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.

Introduction to Speech and Communications

Tutor: Mrs. Ann Soderberg

Students will work to become effective communicators in conversational and formal speech settings.  Development of practical techniques in the areas of listening, speech organization and creation, verbal and nonverbal skills, as well as delivery techniques will help to build confidence and the ability to express themselves in various speaking situations.  Original speeches to entertain, persuade, and inform will be written and delivered from an outline format.  The fear of public speaking can be overcome as students practice and grow in a safe and respectful environment.  We will work hard, but will definitely have fun together as we uncover your God-given talents!

Handouts needed for the course are provided by the tutor and are included in the supply fee.

No textbook needed

  • One 1 1/2” 3 ring binder (daily class work)
  • One ½” 3 ring folder (for end of year portfolio)
  • 17 tabbed dividers with labels for 3 ring binder
  • Notebook
  • Notebook paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Printer/Paper
  • Access to internet (Moodle, email, research)

Assignments for this year will be new and different from the previous year’s syllabus.

Refund policy:  No refunds.

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science Lab Class

Tutor: Mr. Bill Cournoyer

This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology. The text discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. The author especially concentrates on the myths generated by the environmentalist movement.

Required textbooks:
Text: Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition, published by Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
Supplement: Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition, published by Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.

Refund policy:  No refunds.

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
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. 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.