Summer Camps 2019


Summer Camp Schedule


HEP TX Summer Schedule 19  (downloadable copy)

Adult Seminars and Classes

Homeschooling 101 Seminar – This 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.                                            


Cost: FREE                                                                                                  

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

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

Session 2:  August 3         10:00 – 11:30 am



Beginner Pour Painting for Adults (Amber Freeman) – Looking for a fun way to  explore your creativity? Then this class is for you. You will learn the art of Pour Painting also known as Fluid Art. This 3 hour class will include a lesson on technique, styles, paint, and consistency. You will learn all you need to know to make some amazing artwork. At the end of the lesson we will practice what we have learned and you will be able to create your own masterpieces. Bring an apron to protect your clothing. We will provide all other supplies. 

Cost: $65
Session 1: Canceled
Session 2: June 26; 9:00 am-12:00 pm
                                                                                                                                                  Session 3:  July 19; 9:00 am-12:00 pm                                                  

Advanced Pouring Painting Class for Adults (Amber Freeman) – If you have explored pour painting or fluid art and would like to learn some of the more difficult and in-depth techniques, come and join our class. In this 3 hour class you will learn about some of the more detailed and difficult styles of pour painting. After the lesson you will get to practice what you have learned and have fun creating your very own masterpieces. Bring an apron to protect your clothing. All other supplies will be provided. 
Cost: $65
Session 1: Canceled
Session 2: June 26; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm                                                                                                                                                               
Session 3:  July 19; 1:oo pm-4:00 pm


ACT Test


The SAT test prep is 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:  $225

Session 1 Dates:  Monday-Friday; June 3-7; 9:00-noon

Session 2 Dates:  Monday-Friday; August 12-16, 9:00-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 will ensure a higher score!

Cost:  $90

Session 1 Dates: June 5-6; 1:00-4:00 pm

Session 2 Dates: August 13-14; 1:00 -4:00 pm

Ancient Eruptions

Ancient Eruptions (grades 4-7) (Sue Rothberg) – More than 3,400 years ago, a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Thera took place on the Greek island of Santorini. It was one of the largest volcanic events in Earth's recorded history. This summer, travel back in time to the ancient Greek island of Thera to explore the site of the second-largest volcanic eruption in human history. Using a variety of hands-on scientific activities, students will study navigation, volcanism, plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, archaeology, and natural disasters. Building a volcano will give students a close up look at this ancient eruption. This fun course combines ancient historical knowledge with modern scientific technology to create a fascinating study of planet Earth. This camp will be great preparation for our science classes, especially for new students.

Cost: $250 (includes all materials and supplies)

Dates: June 24-27 (Monday-Thursday); 1:00-4:00 pm



Art Camp (grades 5-8) (Joanne Juren) – Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun!” Join this week-long summer camp to explore the world of color and imagination. Watercolors, acrylics, ink, ceramics, pastels, and mixed media will be explored while we create fun and creative works of art. Fun projects such as pour painting, abstract art, Photocopy Drawings, Dr. Seuss Inspired Surrealism, and a Picasso self-portrait are a few of the fun projects each inspired artist will create. On the last day, we will have a short art show for our biggest fans, our parents! Don’t miss out on all of the fun! All supplies are provided. Students should wear old clothes and bring a paint smock of some type.

Cost: $250 (includes supplies)

Date: July 22-26; 10:00-1pm


Camp Fridays

Summer Day Camp/Mother’s Day Out Program

Join the fun at HEP this summer in our Camp Friday program! Kids in K-3 will have fun with art, crafts, games, story time,

creative movement, and our new sensory path!

Who: Kids in Kindergarten through Grade 3 (for Fall 2019)

When:  Fridays from 10:00-2:30 pm

Dates:  June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26

Director:  Sharon Powell; Assistant:  Olivia Freeman

Package Prices:  All days: $175; Any 3 days: $90; Any 1 day:  $35

Students should bring a light snack and a lunch.

