High School (Grades 9-12)

In an effort to provide families with greater flexibility during the high school years, ESCHEL offers a cafeteria-style program for its high school students. Students in grades 9-12 can choose from among the following courses on an a la carte basis.

See the Class Schedules page for more information on class times.

Note: Individual a la carte courses are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.


If you have a student that will be new to the secondary program at ESCHEL this school year, please click on the link below to access our welcome letter on how to prepare and help your student with this transition as well as a list of resources and skills that will be needed.

ESCHEL new to secondary parent letter April 2018


High School American Lit9th/10th Grade Writing:  Advanced US History 

Tutor:  Michelle Fryc

While writing about U.S. history topics from Explorers to Modern Times, students will develop advanced writing skills such as thesis statements, MLA format, persuasive essays, research papers, and more.

Additionally, there are four literary analysis essays for Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Huckleberry Fin, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Old Man and the Sea. Each book is required reading.

Required books:
Advanced US History-Based Writing Lessons by Lori Verstegen, IEW, 2015, spiral bound.   The student books contain assignments, instructions, engaging source texts, blank outlines, checklists, sample compositions, and clever vocabulary cards.  Available from IEW.com or Christianbook.com for $29.  

(All descriptions are from the IEW.com website.)

To access additional information about course content, including scope and sequence, access the following link, keeping in mind that the tutor will adapt her course schedule/syllabus to meet the needs of ESCHEL students:  https://iew.com/sites/default/files/paperbasedcourse/fileattachment/AUH-T_Sample.pdf

Refund policy:  No refunds except in the case of extreme extenuating circumstances as approved by the instructor.

High School College Prep Writing


High School SpeechContemporary Communications

Tutor: Mrs. Cheryl Miller

This course is designed for 9th grade students (or older high school students new to ESCHEL) to learn the art of good communication.  Students will learn how to tell a great story, how to develop persuasive arguments of a political nature, explain them and attempt to persuade another of their viewpoint, and learn to entertain an audience with some humorous material.  Students will investigate some career options and interview someone in a career of their interest, learn how to assemble a job resume and sell themselves in a “mock” job interview. A variety of speeches will be presented to stretch the student to become an effective communicator; each speech will be objectively graded based on written expectations.  The class will learn the fine art of persuasion applied to debate. The basics of speech communication skills will be enhanced by utilizing PowerPoint and audience engagement tools; class will include a formal presentation for an invited audience at year end.  Parents are expected to be “assistant coaches” as they overview the outline/speech and listen to the speech prior to presentation in class.  Students will learn to implement critical thinking skills, formulate ideas quickly, and become competent interactive speakers.

Refund policy:  No refunds.


High School BiologyApologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology Lab Class

Tutor: Mr. Bill Cournoyer

This course provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation.

Required books:
Text: Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition, published by Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
Supplement: Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition, published by Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.

Refund policy:  No refunds.


Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Chemistry Lab Class

Tutor: Mr. Bill Cournoyer

In order to be able to understand this text, the student needs to have completed Algebra I. This course is designed to be a high school chemistry course and gives the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry, in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course. The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium.  The revised 3rd edition offers more in-depth discussions and explanations of concepts, as well as biographical sketches of Christian scientists who have made a difference in the field while giving the glory to God.

Required books:
Text: Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 3rd editionsecond printing**, published by Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
Supplement: Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 3rd edition, published by Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.

**You can identify the second printing of the 3rd edition of the chemistry textbook by a line that appears on the copyright page. This line reads: “Second Printing: May 2015.” – See more at: https://blog.apologia.com/blog/2015/07/20/chemistry-3rd-edition-2nd-printing/#sthash.Z3z7XhqM.dpuf

Refund policy:  No refunds.


American History

Tutor:  Mr. Dan Schneider

This is a high school level survey of American History.  For scope and sequence please see the textbook table of contents.  We will follow closely the contents of the Notgrass curriculum, Exploring America, which includes the two volume textbook and a book of primary source readings entitled, American Voices.  Our goal is to cover the material in the textbooks through weekly assignments of reading with study questions while focusing on selected topics in more detail at our class meetings.  There will be a few essay and/or written report assignments in addition to the regular textbook assignments. A major goal of the class will be to correct some of the misinformation of current, politically-correct, revised versions of American history and to impart an appreciation of the positive influence of Christianity on the history of America.

Required books:
Text:  Exploring America by Ray Notgrass (2014 edition), which includes two textbook volumes and a volume of primary source readings entitled American Voices.

Estimated cost of curriculum if purchased new as a 3-book set from notgrass.com or Christianbook.com is $110.

(Parents will not need quiz & exam book or answer key.)

Refund policy:  No refunds.


