Summer Camps 2018


Summer 2018 Camp Schedule

Registration Opens in January, 2018

Downloadable Copy: HEP TX Summer Camp Schedule 2018

Registration Form: HEP TX Registration Form Summer 2018





"Knowledge through Freedom, the World through Home"


The official HEP of Texas, Inc. registration form must be completely filled out, including the emergency information, health information, and parent release. Failure to complete the form will result in a delay in registration. No registration is considered official until payment for classes has been made. All summer courses must be paid for at the time of registration. Registration is first come, first served. HEP of Texas reserves the right to limit enrollment and to change times or dates if needed due to circumstances not under our control.  Camps are open to home school, public school, and private school students.

Camps are grouped by subject.  The instructors, dates, times, costs, and descriptions are listed for each camp, seminar, and workshop.

All course descriptions listed below are the intellectual property of HEP of Texas, Inc. and are protected by copyright law, 2018. 

This schedule of camps also includes our adult seminars.


Jump Start Home School

Schedule of Camps

Adult Seminars

Homeschooling 101 SeminarThis free seminar will discuss the legalities of homeschooling, how to choose the right curriculum, and how to get started and organized.  There will be a question and answer period.                                           

NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Cost:   FREE                                                                                                  

Instructor:   Joanne Juren, B.A., M. Ed.                                              

Session 1:  August 3            2:00 –   3:30 pm

Session 2:  August 11           10:00 – 11:30 am                                                                                   



Note:  The SAT and ACT test prep are also offered during the school year.


ACT Math (Cheryl Red) – New to the ACT? Need a quick review for a high score?  Mrs. Red will review the skills needed to score well on the Math ACT Test. Strategies, tips, and a review of skills will ensure a higher score.

Cost:  $175

Dates:  June 4-8; 9-noon


ACT Science (Cheryl Red) – Mrs. Red will review the Science SAT and offer plenty of tips of how to ace this section. Over a short, two day intensive, you will learn and use science test strategies that if you apply them will ensure a higher score!

Cost:  $90

Dates:  June 5-6; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


ACT Writing (Karen Freeman) – HEP TX recommends that you take the ACT writing test though it is an optional test because many colleges require the writing test.  Mrs. Freeman reviews the ACT writing goals and tips for success. Students will practice writing essays each day and receive a critique from Mrs. Freeman. Mrs. Freeman will also provide test taking tips to help students avoid anxiety and relieve stress during all parts of the ACT Test.

Cost:   $175

Dates: June 18-22; 10-Noon


ACT Reading/English (Karen Freeman) – Mrs. Freeman will review the skills needed to score well on the Reading and English parts of the ACT Test. The reading techniques learned in this course, if applied, may raise the overall test scores of the sub-tests.

Cost:   $175

Dates: June 11-15; 10:00 am –Noon


College Prep Courses

We recommend that the parent and student both take these courses:

Getting Ready for High School and College

Getting Ready for High School and College Seminar (Joanne Juren) – If you have a student in 7th grade or above, then this class if for you.  During this informative seminar, Joanne Juren will discuss many topics pertinent to students just entering high school.  Topics include goal setting, course guidelines from 7th – 12th grade, the 4-year plan, high school transcript, extracurricular courses and activities, job co-ops, testing for high school and college, scholarships, and many more!  Each parent will create a 4-year plan for his or her student(s).  There will be plenty of time for questions and answers!  With one paid adult, the student may attend free of charge.  Reservations required.  The Getting Ready for High School and College book and CD are available at the HEP Bookstore.

Cost:   $45                                                                               

Date: August 3; 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The College Application, The College Essay, and How to Pay for it All (Karen Freeman) – Filling out those College Applications and writing that College Essay can be a nightmare. Learn how to pull all of the information together in this informative and necessary seminar with Karen Freeman.  Helpful tips and ideas for completing these applications in a timely manner will make the process easier and more efficient.   Mrs. Freeman will also  discuss  how to choose a topic and how to write the essay, and she will help you find the most creative way to present your story so that the colleges will not only want you, but will offer you money!                                 

