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.

Please note: Students are welcome to eat lunch from 1:00-1:30 pm either outdoors or in the Science 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


9th-12th Grade Writing:  Writing II

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.

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

High School College Prep Writing


High School SpeechAdvanced Speech and Communications

Tutor: Mrs. Ann Soderberg

This advanced speech course will build on the skills and abilities that students developed during their experience in the beginning speech class.  New and engaging speech assignments will challenge students as they put techniques of formal and informal speaking into practice.  PowerPoint presentations, as well as an end-of-the-year speech night will be included.  Students will learn more about their own style and strengths as a confident communicator, as well as appreciate the strengths of various unforgettable speeches and writers. Original speeches to entertain, persuade, and inform will be written and delivered from an outline format. You may even discover that you enjoy sharing your ideas with others…and that you can do it well!  You’ll discover more of the talents that God has given to you.  High school students who have previously taken advanced speech will benefit from this year’s class as it includes new challenges and assignments to further their growth.

1 Credit for HS English

No textbook needed

One   1 1/2” 3 ring binder
One   ½” 3 ring folder (for end of year portfolio)
15 tabbed dividers for 3 ring binder notebook; insertable for labels
Notebook paper
Pen/Pencil
Highlighters
PowerPoint or similar for presentations (Advanced Speech class only)

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

Required curriculum:  Exploring America by Ray Notgrass (2014 edition) which includes two textbook volumes and a volume of primary source readings entitled American Voices.  Parents will not need test booklets.

Estimated cost of curriculum: Currently $110.00 if purchased new online at www.notgrass.com.

Class description:   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.


Apologetics

Tutor: Mr. Dan Schneider

1 Peter 3:15 says “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you”.

Apologetics is the study of the truth of Christianity in order to understand it better and be able to explain it to non-believers.  In the first semester we will be using Understanding the Faith as our main text to study the fundamental truth claims of Christianity and how to present this truth to unbelievers.  We will use Understanding the Times in the second semester to study and compare non-Christian worldviews in order to understand them better and be able to present the Christian worldview as the best option.  Besides the two main textbooks we will read articles from sources of Christian apologetics like Answers in Genesis and discuss them in class.  There will be weekly reading assignments with study questions and a few written essay assignments.

Required curriculumUnderstanding the Faith by Jeff Meyers (copyright 2016) and Understanding the Times by Jeff Meyers and David A. Noebel (copyright 2016).  NOTE: You will need the latest (2016) edition of this book.  Available at https://www.summit.org/.

Current price if purchased new from Summit Ministries on line is $27.95 for each book.


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:
Text:  Exploring Government by Ray Notgrass (copyright 2016)
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 6/1/19.


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:
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  (Grades 4-12)  NOTE: Class is from 9:00-10:00 am

Tutor:  Senora (Deanne Willman)

Class Description:  ¡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 dialogs 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.

Curriculum:  Spanish 1 uses The Learnables 1 and Basic Structures 1 from International Linguistics Corp., www.learnables.com, 1-800-237-1830.  You may notice that it comes in two formats:  for the computer (no book & includes the entire year’s curriculum) 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 if you are not using the computer CD-ROM version. Used curriculum available.

 NEW OPTION THIS YEAR: Levels 1 and 2 of the Learnables curriculum are now available to purchase at an affordable subscription price, either monthly or yearly.   See the Learnables website for more info.  learnables.com

Refund policy:  No refunds.


Spanish 2B (Grades 7-12)

Tutor: Senora Deanne Willman

Prerequisite: Spanish 1, 2A or if studied other curriculum, please talk with tutor.

¡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 2B students sing praise and worship songs, keep working on verses and spelling, and continue using the language in active ways.  We have more assignments in both writing and speaking, using drama and demonstrations to enhance the learning and understanding of the language. We will continue to learn to speak, understand, read and write more in Spanish, using activities and games.  Learning tracts in Spanish further prepares students to share the gospel with others. We may present an animal at one of the Minnesota Zoo Spanish Days in February!

Curriculum:  Basic Structures 2 and CD’s all year long.  It is important that you have the audio in addition to the Basic Structures book. Some parents have found used curriculum online; be sure that it includes the audio component when you order. 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.       NEW OPTION THIS YEAR: Levels 1 and 2 of the Learnables curriculum are now available to purchase at an affordable subscription price, either monthly or yearly.  See the Learnables website for more info. learnables.com 

Refund policy: No refunds


Christ-centered Martial Artists (CMA) – (31 weeks)

Tutor: Sifu Jeff Goodwin

Welcome to our Christ-Centered Martial Art! Christ-centered Martial Artists (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 confidence, self-worth, focus, fitness, courtesy,
respect, self-defense, 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  1 1/2 hr in duration. Uniforms cost $40.00. Until they receive their
uniform, students should wear loose fitting clothes. You can order a CMA uniform
(includes Patch), protective padding, or other CMA equipment anytime.
At the beginning of each class, a devotional is provided; then, students will practice
stretching, basic movements, and other fun activities! A brief cool down and devotional
review will conclude their class. Handouts are provided for you and your child to
enhance lessons and inform you of their progress.
CMA training is a mind, body and spirit activity. To maximize their benefit, please ensure
that ESCHEL and I are aware of any medical issues or other potential concerns
regarding your child.

Students may have the opportunity to test for a rank in CMA during each semester. The cost per Belt Test is $50.00. Also, students greatly enjoy sparring, however protective gear is required. Students under the rank of 8th Gup – Orange Belt are not required to spar. The average cost of this protective gear is $125.00, however, because CMA is a ministry we may donate the equipment to the student while supplies last. These donations are for students that can not afford the equipment.

Refund Policy: No refunds


Intro to Computer Programming

Tutor: Mr. Bill Cournoyer

Scratch, developed by MIT, is a graphic interface tool that allows students to create code without having to know syntax.  Using this tool we will build a number of interactive games and stories. Doing so will teach the foundational logic found in all computer languages.  Once the students master this logic, picking up the syntax of individual languages is much simpler.

If the class proceeds quickly or needs more of a challenge we will move into a syntaxed language such as javascipt.

Required: A laptop computer.  It does not need to have internet access capabilities.  We will install the software necessary for the course on the first day of class so if there are any parental controls I need to work with, please contact me before the first class.