Umbrella/Cover Schools
An umbrella or cover school provides an alternative way for parents to fulfill governmental educational guidelines and requirements. Most offer a variety of services, which can include curricula, social activities, field trips, standardized testing, portfolio reviews, evaluations, and graduation materials, including diplomas. While umbrella schools do tend to the needs of homeschoolers, they are considered a type of private school in most states.
What is an Umbrella or Cover School?
Umbrella Schools - Pros and Cons

This forum discussion goes over the pros and cons of using an umbrella school. In some states, there is a requirement for homeschoolers to register with an organization, and umbrella or cover schools offer this. 

Tennessee Homeschool Umbrella Schools

According to the Tennessee education code, homeschoolers have three ways to follow Tennessee homeschool laws. The most popular of these options with homeschool families is to enroll their child in a church-related umbrella school. These schools are operated by denominational, parochial or other church organizations and are required to meet specific standards of accreditation. Umbrella schools in Tennessee are free to choose their own operational procedures. Each school will vary on curriculum options, standardized testing, minimum graduation requirements, parent education levels, and other details of homeschooling.

Umbrella and Cover Schools in Alabama
Tennessee Valley Homeschool Center
661 Jeff Road
Huntsville, AL 35806
Phone: 256-830-2720

Tennessee Valley Homeschool Center is a resource center for home educators sponsored by Franklin School.
Pathways Academy
P. O. Box 5273
Glencoe, Alabama 35905-0273
Phone: 256-494-1600

Pathways Academy is a ministry of Pathways Family Fellowship, an association of churches, ministers and lay persons, and acts as an Alabama church school.
Atrium School
Phone: 561-496-3044

Atrium School exists to support and facilitate family based learning as an educational choice. Atrium School is a private school offering two distinct enrollment programs so that families can select the level of support and guidance that's right for them.
DaySpring Academy
1293 County Road 524
Verbena, AL 36091
Phone: 205-755-8112

DaySpring Academy is a church school in Alabama offering a family-based educational program for grades K-12.
East Lake United Methodist Church Academy
6206 Whippoorwill Dr.
Pinson, AL 35126
Phone: 205-680-6881

East Lake United Methodist Church Academy is an inclusive church school for the home educated in Birmingham, Alabama.
Contemporary Education Academy
Provides curriculum support and more.
Sunshine Learning Center
1703 North State Rd. 7
Margate, FL 33063
Phone: 954-971-7370
Calvary School
PO Box 672
Madison, AL 35758
Phone: 256-922-0779

Calvary is an umbrella or cover school that provides parents a legal avenue to homeschool their children in the State of Alabama. Calvary School was established because most Alabama Churches only provide for their own members homeschooling. Calvary believes that parents should be able to educate their children and choose the curriculum that best fits their children. They accept homeschool students from all over the state of Alabama regardless of religion, culture or race.
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