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Hill Country Middle School 1

Posted November 10, 2015
- a parent
Most of the teachers at Hill Country are incredibly dedicated, however, if your child loves music, wants to participate in band and is not a robot, take him or her somewhere else. The band directors do extremely well winning awards, because they have an incredible pool of kids to pull from, but they are more concerned with the trophy than the child's love of music; practice records must be perfect, not just an indication of having practiced. Kids who start out loving music often leave, with a profound dislike for band. The administration endorses it, because it looks good when trophies come home. That said, the Latin teachers are incredible, dedicated and fun teachers. There are math teachers at Hill Country who seem never to sleep. And there are science teachers who give so much of themselves, it is truly amazing. We've had two disappointing English teachers. But the history teachers, art, theater arts and sports programs have been wonderful. Overall, this is a great school, but the administration does not make it so; the teachers and students do. And the band directors shouldn't be working with kids.

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Grateful to: Teacher

Posted November 10, 2015
- a parent
Susan Tribble ... Thank you for helping my son to believe in himself when no other adults at Hill Country seemed to.


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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective

Posted November 10, 2015
- a parent
About half the teachers are incredible, but the rest, especially the band directors, should be barred from any form of work with children.

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Amount of homework: Too much

Posted November 10, 2015
- a parent
While some of the homework has purpose, much of it is busy work and encourages the workaholism of tomorrow.

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Develops grit: Disagree

Posted November 10, 2015
- a parent
This school develops grit and determination, but at the expense of emotional health. The ones it works on will be on blood pressure meds when they're 30, and the rest will be in therapy for feeling inadequate and being shut down. Not much in the middle here.


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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree

Posted November 10, 2015
- a parent
No. This is not a safe place for kids or parents to be honest. The administration, band directors and coaches ignore bullying, have clear favorites, and instill a lack of integrity, honesty and fairness

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Develops empathy: Strongly disagree

Posted November 10, 2015
- a parent
This school breeds cruelty. even if your kid is a football player or cheerleader, pray he or she is strong enough to endure the unending pressure to be perfect and the physical bullying that goes on, under the "watchful eyes" of coaches and administration who care about nothing but trophies and awards.

Hill Country Middle School 1

Posted June 10, 2014
- a community member
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.


Hill Country Middle School 2

Posted November 04, 2012
- a community member
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.

Hill Country Middle School 5

Posted March 31, 2012
- a parent
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??

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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 26 reviews. Top