COVER SCHOOL INFORMATION
Welcome to New Hope Academy’s Cover School. If you are home schooling your child in Alabama, the law requires you to be “covered” under a school. New Hope Academy provides you with this legal covering.
Dual Enrollment with Faulkner University and AUM
Guidance with curriculum choices
Low yearly fee -- $30 per child per year, with a family cap of $60
Please read the following carefully before enrolling your child.
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We believe it is the fundamental right of the parent to decide what educational program is right for their child. We encourage free thinking and creativity in our parents and students. We do not require you to submit your plans or curriculum for our approval; it is your choice and your responsibility to decide what is best for you and your child. Click here for curriculum choices and recommendations
New Hope Academy Cover School operates on a year-round calendar. Your holidays, classroom hours and days of operation are at your discretion. In Alabama, church schooling does not have a required number of attendance days. It is strongly suggested, however, that a church school keep attendance days close to the 175 days that are required by the state’s public schools. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO TURN IN AN ATTENDANCE REPORT TO NEW HOPE ACADEMY. but it is recommended.
Alabama law requires students to be enrolled in a public, private or church school home school between the ages of 6 and 17. Students turning 6 before September 1 must enroll. A student cannot leave school until he/she turns 17, unless he/she has completed all graduation requirements.
The State of Alabama has two legal options to make home schooling a possibility. The first option is to be part of a church school, and the second is to acquire a personal tutor. Being part of a church school does not necessarily mean that your child attends school at a church. This form of home schooling does not require a teacher to have any special kind of degree. If you choose to utilize the tutor option, then your chosen private tutor must be certified by the State of Alabama.Tutors must meet with any students for 140 days a year, with at least three hours per weekday being the norm. It is also required that these hours take place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
We will keep a file for each family. If you wish, you may submit grades and any information you deem important to your child’s education record. You MUST send in year subjects and averages for grades 9 through 12, as these will be part of your child’s transcript. These will also be used if you choose to return to a public or private school system. New Hope Academy will issue your child a diploma upon completion of his/her high school curriculum, which includes a total of 24 credits. If your child will be attending college, we will work out a transcript using the information that you provide, so please keep in mind that having a good record-keeping system will be of help to our administrators and your family.
A home schooled student may enroll in a dual enrollment college program to receive both high school and college credit. The child must be in 10th grade, have at least a “B” average, and have a recommendation from their cover school. New Hope Academy works hand-in-hand with Faulkner University and AUM to provide this service. Please contact the director of New Hope Academy if you are interested in this program.
Statement of Faith
We do not require a statement of faith. We trust that your family will certainly pass along your own values and religious preferences to your children.
Although membership in the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is not required for families enrolling in our cover school, we recommend that each family join HSLDA. HSLDA provides free professional legal representation and assistance with any social service contacts and investigations related to home schooling. New Hope Academy does not have the resources to provide legal aid if needed.
Drivers Permit Form
The Alabama Department of Public Safety issues the driver’s licenses for all first-time drivers. You may obtain a copy of the Driver Handbook from the DPS. To apply for a driver’s permit in Alabama, your student will need the School Enrollment/Exclusion Form (DL-1/93) provided by New Hope Academy, signed by the school administrator and filled out by the parent. This form verifies that your student is enrolled in a church school. Please call the school at 334-361-9505 to request this form. There is no extra charge for this form. Do not wait until the day your child plans to take the driver’s test to request the form, as it may take up to 5 days after your initial request to receive it.
Official transcripts will be completed by the director of New Hope Academy as long as you provide the appropriate dates, subjects and grades. Transcripts may take up to 2 weeks to be completed, so please request them in a timely manner. The fee for transcripts is $10.00.
We welcome you to New Hope Academy! We know you have made the right decision in choosing to home school your child, and we are dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Thank you for choosing us as your cover school.