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. 


High School American LitWriting Course #1:  Reading to Write

Tutor: Miss Elizabeth Buege

This course is designed to help high school writers learn to read critically, write persuasively, and research thoroughly. As students practice their academic and creative writing, they will analyze the content and form of novels, autobiography, and allegory. They will respond with persuasive essays, a comparison and contrast of characters, an author-based research project, and their own personal narratives and short allegories. Students will learn correct sentence structure as a tool of good writing and keep a year-long journal of interesting words and phrases to inspire them in their own work. By the end of the year, they will feel confident in their ability to use written words to express ideas, tell stories, and persuade readers.

Refund policy:  No refunds.


High School College Prep WritingWriting Course #2:  College Prep Writing

Tutor: Miss Elizabeth Buege

This course is designed to prepare high school students for college-level writing, reading, and critical thinking assignments. Students will complete a persuasive research project, provide a literary analysis of a classical work, and learn to communicate professionally through media such as formal emails and cover letters. They will also practice giving quick, thoughtful responses to timed essay prompts as required by the ACT or SAT essays and the in-class essay exams of many college courses. In preparation for college composition and literature classes, the course’s poetry unit will help students tackle the form and content of poems through poetry analysis and their own creative writing. Students who complete this course will be able to demonstrate sound reasoning, excellent grammar, and an awareness of structure and style in their written work.

Refund policy:  No refunds.


High School SpeechClassical Speech and the Art of Persuasion

Tutor: Mrs. Cheryl Miller

This course is designed for 9th – 12th grade students desiring to improve their communication skills. The basics of speech communication will be covered, enhanced by utilizing Power Point and audience engagement tools. The addition of theater games, improvisation, and a variety of impromptu speaking opportunities will be provided. Each speech/project is objectively graded based on written expectations. Parents are expected to be “assistant coaches” as they overview the outline/speech and listen to the speech prior to presentation in class. In-class presentations of a variety of speeches will include Demonstration, Dramatic Reading, Personal Persuasive, Interviews, Adventure, and Informative Speeches.  Students will also be provided with the opportunity to learn how to work cooperatively in a group and produce a commercial. Class participation will include a formal presentation for an invited audience at year’s end.

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.


Government (1st Semester)

Tutor: Mr. Dan Schneider

This class fulfills high school graduation requirements for a class in government.  For scope and sequence, please refer to the textbook’s table of contents.  We will closely follow 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 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 to 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 2009)
Source Book:  We Hold These Truths edited by Ray Notgrass

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

(Estimated cost of curriculum if purchased new @ www.notgrass.com–$49.95. )

Refund policy:  No refund after 6/1/17.


Economics (2nd Semester)

Tutor: Mr. Dan Schneider

This class fulfills high school graduation requirements for a class in economics.  For scope and sequence, please refer to the textbook’s table of contents.  We will closely follow the contents of the Notgrass curriculum, Exploring Economics, which includes the textbook and a book of readings entitled, The Stewardship of God’s Riches.  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 to 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 2009)
Source Reading:  The Stewardship of God’s Riches edited by Ray Notgrass

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

Estimated cost of curriculum if purchased new @ www.notgrass.com–$49.95.)

Refund policy:  No refunds.


Secondary  Physical Education – Optional afternoon class

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 the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. Class will be limited to 28 students.

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


Please note: Students are welcome to eat lunch from 1:00-1:30 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 1:30-2:30 class are welcome to study or do a quiet, seated activity in the Multipurpose Room during the 1:30-2:30 time slot.  We ask that all kids elementary grades and younger  be supervised by a parent or other adult arranged by the parent.