The last part of this seminar discusses financial aid:  If your child is heading to college next fall, now is the time to prepare for applying for financial aid. With the political changes in the government, the playing field has changed for homeschool graduates so it is imperative that you learn what is available for your homeschool student. During this informative seminar, Mrs. Freeman will discuss the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application) and tips for completing this application. Mrs. Freeman will discuss the various kinds of financial aid available to home school students. Learn the difference between grants, loans, and scholarships and how to search the internet to find the perfect financial package for your student.   With one paid adult, the high school student may attend for free.                                                                                                 

Cost:  $40                                                                                                                     

Dates:  August 10; 9:00 am – Noon


Computer Science

If you are looking for a fun computer class for the summer, sign up for one of HEP's computer science summer camps!  We are offering Game Programming, MS Office, Digital Art, and Animation classes.

Game Programming (Melissa Juren) – Video games may be fun to play, but they are a blast to create!  In this class, students will learn the basics of game programming using Game Maker software.  The software provides a drag and drop interface for creating games.  We will cover the concepts of keyboard and mouse controls, adding sounds, keeping score, multiple levels, increasing challenges, and more!  This class counts as a 1/2 credit on the high school transcript.  Students will need a USB 
drive. This course is designed for 7th – 12th grades.  
Cost:  $295

Dates: June 4 – 8; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

MS Office (Melissa Juren) – If you need a solid foundation on how to properly utilize Microsoft Office programs, this is the class for you! Students will learn to master the basics and touch on advanced techniques of the Microsoft Office applications as well as learn how they work together. Students will create and edit a variety of Word documents ranging from the academic to the professional. Students will also author several Excel spreadsheets that include chart analyses, custom functions and calculations, and even some simple macros. Students will then build PowerPoint presentations using slide transitions, animations, embedded multimedia, and inserted documents from other Office programs.  Students will need a USB drive and Microsoft Office 2016 (installed at home). This course counts 1/2 credit on the high school transcript. Optional Textbook:  Microsoft Office 2016 Step by Step by Joan Lambert and Curtis Frye                                                                                                      
Dates: June 4 – 8; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm                                                                          

Cost: $295

Digital Art

Digital Art (Melissa Juren) – Today’s technology brings art into the digital age.  Tablets have replaced canvases and offer virtually limitless creative options.  In this class, students will learn the basics of digital art and be introduced to the Bamboo Pad and the free image editor GIMP.  We will cover the concepts of photo enhancement, drawing techniques, and graphic design.  Students may bring a drawing tablet of their choice to class.  I will demonstrate a Wacom Wireless Bamboo Pad in class.  Students will need a USB drive. This course is designed for 7th-12th grades. This course counts as ½ credit on the high school transcript.
Cost: $295

 Dates: June 11 – 15; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Animation (Melissa Juren) – Ever wanted to make your own 3D movie?  Now is the time to learn how!  In this class, students will learn the basics of creating 3D animation using Muvizu software.  We will cover concepts such as creating and customizing characters, manipulating virtual lights and sound effects, and handling lip-synching.  Students will need a USB drive. This course counts as ½ credit on the high school transcript and is designed for 7-12th grades.
Cost: $295

Dates: June 11 – 15; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Intro to Computer Science (Melissa Juren) – Have you ever considered a job at companies such as Google or Facebook, been interested in coding, or even used a mobile app? Then you may be interested in learning more about computing and technology. According to, 67% of all new STEM jobs are in computing! Come participate in this fun camp for ALL skill levels that will introduce the fundamental logic, problem solving, and creativity of computer science and how you can turn it into a career.

Cost:   $45

Dates: August 3; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm




New for 2018:  you may earn 1 full American History credit during the summer!

American History A (Karen Freeman) – This “mini” course for grades 10-12 covers the first section of American History prior to 1877. Class discussions, films, group projects and presentations will make the class interesting. This class counts ½ credit on the high school transcript. Textbook: BJU US History and Student Activity Manual (available at the HEP Bookstore).

