose to withdraw from Everest Academy, please be aware of the following information:

  • Transcripts can be obtained by filling out and submitting a Transcript Request Form (for students grades K - 8) or High School Transcript Request Form (for students grades 9 - 12). Plan on it taking up to two weeks to receive your transcripts back. If it is during a busy time of the year (beginning or end of traditional school year), it could take longer. You can pay a "rush fee" to have your transcript returned to you in less than two weeks. Transcripts will be generated upon request and returned to the parent. If you want a transcript mailed to the new school as well, please enclose an addressed stamped envelope with the new school's address. 
  • A student must be enrolled with Everest Academy and complete a full six weeks of work and parents must turn in the applicable Transcript Request Form (for students grades K - 8) or High School Transcript Request Form (for students grade 9 - 12) BEFORE an official transcript will be made. If the student has less than this amount of time with Everest Academy or does not turn in the required reports, we will send a letter stating no work can be verified. 
  • All fees must be paid before a transcript is sent to the parent. 
  • A Transcript Request Form should only be made out for the time spent at Everest Academy. Everest Academy WILL NOT generate a transcript for any credits obtained outside of Everest Academy. For instance, if 11th and 12th grades are completed at Everest Academy, we will not make the transcript out to include 9th and 10th grades as well. 
  • All transcripts will be returned to the family unless otherwise requested by the family.  If you want the transcript sent directly to the school requesting the transcript (suggested), then please include a stamped addressed envelope with the address to where you would like the transcript mailed.  You can include more than one envelope if you want the transcript sent to more than one location.  You can also have the transcript emailed if you include the desired email address. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 
  • Can my child return to a school setting after homeschooling? Yes. The new school will probably require a copy of a transcript for the work completed at Everest Academy. Please see information below. 
  • Will the new school test my child for grade placement? Not normally, but it is up to the new school. Please note that there is not a law that dictates what the public/private school may require from a homeschooler entering their school. They could request samples of work, testing, etc. It is completely up to them as to what they may require.  I strongly recommend that you, as the parent/guardian, administer a CAT (California Achievement Test). The CAT is a standardized test for grades k-12. I can not guarantee the school will accept the test and promote your student, but it would be a very responsible action. Scores are mailed to you within 2 weeks of the date they receive your returned testing materials.  Here is a link for the CAT : http://www.setontesting.com/cat/
  • It is up to each parent to research requirements and regulations of other schools including public schools, private schools, church schools, and colleges when considering enrollment in these institutions. 
  • Past School Records & Immunization Forms: Everest Academy does not hold any past school records. If the school before Everest sent in any records, they have already been forwarded to you. 
VERY IMPORTANT: HOMESCHOOLING IS NOT A REVOLVING DOOR!!!  You cannot legally be enrolled in two schools at one time. When you enroll in another school, you legally withdraw yourself from Everest Academy. Enrollment is closed with Everest Academy, so once you withdraw your children from Everest, they can not enroll again unless you still have other children enrolled.  

Nov. 2, Pell City: Text Book Sale

HUGE Text book sale! ONE day only!
ALL books are $5.00 each.
Over 300 books available.
Saturday, November 2 from 10am-2pm
Location: 60 Fritz Dr., Pell City, AL 35128 (this is a private residence - not a business)
Mostly High School Level Books (Chemistry, Physics, Government, History, Literature, Spanish, French, German and various electives)
Some Elementary Books (Harcort and McGraw-Hill Science)
Note: These are Hardcover Textbooks ONLY that have come from the public school. History books are not up to current date. 
For anyone wanting to teach cooperative classes - I have up to 10 copies of some books.
Email for more information pamscout@gmail.com.

Ongoing, Cullman: Farm Kids Club

Registration is required.  To register, call 256-297-1044 or e-mail cullmanag@gmail.com.  All events are held at the North Alabama Agriplex (1714 Tally Ho Street SW, Cullman, AL) near the bowling alley.
$5 per child, adults free, $10 max per family

All programs from 9:00-10:30 on Saturday

North Alabama Agriplex
Farm Kids Club
2013/2014 Schedule:

November 2: Horses
December 7: Holiday Crafts
January 4: Rabbits
February 1st: Building for the Birds
March 1st: Chick Time
April 5th: Natural Egg Dyeing and Egg Roll
May 3rd: Nature Notebooks
June 7th- Little Red Hen- The Story of Wheat
July 5th-Fairytale Dish Garden- Fairies/Monsters
August 2nd: Bugs and Slugs
September 6th: Sweet Potato- A Super Food
October 4th: Pumpkin Patch
November 1st: Bonfire and Story Time
December 6th: Santa’s Workshop

