Cover Schools in Mobile, AL

“What is a Cover School? – a cover school (aka umbrella school) has a varying definition depending on what state you are in since home education laws vary.  In Alabama, a cover school is essentially a church school.  The state law in Alabama gives three options:
1. Church School option (hence the cover school)
2. Private School option (Read more on this NEW option here)
3. Private Tutor option (must have a teaching certificate).

Mobile County Public Schools now offers a Virtual School option, but keep in mind this still uses public school books, principals, grading systems, etc. The Virtual School option is called Envision Academy. Though this virtual school may be done at home, please do not confuse this with actual homeschooling.

Mobile County Cover Schools

Alabama Hope Academy
Address 1402 Rice Blvd W
Fort Payne, AL 35968
***Alabama state wide covering

Better Life Ministries Home School & Christian Academy
8020-C Moffett Rd
P.O. Drawer 659, Semmes, AL 36575

Bridge Christian Academy
PO Box 462, Magnolia Springs, AL 36555
*Covers the South Alabama area

Capstone Christian School
Mobile, AL

Everest Academy
***Alabama state wide covering

Evergreen Christian Academy – Shiloh
PO Box 851711, Mobile, AL 36685

Foundations Christian School
9260 Cottage Hill Rd. Mobile, AL 36695

Heartwood Christian Academy
3321 Sollie Rd. Mobile, AL 36695

Heritage Christian School
5660 Three Notch Rd, Mobile, AL 36619

Moffet Road Christian School
6159 Moffet Rd, Mobile, AL 36618
251 649-3502

Northside Bible Academy
2700 N. University Blvd., Mobile, AL 36618

Our Lady of Guadalupe
P.O. Box 8245, Mobile, AL 36689

Saraland Christian Academy
23 Bethel Forest Drive S., Saraland, AL 36571

West Mobile Christian School

I know there are more school coverings in the Mobile area than the ones I have above, but these were all I could find online. If you have information on any to add to the list please let me know.

***Update – 6/20/13
Some cover schools are specific to people living in a certain county (or counties) while others are state wide.  Be sure to check the membership requirements of the covering you are considering joining.  I’ve tried to mark the cover schools that are state wide though I may have missed some.  Please note that I have intentionally NOT listed all of the state wide coverings above.  I feel it’s important to make connections with people locally.  The only state-wide coverings I list here will have a significant group or leader in the area for it to be listed.  🙂


22 responses to “Cover Schools in Mobile, AL

  1. lisa canfield

    September 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Looking for my son a home school program he’s in the 8th grade but should be in the 11th need to so ASAP WE live in satsuma

    • Sharon -Admin

      December 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      If you haven’t already you need to get connected with some homeschooling parents locally. Besides just a cover school, you need to have some people experienced with homeschooling to help guide you and mentor you. Join a couple of the homeschooling groups on Facebook or Yahoo groups online. Every homeschooling parent needs a support group for encouragement, to bounce ideas off of, to ask questions of and simply to have a like-minded listening ear.

  2. Angella cook

    August 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Do you know of any homeschool programs that offer basketball for highschool boys

    • Sharon -Admin

      August 2, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      In the past Cottage Hill Baptist has allowed homeschoolers to participate in their sports programs. I’m not sure which sports or what ages though. Christ United Methodist has a basketball program during the summer time (again, not sure how high up it goes, but I know it goes at least through 8th grade). You also might try Mobile Kinetic Sports. I know they offer homeschool programs, just not certain about basketball. Best of luck!

  3. denise

    February 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    i just moved here to daphne, i have a 8th grader and 9th grader. we move so much that they dont want to go to another public school and deal with the hassle of being the new kids again. i dont know where to begin or what to do. but i need them in school asap. HELP!!!! (e-mail address removed by admin)

    • Sharon -Admin

      March 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Hi Denise,
      The first thing you need to do is find a cover school (aka church school). You can choose either as state-wide cover school or a local one. There are pros & cons to both, but the since you need one quickly you might want to try Harvest Church: This is a state wide covering. I’m not familiar with all the Baldwin County homeschool coverings, but I highly recommend you join the South Alabama Homeschooling group on Facebook. This group is filled with homeschoolers from both Baldwin & Mobile counties. Most of their field trips and group activities are in Baldwin County so the members on there can give you pros and cons of the different cover schools in your county.
      Also, if you haven’t yet read it, please take a look at my Homeschooling 101 page. Step #3 is the main one you need:
      Best of luck!