Cost: $325

Dates: July 9-18; 1:00 pm – 3:45 pm (Week 1:  M-F; Week 2:  M-W)


American History B (Karen Freeman) – This “mini” course for grades 10-12 covers the second section of America History from 1877 to the Present. Class discussions, films, group projects and presentations will make the class interesting. This class counts ½ credit on the high school transcript. Textbook: BJU US History and Student Activity Manual (available at the HEP Bookstore).

Cost:  $325

Dates:  July 23 – 31; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Week 1:  M-F; Week 2:  Mon & Tues)


Language Arts


 Elementary Creative Writing (Melissa Juren) – In this exciting elementary camp for grades 3-5, students will practice the art of creative writing and learning about the basic elements of writing. Each day, students will read, discuss, write, and play a fun game. At the end of the class, students will write one large story as a group. Bring a notebook and a pencil.                 

Cost: $175

Dates:  June 25-29; 9:00 am -10:30 am

Creative Writing for Grades 6-8 (Melissa Juren) –

This class will go in depth in the study of creative writing and its different components including themes, mood, and climax. Every day we will do some reading, discussing, writing, and play a fun game! At the end of the class we will write one large story as a group. 

Cost:  $160                                                                         

Dates:  June 25-29; 10:45 am – 12:15 am

Middle School Writing

Middle School Writing Workshop for Grades 6-8 (Joe Morton) – During middle school, it is important for students to develop strong writing skills.  By understanding the writing process, student will better understand how to do writing assignments.  During this workshop, students will focus on the paragraph format and write different types of paragraphs including descriptive, narrative, comparison, and literary analysis.  This course is a must before students attempt the five paragraph essay and high school English.                                                                                                                                                  Cost:  $160

Session #1: June 4-8; 10:00 – 11:30 am

Session #2:  August 6-10; 10:00 – 11:30 am


Five Paragraph Essay Writing Workshop (Joe Morton) – Don't let the BEAST scare you!  Sure, the five-paragraph is frightening, but this four-day workshop for grades 8-12 will teach the basics of five-paragraph essay writing in a simplified format.  Students will learn the basic structure of the essay through a visual drawing.  They will practice each part of the essay and write one essay.  Students will learn how to expand this “skeleton” to a longer research paper.  This easy and interesting presentation will help even the “grumpiest” writer learn that writing can be easily mastered when given the proper tools to slay the beast!  Mastery of the five-paragraph essay will help students earn success in both high school and college.  Absolutely no one younger than 8th grade may attend this accelerated presentation.  This course is not recommended for students who struggle with English or who do not have mastery of basic paragraph writing.  The book Writing with the Masters is required for the workshop and may be purchased at the HEP Bookstore.  On the first day of class, students should also bring 3 juvenile library books on one of the 7 planets in the solar system (excluding Earth and Pluto). Class is limited to 15 students each session.  Students should sign up for one session. New students getting ready to attend HEP’s high school classes are encouraged to take this course.

Cost: $175 

Session #1 – June 4-7; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Session #2 – August 6-9; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Research Writing

Research Writing Class (Karen Freeman) – Research papers can be daunting unless you know where to begin.  In this class, the approach is broken down into simple, easy-to-follow steps that remove the stress that comes with large writing projects.  Students should understand the MLA format and five-paragraph essays. The book Writing with the Masters is required.

Cost:   $175

Date:  June 25-26; 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

 No Be Verbs and Other Grammar Rules for grades 7-12 (Karen Freeman) – If you are confused about “be” verbs, this is the course for you!  During this workshop, students will become stronger writers by exploring grammar myths and facts. Students will learn to write actively without the form of “to be.”  Students will identify fragments, comma splices, other serious writing errors and learn to avoid them.  Students will work on elevating word choices and language use.

