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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.

Everest Academy Graduation Ceremony

Everest will not be holding a 2023 graduation ceremony due to lack of interest.

Feel free to pick whatever color cap and gown you would like!!!
Everest Academy
High School Graduation

Grace Baptist
101 Earley St,
Sumiton, AL 35148
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

*Please note that graduates are not required to attend the Graduation Ceremony.  If you have a graduate who does not want to attend the ceremony, please look here for more info.

Everest Academy offers a very special High School Graduation Ceremony.
What makes this ceremony so special?

The families of course!  We are homeschoolers, so we do not have to follow tradition.  We can do things our own way.  You can choose to present your child's diploma or request that the administrator of Everest Academy do so.  Your child can give a performance or a speech if they so choose.  

  • Cap & Gowns - Optional.  Graduates are responsible for providing their own cap & gowns. You can wear whatever color/style of cap & gown you choose.  Graduates are also welcome to order any adornment (such as an "Honors" stole, etc. OTHER than a Valedictorian or Salutatorian Stole).  Graduates are welcome to personalize their caps if they would like (see picture above - Rated G only please)  
  • Transcripts, Diplomas, and Padded Diploma Cover will be provided.
  • All High School Graduates must complete and submit the following to participate in the graduation ceremony.
  1. March 15 - $60.00 graduation fee which includes diploma and transcript.  Please note: All fees and Graduation Registration Forms are due no later than March 15 and are nonrefundable after March 15. If you register and pay for graduation after March 15, late fees will apply.  Please see the registration form for details on late fees.  No new registration will be taken after May 7. No exceptions. Please don't ask.
  2. Graduation Registration Packet at time of registration
  3. All fees at time of registration
  4. March 15 - ACT/SAT scores to be considered for Valedictorian/Salutatorian (more details below)
  5. April 1 - We will add all graduates to a closed graduate Facebook group following the March 15 deadline which is where you will upload pictures for the slideshow by the April 1 deadline.   ***April 1 is the deadline for anyone wishing to participate in the graduation slideshow. Those who register for graduation after April 1 will not be included in the slideshow. Pictures for slideshow deadline is April 1 and will be posted to closed Facebook page.  Everest has a deadline to meet for the slideshow pictures.  No exceptions will be made for accepting pictures after April 1
  6. May 1 - Final transcripts due (information included with the Graduation Registration Packet). Diploma will not be issued without a final transcript. 

Valedictorian/Salutatorian will be awarded on basis of ACT/SAT scores.  To be considered for the honor of Valedictorian/Salutatorian, all of the following requirements must be met:
  1. Graduate must have been enrolled with Everest Academy for one complete year
  2. Graduation fee, Transcript Request Form, Graduation Registration Form, and ACT/SAT scores must be submitted by the March 15 deadline
  3. Graduate must attend the ceremony and commit to giving a speech
  4. Graduate must have a minimum of a 25 ACT score (or SAT equivalent)
    Fees - Payment, transcripts, and Graduation Registration Form must be postmarked by the deadline dates.


    Mail in a money order or cashier's check to the address below.  Please also include the Graduation Registration Packet.  You can also email in and make payment online.

    Everest Academy

    Questions?  Contact Deb Spradlin at everestacademy1@gmail.com or 205.433.9828 (email preferred).
    Here is what one Everest Mom had to say...

    I was so impressed with how well this was done. I have so many sweet memories of that day that I will always treasure. One of the few fears I had of homeschooling was that we might miss these types of activities. Once I had seen the Everest website and talked to Deb and seen what Everest had to offer I was somewhat relieved. Though I must admit that I still wondered how it would all work. I must say that this first year of "official" homeschooling has been great. We have met so many great families and had so many great activities to attend. But this graduation ceremony was the icing on the cake. I was beyond pleased. Thank you so much to Deb, Sue, Briana and all the others that worked so hard to make that one day such a blessed event. It may have been just one day but it encompassed so much more. It solidified to me that homeschooling families need not give up anything in order to do what is best for their children. I felt so happy and so blessed to be a part of such an awesome "family" as I sat at the ceremony. I wiped a few tears and fought back many more (I have a tough exterior to uphold LOL) as I saw the awards and diplomas given out. Thank you again to the many people who made this year and the graduation a wonderful bunch of memories for my family. 

    ~Jennifer White 2009~