Junior High (Grades 7-8)

ESCHEL’s program for junior high 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 General Purpose 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 Writing

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.


  • 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.

Earth Science Lab Class

Online class: Journey Homeschool Academy https://journeyhomeschoolacademy.com/earth-science-explored/

Must enroll online by Aug 30, 2021.  Guidebook and Lab manual are PDF documents that need to be printed.

Required textbooks:

Refund policy:  No refunds.

Cultural Geography

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.

Required text:

  1. BJU Press Cultural Geography Student Text, 4th Edition ($65.83)
  2. BJU Press Geography Student Activity Manual, 4th Edition ($35.83)

Christ-centered Martial Artists (CMA) – optional afternoon class (31 weeks)

Tutor: Sifu Jeff Goodwin

Grades 3-12

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 an hour 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