Secondary (Grades 7-12)

ESCHEL’s program for junior high and high school students is a la carte, meaning families can choose which classes their students take. However, we strongly encourage families to take advantage of each of the courses offered for their student’s grade level.  Doing so will foster a sense of community and provides academic challenge, giving students a solid foundation for future high school courseworkSee the Class Schedules page for more information on class times.

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

Please note: Students are welcome to eat lunch from 1:00-1:30 pm either outdoors or in the Art Room. Students eating lunch at ESCHEL are expected to clean up after themselves.  Siblings are welcome to study or do a quiet, seated activity in the Multipurpose Room during the 1:30-2:30pm time slot.  All children 6th grade and younger must be supervised by a parent or other adult arranged by the parent if not registered for a class.


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 2019


7th/8th Grade Physical Science Lab Class

Class time: 10:00-11:00am

Online curriculum: We will purchase as a group for a discount.  Starting price = $159

https://explorationeducation.com/course.html  Advanced course

This general physical science course uses a hands-on approach allowing students to explore the foundational principles of physical science. Using the text and lab activities, students study forces, machines, motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, density and buoyancy. Students will also study general chemistry concepts including the structure of matter, the periodic table, chemical bonds and reactions, mixtures and compounds and the chemistry of food and living systems. In addition, students will learn the fundamental physics concepts of the earth and solar system, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics. Throughout this course, students discover the relationship between science and daily life. The students will gain a solid understanding of the scientific method and learn to write thorough and accurate lab write-ups.

Set purchase includes:
• All necessary materials for the 10 projects and 144 experiments/activities
• Student Logbook – advanced version
• Interactive student text with 180 lessons & step by step experiment instructions.
• Teacher’s Manual


7th/8th Grade Writing: Writing I

Class time: 11:00a-12:00p         Fee: $230/yr

Tutor:  Mrs. Becky Knefelkamp

I will cover the foundations of good writing—both in essays and creative writing.  They are graded for each assignment.  I expect that they will have 2-3 hours of homework each week. Each assignment will have a checklist of what I expect them to include in their work.  This starts out slowly and grows through the year.  I will return their work every week.  They will receive a grade sheet that tells them how they did and will inform them if anything is missing.  This is my communication to you.

We write in a journal every day.  In the first semester, we will lay the foundations for our longer projects in second semester.   We will cover aspects of the Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW)—dress-ups, openers, and decorations; paragraph writing with topic sentences and finalizing statements; and the Five Paragraph Expository Theme—a foundation to speeches and formal writing.  We will work on building a stronger vocabulary.   We will cover the grammar rules of commas and quotation marks.  We will do a few creative assignments just for fun!

On many of their assignments during the year, I will give them comments, and then they will rewrite.  This gives them an invaluable opportunity to receive feedback and then to improve what they have written.  In January, we start right in with the research paper.  This is a sequential process that many students tell me is their favorite assignment of the year.  They will add a bibliography, parenthetical citations, and a thesis to their work.  Our book project ends the year where they write a story of their own.

Required books/materials—Journal, folder, pencils, at least 70 3×5 cards to be used in January with research paper, three-ring binder with paper, dividers with tabs marked with the following:  style sheets, banned words, homework, grammar, and vocabulary.

Grading—In this class, it is easier to get an A.  I think of these writers as needing more encouragement.  They will mostly be graded on if they included what I asked for.

Recommended

  • access to a computer so work can be typed. Students can write, but this causes great frustration as so many of their assignments have to be rewritten.  Please consider teaching them typing if they don’t have this skill down.
  • have a journal for this class. I want a separate notebook or journal that is not used for other classes.  This will be checked four times during the year.

Refund policy:  No refunds after start of semester.


Speech I (7-10th grade)

Class time: 12:00-1:00pm           Fee: $200/yr

Tutor: Mrs. Monica Schlemmer

Many people rank Public Speaking as one of their greatest fears. The Speech curriculum from 7Sisters for high school is designed to remove the intimidation factor and provide so much FUN along the way that Speech becomes an opportunity for success instead of a recipe for disaster. Shy kids learn to find their voices and confident kids learn to hone their public speaking skills.  https://www.7sistershomeschool.com/product/speech-i-public-speaking-and-practical-life-skills/

Topics included in Speech I:  Two weeks per lesson to cover a full year class.

  • Lesson 1: Presenting Kid Lit (Interpretation of Children’s Literature)
  • Lesson 2: Presenting a Bible Reading
  • Lesson 3: Presenting Spoken-Word Poetry
  • Lesson 4: Presenting a Humorous Monologue
  • Lesson 5: Organizing & Writing a “Visual Aid How-to” Speech (Expository Speech)
  • Lesson 6: Gathering Materials & Practicing a “Visual Aid How-to” Speech (Expository Speech)
  • Lesson 7: Presenting a “Visual Aid How-To” Speech (Expository Speech)
  • Lesson 8: Organizing & Researching a Biographical Report (Expository Speech)
  • Lesson 9: Writing & Practicing a Biographical Report (Expository Speech)
  • Lesson 10: Presenting a Biographical Report (Expository Speech)
  • Lesson 11: Creating & Presenting an Elevator Pitch
  • Lesson 12: Creating & Presenting a Sales Pitch
  • Lesson 13: Presenting an Infomercial (Group Project)
  • Lesson 14: Practicing Beginning Interview Skills
  • Lesson 15: Presenting a Children’s Bible Lesson

Refund Policy:  No refunds after start of class.

