Church cover schools (sometimes called umbrella schools) are a way to homeschool legally in Alabama.
How to Start a Church School
CHEF helps churches form church schools
At CHEF we believe a big part of our mission is to help churches form church school ministries for home educators. We have helped dozens of churches form the legal basis for a church school. The strategy is to establish what we call “virtual schools” with a legal basis (a ministry of a local church) and the administrative functions of any other school. The only difference between our schools and classroom schools is that the classroom is in the home.
No Statement of Faith
Academy for Excellence
We have a “local program” for families in St. Clair, Talladega, and Calhoun counties, as well as a “statewide” program for others. We offer record-keeping on-line, a message/chat board for homeschoolers, help choosing curriculum, field trips, and more. Requires a BIble study, your choice. Local: St. Clair, Talladega and Calhoun Counties, as well as Statewide.
Alabama Hope Academy
Anyone may enroll with Alabama Hope Academy. We do not require any statement of faith. We welcome all homeschoolers to homeschool with us. You may homeschool with any method you like. Yes we welcome unschooling also. You must live in Alabama. Based in Birmingham.
We require no statement of faith, but rather trust that those families who take the responsibility of educating their own children will seek to educate those children in their religious faith as well. We strive for educational excellence of the child and of the parents. We are a ministry of East Lake United Methodist Church.
Bright Horizons Academy
We do not require a Statement of Faith, nor do we require membership in HSLDA, although discount memberships are available. We require attendance and grades be turned in quarterly. We also offer year round enrollment. Based in Alabaster, AL, 35007.
We believe that parents should be able to educate their children and choose the curriculum that best fits their children. Calvary accepts homeschool students from all over the State of Alabama regardless of religion, culture or race. Based in Madison, AL 35758.
Christian Fellowship Academy
A church school in Alabama offering a Christian family-based home education program. We encourage parents to use a broad spectrum of materials. No written statement required, but please remember we are a ministry for Christian Families. Based in Cullman, AL 35057.
Contemporary Education Academy
Based in Huntsville, this Bible-based cover school includes an online e-center to facilitate communication. Offers a free placement test. PreK to 12+ Life-ling learning. Based in Huntsville, AL 35815.
A church school that offers a legal alternative for families who wish to homeschool. We are located in Central Alabama and offer our services to anyone in the state. We do not ask that families sign a statement of faith, join HSLDA or any legal group.
New Enrollments contact: 334-518-9181
A ministry of Christian Community and is an integral part of the vision and mission of the church. Madison-based Home School with soccer team, newspaper, Oratorical Society, writing classes, character program.
Our tuition is affordable and we offer activities to support homeschooling families in their educational journey. We offer monthly social activities and support opportunities throughout the school year. In addition, we offer periodic and field trips. Based in Madison, AL.
Tuesdays & Fridays call 256-867-9016. Wednesdays and Thursdays call 256-679-5969.
Because we believe that parents are best suited to direct the education of their children, Outlook Academy asks only for what the law requires while also offering support for your personal choices. Various activities, classes, clubs, and co-ops are available in the Montgomery, Elmore and Autauga County, Alabama areas.
Call 334-290-0919 or 334-625-8328 during office hours: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
A state-wide inclusive homeschool covering school for families living in Alabama. Our staff has been dedicated to assisting homeschool families for over 15 years. At Pathways, we believe the paths to education begin at home and that parents should be able to choose how to educate their children. P.O. Box 411, Gadsden, AL 35901.
Please feel free to email us any time, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call our Resource Center, 256-494-1600, during Thursday office hours from noon-4pm.
Rosewood Academy and High School
Provides a legal church school cover for families that have decided to accept the responsibility of their child’s learning experience. We do not require a statement of faith. Based in Maytown, Alabama 35118.
Sacred Grove Academy
Formed by Church of the Spiral Tree, a legally incorporated tax-exempt pagan church (Section 501(a) organization under 501(c)(3)), in order to serve Pagan families in Alabama who want to homeschool their children. Sacred Grove Academy does not require a statement of faith or require families to be Pagan to enroll. Based in Auburn, Alabama 36831.
Statement of Faith Required
Evangel Christian School
A distinctively Christian parent-directed educational environment, committed to excellence in academics, athletics and the fine arts. The school is under the authority of Evangel Presbyterian Church, Helena, AL 35007.
The Way Home Christian School
Operating in Alabama since 1988, we provide home school administrative services to families throughout the state. Our purpose is simple; we are here to support your adventure in home schooling. Based in Eva, AL 35621.
256-796-8533, only if you cannot find a coordinator in your area here.
Church Cover School Lists
Alabama Church Schools
Karen Gibson of Alabama checks these resources every summer.
Alabama Schools and Organizations
List of cover schools, some with links, some without. From NAHE.