Local Church/Cover Schools
In Alabama there are three options to legally homeschool: hire a private tutor, register directly with your board of education, or use a church school.
There are many church schools in Alabama, but some require that you be a member of their church or faith. The following church schools in this area are open to the public. Requirements, services, and fees vary for each of these schools. Visit their web sites and talk with their administrators about your needs in a church school. (If you find any of this information to be inaccurate or out of date please let us know so we can correct it.)
LIST UPDATED AUG 2017
River Crest Academy
301 Dexter Ave
Montgomery, AL 36104
Founder/Administrator: Tanya Murphy
Statement: River Crest Academy is a church school for residents of Alabama who wish to homeschool their children. It is required to be registered with your county if your child is compulsory age (6-17). Our commitment is to the children in the home school community. We strive to provide up to date and accurate information on home school activities, field trips, curriculum, educational activities, sports, social activities, and graduation for families with children of all ages.
Tuition: $65.00 mid year, $55.00 May 1st- July 15th(Open Enrollment)
Deadline: We accept students year round; however, applicants qualify for early enrollment May 31st - July 15.
Other: Members of River Crest Academy can receive a discount on their enrollment fee for Central Alabama Homeschool Co-op.
Honor School (not in our area but offers statewide services)
6157 Airport Blvd. #310
Mobile, AL 36608
Phone: (334) 384-4619
Tuition: Free for Basic Cover, $20 for Standard Cover, $50 for Deluxe Cover
Requirements: Parents must keep attendance but are not required to turn it in.
Deadline: None, enrollment open year round.
Other: This is currently the only open-to-the-public cover school in the state that offers free cover services.
New Hope Academy
301 Water St
Prattville, AL 36067
Administrator: Tina M. Halbert, M.Ed., NBCT,
Requirements: This is a “hands-off” cover school. There are no requirements other than the initial paperwork and yearly fee.
Tuition: $30.00 per child yearly fee ($60 cap per family)
Other: Diploma, transcript service, graduation ceremony, and guidance with curriculum choices.
P.O. Box 1027
Millbrook, AL 36054
Administrator: Dora (Debbie) Bennage, 334-290-0919
Directors: Daniel and Carren Joye
Statement: Outlook Academy is a hands-off church school. Because we believe that parents are best suited to direct the education of their children, Outlook Academy asks only for what the law requires and offers support for your personal choices. We accept students from all over the state. Because we wish to use today’s available technology to make the homeschooling process as easy, efficient and convenient as possible, many of our services have Internet options, such as attendance reports via email.
Requirements: Attendance reports at the end of the year. (Not required: membership in HSLDA, meetings, minimum days of attendance, testing, curriculum review, or statement of faith.)
Tuition: $95 per family per year
Deadline: August 5th, but we do accept “mid-year” enrollments all year
Other: Discounted enrollment to Academy Days Co-op for subjects difficult to teach at home or best taught in group settings, convenient attendance reporting via email, monthly newsletter, online support, contact information for local homeschool support groups, web site featuring curriculum information and news of home schooling interests.
8191 Seaton Place
Montgomery, AL 36116
PO Box 243034, Montgomery, AL 36124-3034
Email: contact form
Administrator: Maretta Oswald
Requirements: 170 schooling days, letter from pastor, disclaimer statement signed by parents, orientation meeting at beginning of school year, course of study for each child
Tuition: $200 per year per family
Deadline: 1st Thursday of August
Other: LIFT program, clubs, and athletics.
Evangel Family Christian Academy
3975 Vaughn Road
Montgomery, AL 36106
Phone: (334) 272-3215
Director: Denise Matthes
Requirements: Membership in HSLDA; Family Church Reference form completed by the pastor of your church; 170 schooling days; open house in August
Tuition: $165 per year per family
Deadline: August 1st
Other: Semester reports, clubs, sports for 3rd-12th grades, and graduation ceremony with diploma.