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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 962

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1300 Walsh Tarlton Lane
Austin, TX 78746

(512) 732-9220
(512) 732-9229
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June 10, 2014
This school is great for learning, but the students that go there are mostly stuck up, and are just rich white people. You could put any group if teachers with these students and they would do well. That's because they all have family's that can help them out every second of their life, which most students in Austin don't have. The secret to this schools success is the student, not at all the teacher. Unless your white and wear nike and other name brands you probably won't fit in. To add to that this is probably the least diverse school in the Austin area.

- submitted by a community member

November 04, 2012
The academic level of this school is fairly decent, it is a safe environment, however; most kids are judgemental and they won't welcome your kids in, unless he or she is up to become a fully "Westlakian" and follow the sheep.

- submitted by a community member

March 31, 2012
An excellent school, but it's true - the principal does not allow students in the building before 7:45 and they do sit outside patiently waiting to get in. I think that's heartless, especially since four or five months out of the year its 90 degrees out at 7:45 am, 100% humidity. They also need lockers, it's insane the weight of the kids backpacks. I put my daughter's on a scale and it was 36 lbs. That is what she has been carrying for years now, at least since 4th grade and she's in 7th now. I know that publishers have to abide by weight limits on textbooks, but it's not textbooks they carry - it's folders with every single piece of paper they ever worked on, organized in binders, plus calculators, library books, PE uniforms. There's no safer school around - I have never even heard of a fistfight and we've been here since Kindergarten. They do not offer afterschool programs whatsover - but they think these are stay-at-home millionaire moms with nannies, so what's it to them??

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2010
I have had dealing with this school off and on for many years. The staff tend to lean toward self intitelment over protection and education of the children under thier care. The Special Education Program at this school is particullary poor for this district. There are great individual teachers. The choir program is absolutly wonderfull. It is particullarly concering that the principle has chosen to force these young children to sit outside unprotected in the mornings because she finds it inconvient to her self and her staff to allow them inside Her biulding. The out of pocket expenses required for completion of home work and participation in school activities is often very high. Many of the teachers assign far too much home work. My child does not complain about having to stay up untill up to 2 am to complete her home work, I do not think this is right.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 25, 2010
I love this school! The teachers rock and the principals are awesome. When I leave it will make me sad.

- submitted by a student

March 24, 2010
i Am a 7th grade student here at Hcms, and love this school. it is really fun and hard at the same time.

- submitted by a student
no rating
May 06, 2009
HCMS is an extremely challenging school. Our 7th daughter regularly has 2-3 hours of homework each night. Despite concerns about compeition in all areas, I am very impressed with the educational opportunities at HCMS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 30, 2009
This school has great resources, and great support for its teachers. It is by far the best school and district I have worked for in the US. I consider myself very lucky to have a job here.

- submitted by a teacher

March 31, 2008
HCMS has taught me many things on how to be successful throughout my life, not only do they teach, but they care. Hill Country also has an exelent Band Program.

- submitted by a student

March 02, 2008
This school is great and the principal is terrific! I am thrilled that my two boys go to this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2006
The dedicated staff works hard to provide the extra attention my daughter needs to be succesful. They have been very caring.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2005
Hill Country was a positive experience for our 7th grade daughter. The academic expectations are high. The kids seemed a bit rowdy, but we didn't encounter any significant behavioral issues.

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2005
HCMS has an outstanding teaching staff with loads of experience. It has high expectations of students and a fair amount of homework. I really like its athletic and fine arts program, particularly the football teams and the choir. There is lots for students to do.

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2004
It is only our first week here, but so far everything has been great. The teachers are nice, clear, and polite to the kids. They are willing to answer questions. The teachers have all sorts of information about what they are doing in class on the web. All the teachers in all the classes are teaching the same thing at the same time so there is no angling to get certain teachers with less homework, or whatever. There are no lockers for the kids, so each student is issued a set of books for each class to keep at home, and then there are books for them to use in the class.

- submitted by a parent

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Hill Country Middle School
1300 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Austin, TX  78746
(512) 732-9220
Last modified Hill Country Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hill Country Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top