Summer 2024 Camps


Grades Entering First Grade – Eighth Grade

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(reflects the correct Culinary Camp dates)

Mars Mission Camp

Imagine being one of the first astronauts to land on Mars, the Red Planet. You are beyond excited to explore this exciting new frontier. As you and your team begin to explore and set up camp, you realize that if you are to survive, you must use your engineering and critical thinking skills to solve life-threatening problems! Join the HEP TX STEAM CAMP Astronaut Corps this summer and immerse yourself in the exciting world of the Mars Mission.

 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 exciting engineering projects, students will love the science, engineering, and technology sessions. During the art sessions, students will tackle challenging projects that relate to the topics of the day.

WHY STEAM CAMP? Students from First Grade to Eighth Grade 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 more options as they start considering their paths through high school, college and beyond.

Dates: June 10-14

Time:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cost:  Early price:  $125; After 4/13:  $150

Faculty:  Chery Red (Science/Math), Sue Rothberg (Science/Math), Linda Hendrix (Engineering/Technology) and Debby Jasinski (Art)

Adult Homeschool Workshops

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.

Date:  May 16 – 10:00-11:30 am

Date: August 2 – 1:00-2:30 pm


ART Camps – Coming soon!


College Prep Courses

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

Getting 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 is available at the special rate of $20.

Cost:   $45; $65 with the book.                                                                               

Date:  Thursday, May 16

Time:  1-4 pm



Culinary Arts

Each of these courses is an introduction to Culinary Arts. Students will learn kitchen safety while learning to use knives and other kitchen equipment. Using delicious recipes that are age appropriate, students will prepare foods and eat the finished dishes. Students will be encouraged to prepare the dishes at home to share with their families. Classes will be held at Mornings Kolaches down the street from the school. A supply list will be provided before the course begins. Special thanks to the Salazar Family for letting us use the Mornings Kolaches kitchen!

These dates are correct!

High School Culinary Arts Camp

Instructor: Chef Travis Hamilton

Cost: $350 including supplies

Dates: July 15-18

Time: 1-4 pm


Middle School Culinary Arts Camp

Instructor: Chef Travis Hamilton

Cost: $325 includes supplies

Dates: June 24-27

Time: 2-4 pm

Elementary Culinary Arts Camp (grades 3-5)

Instructor: Chef Travis Hamilton

Location: HEP TX

Cost: $250 including supplies

Dates: June 10-13

Time: 2-4 pm

Executive Functioning Skills


Is this your child?— Chronically disorganized? Always Late? Unmotivated? Lacks self-control?

Executive Functioning Skills –Helping students develop Executive Function (EF) strategies – goal setting, cognitive flexibility, organizing and prioritizing, memorizing, self-checking and monitoring – can be the difference between success and failure. Targeting students in grades 6-12, this 4-day workshop covers motivation, memorization techniques, test-taking strategies, note taking, time management, goal setting, focusing, and controlling stress. Using a variety of interesting lessons, students will better understand how to tackle projects and learn how to learn! This course is highly recommended for students who want to excel academically and be better prepared to solve problems.

Instructor: Joanne Juren

Cost: $190 (includes $35 book and materials)

Dates: July 29-August 1; 1-3 pm (2 hours per day)


Executive Functioning Skills Parent Workshop – Do you have a child who struggles with organization? Does he find it hard to get started on tasks? Does she fight you about bedtime? Does your child have “self-control” issues? Join Joanne Juren and other parents as we discuss EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING and how to enable your child to be successful in life!

Instructor: Joanne Juren

Cost $40

Optional EF notebook: $40 (this is the notebook students receive during the 8-hour student course).

Date: Thursday, August 1

Time: 9:30-11:30

Language Arts

Reading Camp: Syllables Solve the Mystery! (Grades 3-5) – Vowels can be so confusing! How can students know what sounds they make in larger, unknown words? Syllables solve the mystery! In this engaging upper elementary camp, students will learn the six major syllable types and how to use them when reading unknown words. Learning the clues to identify syllable patterns and apply them when reading new words empowers students to become confident, life-long readers! Bring a folder with notebook paper and a pencil.

**This camp is for students who are fluent in basic reading skills and are ready to read multisyllable words.

Instructor: Mandy McDonald                   

Cost: $150                                                                                                                                                      

Dates: July 22-25; 9-10:30 am

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Writing Camp: WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! (Grades 3-5) – In this exciting elementary camp for grades 3-5, students will write, write, and write! First, they will practice the basics of paragraph organization and will write a descriptive narrative. Then, students will explore their creative side through different types of poetry and write their own poem. On the last day, the group will work cooperatively and write a fun story together! Bring a spiral notebook and a pencil.
Instructor: Mandy McDonald     

Cost: $150 

Dates: July 22-25; 10:45-12:15 pm

Middle School Prep Camp: Noted! (Grades 6-8) – Are you ready for it?! Middle school requires a new skillset for studying that does not come naturally for many students. This interactive camp will set them on a path towards academic success! Students will have fun learning how to actively listen, take notes, and create strong study habits and test-taking skills. Bring a folder with notebook paper and a pen/pencil.

Instructor: Mandy McDonald                   

Cost: $150

Dates: July 22-25; 1-2:30 pm

Middle School Writing

Middle School Writing Workshop for Grades 6-8Popcorn, 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. Henry 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 15 students.