Cost: $160        

Dates:  July 9-13; 9:30 am – 11:30 am   



The Art of Argument (grades 9-12) (Joe Morton) – “My chief objection to a quarrel,” G.K. Chesterton wrote, “is that it ends a good argument.” High school students will argue (and sometimes quarrel), but they won’t argue well without good training. This 2 week course, The Art of Argument, is designed to teach the argumentative adolescent how to reason with clarity, relevance, and purpose. The mastery of informal logic (the logical fallacies) is a foundational subject by which other subjects are evaluated, assessed, and learned. Textbook:  The Art of Argument may be purchased at the HEP Bookstore. 

Time: July 9-19; Monday-Thursday; 10:00-12:00 pm

Cost:  $325





Introduction to Psychology for grades 10-12 (Karen Freeman) – In this 2-week summer course, students will delve into the realms of the mind to understand such concepts as motivation vs manipulation, reward vs punishment, habit depletion vs adoption and the ethereal world called dreams. Limited section on abnormal Psychology and self-hypnosis as relaxation will be presented. The course includes case studies, profiles, films and 2 extended home-conducted experiments. Students need a binder, notebook and colored pencils. Counts as one (1) credit on the high school transcript and qualifies the student for enrollment in AP Psych in the fall semester. Textbook:  None                                                                     

Dates:   June 11 – June 22; 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm                                                            

Cost: $490 (1 full credit)  


Speech & Debate

Introduction to Debate (Joanne Juren)Debate skills are essential for success in life. When the world's first universities were established, three skills were considered essential for leadership and promotion of the best ideas: grammar, logic, and rhetoric—what we now know as reading, writing, and speaking. Learning debate theory, coupled with researching, analyzing, and discussing the debate topic, elevates the potential success of a student in both academia and real life.  Debate programs create leaders. Taught by a champion debater/debate coach, this course is for both the student who is curious about debate and the one who is interested in pursuing competitive debate in the high school or collegiate arenas. Students will have 3+ hours of homework each evening on Monday-Thursday to prepare for the debate on Friday. Textbook: STRATEGIC DEBATE, Vince Trefethen (available at HEP Bookstore). If the student puts in at least 15 hours of parent supervised research at home during the 1 week course, the parent may count this course as ½ credit on the high school transcript.

Cost:  $325

Dates:  June 11-15; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm



High School Speech (Joanne Juren) – This two week course is dedicated to teaching public speaking skills. Taught by an experienced speech and debate coach, this class will prepare even the shy student to be able to speak in public situations.  Students will present a variety of impromptu as well as prepared speeches.  Students will also learn how to constructively critique other students and how to accept constructive critique.  Speech counts as ½-credit on the high school transcript. Textbook:  BJU’s Sound Speech (newest edition) – available at the HEP Bookstore.  

Cost: $450         

Dates: June 18-28 (Monday-Thursday of each week); 9:30-12:30 pm 


Study Skills

How to Study Smarter Not Harder

How to Study Smarter, Not Harder! (Joanne Juren) – Feeling disorganized? Don’t quite know how to tackle that load of homework?  Want to learn how to study smarter, not harder?  If so, this workshop is for you!  Mrs. Juren will focus on 3 ideas that, if implemented, will turn you into a superstar student! This class is recommended for everyone who wants to move from mediocrity to excellence!  Bring a spiral notebook, which is required for a demonstration activity, and a pen.  Parents must pay the same fee as students attending this course.  Reservations required.  The How to Study Smarter, Not Harder! Book is available at HEP Bookstore. This course is designed for 7-12th graders.

Cost:  $45

Dates:  August 9; 9:00 – 12:00 pm

How to be Successful in an Honors Course (Joanne Juren) – Struggling to make an A in that honors class? Knowing what is important and what is not when writing notes can make your study time more productive. Joanne Juren continues the principles taught in the “How to Study Smarter, Not Harder!” course by delving deeper into how to highlight, read with discernment, and  take more effective study notes.  Students should take the How to Study Smarter, Not Harder! before taking this course.                                                                                              

Cost:  $35

Date:  August 9; 1:00 – 3:00 pm









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