Summer Camps 2020


Summer Camp Schedule

Here is a copy of the Summer Schedule, updated on 5/26. We will offer some of our courses online this summer. Other courses will be offered at the school 

HEP TX Summer Schedule 2020

HEP TX – Summer Camp Registration 2020 (registration form for all camps except STEAM)

HEP TX STEAM Registration Form 2020 (form for STEAM only)

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STEAM CAMPS (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)


Faculty:  Chery Red (Science), Sue Rothberg (Science, Math), Melissa Juren (Engineering, Technology) and Debby Jasinski (Art)

Students will rotate through four age appropriate sessions each day. With a variety of fun and engaging activities, students will explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math. From cool science experiments to building robotic insects and prosthesis models, students will love the science, engineering, and technology sessions. During the art sessions, students will explore related concepts of light, color, force and motion, biology, and water and air through a variety of fun and challenging art projects. Students will be challenged by Super Math’s crazy math rules while meeting a NASA engineer who will share some really cool math applications used by NASA.


WHY STEAM CAMP? Students from grades 2 to 12 will find these camps exciting and stimulating! Enrichment experiences in the STEAM fields will ignite the kind of curiosity that often leads to a fulfilling and meaningful work life. A two year study of nearly 1600 middle school students across the country revealed that “students who once participated in science summer camps were more likely to later report a career interest in the science and engineering fields.” It’s clear that enrolling your child in a STEAM focused camp is an ideal way to provide them more options as they start considering their paths through high school, college, and beyond.

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Session 1 – It's Electrified!

Dates: June 8-11

Time:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm

This session will focus on light, color, and electricity.

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Session 2 – Newton's Antics

Dates: June 15-18

Time:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm

This session will focus on force and motion.

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Session 3 – It's Alive! – The Mad Scientist Explores Biology

Dates: June 22-25

Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

This session will focus on Anatomy and related biology activities and experiments.

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Session 4 – Cloudy with a Chance of Science

Dates:  June 29-July 2

Time:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm

This session will focus on water, air, and weather (Meteorology).


NOTE: The Camp Picnic– Cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

All supplies are included in the cost of the course.

New Price:  All camps $199 each

To get a family discount, families may purchase multiple sessions and use for more than one child.








SAT/ACT Prep Classes


ACT/SAT Strategies (grades 9-11) – Leesa Wolf – “Slow and steady gets test takers ready.” Students begin their college testing studies by taking one diagnostic ACT and one diagnostic SAT. After scoring and analyzing his or her tests, each student determines which test to focus on (or both). Students then assess their preliminary college plans and set their initial score goals. Next, the full set of college test strategies are explained including preparing for test day, taking the test, studying wisely, and handling questions in each section: English/writing, reading, math, science (only on ACT), and essay. Strategies common to both tests are emphasized, but differences are highlighted. Foundational, lower level content skills common to both tests are studied and practiced using the associated strategies. Reading content addressed includes vocabulary, literal comprehension, and “big picture” questions. Writing content studied focuses on conventions, rules, and simpler rhetoric-oriented questions. Math content covered is limited to pre-algebra and algebra 1 content. Essay writing skills and ACT science practice are not included. Students conclude the class by establishing a forward study plan for themselves. No grades are given for this summer course because it does not fulfill any high school credits. However, completed checkpoints and milestones are listed in TeacherEase for the benefit of students and parents. Prerequisites: Pre-algebra complete, algebra 1 in progress. General knowledge of 5 paragraph essay structure. Textbooks:  3 top-tutor books (TBD pending release of latest versions) costing approximately $30 each: ACT English, SAT Reading, ACT Math. Required homework PRIOR to first day of class: Using class-specific test directions, complete TWO diagnostic tests: 1 SAT and 1 ACT.