Instructor: Tiffany Henry

Cost:  $175

Dates: August July 29-August 1; 10-11:30 am

Five-Paragraph Essay Writing Workshop  – 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 Handbook 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.

Instructor: Tiffany Henry

Cost: $175

Dates: July 29-August 1; 1-2:30 pm

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Learning to ResearchOne of the biggest problems students face in the upper grades and college is researching ideas for writing for courses such as science, history, psychology, English, etc. Once the idea is found and the topic chosen, the most daunting task is the research. Students must learn how to research and then how to use quotes, summaries, and paraphrases in the paper to support their ideas. Using a collaborative research paper as the class project, students will learn to brainstorm and then narrow the topic and sub-topics down to a workable essay. Then, using collegiate research tools, students will research ideas for this paper. Students should understand the MLA format and five-paragraph essays. The book The Writing Handbook is required. Recommended for grades 10 and up. Class is limited to 15 students. A laptop or smart phone is required to conduct research in class.

Instructor: Lilly McDonald/Joanne Juren

Cost:   $195

Dates: July 29-August 1; 10:00 – Noon


No Be Verbs Workshop – This 2-hour workshop will help both the student and parent better understand the conceptof elevated writing by focusing on removing “to be” verbs, the verb “to have,” and “dead words” on the No-No list. Students and parents will practice elevating sentences during the workshop.                                             

 Instructor: Joanne Juren                                                                                                                             

Cost:  $35 student; $15 parent                                                                                                                               

Date: August 2; 10-noon




Algebra 1 Refresher – Entering Algebra 2 or Geometry this fall? Mrs. Red will review important concepts from Algebra 1 necessary for success in Algebra 2 and Geometry. This short camp will refresh those Algebra 1 skills to help you do better in your next class.

Instructor: Cheryl Red

Cost: $150

Dates: August 5-8; 9-noon

SAT MATH COURSE – This math hack course is designed to improve learners' skills and mastery in 25 key math topics, enabling them to achieve a math score of 700 or higher. Through this course, learners will be taught various math techniques, trigger words, and strategies that will help them approach questions with confidence and speed. By completing the 3-week course, learners will be well-equipped to handle challenging or tricky SAT questions that often stump many test takers. Weeks 1 and 2 will be on-line and week 3 will be in person. Last summer the students all improved to over 700 scores!

Instructor: Trinda Mushambi

Cost: $350

Dates: Tuesday – Thursday

June 11, 12, 13 online; 9-12:00

June 18, 19, 20 online; 9-12:00

June 25, 26, 27 (all in person); 9-12:00




 Sewing (Grades 6-12) – Learn to sew with a machine in a week. Learn basic skills and create some fun projects. Supplies needed: thread, fabric scissors, pins, one plain t-shirt with coordinating fat quarter of fabric, 1 yd. Of fabric with 1/2 yd of coordinating fabric, and 1/2 yard of fabric with coordinating fat quarter. 

NO sewing machine needed. NO experience needed. 

 Class limit:  6

Instructor: Anna Fuqua

Time: 10-NOON

Dates: June 3-7

Cost: $225



High School Speech (Grades 9-12) –This two-week high school course (grades 9-12) 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. Class is limited to 10 students.                                                                                                                             Instructor: Joanne Juren

Cost: $399         

Dates: July 15-25; Monday-Thursday each week; 9:00-noon




Archery – The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the basic techniques of outdoor target archery emphasizing the care and use of equipment, range safety, stance and shooting techniques, scoring and competition. Targets, bow, and arrows will be provided. A list of other supplies will be provided by the instructors.

Instructors: KoKo Ma and Mary Ellen Minyon

Grades: 6-12th

            Fridays; June 21 to August 22; 12:30-1:30 pm (no class July 5 or 12)

            Session 1 – June 21, June 28, July 19, and July 26

            Session 2 – August 2, August 9, August 16, and August 23

Cost: $140 per session

To register, complete the Archery at Home registration form and the HEP Registration form and turn in to HEP. Please make your check payable to Archery at Home.

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Fencing – In the United States, more than 100,000 athletes participate in fencing annually at all levels, from beginners through Olympic Champions. Fencing is a life-long sport. Join HEP’s fencing class to learn about this sport. Each student must purchase safety equipment and a mask. Order the standard-5 piece set online at: ALL fencers should have an underarm protector (plastron). Males should also wear an athletic cup and girls an under-arm protector. Adults may also sign up for the class.

Instructor: John Trojanowski

Grades: 6-12th

Dates: Fridays; June 7 – August 16 – 2:00-3:00 pm (no class July 5 or 12)

Cost: $250













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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.

New Student Fee:  $25 for the summer camps. If a student is already enrolled for the 2024-25 school year and has paid the full $100 registration fee, he does not need to pay for the summer.

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, 1997-2024. These courses are copyrighted, and all intellectual properties related to these courses belong to Home Education Partnership of Texas, Inc. and Joanne E. Juren



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Monday-Thursday – 10-3 pm.

Fridays: 10-3 pm when camps or classes are in session. No administrative staff is on duty on Fridays.

SCHOOL CLOSURE: July 1 – July 12 for vacation.




Iowa Assessments | A.C.E. Assessments

IOWA TESTING is scheduled for Tuesday/Wednesday May 14 and 15 at HEP TX!

More details available on IOWA page on this website




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