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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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??