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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.


Hey Veteran Homeschoolers! I am working on making a resource for new homeschoolers where they ask the questions and you 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 will not add your name, so feel comfortable in speaking freely. 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 answer. Please put "Blog Challenge" in the subject line. 

Merry Christmas!
Deb Spradlin
Everest Academy Administrator

Question: Do you homeschool during holidays?  If so, how do you incorporate holidays into your curriculum?  

My Answer: Well, what I do now is much different from what I did when my children were younger.  I will give you examples of ways we have incorporated holidays over the years.  I will concentrate my answer using Christmas as the example.  We have spent lots of time studying Christmas traditions around the world.  We have done lapbooks, unit studies, read lots of holiday-oriented books, and watched fictional and nonfiction movies about Christmas.  We have done studies on Advent, Hannukah, and in depth studies on Christmas including the secular and Christian aspects.  For several years, we did the elves which led to MANY educational (and hilarious) adventures.  My daughter would write to the elves every night, and the elves would write back in "curly (cursive) or fancy" writing.  After a while, they insisted that she write to them in "fancy" writing too.  We have used the holidays to learn to cook, follow instructions, shop on a budget, etc.  Our family usually will make at least part of our Christmas gifts which has led to making soap, lotion, lip balm, clothes washing liquid, baking, knitting, crocheting, art projects, sewing, leather making, wood burning, paper making, etc.  We have done lots of volunteer activities including Meals on Wheels, soup kitchens, food banks, nursing homes, etc.  These are just a few of the ways I can think of that we have incorporated Christmas into our education (living).  We do much the same with other holidays.  How about you?  

Huntsville: Homeschool Bowling League

The Huntsville Homeschool bowling league is moving to a new location, Pin Palace Lanes, with a new league starting Jan. 7th at noon.

Who: Homeschoolers of all ages, no previous bowling experience necessary

When: Tuesdays at noon, 12 weeks

Where: Pin Palace Lanes (Huntsville, North Parkway just past University, near Costco)

Cost: $7.50 per week per person

Contact: Josh Gaddis at Pin Palace at 256-534-8438 or message him on FB https://www.facebook.com/jgaddis83?hc_location=timeline

North Alabama Secular Co-op

The North Alabama Secular Homeschooling group will begin planning homeschool co-op classes in 2014 that will most likely be scheduled 1-3 days per month. Anyone interested in participating in the planning of this group should request to join the North Alabama Secular Homeschooling group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/NASHomeschool/), and send a friend request to the group administrator (https://www.facebook.com/ValerieMaddox). Information about planning meetings will be posted to the group. 

This whole thing started around an interest in learning to sew, knit and crochet; however, we will be looking at core subjects after we get up and running, and any other electives that participants are interested in planning. In addition, we will try to host occasional special topics and guest speakers. 

Teens will be called upon to take a strong leadership role in this group, as those who wish to participate will be called upon to design lesson plans and teach younger kids on occasion and possibly participate in a mentorship program. 

Costs will be kept as minimal as possible, and parents will be required to volunteer for a minimum number of hours each month. I don't want anyone to miss this opportunity because of cost or time limitations, so we'll work with you as much as we can. Participants should be fully vested in helping the group operate on a shoestring budget. We can look at fundraisers or sponsorships as needed once things get under way. 

Please note that this is a secular group and that no classes will be addressed from a Christian world view. Our group is founded on the principle of being respectful of everyone's right to believe what makes sense to them without trying to influence or convert anyone (that goes for politics as well as religion). The group has representatives from many religions, as well as atheists and agnostics. The goal is to maintain a comfortable environment for everyone. 

Possible topics/projects: science labs, historical reinactments, foreign language groups, scholarship project groups, art, acting, public speaking, cooking, ACT prep, choosing a career, etc.

