Unfortunately, my folks don't allow me to date. A couple of years ago (when I was a high school junior) my father (who is Muslim) found out about my boyfriend "Jason"... as you can imagine all hell broke loose after that. My folks took my phone for several months and grounded me for many weeks.
At one point my dad actually kicked me out of the house because he and I were arguing about Jason.
Eventually they became more calm and even allowed me to attend prom nigh with Jason... at one point in time my mom even said that she wanted to meet Jason's mother (never happened for reasons I will not explain...). My mom also said that she wasn't necessarily against me dating Jason but was upset that I hid it for so long.
My dad, on the other hand, was never open to the idea of me seeing guys because he's Muslim...
How do I tell them about Alex?
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You are older now and he sounds like a great young man. Part of being mature enough to date means being able to let your parents know who you're seeing. I think they might be shocked at first but eventually respect your choice.