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Local Tutorials, Co-ops, and Classes

What is a tutorial?

Many of our families have found the following organizations and teachers to be very knowledgeable and helpful.  The following tutorials, co-ops, and classroom opportunities are currently being posted to benefit Birmingham, Alabama metro area families.   Check the individual links for the most current information.   It is the responsibility of each parent to evaluate the course content and teacher qualifications with regard to their family's convictions and their children's needs.  SMIC Academy makes no claim as to the quality of the class or qualifications of individual teachers in every tutorial listed on our site. At this time we do not list individually sponsored tutorials, but only those organized by church schools, parent co-operatives or educational organizations serving the general public.

Links to tutorials in the metro-Birmingham Area:  The Brook Hills Co-op is a fee-for-service tutorial consisting of three classes offered within three class periods for K-6th grades and four class periods for 7-12th grades. Participation in the co-op is dependent upon the approval of Brook Hills Co-op Leadership following a successful interview.  Enrollment is a la carte.   (Many of the SMICA Tutorials teachers now teach there.)  This cooperative, with professional educators as well as parent experts, is a ministry of Hope Christian School and meets at Riverchase Community Church on Old Hwy 31.  They offer traditionally sequenced classes for middle school (Wednesdays) and high school (Tues/Thurs.).  The schedule for the upcoming year is usually released in May or June. - Chelsea Tutorials meets at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church in Chelsea    (2nd grade - high school)

Cornerstone Cooperative is based in Helena AL.  Classes for K-12.  Contact information, statement of faith, scope and sequence overview, and current class listings are on the site.  Facebook page gives current discussions:  Alabaster area, mostly 9-12, but check site for middle school.

Classical Conversations  K-9th in most locations; 10-12th in select locations. A nationally organized program using classical curriculum from a variety of publishers; several cooperatives meet in the metro-Birmingham area: Hoover, Bessemer, Shelby County.  Class sizes are limited by the charter for each location.   Contact information for your zip code will be on the "Find a Community Near You" link on their homepage link.

Smith Family Resources - Monthly enrichment classes offered by one of SMICA's mentor moms, in homes around the city: Hoover, Helena, Gardendale, Alabaster, and Maylene.  Classes offered:  Bird Watching (K-8th), Creation (K-8th), Timeline (K-8th; 7th-12th), Old Testament (K-8th), Postcrossing (K-8th), Scripture Melodies (K-8th; 7th-12th), and Spelling Club (K-8th). Private tutoring is also available in reading, writing, and/or spelling with instruction tailored for the student’s needs and the parent’s requirements. If you live in or near Birmingham, email or use the contact form at to request more information. - ACT,SAT,PSAT preparation.  Tutorials located in the Riverchase area of Hoover.

Birmingham Zoo  classes and opportunities for homeschooled students 4K-9th grade

Dueta Dance  Ballroom dancing for age 7 and up taught by Spenser and Miah Thompson. Good for PE or an elective.  Classes meet at Absolute Health & Wellness in Alabaster.  Other locations may be added.  McWane Science Center, downtown Birmingham, all grades.  Labs follow the Alabama Course of Study.  You may download the schedule.  Labs are four weeks in September and  four weeks in January.   Susan O. Johnsey, a homeschool veteran mom with a Masters Degree in Mathematics. Teaches in the Mtn Brook area.  Has taught at the highschool and community college level.  Online Classes fee for service and tutoring.  All grades through calculus.  " your home or mine, math workshops and free placement tests."  Youth Athlete Development Bowling Program.  Can be used for PE credit. A department at Samford University with location across Lakeshore from the main campus.  Summer music camps for all ages, lessons, art and photography for highschool and up.