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 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

7th/8th Grade Writing: Following Narnia Vol 1 – The Lion’s Song

Tutor:  Mrs. Michelle Fryc, Certified IEW instructor. Learn more about Michelle.

Description – If you want your child excited about writing, this is the class!  Writing is a foundational skill that creates and enhances effective communicators and leaders.  This literature-based course walks students through the first three books of Narnia.  Using the time-tested methodology from the Institute for Excellence in Writing, students practice and work towards mastery of writing skills positioning them for success in future academic endeavors.    Students learn formatting, in-text citations, and bibliographies in MLA style.  They also learn outlining, writing from notes, planning for research papers, creative writing, literature reviews, summarizing, writing from pictures, editing, revising, public speaking technique, enhanced vocabulary and much more.  Games, contests and interactive classes all make this class a favorite both for parents and students.

 Course Outcomes

  1. Learn the structures and styles of writing with IEW.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to write clearly and concise papers with expanded
  3. Develop a greater appreciation and knowledge of literature, writing and history.
  4. Develop public speaking skills.

Text Bettis, Laura.  Following Narnia, Volume1:  The Lion’s Song.  Locust Grove, OK: IEW.  Published: 2016.  Purchase here – Following Narnia:  Lion’s Song

 Materials Needed – 3 Ringed binder (two-inch), loose leaf paper, 30 document protectors, pen, 3×5 notecards (100), Following Narnia text.

Literature to purchase, check out from library, or borrow

The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy

 Course Format – Following Narnia is divided into three units.  They are as follows:  The Magician’s Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and The Horse and His Boy.  The books can be family read-a-louds, audios or read by the student.  Each week the elements of literature, history, and the author are studied and applied to the written assignment.

Assignments – Each week students write their essays using the styles and structures modeled in class.  All assignments have a checklist giving students a clear understanding of expectations for a successful paper.  Using the checklist helps in the mastery of writing skills moving them toward more confident writers and communicators.  Parents are expected to proofread the student’s weekly assignments.

Refund policy:  No refunds.

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.

Required Textbook:   Secrets of Great Communicators by Jeff Myers (Student Text only) (the student textbook IS currently available for $17.95.  rainbowresource.com)

One   1” 3 ring binder
One   ½” 3 ring binder (for end of year portfolio)
15 tabbed dividers for 3 ring binder notebook; insertable for labels
Notebook paper
PowerPoint or similar for presentations (Advanced Speech class only)


Refund policy:  No refunds.

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science Lab Class

Tutor: Mrs. Rhonda Reiter

This course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences. The course covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology.

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

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.

Christian Martial Arts – 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

Spanish 2   NOTE: Class is from 9:00-10:00 am

Tutor:  Senora (Deanne Willman)

In Spanish 2A students sing praise and worship songs, receive a Spanish-English Bible to keep working on verses and spelling, and continue using the language in active ways.  In the second year we have more assignments in both writing and speaking, using drama and demonstrations to enhance the learning and understanding of the language. The Learnables 2 and Grammar Enhancement curriculum are used together all year long.  You need to purchase them with the audio component in addition to the book.  The Grammar Enhancement curriculum comes either for the computer or as CD’s and a book.  The Computer version does not have as many ejercicios for practice; if possible, please purchase the book and CD’s and have both ready to use at the beginning of the school year.

Spanish 2A is offered to those who have had some Spanish (whatever curriculum) and/or are willing to listen to The Learnables 1 & Basic Structures 1 over the summer (much level 1 curriculum is available used or to borrow).  This class has more homework, assignments & moves faster for those who are looking for that.  I don’t think going to a higher level than this would work well for students who haven’t been focused on speaking & understanding, and because of the other things I add to the curriculum.

The classes are almost 100% taught in Spanish, with assignments & syllabus written in English (until level 3). We use the props, costumes, and nonverbal language to make sure students understand.

This approach is generally different than college Spanish.  Many students have taken college Spanish after my classes & done well.  Some current & former students are currently using Spanish in ministry and as God allows opportunities.  College Spanish tends to be grammar-focused & move very fast.  Students who have had my class are able to speak, understand & do well in class, but have not had the grammar background of traditional classes so often start college classes at the lower levels. Some students have also done the grammar study on their own after studying with me & that works well.  The main idea is that we are speaking & understanding, not getting slowed down because of grammar.


Refund policy:  No refunds.