Nov. 5 (Deadline Oct. 28), Columbus, GA: Columbus Museum Field Trip

Date: Tuesday, Nov 5
Deadline to RSVP:  Oct. 28
Rebecca Miller
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am (Eastern Time)
Age: K-5th grade
Cost: $2 per person- payment in cash on the day of tour

Details: Should wear comfortable clothes for sitting on floor. (There will be an art project too so keep your child's artistic personality in mind when choosing clothes!)
Parents are welcome to come and stay with their children. Younger siblings are welcome as long as they are not disruptive. There is a hands-on area for young kids to play in if parents want/ need to take them somewhere during the art project. They will not have extra materials for younger kids to do the art projects unless the children have paid.  This is not a drop-off event.  Please stay on the premises.  

Here is the website for directions and more info.

Hi Homeschoolers! 
I have another trip planned for us.
This one is to the art museum in Columbus which I have never been to, but people say it is great for kids.

The topic is US Western Expansion, and they have a program using "art, storytelling, interactive games, and hands-on activities to learn about the move westward." They divide up the younger kids (K-3rd grade) to learn about pioneers and covered wagon travel and then older elementary (4th and 5th grade) will learn about the Trail of Tears.

Both age groups will get a chance to learn in the galleries and then make a take-home art project in their studio.

The homeschool coordinator tells me there is a place to eat lunch outside afterwards, so my family will be bringing a picnic lunch. We would love to have anyone join us.

This is the only thing I am coordinating in Columbus on that day, but there are several other educational things to do around Columbus if you are interested in an afternoon activity also.
Here are some suggestions from other people on a2z:
Columbus Infantry Museum
Columbus Space Science Center
Chattahoochee Riverwalk
Civil War Naval Museum

And a website with information about all these and more:

Let me know if you are interested in going!
Rebecca Miller

Mobile: BOYS PE/Training Class

BOYS PE/Training Class
Who: This class is for middle school aged boys, 6th-8th graders. Boys only. The class size will be kept to 10-15 boys. 

What: Real PE and training for boys. They will be evaluated and coached in physical and mental skills that will benefit them regardless of what they pursue athletically. This is not a play group. 

Where: Mobile Kinetic Sports
1301 Azalea Road
Mobile, Alabama 36693-4703

When: Tues/Thurs 10:00 am. This class will run the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.

Cost: under $30/month.

Instructor: Rich @ Mobile Kinetic Mobile Youth Sports Training Academy

Want to know what MKS is all about? Check out the great info on their web site under the HOME and PERFORMANCE tabs (see links below). If you are looking for a positive experience that will challenge and inspire your young man...you've found it. I've spoken with Rich today and he has a heart to work with young people and help them reach their potential physically. The goal is not to produce scholarship athletes, but young men who can set goals and reach them. That is a life skill they will always need.

This class is expected to fill quickly. This class is open to any homeschooled boy regardless of affiliation to any covering. Target start date is in 2 weeks, Nov 5, or sooner if participants are able.



Oct. 24, Huntsville: FREE Mars Rover Speaker

The government shutdown is over and the Marshall Space Flight Center’s Educator Resource Center (ERC) is open again.

We are proud to be hosting a guest speaker this Thursday, October 24th, from 3:30-5:00.  NASA Solar System Ambassador Doreen Forsythe will be discussing the Mars rover Curiosity.  The presentation is open to educators, students, or the general public and will be appropriate for all ages.  Please RSVP if you would like to attend.  

Synopsis:  Mars Curiosity has been working on Mars for over a year now.  We have learned that this area is different from the areas examined by Spirit and Opportunity.  Join us to see what was found about the Gale Crater on Mars and what it all means. 
 Fred Kepner
Education Specialist
OHC Contract-WTI
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Academic Affairs HS30
Office:  256.544.4761
Fax:  256-544-5820

Oct. 28, Hanceville: Our Lady of the Angels Monastery & Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Field Trip

October - Catholicism (Christian)

Monday, October 28 
10:00 a.m.
Hanceville, AL. 

In our second month of Study in World Religion, we are looking into Catholicism. The Catholic religion is one of the oldest Christian religions in the world. Catholics celebrate a "Mass" as their form of church service. Please join us as we tour Our Lady of the Angels Monastery and attend a prayer service and a Mass.  Email Danielle at 4neerdowells@gmail.com to register and for more information.

Oct 24, Vestavia: 5th Annual Homeschoolers' Pumpkin Carving Party!!

All homeschoolers welcome to the 
2013 Pumpkin Carving Party!!