Required text:  Tutor will provide student workbook.


 

9th-12th Grade Writing:  Writing II

Class time: 10:00-11:00am         Fee: $230/yr

Tutor: Mrs. Becky Knefelkamp

This class is a building of what we’ve learned in Writing I.  I introduce all the topics in Writing I, but in a faster way and I add more expectations to their work.  I want to be able to go to the next level with some of the writing techniques.  For classes where we discuss the literature, it is impossible if students have not done reading.   I expect more from these students.  I want them to think.  I want them to come up with clear explanations to their points.  I want them to read a variety of writings, form their opinion, and come up with a thesis for it.

We write in a journal every day.  In the first quarter, we will lay the foundations for our longer projects in other quarters.   We will cover aspects of the Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW)—dress-ups, openers, triples, decorations.  We will cover other aspects of writing, which may include some of the following: hyperbole, irony, foreshadowing, parallel writing, rules for numbers, common errors in writing, and writing in first, second, and third person.  We cover writing a strong paragraph with topic sentences and finalizing statements which leads into the Five Paragraph Essay, a foundation to speeches and formal writing.

In this class, I include different real-life writing skills.  We write a college entrance essay each year, but others may vary from year to year:  how to write a good resume, writing a family Christmas letter, book/movie reviews, ministry journals, or other works they may encounter in coming years.  We work on building a stronger vocabulary with vocabulary words that I want them to include in their work.  I also teach a few of the lesser used punctuation:  semicolons, colons, and ellipses.

On almost every one of their assignments during the year I will give them comments, and then they will rewrite.  This gives them an invaluable opportunity to receive feedback and then to improve what they have written.  They will have four chances to practice writing an SAT/ACT essay.  They will be given a prompt.  Then in 25 minutes they will write an essay that responds.  Our book project ends the first semester where they are able to write their own story.  In January, we start right in with the research paper.  This is a sequential process that many students tell me is their favorite assignment of the year.

Required:

  • Journal, folder, pencils, three-ring binder with paper, dividers with tabs marked: style sheets, banned words, homework, grammar, vocabulary
  • Access to a computer so work can be typed and to use on the research paper.
  • While not a prerequisite, it is strongly encouraged that your student have some experience in writing. We go faster in this class.  I have higher expectations in grading.
  • This class will be reading To Kill a Mockingbird for the 2022-2023 school year.

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


World History

Class time: 10:00-11:00am         Fee: $200/yr

Tutor: Mr. Dan Schneider

Class description: This is a high school level survey of World History. For scope and sequence please see the textbook table of contents. We will follow closely the contents of the Notgrass curriculum, Exploring World History (2014 edition), which includes the two-volume textbook and a book of primary source readings entitled, In Their Words. 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 essays 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 world history and to impart an appreciation of the positive influence of Christianity on the history of the world.
Notgrass History’s Exploring World History covers creation through the present day for a full-year high school world history course written from a Christian perspective.

Required curriculum:

-Exploring World History Volume 1: 434 pages, hardcover non-consumable.
-Exploring World History Volume 2: Pages 435-889, indexed, hardcover non-consumable.
-In Their Words: Original Documents, Speeches, Poems, and Stories from World History, 381 pages, hardcover non-consumable. Curriculum cost if purchased new: $110.00


Biology Lab Class

Class time: 11:00a-12:00pm

Online curriculum: Journey Homeschool Academy

https://journeyhomeschoolacademy.com/experience-biology/

Each family must enroll separately in online class by Aug 30, 2022.  $279

Required books: The Riot and the Dance Biology text.

Guidebook and Lab Manual can be purchased through website, or printed from their PDF document.


Government (1st Semester)

Class time: 11:00am-12:00pm          Fee: $100/semester

Tutor: Mr. Dan Schneider

Grades 10-12

Class description: 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 (2016 hard cover
edition), 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 curriculum: PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE USING THE NEW REVISED HARD COVER EDITION OF THIS CURRICULUM: Exploring Government by Ray Notgrass (Copyright 2016) which includes the textbook and a volume of readings entitled We Hold These Truths. Parents will not need test booklets.


Economics (2nd Semester)

Class time: 11:00am-12:00pm          Fee: $100/semester

Tutor: Mr. Dan Schneider

Grades 10-12

Class description: 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 curriculum: PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE USING THE REVISED HARD COVER EDITION OF THIS CURRICULUM: Exploring Economics by Ray Notgrass (Copyright 2016) which includes the textbook and a volume of readings entitled Making Choices. Parents will not need test booklets.


Chemistry Lab Class

Class time: 12:00-1:00pm

Online curriculum: Journey Homeschool Academy

Each family must enroll separately in online class by Aug 30, 2022.  $279

Homeschool Chemistry Curriculum & Online Video Course for High School

Recommended textModern Chemistry: Student Edition 2006 1st Edition by RINEHART AND WINSTON HOLT 

Guidebook and Lab Manual can be purchased through website starting in mid-June, or printed from their PDF document.  They still need to finish uploading their last lessons for the course.


Secondary Physical Education

Class time: 1:30-2:30p       Fee: $80/yr

Tutor: Mrs. Linda Kauss


Secondary Art

Class time: 1:00-2:30p (eat lunch in class)

Tutor: Sarah Price