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PK-12
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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 612
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12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX 78750

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(512) 331-7036
(512) 257-4190
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December 10, 2014
Our family is grateful for Hill Country Christian School. Our kids have grown up at Hill Country. Over the last 9 years, we have been delighted by the numerous teachers who have loved and served our children. Each one has displayed a strong relationship with Jesus. From the Lower School to the Upper School, teachers have powerfully impacted our children-- academically, socially, and spiritually. We strongly recommend HCCSA!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2014
The only reason for giving an entire one star is that the Lower School principal is FINALLY on the way out. I hope then that opens the door for the Headmaster to exit as well. Until the leadership tactics of favoring the the annual fund donors and ignoring bullying and discipline problems change, Hill Country will not grow in terms of enrollment. Check the numbers and abysmal standardized test scores before re-enrolling - see what the net gain in students has been in the past few years ... Yes, HCCSA has had new students come in, but many others have left for valid reasons.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2014
Hill Country Christian is a key partner in our hopes to develop our children into Christ-seeking, problem-solving leaders, and the school has exceeded our expectations. The school has top-notch teachers who truly love the children and seek ways to challenge them while guiding them spiritually. We are impressed with the school's ability to teach to a wide range of skill sets among the students. They constantly tell us that all students learn differently and that is their mission to find the right way to teach each child. I have tremendous faith that our investment at this school will pay off as I see the young leaders that our children are turning into. As a result, I expect our children to attend excellent colleges in the future, probably with significant scholarship money based on their experience at HCCSA.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2014
My family has been at Hill Country for seven years and there isn't enough space on this website to express what a blessing it has been for our children. My children have excelled academically, socially, and spiritually at this school. They are confident and able to speak in front of their peers without giving it a second thought thanks to the training and leadership opportunities they have been given over the years plus the support and encouragement from their teachers. My kids feel very accepted here for who they are and how God made them and feel loved and known by their teachers. I'm really confused by all the comments on here that people with money get treated differently. We do not have money, we barely make ends meet with both parents working, we only give a small amount per year (under $100) to the annual fund and we can't afford to go to the Spring events, yet I have NEVER been treated any differently nor have my children. I personally am very thankful for the "rich" people that come to Hill Country because if they are generous and give to the annual fund then my children get to benefit from their giving!!! In my opinion, it's a win/win for my family!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
We recently went to enroll our child in this school. We were coming from a very high rated private school where our child had done exceptionally well. His overall GPA was 3.56, and he was considered to be one of the easiest students in his grade level to deal with. He had had absolutely NO discipline issues al his years there. The only issue had been his standardized test scores which were in the 55%. This was primarily due to test anxiety. We were told by Hill Country that he did not meet their standards, and therefore he would not be able to attend. Even the school he was coming from was surprised by their decision. Since that time I have been told that Hill Country can be a little discriminatory which is what we found to be the case. Almost immediately after that he was admitted to another Christian school nearby with no problems. They were actually thrilled to get him after talking to his previous school.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2014
My kids have gone to the school for several years, and my family has had a great experience with academics, the teachers, the staff, and other families. I have seen some of the negative reviews on this site, and I think people should know that most if not all of them were written by one disgruntled person I know who left the school a couple of years ago. This person keeps getting different email addresses over a couple of years to write these anonymous negative reviews, and that makes me sad. I am sorry that you are allowing bitterness to rule in you. You were unhappy with the school you went to before this one, you were unhappy here, and I'm guessing you are unhappy at your new school. I hope that you can learn to let go of your anger at some point, for your sake and for the sake of your child. That's no way to live. For others who are looking for a school for your child, Hill Country is a great choice where your child will be known and loved and won't just be a number or a standardized test score. It is a financial sacrifice for my family, but I believe it has been worth it. I know this is the right place for my kids and I am thankful God brought us to HCCS.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2014
