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Upcoming Events

Final 2017-18 ACT Test date
July 14 - Saturday
Parenting Conference -Paul David Tripp
August 3 - Friday
07:00 PM
Parenting Conference -Paul David Tripp
August 4 - Saturday
07:00 PM

Welcome to the Home Page of SMIC Academy located in Hoover, Alabama, USA a suburb of metro Birmingham, Alabama.  

The state of Alabama recognizes two types of schools: public and non public.  Nonpublic schools include private, church, parochial, religious, nonreligious schools offering educational instruction in k-12, as well as homebased schools and  homeschooled students.

The definition of church-school is:

“Includes only such schools as offer grades K-12, or any combination thereof including preschool, onsite or home programs and are operated as a ministry of a local church, group of churches, denomination, and or/association of churches on a nonprofit basis which do not receive any state or federal funding." §16-28-1(2)

Shades Mountain Community Church supports two church-school ministries that meet the requirements of General Statute 16-28-1 of the Code of Alabama. The first Heritage Christian Academy  is a non-denominational traditional “on-campus” Christian school begun in 1972 as Shades Mountain Christian School. It is an ACSI member school and is SACS accredited. HCA enrolls students in K3-12.

SMIC Academy began enrolling students in 1997 and is the “off-campus” church school. As a church school, SMIC Academy oversees off-campus classes conducted by its faculty.  SMIC Academy is a board-operated school with contract employees under the supervision of SMIC pastoral staff. SMIC Academy board and staff provide oversight and accountability in an organized and legal framework to parents who wish to take responsibility for either directly executing or coordinating their children’s education.

Parents are the primary faculty in the elementary years. While parents maintain the coordinating role in the junior high and high school years, many students complete some or all of their core high school courses in tutorials offered by SMIC Academy, through other educational providers online, or classroom settings including community colleges, universities, and educational cooperatives. High School Students may take the PSAT. College bound students take the ACT and SAT at the public locations.


The mission statement of SMIC Academy is:

Based on the exhortation of Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Shades Mountain Independent Church Academy (SMICA) is a church-based, family-centered, discipleship ministry that assists homeschool parents in fulfilling their calling to home educate their children according to the Christ-centered, Biblical worldview.