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.
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.
- 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.
Biology Lab Class
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.
Refund policy: No refunds.
Chemistry Lab Class
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.
Refund policy: No refunds.
Government (1st Semester)
Tutor: Mr. Dan Schneider
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)
Tutor: Mr. Dan Schneider
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.
Tutor: Mr. Dan Schneider
Class description: 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 curriculum: Understanding the Faith by Jeff Meyers (copyright 2016) and Understanding the Times by Jeff Meyers and David A. Noebel (copyright 2016). NOTE: There are several editions of this book that are all different. You will need the latest (2016) edition of this book. These books are currently available for $27.95 each if purchased new at www.summit.org. Used copies should be available from a few SCOPE families.
Tutor: Mrs. Monica Schlemmer
Cultural Geography is a survey of the earth and its resources, the use of those resources, and the geographic and cultural features of people in the various regions and countries of the world. It combines the study of cultural and physical features with a strong biblical philosophy. Students will learn how physical geography affects political and economic aspects of countries and the way of life of all peoples. As God’s stewards, students should develop an appreciation for the wonders of God’s creation and the responsibilities God has given them to exercise dominion over it.
Refund Policy: No refunds after start of class in September.
- BJU Press Cultural Geography Student Text, 4th Edition ($65.83)
- BJU Press Geography Student Activity Manual, 4th Edition ($35.83)
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.
Refund Policy: No refunds