Testimonials

This page will share some of the letters and e-mails we have received about our program.  We have removed student and parent names to protect their privacy, unless they specifically say it is ok to put a name. It is our hope and prayer that by sharing student and parent comments, that you can better understand our program.


7/29/14

Mrs. Flores is phenomenal. Our children love her, love her Spanish classes, and have learned an incredible amount while in her care. Mrs. Flores not only teaches her students Spanish, she instills a love of the Lord in them! Our family is thrilled that the Spanish program offers Spanish I – Spanish IV.

B. Mayfield


4/23/14

Speech was the must useful class I've ever taken. It really helped with my NASA exit presentation and helped me leave a great impression with my co-workers. 

N.C.


2/27/14

I'm a Journalism major at UT because of Karen Freeman and Joanne Juren.

Megan M.


2/27/14 –

Just wanted to let you know how much my time at HEP prepared me for college and the business I'm currently creating.  The challenging yet encouraging environment at HEP, as well as top-notch teachers such as Mrs. Freeman and yourself {Mrs. Juren}, helped me develop a solid work ethic and invaluable writing skills.  Even though the college I attend is rather difficult (Baylor University), I've never stressed over writing a paper!  As far as the business goes, my time in ESA Honor Society gave me the confidence and skill set to properly manage a successful start-up.  Thank you so much for all the knowledge and wisdom you gave me over the years!  Its made all the difference in college.

 

Sincerely,

Jonathan Permetti


2/27/14 – I just want to do a little shout out to my favorite teacher from highschool, Karen Freeman. My writing grew in ways I never could have imagined before taking classes with her! Now, in college, my professors tell me my writing is at a grad school level, on rough draft days they have me leave early because I "don't need" the extra help, and my papers have consistently received high marks. I'm not trying to brag on myself, I'm just so thankful for the educational opportunities I have had. I don't think any of this would have been possible without Mrs. Freeman chopping my writing to pieces in Word in Season (Journey Through Time). I'll never be able to thank her enough for the preparation!

Megan L.


9/13 – All of my college classes are easier than the ones I took at H.E.P. and most of my public schooled classmates are amazed at how well prepared I am for college and what I have learned BEFORE entering college.  Some are even jealous I was home-schooled and wish they could have had a similar experience.

Jenny B.


 

8/13 – As a former student of HEP, I can honestly say that academic success depends on the attitude, ambition, and perserverance of the student.  Fortunately, HEP allows students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, tools, and abilities neceessary for success and achievement in school, college, and any future career.  The learning system implements challenges that may appear easy or incredibly difficult.  However, the experience remains indubitably enjoyable and unveils the full potential of an ambitious and inquisitive student.  I simply cannot say enough praise for HEP.  I could write a book.  GOD bless HEP!

 

KW

 

 

8/13

Joanne, I want to share with you some thoughts on these (SAT and College Essay) courses. Our daughter really thought she'd get nothing from them. And though she has entered the "I'm not a math person" phase, both the Math and the SAT writing course gave her something to think about. Mrs. Freeman was wonderful in her approach on the writing – finding ways to make it applicable to our daughter's special interests – piquing her interest in scholarships, college steps, etc.
 
Regardless of her scores, I think the two "camps" were invaluable to our daughters stepping stones. Thanks for including them in the course options!

 

D.P., HEP mom

 


 

1/10/13

 

 

We are so happy to see you will offer Spanish 3 next year.  Our son has learned a tremendous amount under the care and direction of Mrs. Flores.

 


 

1/10/13

 

You are an amazing woman of God and a great teacher and leader. I am so honored that my kids have had the chance to learn under you and your great line up of staff. I know they are better today because of it. I have, also, enjoyed watching HEP grow over the past eight years. God is blessing you and will continue to do so because of your heart for him and the kids. I can't wait to see what is next! 

 


 

6/19/12

 

Today, a young public school teacher came by to say hello. She teaches 1st grade to children who have already failed 1st grade at least once. After visiting with me a few months ago about the Irlen method, she began using the colored overlays and paper with her students. We are happy to report that all have passed 1st grade and will return to their schools….READING!

She is now enrolled in a Masters Degree program because she said that I inspired her! What a blessing to be able to help 20 non-readers become readers and to know that this young woman will continue to learn and be able to help thousands during her career! God is soooooo good to allow me to help others!

