Junior High (Grades 7-8)

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, ESCHEL’s program for junior high students will be 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 a la a carte courses are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.

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 2018

7th/8th Grade Writing:  World History

Tutor:  Mrs. Michelle Fryc

Using the Structure and Style writing method, students will improve their compositional skills while learning about important, interesting events and people around the globe. This year long course explores world history from Gutenberg to twenty-first-century technology.

Additionally, there are two literary analysis essays for The Giver and Number the Stars, both written by Lois Lowry.  Each book is required reading.

Required textbook:  World History-Based Writing Lessons Student Book by Lori Verstegen, IEW, spiral bound, 2016.  The student book contain assignments, instructions, engaging source texts, blank outlines, checklists, sample compositions, and clever vocabulary cards.  Available for purchase from IEW.com or Christianbook.com for $29; also available on Amazon, eBay, etc.

(All descriptions are from the IEW.com website.)

To access additional information about course content, including scope and sequence, access the following link, keeping in mind that the tutor will adapt her course schedule/syllabus to meet the needs of ESCHEL students:   https://iew.com/sites/default/files/paperbasedcourse/fileattachment/WHB-T_Sample.pdf

Refund policy:  No refunds.

Introduction to Speech:  Contemporary Communications

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.  A variety of speeches will be presented in a safe “laboratory” setting to grasp the art of good communication & persuasion. Students will learn how to tell a story, how to persuade others, and how to entertain an audience using some humorous material.  Each speech will be objectively graded based on written expectations.  The class will end with learning some debate tools and how to work cooperatively as a group. 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 confident and better able to communicate after course completion.

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 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.

Spanish 1 – morning option (31 weeks) or afternoon option (25 weeks)

Tutor:  Senora (Deanne) Willman

Grades 3-12

¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!  I’m very excited to work with your students to speak and understand Spanish this year!  I believe language is to communicate, not just another subject to learn and check off in school.  That is why your student(s) will be listening to Spanish at home and then come each week to practice speaking and understanding what they’ve learned at home.   In Spanish 1, you will use the Spanish in class that you have listened to at home all week to act out dramas, prepare dialogues and learn to converse with others, using costumes and props to practice.  The first semester you will just listen and look at the drawings at home to understand, but the second semester you will be reading and writing Spanish!  You will listen at home four days a week and come to class one day a week to practice what you’ve listened to.  We will also learn to pronounce Bible verses well in Spanish in addition to learning useful Spanish conversation phrases. Spanish 1 classes are offered for younger students & those wanting Spanish credits without a lot of time involved.  All classes are equivalent to high school credit.  Spanish 1 also works for those who are not bothered by having to see & understand the whole process of how the language works, but are comfortable jumping in and speaking right away. Spanish 1 is a pretty light class (work-wise outside of class).  Some high schoolers might want something meatier and try level 2.

The curriculum we use is The Learnables and Basic Structures from International Linguistics Corp., www.learnables.com, 1-800-237-1830,   Spanish 1 uses The Learnables 1 and Basic Structures 1.  You may notice that it comes in two formats:  for the computer or with CD’s and a book.  Either format is fine as it is the same curriculum, but you need to make sure you have some form of the audio in addition to the book.

Some parents have found used curriculum online; be sure that it includes the audio component when you order. You may also find it used at homeschool curriculum fairs and some former students may have some available also. One set per family is enough as it does not need to be consumable. I can let former students know of your interest in used material also.

Refund Policy:  No refund.


Christian Martial Arts – optional afternoon class (25 weeks)

Tutor: Sifu Jeff Goodwin

Grades 3-12

Dear ESCHEL Co-op Parents or Guardians,
Welcome to our Christ-Centered Martial Artists (CMA)! 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 self-confidence, self-worth, focus, fitness, courtesy, respect, selfdefense, 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 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM on Mondays: First Semester: September 10, 17; October 1, 8, 15, 22; November 5, 12, 29; Dec 3; January 7, 14, 21;  Second Semester: February 4, 11, 18; March 4, 11, 18; April 1, 8, 15, 22; May 6, 13.

We require that each students wears a CMA white uniform with the CMA Patch. Uniforms cost $35.00. Until they receive their uniform, students should wear loose fitting clothes. You can order a CMA uniform (includes Patch), protective Forearm Pads ($12.95), Shin and Instep Pads ($12.95), or other CMA equipment anytime. Since this is a ministry, we may be able to provide scholarships towards needed protective equipment. Just see me for sizing and needs.

At the beginning of each class, students will bow-in together and enjoy a short devotional. They will then practice stretching, basic movements of blocks, strikes, and kicks. As they grow in their understanding and abilities, they will be taught Forms, One Steps, and Self Defense Techniques. Sparring will be added after this. A brief cool down and devotional review will conclude their class. Handouts are provided for you to enhance lessons and inform you of their progress. There will be a Belt Test on April 29, 2019 for all approved students. The cost is $50.00.

CMA training is a mind, body and spirit activity. To maximize their benefit, please ensure that ESCHEL Co-op and I are aware of any medical issues or other potential concerns regarding your child in relation to practicing martial arts.

Now, it’s time to experience the fun and excitement of CMA!



Please note: Students are welcome to eat lunch from 12:30-1:30 pm either outdoors or in the Science Room. Students eating lunch at ESCHEL are expected to clean up after themselves.  Siblings of students registered for a 1:00-2:00 pm class are welcome to study or do a quiet, seated activity in the Multipurpose Room during the 1:00-2:00 pm time slot.  We ask that all kids elementary grades and younger be supervised by a parent or other adult arranged by the parent.