College Prep Courses

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

Getting Ready for High School and CollegeGetting Ready for High School and College Seminar (Joanne Juren) – If you have a student in 7th grade or above, then this class is 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 2; 9:00 – 1:00 pm

The College Application, The College Essay, and Paying for it All  (Karen Freeman) – Filling out those College Applications and writing the 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 college 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. Then, 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 second part of this informative seminar will focus on “how to pay for it all….”                                                                                                                                                              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:  $40                                                                                                                      

Date: May 20; 1-4 pm



Adult Computer Science Classes

In this day and age of rapid technological changes, parents often find it hard to keep with all of the new smart devices, new computer programs, and social media sites. Join Melissa Juren as she shares her expertise with you so that you will be up-to-date with your computer skills and how to use those new “smart devices.” You will also find the Social Media workshop of special interest as she shares information about a variety of the most popular sites that your children may already be using!


 Digital Literacy (Adults Only) – Melissa Juren – Modern technology and the digital world are an ever-changing landscape of computers, smart devices, software, and connectivity.  Keeping up with that technology can be overwhelming!  If you need a refresher course on fundamental computer use, Digital Literacy is for you.  This class will cover computer hardware, Windows 10, safe internet use, and an updated overview of the online world and how to interact with it.

Session 1: Saturday, June 7 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Session 2: Saturday, August 2 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost:  $45

 MS Office 2016 (Adults Only) – Melissa Juren – So many people at home, in school, and in the workplace use the Microsoft Office Suite.  Being able to use its programs is practically a requirement in our modern world.  But just like any software, it can change faster than we may be able to keep up.  Whether you are looking to refresh your MS Office skills, use MS Office for the first time, or even learn how to use MS Office in ways you may not have known before, MS Office 2016 may be the class you need.  In class, we will cover Word, PowerPoint, and Excel as well as how to use them quickly, easily, and effectively whatever your needs may be.

Session 1: Saturday, June 7 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                    Session 2: Saturday, August 2 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                  Cost:  $45


Learning Smart Devices (Adults Only) – Melissa Juren – Smartphone, smart watches, smart tablets, smart home assistants, smart thermostats, smart light bulbs – there are so many “smart” devices available, it can be hard to keep up!  If you have a smart device that you haven’t quite mastered yet, bring it with you to our Learning Smart Devices class.  In this class, we will be examining some of the more common smart devices and learning how to use them, implement them, customize them, and make them work for you.

Session 1: Saturday, June 14 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                Session 2: Saturday, August 9 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                    Cost:  $45


Mastering Social Media (Adults Only) – Melissa Juren – Social networking is a relatively new phenomenon, with the first social media sites appearing in the late 1990s.  In the early 2000s, MySpace and LinkedIn soared to popularity.  Now, social networking platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat dominate.  Whether you want to break into that world or have a child who is already a part of it, Mastering Social Media is the class you need.  In it, we will discuss the most popular social media platforms, who is using them, how to create and manage an account, and the details about their inner workings that you need to know.

Session 1: Saturday, June 14 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                Session 2: Saturday, August 9 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                        Cost:  $45

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 Grades 7-12 (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 3 – 7; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

MS Office Grades 7-12 (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 3 – 7; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm                                                                          

Cost: $295


Digital ArtDigital Art Grades 7-12 (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 10 – 14; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Animation Grades 7-12 (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 10 – 14; 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 2; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dissection Boot Camp

Dissection Boot Camp 101 Grades 8-12 (Cheryl Red) – Success in upper level science classes requires the master of many skills. Dissection Boot Camp 101 is an academic summer opportunity that uses hands-on learning for students who will be taking Biology. Students will have the opportunity to dissect several types of insect/animal specimens. The course is designed to provide a fun and relaxed environment for all participants while learning the techniques and intricacies of dissection. Critical thinking and analytical skills will strengthen as students solve problems and make connections.  The class meets Monday-Thursday in the Biology Lab. Students should wear old clothes and bring an apron. All other equipment and specimens are provided. 

Cost: $295 + $30 supply fee = $325

Date: June 10-13; 9:00 am-12:00 pm



Engineering Camp  Grades 8-12 (Corbett Freeman) – The word engineer (Latin ingeniator) is derived from the Latin words ingeniare ("to create, generate, contrive, devise") and ingenium ("cleverness"). Engineers invent, design, analyze, build, and test machines, systems, structures and materials to fulfill objectives and requirements while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety, and cost. This camp, taught by an engineer, will introduce the engineering profession, disciplines within engineering, and historical advancements in the primary disciplines that brought man into the modern era.  Each student will learn about preparing for a career in engineering, career path options, problem solving, and engineering ethics. This class meets Monday-Friday. This class may count as a ½ credit for Engineering Careers, a science elective.