 

 


 

 

 

5/12

 

Dear Mrs. Juren,

 

I can't thank you enough for how you have influenced my son, not only in his ability to write, but also his attitude toward reading and writing!  We've always struggled with English class and you have managed to turn that around!  The education you provide is indescribable – it is second to none!  The students are HEP are wonderful role models due to your leadership.  Thanks for providing this positive envirnoment along with high quality classes and teachers. 

 

MH

 


 

5/12

 

Joanne, your vision and energy hav given us homeschoolers choices and opportunities we couldn't imagine.  Thank you for the store, the classes, debate, Tx Youth & Govt., and now overseas field trips!  HEP and its staff are awesome!

 

Tracy

 


 

2/11/11 – Testimonal about the Irlen Screening

Joanne,

It is never too late! Thank you for encouraging me to be tested by the Irlen Method. I wasn’t expecting any real help. For almost seventy years I developed many techniques to deal with my reading issues and felt pretty good about my adaptation. What I hadn’t realized was how much energy I used just to read; which explains why I feel exhausted and mind-numb when reading. Shortly after my evaluation, I had an occasion to use the Irlen filter. I read a few pages of small text and decided it was too inconvenient to hold the filter so I put it down. When I returned to the text I couldn’t even see it well enough to read it. I put the filter back up and could easily read it. I removed the filter again and the same thing happened. I can whole heartedly testify that the filter makes a tremendous difference for me.

Thank you,

Barbara G.

 


July 29. 2009 —

I had to let you know because you are a part of this success story.  Our son  will be graduating from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday, July 31st.  He is graduating with honors and is in the top 3% of his business administration program.  Joanne, we thank you for giving us hope and encouragement.  Please know you do make a difference in this world.  We appreciate all your help and wish God's blessings.

 


 

Summer 2009 –

 

 

 

 

I recently took the "How to Study Smarter not Harder" seminar and am extremely excited to implement the learning log method in my up-coming sophomore year of high-school.  I believe that my scores in subjects I have struggled with in the past, such as algebra, could have greatly improved had I used the learning log throughout my course of study.  In the future I plan to use this method in subjects where I both struggle and excel to hopefully raise my overall grades throughout the rest of my high-school and college career.  I highly recommend this book to any one who sincerely wishes to excel in school and cares about their grades. –  Madi Thorpe 


 Summer 2009 –
    Taking tests were never difficult for me, it was studying before hand that was always my struggling point. Now that I have recently taken the "How to Study Smarter not Harder" seminar I am hoping that my test grades will improve. In the past I usually relied on my memory or a few unorganized notes to study for tests. Now I am hoping to apply the Learning Log to my daily school work and tests. By using the Learning Log I can study for tests and take notes in an organized format without having lots of note cards to flip through. Although I haven't used the Learning Log in school yet I am anxious to start 7th grade with the peace of mind about studying for tests and exams. I recommend the Learning Log to anyone who wishes to excel in school and who wants an easier and organized way to study for tests and exams. ~ Tori Thorpe

 

 

 

 

 


From a UH Honors College/former ESA member and his mom:

My College Chemistry Professor complimented the way I write lab reports!  He was impressed.  Please let the HEP teachers know that they are great teachers.   The books that the HEP Teachers use, How to Write Lab Reports and How to Write More Lab Reports, really helped me learn how to write up a Chemistry Lab Report.  Thanks!

 


 

From a former student and HEP Debater –

I graduated from Trinity University in 2006, with a BS in accounting. I
then went moved up to Boston to attend Northeastern University's
graduate school of professional accounting. I finished my masters in
accounting in December of 2006. A masters in accounting is only 30 class
room hours which gives you the ability to sit for the CPA exam. I sat
for the CPA exam and I just received word that I passed the fourth and
final part. So now all I have to do is send in some paper work and I am
a real live CPA. Ok now here's the kicker, I am beginning my second
year of Law School at Boston University School of Law. So in 2010, I will
be a JD /CPA.  I am sorry if it sounds like I am bragging, but I couldn't have done it
without your teaching and the wonderful teaching of all the instructors
at HEP.  Thanks Mrs. Juren!


 

FROM SAN JACINTO COLLEGE SOUTH –

 

Dear Joanne,

It is with pleasure that I can report to you the excellent quality of the students that you send to us at San Jacinto College South.  In reviewing the grade point averages and the number of semester credit hours that your current and former students have completed, I am very impressed with the results.  Of the 25 students whose records I reviewed, every student had a 3.0 GPA or better.  In fact, six of the 25 had a perfect 4.0! 

