Summer Camps 2017


Summer 2017 Camp Schedule

Registration Opens in January, 2017

Downloadable Copy: HEP TX Summer Camp Schedule 2017 Final Copy

Registration Form: HEP TX Registration Form Summer 2017





"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, 2017. 

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 4            2:00 –   3:30 pm

Session 2:  August 8           10:00 – 11:30 am                                                                                   

Session 3:  August 12         10:00 – 11:30 am

Session 4:  August 19         10:00 – 11:30 am


Also see:  Getting Ready for High School and College, The College Essay, The College Application, and Navigating through Financial Aid and Scholarships under College Prep Classes.


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:   $40                                                                                 

Date: August 11; 9:00 – 1:00 pm

The College Application (Karen Freeman) – Filling out those College Applications 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.                                                                               

Cost:  $35                                                                                                 

Dates:  July 28 – 1:30-3pm


The College Essay (Karen Freeman) – Fretting over how to write the perfect college essay?  Don't quite know where to start or what to write about?  Mrs. Freeman will discuss not only how to choose a topic and how to write the essay, but 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!                                                                     

Cost:  $35                                                                                                                    

Dates:  August 2; 10:30-Noon

Navigating through Financial Aid and Scholarships (Karen Freeman) – 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.                                                                                                     

Cost:  $35                                                                                                                        

Dates:  August 4; 10:30-noon


Language Arts

Middle School Writing

Middle School Writing Workshop for Grades 6-8 (Joanne Juren/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

Dates:  July 31-Aug 4 – 5; 10:00 – 11:30 am (Morton)

Five Paragraph Essay

Five Paragraph Essay Writing Workshop (Joanne Juren/Joe Morton) – This four day workshop for grades 8-12 will teach the basics of five-paragraph essay writing.  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!  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 

Dates: August 8-11; 10:00-12:00 pm (Morton)

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

Dates:  July 31-Aug 4; 1:30-3:30


SHAKESHOP: UNDERSTANDING SHAKESPEARE (FOR THOSE NOT BORN IN THE 16TH CENTURY) (Amanda Murray) – Why Shakespeare? William Shakespeare was not only one of the greatest writers in the English language but he also wrote about the whole of human existence. In his plays and poetry, you can find examinations of politics, religion, race, relationships and so many more “big” issues. His work is important for any of us to understand!

In this one day workshop, you will begin (or continue) your exploration of Shakespeare by way of the connection between the page of “literature” and the drama of the theatre. Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be heard and seen! I will give you a toolbox filled with ways to better understand the language and literary devices he used, including a curriculum to follow at home. This workshop will not take you through the plots of his famous plays; it will show you the way to that for yourself! Because of his brilliance and scope, study of Shakespeare can enhance study of many other areas such as politics, warfare, geography, interpersonal communication, philosophy, religion…The list goes on and on!

This 3 hour workshop is ideal for either a parent or parent/ student (aged 14 or up) combo to attend. It is fast paced and interactive…and a lot of fun!

Cost:  $45

Dates:  August 8; 1 – 4 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 8; 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 8; 2:00 – 4:00 pm









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