Fridays, Pelham: Soccer, Gymnastics, Art, Piano, and Guitar

WHAT:  Soccer, Gymnastics, Art, Piano, and Guitar
WHEN:  Fridays, Starting Jan.7th
WHERE: His Kids Academy (next door to Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church on 119/Cahaba Valley Road).
11:15-12:30:  General Gymnastics (P.E.) $100 a term & 10% off each additional child
11:15-12:30: Art  (contour lines, shading w/pencil, & still life)  $75 term 10% each additional child
11:15-12:30: Instructional Soccer for all ages $100 and 10% off each additional child
 Private piano or Guitar Lessons are available on Fridays:$30 for a 30 min. session

Classes will begin Jan 7th please register By Jan.1st
This is a brand new facility and we would like for you to come check us out.  You can come in and register in person, this Friday Dec.6 from 11:00-1:00 or next Friday Dec.13 from 11:oo-1:00 or online at
Also you can Email me directly and send me your child’s information and make your CHECK TO:
The Campbell’s
3633 tall timber drive
Birmingham, Al.  35242

Directions: We share a driveway with Oak Mt Presbyterian
Church.  If you turn in from 119 into the church, you will take an immediate right into a gravel parking lot.  Pass the Hispanic Ministry building on the right and you will see the gym directly in front of you and the soccer field to your left.

Driver's License/Permit

Driver's License Information 
for Alabama Homeschoolers

Wow!  I remember when I got my driver's license...  I was so excited...and scared!!!  Hopefully I can make the process a little less painful!  As a homeschooler in Alabama, you must print out and complete the Enrollment/Exclusion Form and have it signed by the administrator of your school.  I have outlined below the requirements of obtaining both your Learner's License and passing your Driver's Exam!  Good luck and BE CAREFUL!!!


  • Must be age 15 or older
  • Original Certified Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card-Must Reflect Current Name
  • High School Diploma, Certificate of Graduation From High School, GED Certificate or Student Enrollment/Exclusion Status Form

Everest Families
There are two ways to get the form you need:

1.  Preferred method  
Electronically sign the form here.  See notes below before doing so:

  • Shelby County requires a completely different form.  Please check with them on their particular requirements.
  • Marion County & Madison County will not accept the electronic signature.  If you are testing in Marion  or Madison County, please use option 2 below.
  • On the form where it says "Is Enrolled", please do not  put a date.  
  • At the end of the form where it asks for a signature, I am asking for the parent signature.  
2.  Print out and mail the Enrollment/Exclusion Form and include a self-addressed stamped envelope with a two-week notice to:
Everest Academy
1035 Jenkins Rd

Hayden, AL 35079
(Do not mail this certified or any other way that requires a signature to be delivered.  The post office will not deliver mail to our address that has to be signed for.  The post office is 20 minutes from our office, and this WILL slow down the processing of your form.)

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Schedule Your Road Skills Test
All Applicants 15-19 yrs old must provide one of the following: High School Diploma, Certificate of Graduation from High School, GED Certificate, or Student Enrollment/Exclusion Status Form.  If you turned in the Exclusion Form when you got your permit, you do not have to do it again. 

Alabama Road Test
The road test is the final step toward qualifying for the privilege of driving on public streets and highways. A driver license examiner of the Department of Public Safety gives all road tests. You must furnish a vehicle for the road test and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The vehicle will be checked by the examiner before the test begins. It must be in safe operating condition and have the required equipment.

The equipment required for the examination includes rear view mirror, horn, windshield wipers, two separate methods of applying brakes, muffler, headlights, rear tail lights, valid license plate, stop light, and directional signals. This equipment must be in good operating condition. The license examiner may refuse to give the road test in event of hazardous weather or road conditions.

The driving test will determine your ability to operate a motor vehicle properly under traffic conditions. Ordinary maneuvers may include:
  • Right and left turns
  • Signaling (hand or approved electrical devices)
  • Use of marked and unmarked lanes of traffic
  • Backing of vehicle
  • Observance of traffic signs and signals
  • Making a quick stop
  • General control of vehicle
  • Observation
  • Three point turn. Stop vehicle at right edge of curb. When safe, make sharp left turn; back vehicle. Move forward in right lane. Do not bump curb or use driveway.

During the test, you should turn your head when you observe traffic to indicate to the examiner you are aware of conditions around you. The examiner must mark items during the test indicating "acceptable" or "needs training". Do not be distracted by the scoring, as it does not indicate you are receiving all bad marks. No passengers or pets are permitted in the vehicle during the road test. Loose items like cameras or radios should not be in the car during the road test.

Causes for immediate failure and termination of the road test are:
1. Violation of a traffic law.
2. A dangerous action.
3. Any accident which you could have prevented, regardless of legal fault.
4. Lack of cooperation or a refusal to perform any maneuver.