  4. Cynthia

    May 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    This will be our second year homeschooling and our cover has decided to change their requirements. We really can’t afford to pay the fees. I was wondering how to make a church a cover church. A friend of mine did this with her church but for some reason couldn’t give me the details. Can you?

    • Sharon -Admin

      May 24, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      I’ve never created a cover school, but based on what I understand, your church would need to declare themselves a “church school” and send notification to the local school board of their status. After that, you would simply need each family joining the cover school (aka church school) to fill out a “Church School Enrollment Form”. This form would have their child’s name, age, grade, and the church school name, address, phone #, etc. on it and needs to be signed by the church school administrator (usually a church official, associate pastor, etc.). Then you can bulk mail the forms to the county school board enrollment office. If you have families joining your covering from a different county their forms would need to be mailed to THEIR county school board. It’s up to the cover school if you want to have the families turn in attendance at the end of each year, or let them be in charge of keeping track of attendance themselves.

      If you find it’s more work to handle a cover school than you’re willing to take on, consider enrolling with one of the many state-wide cover schools. There are quite a few to choose from. Then create a local homeschool field trip and playdates group. This way there are no forms or money to deal with, just a bunch of friends getting together to learn, socialize and have fun together. Hope this helps!

  5. chelsie

    April 5, 2015 at 3:21 am

    So, do the kids attend these cover schools or do they send teachers to the home?

    • Sharon -Admin

      April 5, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      In the state of Alabama a cover school is the same as a church school (though not all church schools are willing to act as a cover school for homeschoolers). An excerpt from AL state code says:

      A church school “[i]ncludes only schools that offer instruction in grades K-12, or any combination thereof, including preschool, through on-site or home programs, and are operated as a ministry of a local church, group of churches, denomination, and/or association of churches which do not receive any state or federal funding.” Ala. Code § 16-28-1. A home may be the location where a child receives instruction as a student attending a church school. A parent may establish the church school in the home, or the home may be an extension of an existing church school.

      Basically a cover school provides paperwork saying ________ child at ________ address is enrolled in their “church school”. Then the cover school keeps a copy, you keep a copy, and a 3rd copy is sent to the county educational board (typically by you, but sometimes by the cover school). With cover schools, it’s expected that the parents are the teachers of their child, or they will find someone suitable to teach in their place. Ultimately the responsibility of the child’s education is in the hands of the parents. Parents may teach their children how they want and wherever they want (home, vacation, park, library, etc.) A cover school (aka church school) is simply one option to legally homeschool in the state of Alabama.

      Hope this helps?

  6. Ashley M Moreno

    July 31, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I need info in home schools or phone call *(edited to remove private information). We just moved here from Birmingham. My 10 year old was discharged from public school to special needs school due to behavior. He’s a A B student. His behavior schools refuse to deal with. I had to put him in hospitals, 2 different Residential places. He’s very smart. Homeschool is best for him under situations. Can you please help me.schools about to start & tired of suspensions, tired of 4 hour school days & threats of probation officer for him I’ll have to pay fines to I can’t afford. He learns worse behaviors from school when kicked out of regular school. He’s great @ home. I will have to home school him. Please, please, please help me with home schooling. We just moved here from Shelby County by Birmingham. Thank you.

    • Sharon -Admin

      September 6, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      If you haven’t already you need to get connected to a homeschooling support group. I highly recommend South Alabama Homeschooling on Facebook. I’m assuming you already have a cover school, or have chosen to go the private school route. Either way is fine will meet the Alabama rules for “church school” (aka homeschooling since homeschooling specifically isn’t mentioned in AL state laws).
      I have several friends who have had great success with behavioral therapy for their special needs children. I also recommend using a consistent structure to your homeschool days. This doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, but have a basic structure to your days so your son will know what to expect. Clear expectations and rewards/consequences is often the key to success. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I’ll try to point you in the right direction. 🙂

  7. amanda

    February 24, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    If my child goes to home school for 2 years and passed. Can a public school hold them back just because they were homeschooled?