Date: Thursday, Oct 24
Time:  4:00pm to ~6:00pm
Location:  McCallum Park*
Rosemary Lane, Vestavia, AL

Did you know that the tradition of carving pumpkins, jack-o'lanterns, originally began with carving turnips, potatoes, or beets? That's right, in Britain, they carved these common foods to make their jack-o'lanterns. When America's first Europeans settled here and found pumpkins, a winter squash indigenous to North America, they found them to be much better for carving; thus, a new variation of the age-old tradition began. 

Event Details: Please bring your carving pumpkin and all materials needed for carving. Buckets for collecting unwanted pumpkin "guts" and remnants will be provided. Also bring a goody or bag of candy to share...pumpkin carving makes hungry little goblins! Please bring drinks for your family.

Every year, we love to line up all the awesome pumpkins and light them for a quick show of creativity, so plan to stay until dusk for the pumpkin lighting! Please note that McCallum Park is not lit & closes at dark. We will need to be cleaned up before dark, and you may want to bring a flashlight, just in case we run a little late. 

Questions? Email Briana Moore ~ self-educated@earthlink.net

*Note: This park is conveniently located at the end of Rosemary Lane right off Rocky Ridge Rd in Vestavia. Please be sure not to park on Rosemary Ln when visiting the park, per the Vestavia Parks Board.

This event is sponsored Everest Academy and is open to all homeschoolers. 
Please review the Everest Academy Participation Policy before attending any of our events.

Oct. 26, Madison: Open House "All Things Theatrical, Inc"

Good morning all fellow homeschooling families,

I want to share a little about our family business, All Things Theatrical, Inc. and how we cater to homeschoolers, especially since we have a homeschooler ourselves.  Below is some information about our programs with links directly to the pages.  We made the decision to open a Children's and Teen's theatre once we could not find suitable, non-competitive theatrical training and performance opportunities.  It has always been my dream to do so in my hometown of Madison, Alabama!  You can click the link above to learn more about me, my training and background, and our theatre.  I welcome you all to please take a moment and "LIKE"  and "SHARE" us on Facebook at All Things Theatrical, Inc. and to please send this email to your friends.  We are offering a FANTASTIC Grand Opening offer that is detailed below...THANK YOU!

PLEASE VISIT www.AllThingsTheatricalInc.com TO LEARN MORE ABOUT US AND THE CLASSES AND PROGRAMS THAT WE OFFER!  I grew up in Madison and am proud to be able to offer such a high quality program to our fellow homeschooling families.  Click on any of the following links to go directly to your interests.

Please come out to our GRAND OPENING & OPEN HOUSE Saturday, October 26, 
anytime between 10am-7pm...PARTY ALL DAY!  LOTS OF SURPRISES AND FUN! 
We are enrolling for our FALL SEASON which begins NOVEMBER 1 and celebrating our initiation into 
The Arts Council, Inc., Madison Arts Council, and Madison's Chamber of Commerce! 

                                                           EXCLUSIVE GRAND OPENING SPECIAL
                                       We are offering a FANTASTIC BUNDLE TO FINISH OUT THIS YEAR!
         *8 WEEKS OF 2 hours of drama classes/play rehearsal EACH week, INCLUDES the $25 registration fee* 
       and a PLAY PERFORMANCE of "A Seussified Christmas Carol" PERFORMED DECEMBER 20, 6pm at 
                                                            THE VON BRAUN CENTER PLAYHOUSE
                                                        ***$175 VALUE FOR ONLY $79!*** 
        If not interested in performing in the play, you may enroll in 2 classes of your choice!
            Call 256-683-8179, email DiannDirector@gmail.com, or contact me here IMMEDIATELY IF         INTERESTED! LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE!!!OFFER VALID TO PURCHASE UNTIL 
OCTOBER 31, 2013....cannot wait to see you all!

I hope that your family will stop by and see what all we offer! 
Please take a moment and email this invitation to your friends as well...THANK YOU! 

We have a BRAND NEW Advanced Teen Program, headed up by Ms. Teneshia LaRoda that will help the students prepare for auditions, collegiate scholarships, and how to market oneself in the entertainment industry. Check out our A.T.P. and Ms. Teneshia's bio on our homepage.
She is a FABULOUS asset, teacher, and technician.  We welcome her back home from N.Y.C.!

We understand the importance of correct, responsible, and non-competitive instruction.  
There is also a need for an Advanced Teen Program which prepares our older students to be 
competitive in either the collegiate or professional entertainment arenas.   
Our goal is to give students an avenue in which their creative minds may flourish.  
We strive to be unparalleled in our theatrical program in the North Alabama area and we can do that within these children, families, and the great community of Madison, Alabama.

Many blessings,

Diann Dowdy, President & Director
All Things Theatrical, Inc.
Publix Shopping Center
12090 County Line Road, Suite F
Madison, AL 35756