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PK-6
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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 414
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2108 Barton Hills Drive
Austin, TX 78704

(512) 414-2013
(512) 841-3849
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June 09, 2014
This school is the best school in Texas. The teachers are caring and challenging and don't give up until you get the concept completely. The PE in this school is great I think you will be happy here!

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2014
Barton Hills Elementary has some incredible qualities: caring teachers, a very strong and dynamic administrator, emphasis on whole child education and wellness, and one of the best music programs in town. It's also slightly smaller than most elementary schools, and located near downtown Austin.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2013
Barton Hills Elementary is amazing. Academics are very strong, yet students never feel pressured or stressed. There is also a strong emphasis on the arts. My (KINDER) son is learning to read music, has discovered he loves to sing, (thanks to an amazing music teacher) discusses Picasso and Degas, attends a beautiful computer lab weekly & goes to school every morning excited to learn. Huge emphasis on character education: atmosphere is polite, calm, and respectful. I feel like I have stepped back in time (in a good way) whenever I enter the school. The parents are diverse and relaxed, fancy cars mix with rusted old clunkers, and there is never a feeling of snobbery. I looked at every school and neighborhood in Austin before choosing BHE and it's exceeded my expectations. My VERY shy son feels safe here. There are so many parent & grandparent volunteers patiently helping kids who need extra help, it feels very homey. Every teacher is certified to teach gifted students. The older kids (the products of & the best measure of a school) are polite, sweet, and allowed to BE KIDS: a rarity in the world today. You don't ever hear bad language or see bullying. Wonderful atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2013
BHE has great kindergarden teachers, however in the oldest grades some teacher don't go further to keep advance students stimulate. This school don't have a strong gifted program. Infrastructure and cafeteria are not very clean and students are constantly sick. Some teachers and personal are not very competitive to manage challenging situations. On the other hand, the school has great parent participation and good PTA. Excellent in the areas of music and the environment is somehow positive. Some teachers make the difference !!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2012
We took great care in selecting an elementary school and went out of way to transfer to Barton Hills Elementary with the hope that it would live up to all the great things we heard. Indeed it has so far! We're in our third year and have been so pleased with the teachers, not just from an academic standpoint, but also in terms of the positive learning environment they create and the "emotional IQ" learning that goes on, which some public schools seem to be lacking because the teachers simply don't have time to deal with it. There seems to be such respect for the children as individuals and a welcoming atmosphere for the parents to truly participate in their children's education. The small school and class size and the friendly, down-to-earth community makes it a warm and wonderful place. Most parents are involved and enthusiastic about making it even better. We also love that the schools feels connected with Austin's vibrant urban center.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2011
I went to Barton hills from grade PK-5th grade and I loved every min. of it. 20 years later, I know have a child of my own and want her to go there, I am praying they do not close the school down! Best school ever!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2011
Barton Hills is a small neighborhood gem in this large urban district. With skilled, caring teachers and hardworking, talented parent volunteers, the educational experience is rich. It's an incredible community to be a part of.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Small classes, fantastic teachers and great academic enrichment opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
It is a true neighborhood school in the best sense.

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January 14, 2010
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November 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
This is an A+ school with all the right ingredients first-class teachers, engaged kids and involved parents. It's no surprise folks camp out overnight to transfer their kids here. Plus, this school offers sixth grade, which is becoming increasingly unusual at AISD.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Best elementary school in Austin by far... the teachers are Outstanding!Parents are all involved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Barton Hills is a great school. The students are great, the parents help out alot and the teachers really care about their students.