Cost: $295

Dates:  July 15-19; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Language Arts

Elementary Creative Writing Grades 3-5 (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:  $160                                                                          

Dates:  June 24-28; 9:00 am -10:30 am


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

Mysteries, fantasies, science fiction, and more….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 24-28; 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Middle School Writing Workshop for Grades 6-8 (Joanne Juren) – Popcorn, a movie, and lots of laughs…this is the perfect camp for your middle school student. During middle school, it is important for students to develop strong writing skills.  By understanding the writing process, students will better understand how to do writing assignments.  During this four-day exciting and fun workshop, students will focus on the paragraph format and write different types of paragraphs including descriptive, narrative, comparison, and literary analysis. Using high interest activities and literature, Mrs. Juren will excit even the most reluctant writer. This course is a must before students attempt the five-paragraph essay and high school  English.                                                                                                                                                  

Cost:  $160

Dates: July 29-August 1; 10:00 – noon


Five-Paragraph Essay Writing Workshop  Grades 8-12 (Melissa Juren) – Don’t let the beast scare you!  This four-day workshop for grades 8-12 will teach the basics of five-paragraph essay writing and help you tame the beast!  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: July 29-August 1; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Research WritingResearch Writing Class Grades 8-12 (Joanne Juren) – 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:   $195

Dates:  July 29-August 1; 1:00-3:00 pm


No Be Verbs and Other Grammar Rules for grades 7-12 (Melissa Juren) – 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 29-August 1; 10:00 – noon




Logic 1: The Art of Argument Grades 9-12 – (Joanne Juren) – “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 1 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. Counts as ½ credit on the high school transcript. Textbook:  The Art of Argument may be purchased at the HEP Bookstore. 

Cost:  $250

Time: June 10-14; Monday-Friday; 1:00-4:00 pm 



Introduction to Philosophy Grades 8-12 (Hannah Philibert) – This week-long course will explore major branches of philosophical thought, including metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. Texts will be provided and students will be expected to answer response questions based on concepts covered in class. Students will be encouraged to engage in class discussions and think critically about the topics covered, as this will help them develop a better understanding of their own ideas.

Cost: $250

Time: Monday-Friday; June 3-7; 12-3pm



Machine Quilting (9th grade-adult) (Kris Buttacoli) – Already know how to sew just a little bit, and want to learn how to put all that fabric into a quilt? We will begin this class practicing our straight-line stitching, reviewing how to backstitch, and learning to put those pesky pins to good work. We will make a small project such as a placemat or a table runner to practice all the quilting skills one needs to be successful. We will then move on to the construction of an actual quilt. Participants must bring their own sewing machine and be able to thread the machine and replace the bobbin on their own. They also should have a basic knowledge of how the machine works. Equipment needed: rotary cutter, cutting mat, and small pair of good scissors. Provided:  precut fabric for 1st project, batting, and pins. After the first project, students will pick out fabric for their first quilt. The instructor will give directions on how to purchase this fabric and any other items needed to make a quilt.

Cost: $185 (includes some supplies)

Dates:  Mon-Wed (week 1); June 10-12; 9-Noon AND ….

               Mon-Tuesday (week 2); June 17-18; 9-Noon

Speech & Debate


Introduction to Debate Grades 7 -12 (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. 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:  $250

Dates:  June 17-20; Monday-Friday; 1:00-4:00 pm


High School Speech Grades 9-12 (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:  $399

Dates: June 10-20 (Monday-Thursday of each week); 9:30 am – 12:30 pm



Study Skills

How to Study Smarter, Not Harder! Grades 7-12 (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 16; 9:00 – 12:00 pm


How to be Successful in an Honors Course Grades 7-12 (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!” course before taking this course.

Cost:  $35

Date:  August 16; 1:00 – 3:00 pm




Registration Information

The official HEP of Texas, Inc. registration form must be filled out completely, including the emergency information, health information, and parent release. 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, Inc. reserves the right to limit enrollment and to change times or dates if needed, or even cancel camps, classes, and/or workshops 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, pre-requisites, supplies, and descriptions are listed for each camp, class, and workshop.  All course descriptions listed are the intellectual property of HEP of Texas, Inc. and are protected by copyright law, 1997-2019.
























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