Government (1st Semester)

Tutor: Mr. Dan Schneider

This class fulfills high school graduation requirements for a class in government.  For scope and sequence please see the textbook table of contents.  We will follow closely the contents of the Notgrass curriculum, Exploring Government, which includes the textbook and a book of readings entitled We Hold These Truths.  Our goal is to cover the material in the textbook through weekly assignments of reading with study questions while focusing on selected topics in more detail at our class meetings.  There will be a few essay and/or written report assignments in addition to the regular textbook assignments. A major goal of the class will be give students a good understanding of the Biblical principles that are the foundation of good government.

Required books:  PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE USING THE NEW REVISED HARD COVER EDITION OF THIS CURRICULUM
Text:  Exploring Government by Ray Notgrass (copyright 2016) (Note:  This Mr. Schneider is switching to using the updated version of the textbook.)
Source Book:  We Hold These Truths edited by Ray Notgrass.

Estimated cost of curriculum if purchased new as a 2-book set at notgrass.com or Christianbook.com is $60.

(Note:  Parents will not need quiz & exam book or answer key.)

Refund policy:  No refund after 6/1/18.


Economics (2nd Semester)

Tutor: Mr. Dan Schneider

This class fulfills high school graduation requirements for a class in economics.  For scope and sequence please see the textbook table of contents.  We will follow closely the contents of the Notgrass curriculum, Exploring Economics, which includes the textbook and a book of readings entitled Making Choices.  Our goal is to cover the material in the textbook through weekly assignments of reading with study questions while focusing on selected topics in more detail at our class meetings.  There will be a few essay and/or written report assignments in addition to the regular textbook assignments. A major goal of the class will be give students a good understanding of the Biblical principles that are the foundation of good economics.

Required books:  PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE USING THE NEW REVISED HARD COVER EDITION OF THIS CURRICULUM
Text:  Exploring Economics by Ray Notgrass (copyright 2016)
Source reading:  Making Choices:  Readings in Economics edited by Ray Notgrass

Estimated cost of curriculum if purchased new as a 2-book set at notgrass.com or Christianbook.com is $60.

(Note:  Parents will not need quiz & exam pack.)

Refund policy:  No refunds.


Spanish 1–Morning option (31 weeks) or afternoon option (25 weeks)

Tutor:  Senora (Deanne) Willman

¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!  I’m very excited to work with your students to speak and understand Spanish this year!  I believe language is to communicate, not just another subject to learn and check off in school.  That is why your student(s) will be listening to Spanish at home and then come each week to practice speaking and understanding what they’ve learned at home.   In Spanish 1, you will use the Spanish in class that you have listened to at home all week to act out dramas, prepare dialogues and learn to converse with others, using costumes and props to practice.  The first semester you will just listen and look at the drawings at home to understand, but the second semester you will be reading and writing Spanish!  You will listen at home four days a week and come to class one day a week to practice what you’ve listened to.  We will also learn to pronounce Bible verses well in Spanish in addition to learning useful Spanish conversation phrases. Spanish 1 classes are offered for younger students & those wanting Spanish credits without a lot of time involved.  All classes are equivalent to high school credit.  Spanish 1 also works for those who are not bothered by having to see & understand the whole process of how the language works, but are comfortable jumping in and speaking right away. Spanish 1 is a pretty light class (work-wise outside of class).  Some high schoolers might want something meatier and try level 2.

Required curriculum:  The Learnables and Basic Structures from International Linguistics Corp., www.learnables.com, 1-800-237-1830. Spanish 1 uses The Learnables 1 and Basic Structures 1.  You may notice that it comes in two formats:  for the computer or with CD’s and a book.  Either format is fine as it is the same curriculum, but you need to make sure you have some form of the audio in addition to the book.Some parents have found used curriculum online; be sure that it includes the audio component when you order. You may also find it used at homeschool curriculum fairs and some former students may have some available also. One set per family is enough as it does not need to be consumable. I can let former students know of your interest in used material also.

Refund policy:  No refunds.


Spanish 2

Tutor:  Senora (Deanne Willman)

In Spanish 2A students sing praise and worship songs, receive a Spanish-English Bible to keep working on verses and spelling, and continue using the language in active ways.  In the second year we have more assignments in both writing and speaking, using drama and demonstrations to enhance the learning and understanding of the language. The Learnables 2 and Grammar Enhancement curriculum are used together all year long.  You need to purchase them with the audio component in addition to the book.  The Grammar Enhancement curriculum comes either for the computer or as CD’s and a book.  The Computer version does not have as many ejercicios for practice; if possible, please purchase the book and CD’s and have both ready to use at the beginning of the school year.

Spanish 2A is offered to those who have had some Spanish (whatever curriculum) and/or are willing to listen to The Learnables 1 & Basic Structures 1 over the summer (much level 1 curriculum is available used or to borrow).  This class has more homework, assignments & moves faster for those who are looking for that.  I don’t think going to a higher level than this would work well for students who haven’t been focused on speaking & understanding, and because of the other things I add to the curriculum.