Dates:  7 classes, 3 hours each; 6/2, 6/9, 6/11, 6/16, 6/18, 6/23, 6/25; Tuesday/Thursdays; 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Cost:  $399 (21 hours of classes)


ACT Practice (grades 10-12) – Leesa Wolf – Ace the ACT! Using diagnostic test results and initial college plans, students begin this course by reestablishing their overall score goals, determining specific section score goals, and setting question count/approach strategies. After a very brief review of the ACT/SAT Strategies class content, more advanced subject matter is practiced and discussed. Topics covered include reading comprehension inference and other advanced questions, writing test rhetoric questions, and math geometry/algebra 2/trig specific questions. For the ACT essay, students determine their own “prefabricated” content options and essay templates. Students complete practice assignments at home per their initial goals; more sustained practice results in higher scores. Regular “mini-tests” are completed both in-class and at home. The semester concludes with review and a final full practice test. Results of the last test are compared to the initial goals, and a future plan is drafted. No grades are given for this summer course because it does not fulfill any high school credits. However, completed checkpoints and milestones are listed in TeacherEase for the benefit of students and parents. Prerequisite: ACT/SAT Strategies Course, Algebra 2 or higher in progress, ability to write a 5-paragraph essay. Textbooks: 2 top-tutor books (TBD pending release of latest versions) costing approximately $30 each: Science Practice, SAT Essay Practice. Required homework PRIOR to first week of class: Complete one diagnostic ACT test per class-specific directions.

Dates:  7 classes, 3 hours each; 7/8, 7/13, 7/15, 7/20, 7/22, 7/27, 7/29; Monday/Wednesdays; 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Cost:  $399 (21 hours of classes)



SAT Practice (grades 10-12) – Leesa Wolf – Soar with the SAT! This class follows the same approach as the ACT Practice course, but all detailed study is specific to the SAT. Reading topics covered include reading comprehension inference questions and the wide variety of SAT challenging advanced reading questions. Further rhetoric questions are studied for writing, as are the SAT unique applications of Algebra 1 content and the more advanced areas of Geometry/Algebra 2/Trig. The SAT essay is covered in a similar manner to the ACT essay, although the prompts between the two tests are significantly different. No grades are given for this summer course because it does not fulfill any high school credits. However, completed checkpoints and milestones are listed in TeacherEase for the benefit of students and parents. Prerequisite: ACT/SAT Strategies Course, Algebra 2 or higher in progress, ability to write a 5-paragraph essay. Textbooks: 2 top-tutor books (TBD pending release of latest versions) costing approximately $30 each: SAT Math Practice, SAT Essay). Required homework PRIOR to first week of class: Complete one diagnostic SAT test per class-specific directions.

Dates:  7 classes, 3 hours each; 7/9, 7/14, 7/16, 7/21, 7/23, 7/28, 7/30; Tuesday/Thursdays; 1:00-4:00 pm

Cost:  $399 (21 hours of classes)





Careers (9-11)  (Leesa Wolf) –In this summer  course, students discern possible career paths based on multiple self-inventories and research them using online software and websites. Students complete supplemental activities such as conducting an informational interview and analyzing financial aspects of career choices. High school course possibilities and post-high school educational options based on students’ preferences are also investigated.  Lastly, as time allows, each student drafts an initial resume and simulates a typical job interview. Throughout the course, students are given topics to discuss with parents to obtain family-specific feedback on career possibilities. This summer course counts ½ credit on the high school transcript. Book: Finding the Career That Fits You Workbook by Larry Burkett & Lee Ellis (Available on Amazon, ISBN-13: 978-0802425225. Do NOT purchase used version.)

Dates: 7 classes, 3 hours each; June: Mon/Wed; 1:00 – 4:00 pm; 6/1, 6/8, 6/10, 6/15, 6/17, 6/22, 6/24

Cost:  $399


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: TBA; 9:00 – 1:00 pm 


 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 learn 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. This camp will stimulate creative thinking and strengthen writing skills while providing a fun experience. Taught by a teacher with a Creative Writing minor in college!

Cost:  $160                                                                                                              

Dates: July 6-10; 9:00 -10:30 am

Creative Writing for Grades 6-8 (Melissa Juren) – Fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and romance….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.  This course will feed the love of writing in your teenager! Taught by an instructor with a Creative Writing in college.

Cost:  $160                                                                         

Dates: July 6-10; 10:45-12:15 pm


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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 excite even the most reluctant writer. This course is a must before students attempt the five-paragraph essay and high school.  Class is limited to 20 students.

Cost:  $160

Dates: August 3-6; 10:00 – noon



Five-Paragraph Essay Writing Workshop (Leesa Wolf) – 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. Class is limited to 15 students.  New students planning to attend HEP’s high school classes are encouraged to take this course.

