Essential Church School is an Alabama church (cover) school for homeschoolers. Essential Church School, based in Birmingham, provides local coverage in the Birmingham metro area (Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, St. Clair Counties) for those wishing to home educate.

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    Essential Church School

    Contact info:
    Telephone: 205-201-0327
    Administrator's Name: Kristy Trent
    Website URL: Essential Church School
    Location (mailing address): ) PO Box 382034, Birmingham, AL 35238-2034
    Office hours (for phone contact): Monday & Wednesday afternoons (but email is always on)

    Sponsoring church: Essential Church

    Enrollment area: primarily Birmingham metro area (Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, St. Clair Counties)

    Statement of Faith: not required, but we are a Christian organization

    HSLDA: not required, but highly recommended - we are a discount group with HSLDA

    General description (or Mission Statement): Essential Church School exists to provide homeschool families with a God-honoring, comprehensive program that consists of academic accountability, tools and resources, extra-curricular activities, and parental support to help families achieve success in their homeschool journey.

    Requirements: Complete attendance records are required at the end of each school year
    Notice of withdrawal is required
    Submission of high school credits and grades is required for school diplomas
    Internet Access & Email Service is required
    (Grades are not required, but school transcripts and files are kept for each student - and families are encouraged to keep academic records on file)

    Fees: $125/year per family that is paid at the first of the school year and is not prorated for early withdrawal or late/mid-year enrollment

    Services: Online Applications & Member Site
    Field Trips
    School Pictures
    Student Files
    Diplomas (General & Advanced )
    Kindergarten Graduation
    Curriculum Library

    Additional Info: To keep costs low, we use email and the internet for all communications. Families without internet access would probably not benefit from our service.

    Information here last verified on 09/05/13.

    The church school listed here provided with this description. Should you have questions about this church school, please use the contact information in the above description. If you discover that the contact information is no longer valid, please e-mail at No permission is given to use this description elsewhere. Please contact the individual church school if you wish to use their description for your own personal web site or publication. does not endorse any church school. Inclusion here is solely for informational purposes. urges those searching for a church school to familiarize themselves with the laws governing church schools in Alabama (since we "homeschool" under the church school laws, rather than a homeschool law in Alabama). You can read those laws here:

    The Code of Alabama 1975

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