The classes are almost 100% taught in Spanish, with assignments & syllabus written in English (until level 3). We use the props, costumes, and nonverbal language to make sure students understand.

Spanish 2B uses the  Basic Structures 2 and CD’s all year long.  It is important that you have the audio in addition to the Basic Structures book.  We will continue to learn to speak, understand, read and write more in Spanish, using activities and games.  As we use Bible verses to learn spelling, and sing praise and worship songs to practice reading and pronouncing well, we are preparing to use Spanish in whatever ministry God may allow.  Learning tracts in Spanish further prepares students to share the gospel with others.

This approach is generally different than college Spanish.  Many students have taken college Spanish after my classes & done well.  Some current & former students are currently using Spanish in ministry and as God allows opportunities.  College Spanish tends to be grammar-focused & move very fast.  Students who have had my class are able to speak, understand & do well in class, but have not had the grammar background of traditional classes so often start college classes at the lower levels. Some students have also done the grammar study on their own after studying with me & that works well.  The main idea is that we are speaking & understanding, not getting slowed down because of grammar.

Required curriculumThe Learnables and Basic Structures from International Linguistics Corp., www.learnables.com, 1-800-237-1830.  Some parents have found used curriculum online; be sure that it includes the audio component when you order. You may also find it used at homeschool curriculum fairs and some former students may have some available also. One set per family is enough as it does not need to be consumable. I can let former students know of your interest in used material also.

* Please wait to purchase Spanish 2 curriculum until we determine whether Senora Willman will be offering Spanish 2A or 2B this year, based on where students are at who are registering.  She typically offers these levels on alternating years.

Refund policy:  No refunds.


Secondary Physical Education

Tutor: Mrs. Linda Kauss

Secondary Physical Education is for 7th-12th graders and designed to teach, build on and encourage each student to strive, to perform their best and exhibit upright character. The attributes of sportsmanship, cooperation and team work will be taught through sports, games and skills.

This class will meet for 15 Mondays , first and third Monday of each month.  Class minimum of 14 students needs to be met in order to be able to play team sports.

Refund Policy:  Refund to be given only in circumstances that are unpredictable as deemed by this tutor.


Christian Martial Arts – (25 weeks)

Tutor: Sifu Jeff Goodwin

Dear ESCHEL Co-op Parents or Guardians,
Welcome to our Christ-Centered Martial Artists (CMA)! CMA is a compassionate ministry that fervently strives to promote the strongest daily relationship between Jesus Christ and His creation through its comprehensive Christ-centered martial arts process.

CMA classes are fun and exciting! As Junior Becomers-in-Christ, your precious child will deepen their faith as they gain self-confidence, self-worth, focus, fitness, courtesy, respect, selfdefense, and much more! They will learn the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control). Junior Becomers-in-Christ will develop additional character traits found throughout the Holy Bible.

Classes will be an hour in duration from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM on Mondays: First Semester: September 10, 17; October 1, 8, 15, 22; November 5, 12, 29; Dec 3; January 7, 14, 21;  Second Semester: February 4, 11, 18; March 4, 11, 18; April 1, 8, 15, 22; May 6, 13.

We require that each students wears a CMA white uniform with the CMA Patch. Uniforms cost $35.00. Until they receive their uniform, students should wear loose fitting clothes. You can order a CMA uniform (includes Patch), protective Forearm Pads ($12.95), Shin and Instep Pads ($12.95), or other CMA equipment anytime. Since this is a ministry, we may be able to provide scholarships towards needed protective equipment. Just see me for sizing and needs.

At the beginning of each class, students will bow-in together and enjoy a short devotional. They will then practice stretching, basic movements of blocks, strikes, and kicks. As they grow in their understanding and abilities, they will be taught Forms, One Steps, and Self Defense Techniques. Sparring will be added after this. A brief cool down and devotional review will conclude their class. Handouts are provided for you to enhance lessons and inform you of their progress. There will be a Belt Test on April 29, 2019 for all approved students. The cost is $50.00.

CMA training is a mind, body and spirit activity. To maximize their benefit, please ensure that ESCHEL Co-op and I are aware of any medical issues or other potential concerns regarding your child in relation to practicing martial arts.

Now, it’s time to experience the fun and excitement of CMA!

 


Please note: Students are welcome to eat lunch from 12:30-1:00 pm either outdoors or in the Multipurpose Room (#150). Students eating lunch at ESCHEL are expected to clean up after themselves.  Siblings of students registered for a 1:00-2:00 pm class are welcome to study or do a quiet, seated activity in the Multipurpose Room during the 1:00-2:00 pm time slot.  We ask that all kids elementary grades and younger be supervised by a parent or other adult arranged by the parent.