If your child is caucasian, conservative, pretends to love God and baby Jesus this is the school for you! If you or your child does not align with the prior description, it's ok....parents and teachers will pray that you and your child will someday appreciate and know God's grace. The pros: Speech Meet - an opportunity to really understand the nuances of public speaking at a young age. Good, solid math, literature and reading curriculum. They have a school wide strategy for teaching grammar, history, reading and math. The cons: A good dose of hypocrisy daily...from teachers to parents. Bullying and inappropriate practices from the younger boys (elementary school) are addressed but never really mitigated. Parents have established cliques and do not handle diversity well. They seem more interested in showing others how they can praise God versus practicing Jesus's teachings.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2014
Our child will be going into their 5th year at this school, and we couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
My child has Type 1 Diabetes and has been here 3 yrs (prek-1st). The care she receives from nurses, teachers, and aides has been wonderful. For starters, most Type 1 parents know the frustration of trying to find a preschool. Texas doesn't require private schools to make accommodations for diabetics. And public schools aren't required to accept diabetics into their prek programs. Beyond that, most preschools don't have nurses, and finding teachers who feel comfortable checking blood sugar, treating low blood sugar episodes, or giving insulin after meals can be difficult. I probably called 20 schools looking for one I could send my child to and not be worried about her passing out from low blood sugar while at school. You can imagine how happy I was when I found out that not only does HCCS have a full-time nurse (even for prek), but this nurse also has a lot of experience with Type 1 Diabetes. She really "gets it", and so does the part-time nurse. I feel like both nurses know my child's pancreas as well as I do, and I love them for it! I am also very happy with the academics, and what my kids learn about Jesus. If God wills, I hope to see my kids graduate High School from HCCS.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2014
Capricious, Duplicitous, and Revenue Driven. That is how I would describe the administration and leadership at this school. I stumbled onto this site today as I was searching for a new school for our children. Although there are positive reviews posted below, our experience at HCCSA aligns to the many negative reviews that have recently been posted. As a departing family from this school, we have experienced numerous issues that cause us to question the foundation of HCCSA's belief statements. The bottom line experience for us is that this school does not truly care about the well being of its students and we are leaving this school heartbroken. We have spent endless hours trying to make this school work for our family, but we receive no reciprocal response from the staff or administration. Their focus is purely on organic growth and not on a Christ-centered environment that values relationships, grace, and excellence in education. If you want your child to be a number that contributes to HCCSA's growth plan, without any commitment that they will actually receive a first class Chris-centered education and experience, then this is your school.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
We are leaving the school this year after 3 years of waiting and praying for change. We have seen the school take on behavior problems and bullies and pass off their issues to our kids, telling our kids to simply "model good behavior" and pray that the kids will eventually come around without real consequences. IT'S NOT WORKING! People are really disgusted with this method and it caused a mass exodus last year and another this year. The enrollment last year was stable because new students kept numbers EQUAL but growth was minimal. I wonder if the same will happen this year. We were also very disappointed in the standardized testing scores and the lack of explanations for the dismal scores and the fact that it appears that our kids can memorize but not synthesize information. Other schools use the AR point systems as a mandatory tool, but HCCSA doesn't - there is not reading comprehension REQUIREMENT. The critical thinking component at this school is lacking at both the student, administrative and PARENT level here. Unless you're a big donor ... If you're a person of privilege, then you're good. Enjoy the Kool-aid, Knights!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
We decided to enroll in HCCS after a very traumatic experience in public school. We have been very pleased by the commitment to our children's education, spiritual journey, and self confidence. Our children are excited about their experience here and so are we. Some reviews bring up concern about bullying, declined quality, annual fund and elite groups. No community is free from bullying not even a Christ centered community. However, the teachers are easy to communicate with and the parents have been supportive in conflict resolution. The kids become more confident. The quality of their education is apparent in my children's growth. My children come home with a serving heart, great self-esteem & a passion for Christ and learning. As for the Annual Fund ,they don't pressure you to contribute nor do they suggest a contribution amount. You will not have a scarlet letter for not participating in the annual fund as some reviews have made it seem. The families here have been great. The teachers are great. HCCS provides a great foundation for our children and we see our children blossom everyday. That's priceless and worth pouring into positively! Proud to be a HCCS family!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