Many of these students have been involved in our Honors Program, as well as participating with Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Beta Lambda, two international honorary organizations with chapters on our campus.  They have been active participants in these clubs and in community service projects sponsored by these groups.  I am also pleased to note that we are on second and third children in some families!

The implications from this level of performance and involvement in these students is that they are clearly coming to college prepared to handle the workload, be very successful in college classes, and to contribute to the vitality of the college community.  The homeschool students who have enrolled at San Jacinto College are among some of the very best students that we have had, as evidenced by the fact that several of them have won awards at the Student Awards Ceremony each spring.

Thank you for the quality of academic preparation that you give these students through the HEP organization, and thanks for sharing them with us!

Sincerely,

Pamela S. Campbell

Dual Credit/Early Admissions/Tech Prep Director

Mathematics Professor

San Jacinto College South

 


Summer 2008 –

My son enjoyed the study skills class today.  I can tell he is looking forward to school starting again.  We feel that HEP Classical School is a real blessing to us.  I appreciate all your insight, knowledge, years of experience and dedication to the students.  Also all the ladies who help in the bookstore are wonderful!  We are looking forward to another great year. 

 


 

FROM THE PARENT OF A EARLY ADMISSION STUDENT:

 

 I've ask my daughter to share with You (Mrs. Juren) and Mrs. Freeman about her paper she wrote in Comp. II @ San Jac. The teacher liked the style and asked her permission to use it in the following semesters as an example. She made an excellent grade.

Big thanks go to her TEACHERS for their dedication in teaching correct writing styles.


 

FROM A CLASSICAL SCHOOL PARENT:

I have said it before, but our daughter loves school.  She has loved every project and she has learned so much from each of them.  I meant to tell Mrs. Griffiths that last week we went next door to the fish store and bought and began setting up a salt water fish tank. We have had fresh water tanks in the past, but she wanted one that she could raise sea anemones and coral in.  She has loved that class.  She can spend hours on end telling me things about sea creatures and the ocean that I had never known before.
 
Each of her teachers have taught her so much and encouraged her in all of her classes.  I am so happy that she loves school so much.
 
The classical school has been such a wonderful opportunity and experience for her and for our family.  It meets our needs perfectly.
 
We know that you spend so much time, effort, and energy in providing these wonderful classes for the kids, but we wanted you to know how much your efforts are appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This year at HEP has been wonderful.  Both of our children have
thoroughly enjoyed it.  I just wish we had lived a little closer so we could
have taken a couple of more classes.  This summer our family will be moving
and the thing we are regretting most is leaving our newfound
school. 

Word in Season with Mrs. Brown has been a beautiful experience for
our daughter.  Her writing has improved so much, but even better, I can see her
love for God's Word flourishing and nothing is greater than that.  She loved
Spanish and Art as well.

Our son had a blast in your class, as we could well see at the program.  He
was so excited about that Napoleon play that I thought he was going to
burst.  He enjoyed Story of the World so much that he has requested the
whole set just for fun. I personally loved Marine Biology so much I am going
to have to get the Flying Creatures book.

Your curriculum choices and teachers are so fantastic that we can't find
anything in Austin that compares. We are applying for admission to a
Christian School and will see how that goes.

Thanks for all you are doing and if God brings us back to Houston, we will
be back at HEP!

 


FROM A STUDENT WHO HAD TO RETURN TO PUBLIC SCHOOL IN JANUARY:
 

Dear Mrs. Juren – Thank you so much for taking the time to teach me last year.  It has helped
me to have a lot of courage while speaking in front of people and presenting
things to my teachers.  I have done really well with all my tests to get
into high school.  I passed my reading TAKS and was commended.  I just took
my math TAKS but I won't know my score for a few more days.  I am really
grateful for all of the teaching skills that you showed me because it helped
me to have more confidence going back to school. I hope that maybe during
the summer I could come and do some classes at HEP. Thank you so much for
taking the time to work with me and show me new things.

 


 

From a parent who has tried several programs:

After taking classes at HEP, we had to change programs due to personal circumstances.  We tried a large local co-op, but my son said that after taking Word in Season 2 with HEP, the co-op classes were a big step backwards!  Thank you for offering such quality classes.  We are returning to HEP English classes and several others this next school year.  We have decided that "you get what you pay for" and that a "free" co-op is not always a good choice for college preparatory academics.   My son who is doing early admission classes said that the writing skills you taught him in the 5 paragraph essay class and in WS 2 have made him an awesome writer!


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