    • Sharon -Admin

      February 26, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Public schools typically require incoming students who’ve been homeschooled to pass a grade-level evaluation. If they don’t pass for that grade level then they’ll need to repeat the grade to be in that school. If you are homeschooling now and plan to have your child enter public school at some point in the future, it’s very important you stick with lessons that the public schools in your county are learning at that grade level. For example, 4th graders learn Alabama History in public schools here. If you choose to wait and teach that in 5th grade, but then end up putting your child in public school for 5th grade, they may get held back because they don’t know enough to start 5th grade with the rest of the class.
      You can find out what each grade level needs to know online if you’re in Mobile County. For other counties you may need to contact the department of education for your county. Hope this helps.

  8. Abbey

    July 16, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I am looking to connect with people who have middle and high schoolers and find places that offer classes for my homeschooling students. We would be living in the mobile area, Daphne, or Spanish Fort. I realize this is an umbrella school listing, which I also need to learn more about.. Any info would be helpful, as Mobile and umbrella schools are brand new to me. Thanks!

    • Sharon -Admin

      July 16, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Hi Abbey, I highly recommend you join these two homeschooling Facebook groups: South Alabama Homeschooling & Free 2 Homeschool There you can introduce yourself, mention the ages/grades of your children and meet up for events and activities with other middle school/high schoolers in Mobile/Baldwin Counties. Everything from field trips and volunteer opportunities, to dances & parties are mentioned in these groups. Let me know if you need help finding them or have any other questions. 🙂

  9. Anna

    August 18, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Sharon, I love your blog. It’s so cool to have a blog about homeschooling that is locally based. I was homeschooled in Baldwin county. I am now a college graduate with a degree in English.
    I am offering tutoring to homeschoolers in Mobile county. What is the best way to get the word out?

    • Sharon -Admin

      August 27, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Hi Anna, Thanks!
      Most homeschool families in Mobile county use facebook groups to communicate, plan events, ask for advice, etc. I’d recommend joining the groups “South Alabama Homeschooling” and “Free 2 Homeschool”. Then simply post to the groups who you are and what you are offering.
      Your comment will also be posted on this website for others to see. Hope this helps.

  10. April

    June 8, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Will cover school help place child in correct grade?

    • Sharon -Admin

      June 8, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      When it comes to homeschooling, there isn’t really a “correct grade” for a student. A child may excel in some areas, while be behind in others. Since the world likes to know what “grade” a child is in, it’s best to pick the grade level they are currently working at in most of their subjects. For example: If your child is in 3rd grade math & spelling, but in 4th grade science, history, language arts, reading, then you could easily say your child is in 4th grade. Some will say 3rd & 4th, but to the average person this is confusing and requires more explanation than necessary.
      As to your original question…. Most cover schools do not have a way to tell you what grade level your child should be in. The best way to know is to do standardized testing (SAT or Iowa Basic for example). Even to do standardized testing though you’ll need to have a pretty good idea of what grade level your child is currently working at to be sure and order the correct test. When in doubt, order the test that fits their age on Sept. 1st. In our area, children who are 6 on or after Sept. 1st are considered 1st graders. Using this just figure out what grade level your child should be in and have them tested.
      I hope this helps?

  11. Nicole

    June 26, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    This will be my first time homeschooling. I would like to know of local homeschooling parents i could connect with. in Mobile,AL.

    • Sharon -Admin

      June 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      I highly recommend you join the South Alabama Homeschooling group on Facebook. There are over 2,250 members from Mobile, Baldwin, and nearby counties. This is where you’ll find out about numerous field trips, fun events, and get to know where the regular scheduled homeschool events are so you can pick and choose what you want to attend. Most of the events run Aug – May. There are things like roller skating, bowling, laser tag, archery, Junior Master Gardener, robotics, swimming @ the YMCA, and more! So there are plenty of opportunities to meet other homeschooling families. 🙂


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