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.


  • 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.

American History

Tutor: Vicki Myers

Grades: 9-12
This is a high school level class of American History. We will begin discussing the explorations to the New World from the first explorations of the Europeans-to the founding of our country-to present day United States of America. We will discuss the Godly influence in the forming of our nation and as well as the current condition of our nation.
This class is lecture and discussion driven. The more students participate in class discussions, the more they will get out of the class.
There is no required curriculum for the class, but if students already have the Ray Notgrass books, “Exploring America” Volumes 1 and 2, they will be a good resource for certain discussions and assignments.  There will be handouts for each class and students will use these to take notes.  They will use these handouts for assignments and tests.

Course Outline/Syllabus:
Week 1 Pre-Columbus Explorations
Week 2 Columbus and the New World
Week 3 Pilgrims and Early Settlers
Week 4 Development of the 13 colonies
Week 5 The Revolutionary War
Week 6 Building a New Nation
Week 7-8 Political Parties, Elections, Electoral College
Week 9 The Constitution (writing/passing)
Week 10 War of 1812
Week 11 Civil War
Week 12 Bombing of Pearl Harbor, World War II
Week 13 America Expanding West
Week 13 Other Wars on U.S. Soil
Week 14 End of Semester Trivia Game
Week 15 World War I
Week 16 The Great Depression
Week 17 The New Deal
Week 18 Rebuilding America
Week 19 America in the 50s
Week 20 Korean War
Week 21 Vietnam War
Week 22 American in the 60s
Week 23 Civil Rights
Week 24 The Cold War
Week 25 American in the 70s
Week 26 American in the 80s
Week 27 Persian Gulf War-Operation Desert Storm
Week 28 American in the 90s
Week 29 Iraq War-Operation Iraqi Freedom
Week 30 American at the turn of the century to present day
Week 31 Year End Trivia Game

Required Materials/Supplies:

3-ring notebook, 5 divider tabs, pens and/or pencils, loose 3-hole punched paper or notebook paper. Also colored pencils, scissors, and glue for projects.

Refund Policy: No refund after first class.

Apologia’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.

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
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.