Junior High (Grades 7-8)

ESCHEL’s program for junior high students is not a cafeteria-style program. Our junior high students benefit from participating in all offered courses for their grade level, allowing for a consistent student population in a classroom atmosphere. The courses are designed to give these students a solid foundation for future high school coursework. Students in grades 7-8 participate in all of the classes listed below. See the Class Schedules page for more information on class times.


Writing for 7th & 8th Grade Students

Tutor: Miss Elizabeth Buege

This course is designed to teach 7th and 8th grade students the skills they need in order to write excellently as they approach high school. The course will cover both academic and creative writing, and students will learn to master the five-paragraph essay, write engaging descriptions through prose and poetry, and correctly use and cite outside sources in a relevant research paper. The course will also cover literature analysis as students read a novel and respond intelligently to its fiction elements, worldview, and value to them as readers. Throughout the year, students will strengthen their abilities through weekly journal challenges, ultimately coming away as confident and capable writers.

Refund policy:  No refunds.


Introduction to Speech; Art of Persuasion

Tutor: Mrs. Cheryl Miller

This course is designed for 7th- 8th grade students to learn the basics of public speaking – choosing a topic, putting together a speech with an outline format, and implementing effective delivery tools for presentation. Each speech will be objectively graded based on written expectations.  In-class presentations of a variety of speeches will include Demonstration, Personal Persuasion,  Adventure,  God-talk and Informative; these opportunities  will stretch the students to become better communicators. Parents are expected to be “assistant coaches” as they overview the outline/speech and listen to the speech prior to presentation in class.  This class welcomes the timid novice to the talented; all students will be challenged and hopefully find themselves more confidant and better able to communicate after course completion.

Refund policy:  No refunds.


Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science Lab Class

Tutor: 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 books:
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 books:
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.


Secondary  Physical Education – Optional afternoon class

Tutor: Mrs. Linda Kauss

Secondary Physical Education is for 7th-12th graders and designed to teach, build on and encourage each student to strive, to perform their best and exhibit upright character. The attributes of sportsmanship, cooperation and team work will be taught through sports, games and skills.

This class will meet the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. Class will be limited to 28 students.

Refund Policy:  Refunds are to be given only in circumstances that are unpredictable or deemed by this tutor.


Please note: Students are welcome to eat lunch from 1:00-1:30 either outdoors or in the Multipurpose Room (#150). Students eating lunch at ESCHEL are expected to clean up after themselves.  Siblings of students registered for a 1:30-2:30 class are welcome to study or do a quiet, seated activity in the Multipurpose Room during the 1:30-2:30 time slot.  We ask that all kids elementary grades and younger be supervised by a parent or other adult arranged by the parent.