Cost: $175 

Dates: June 22-25; 10:00 – Noon


Research Writing



Research Writing 101 (Leesa Wolf) – 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.  Taught by an experienced writing teacher who specializeds in SAT/ACT style writing, students will not only learn the basics of organizing the research paper, they will also learn to use interesting approaches to topics to create memorable papers. Students should understand the MLA format and five-paragraph essays. The book Writing with the Masters is required. Recommended for grades 9 and up.

Cost:   $195

Dates:  July 20-23; 10:00 – noon



No Be Verbs and Other Grammar Rules for grades 7-12 (Leesa Wolf)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.   Taught by a teacher who specializes in grammar and sentence construction foundations, this class will strengthn your student's writing skills in one week!   

Cost: $160        

Dates: June 15-18; 10:30 – noon




Reading Camps

Reading Camp for Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade ( Mandy McDonald) Join us for four fun-filled days of reading review!  Students will engage in grade level-appropriate multisensory literacy activities.  Phonological awareness (hearing the sounds in words – where reading REALLY begins!), phonics, word work, sentence building, and paragraph reading will reinforce the skills necessary to take students to the next level! These summer sessions act as a refresher and help prepare students for their fall reading classes. 

Cost:  $100

Dates:  Session 1 –2nd Grade July 13-16; 10:00 – noon

               Session 2 – 1st Grade July 20-23; 10:00 – noon

               Session 3 – Kindergarten July 27-30; 10:00 – noon


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.   Recommended for grades 9-12. Class is limited to 10 students.

Cost: $399         

Dates: July 20-30; (Monday-Thursday of each week); 1-4 pm



Study Skills

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How to Study Smarter teaches preparation strategies; Note It teaches specific note-taking strategies. We suggest taking both courses.

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. The book includes tips for Making an A in an Honors Course.  This course is designed for 7-12th graders. Parents taking the course must pay too.

Cost:  $35 (student); Parent $20

Dates: Thursday, August 13; 9:30 – 12:30 pm



Note This! (Leesa Wolf) – Taking notes isn't like screwing in a lightbulb… there's more than one way to do it. High-quality notetaking results in significantly better grades and improved efficiency, and the skill follows you into the workplace.  This four-day workshop explores multiple ways of taking notes according to purpose and information source.  Students distinguish between and practice active reading, reverse outlining, fast annotating, and classroom lecture notetaking for various types of materials and subjects.  From minimal, abbreviated keyword notes to enhanced critical thinking comments with incorporation of individual creativity, attendees expand their abilities to connect with what they are reading, hearing, and learning. 

Cost:  $160

Dates: July 13-16; 10:30 – Noon

Group Piano Lessons: Pre-K through 12th grade

Amy Titus/Stephanie Toepoel of INJ Fine Arts

Join us for piano lessons this summer as we nurture a love of music and learn to play piano in an entertaining, fun group format. We will play solos, ensembles, compose, and tell stories through our music. Our program is designed to ensure that all learners are supported and challenged as individuals in a group setting. The classes are geared to the age and ability of the students, utilizing games and group play. The price includes all curriculum and equipment. For more information, call or text Amy Titus at 254-421-1953.

Cost per session:

  • Pre-K and Elementary $100
  • Junior High and High School $125

Session 1 Dates: June 8-July 2

    Students may opt to progress to the next level on the same day and time through session 2 and 3.

  • Beginning Pre-K: Tuesday 12:00-12:50
  • Beginning Elementary: Tuesday 1:00-1:50
  • Beginning Junior High: Tuesday 2:00-2:50
  • Beginning High School: Tuesday 3:00-3:50

Session 2 Dates: July 6 – July 30

   Students may opt to progress to the next level on the same day and time through session 3.

  • Beginning Pre-K: Wednesday 9:00-9:45
  • Beginning Junior High: Wednesday 9:50-10:40
  • Beginning High School: Wednesday 11:00-11:50
  • Beginning Elementary: Wednesday 12:10-1:00

Session 3 Dates: August 10 – September 3

  • Beginning Pre-K: Thursday 12:00-12:50
  • Beginning Elementary: Thursday 1:00-1:50
  • Beginning Junior High: Thursday 2:00-2:50
  • Beginning High School: Thursday 3:00-3:50



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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 and teachers 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, 1997-2020. These courses are copyrighted and all intellectual properties related to these courses belong to Home Education Partnership of Texas, Inc.




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