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 Independent Church sponsors two church-school ministries that meet the requirements of General Statute 16-28-1 of the Code of Alabama. The first, Shades Mountain Christian School is a traditional “on-campus” church-school begun in 1972. It is an ACSI member school and is SACS accredited. SMCS has about 350 students enrolled 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. There are currently 179 students of compulsory school age enrolled. Sixty three students are in grades 9-12. 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 Shades Mountain Independent Church 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.