- submitted by a teacher
August 11, 2009
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July 04, 2009
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June 08, 2009
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February 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 12, 2009
Barton Hills has caring teachers, staff, parents and administration. Children are generally kind and accepting of differences. Many teachers are committed, experienced, and enthusiastic. Parents and PTA are supportive, and the school climate makes you feel welcome. I am pleased with the school, and am glad I chose to send my kids here.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
It is interesting to see how the reviews on this site have deteriorated over the years. I am also rapidly losing my enthusiasm. Yes, there is great parent involvement, it is small, there are some excellent teachers, and the PTA does wonderful things. But my kids have received a very uneven education. A small school like this one doesn't afford much choice when teachers aren't meeting your child's need. And the principal is doing very little to weed out those teachers who are not performing. There is no program to accommodate and challenge gifted kids. My observation is that the TAKS is the focus. How sad.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 02, 2008
I have had kids at Barton Hills for the past 8 years. First, the positives: high parental involvement; the experience of being in a small school where you get to know everyone; an outstanding kindergarten staff, with highly experienced teachers. Now the negatives: overall, a steady deterioration in quality. Except for the kindergarten program, the other grades have suffered high staff turnover. Many excellent teachers have left, and their replacements have not always been up to par. The prinicipal has alienated many staff and parents. There is essentially no program for gifted and talented students. My kids experienced wildly uneven curriculum. Although my oldest child had generally good instruction, except for spelling, my younger child never learned cursive, learned no keyboarding, had no computer lab for almost a year, had no consistent instruction in grammar or spelling beteen 1st and 5th grade, and was inundated with busy work.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 16, 2008
Barton Hills is a great school academically, but a bit too much focus on teaching to the test. We love the activities- music, art, etc. and programs they bring to the school. Teachers are caring, and staff is friendly.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2008
Good academics. A mix of excellent, and OK teachers. All enrichment comes from the PTA. The G/T program is mostly lip service. Principal refuses to implement foreign languages instruction. Her focus is on test scores. I am told programs for underachieving kids are good. But no school time or resources are spent on promoting excellence. Anything like that is relegated to the PTA. Thankfully they always do what's best for the kids and pick up the tab too.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2006
administration is falling apart they are focused only on taks scores, and not the quality of education of your children

- submitted by a staff
May 08, 2006
For a small public school, there is an excellent mix of academics along with value-development, appreciation for culture & the arts, and physical well-being. Parental involvement includes a great mix of stay-at-home folks & those who work outside the home. Community businesses are also big supporters and help underwrite many events. It takes a village to raise a child and BHE teachers, families, & neighbors work well together to create a wonderful learning environment for all children. Staying active & connected is expected; that pays great dividends for the kids. If issues occur, the principal and teachers are attentive and responsive. Finally, the on-site afterschool program is well-organized, action-packed, safe, and fun.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
Overall academic programs are good. And the school staffs are very friendly. The number of students is rather small which is pretty satisfactory. This school functions as a center of Barton Hills community.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2006
Barton Hills elementary is a great school, or that is what they say. It attracts a lot of the central austin crowd andhas a lot of stay-at-home parents that are able to help in the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2006
Very strong parental involvement carries an above-average school into the excellent category. Strong leadership from Kati Achtermann, principal. Drawbacks include a weak program for gifted students. Also, the quality among the teachers can vary greatly. If you get the 'good' teacher for that grade, you will see your child thrive. If you don't, you may feel like your child is getting a very average education.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
School is very good. The parent involvment is threw the roof ! Very friendly place

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
The neighborhood is great around Barton Hills, and the principal seems to know all the kids, which is refreshing. Our kindergartener is excited to go to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2005
Wish 6 grade had academics..other than that, a great school

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
Barton Hills Elementary is a most wonderful school. I think I have been most impressed with the amount of parent involvement with in this school. There is such an atmosphere about the campus that a person naturally feels at home upon arrival. It is most welcoming. The princicpal, Katie Achtermann, has a warm and friendly personality that projects through out the teachers and staff. I feel fortunate that my children attend this school and I am grateful to all parents, teachers, and facultiy that make Barton Hills the BEST!!!! Sincerely, Amber Potter

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
The teachers here are just amazing! They love what they do and it shows!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2005
The school is great. The parental involvement very high. The teachers are very helpful and communication is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
This is a great elementary school. The class sizes are small, and the large majority of teachers are wonderful. Parents are very involved and the school has a great sense of 'community.' We've been very happy so far.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
This is a small and wonderful school. It reminds me of a school that I went to when I was young, it is very small and close knit.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2005
Teachers were great. Parents were very involved and school had a number of different extracurriculars to keep the kids busy.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2005
A fantastic school, in all aspects. The teachers are wonderful, the staff, the principal - everyone works together for the kids. The parental involvement is amazing - I have never seen a more packed PTA meeting! I feel very safe at this school, the teacher we have this year is great - she is teacher of the year, too!

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2004
My daughter has attended for 2 years, and we love this school. The sense of community -- kids/teachers/parents -- is amazingly high. The school engages in many creative programs. I wish I was a student here!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2003
This is the school of choice for many families. We transfer our children to this school because of the nurturing, safe environment, professionalism of the principal, and well-trained, caring teachers. The principal does follow through on parent complaints (I've gone to her with several the past two years). I have also learned that it is helpful to go to the teacher first, because some complaints were merely results of miscommunication. The others were successfully mediated with the help of the principal.

- submitted by a parent
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Barton Hills Elementary School
2108 Barton Hills Drive, Austin, TX  78704
(512) 414-2013
Last modified Barton Hills Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Barton Hills Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top