If you live in Alabama and would like to register with HomeLife Academy, it’s simple. In Alabama, you can register with a local CRS (church-related school) or you can register with a private school like HomeLife Academy and in doing so you will only be required to meet the requirements for that school.  Please read the HSLDA summary below carefully as it is important to know your legal rights.


HomeLife Academy Alabama

1708 Hollydale Drive, Suite HLA

Athens, AL  35611


HomeLife Academy is established in the State of Alabama as a private school meeting the qualifications under AL Homeschool Statutes Option 2 Private School . ACT/SAT High School Code: 431-423.  HLA is a member in Good Standing with ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and a registered group with HSLDA.


HSLDA Legal Summary for Alabama


Homeschooling in Alabama

Summary of Requirements:

blue checkRegister with HomeLife Academy or a local church-related school by the time school begins in your area.

blue checkMust be registered between the ages of six (6) and seventeen (17). Students must be registered for the current school year if the student turns 6 by September 1 of that school year, otherwise, the student must be registered the school after turning 6. Must be 5 by September 1 to register for Kindergarten.

blue checkImmunization records are required by AL State Law for private school compliance.  Medical and Religious Exemptions may be taken.

blue checkMeet the requirements i.e. testing, reporting, etc. of the school with which you are registered.


NOTE REGARDING SPORTS:  Students wanting to play sports under AHSAA must enroll in a member school that serves the areas in which the student’s parents reside.  Student must enroll within the first 20 days of the semester.  You may stay enrolled with HomeLife Academy while playing sports. There are other academic requirements.  Please visit our Sports and Activities FAQs page for more information.

NOTE REGARDING DRIVER’S LICENSE:  Students are required to provide proof of enrollment when obtaining their Driver’s License/Permit.  This must be requested from your school.  Click here to for information on how to request a Driver’s License form.


Advantages of Enrolling with HLA as your Private “Cover” School

  • Open Enrollment – Enroll Anytime
  • Low Costs for Enrollment
  • NO Testing Required
  • No Mandatory Meetings
  • Provides covering anywhere in the State
  • Official High School Transcripts & Diploma
  • High School Planning & Transcript Reviews
  • Counseling Services
  • Official records for K through 8th grades
  • Attendance Records
  • Teacher and Student ID Cards
  • Online Reporting & Account Access
  • Statement of Faith not required.
  • Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) membership discount.



Yes, being enrolled with HLA meets the requirements of the state of Alabama for Compulsory Attendance .  You will not be expected to meet other state or county requirements such as testing and reporting.

No, you will not need to fill out any forms for the local board of education.  If you are asked or told to fill out a Private School/Private Tutor Enrollment form, please call us and we can forward a Proof of Enrollment for you.

Withdrawing from your current cover school or public school is simple.  Once you register with HLA, we will send a notice and request for records to your current school.  This notifies them of your withdrawal and prompts them to forward your records to HLA.  In most cases, you will need to do nothing further.  You may be asked to sign a withdrawal form and this should be of no concern to you.  It is generally a formality in the school’s process.  If you are asked to fill out a Private School/Private Tutor Enrollment Form, please call our office and we will forward the correct documents. You do not need to fill out any enrollment forms if you are enrolled with HLA.


State Organizations and Associations

Alabama has a central association, Christian Home Education Fellowship of Alabama(CHEF), that works directly with the regional chapters across the state. CHEF exists to promote and encourage Christian home education for the glory of God. Their goal is to help those new to homeschooling, or veteran homeschooling parents through encouragement and inspiration.

Their main purposes are to promote home education, present workshops and conventions, protect the rights of Alabama homeschoolers, provide assistance to schools and groups and to publish information that is informative and helpful.

NOTE:  The private school option went into effect in July 2014.  CHEF has not updated their website to reflect the options that are available to homeschoolers in Alabama.  


Homeschooling Events in Alabama

Alabama’s main homeschool event is hosted by CHEF in Birmingham each year in June. Check out CHEF’s Events page for more information.


Local Support Groups and Other Helpful Information

The HomeSchool Mom – Homeschool Organizations and Support Groups