Hill Country has been a blessing to our children. The school offers a challenge in a Christian environment, and both of our children have thrived in this setting. Teachers approach children with a variety of methods to accommodate different learning styles, and the administration has been responsive to parental feedback. I am confident that our children are better prepared for college than their peers from other schools largely because they have been taught to study and have developed the discipline to achieve their academic goals. It is also ingratiating to have teachers affirm Godly values. We have not regretted our decision to put both kids into school there. In response to the assertion that it has become a school of privilege, I don't see it. If money made the difference in influence, then I would be first one out. On the contrary, I see the parents as a community who huddles together when an individual goes through a trying time - thankfully for me.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2014
Our kids have been at HCCSA since kindergarten, and as we have progressed into high school, we have noticed a steady decline in the quality of the education and a lack of sincerity by the administration. HCCSA has turned into a school of privilege. If you have $$ to donate, and the administration recognizes you as a top contributor in the annual fund, you and your kids are supported by the administration and the trustees. If you do not, then you are noticeably ostracized and left feeling as second class members of the HCCSA community. In addition, we have also noticed a dramatic change in how discipline is handled at HCCSA. If your child is in the privileged tier, then they can do whatever they want without regard to their impact to other students. If your child is not in the privileged tier and has any issues, they are dealt with by staff and administration that are cold, arbitrary, spiteful, and in many ways, degrading to your child. It is obvious to me why there are so many bullies in this school: they learn from the administration that they are entitled to treat others as viciously and as cruelly as they want without any repercussion.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2013
I have 3 kids attending this school since pre-k. HCCSA is very strong academically and places a very high emphasis on Christian character development. Every teacher and staff member we have encountered has been a strong faithful Christan willing to pray for and come along side our kids. It's rare to find a private Christian school that succeeds so well in both academics and spiritual areas. The social and extra curricular activities are great with lots of diverse options. The patent network is very socially active. It's like a big family. The administration and faculty do a top notch job of communicating with parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
Hill Country Christian School has been a blessing to our family for 12 years. The quality of education is excellent. The love of the teachers and administrators for every student is evident on a daily basis. They know the students by name even if they have never personally taught that student. The leadership skills, character, and biblical worldview our kids have developed are invaluable. My kids have been taught how to think for themselves, how to actively engage their minds, and how to evaluate and analyze information rather than just how to regurgitate memorized facts. Students at this school are being prepared very effectively to transition successfully into college and life beyond college.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
Our experience has not been positive the last 2 years. We have been here for 5 years. The size of the school has outgrown the capacity and skill of the admistration. They do accept kids with behavior issues and difficulties and it is part of their mission. However, I am ultimately paying for my child to get an education that is better than what we would receive in public school. Public school actually handles the behavior (bullying, boundary issues, etc) better than than HCCSA because they are trained and have staffing for such occassions. Raising the concerns, not over how the issues are handled, but the lack of changes in behavior after "being handled" will be met with defensiveness, ridicule and arogance no matter how far up the admistration/church oversears you take your concerns. We have now spent 2 summers in tutoring, just to get to grade level - in addition to yearly tuition. Both summers it has been clear that it is not a learning issue, but an issue of not being taught (quote from the tutor). I am not willing to sacrifice my children's education (that I am paying for) so that other parents can turn the training/discipline of their children over to the "Christian school".

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Well, this is interesting. My review, left this past June, is mysteriously missing. It wasn't good, but there are worse still on here. No language or anything like that, so where is it? Hmmmm. Well, I will just say this: we were here for a few years and I have to say, I agree with MANY of the things said in two previous posts from June 11th and May 20th 2013. Think long and hard before you enroll here. It's not all they make it out to be. Don't be dazzled by the tour and all the hype. You will be disappointed, and you can do better for the same or less tuition money.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2013
Our 3 children have all been enrolled at Hill Country Christian School since they started school. Our oldest will graduate soon. We have been privileged to walk with the school through both challenging and exciting times, and we would have our children no where else. We have found that the school is attentive to the safety and security of the students, and real issues with bullying are addressed commandingly. One of the things we value most is the school's commitment to KNOW our children and partner with us to see them grow in their relationships with God and man. At every level, from teachers to administrators, school employees invest themselves fully in not just academic development, but spiritual and emotional development as well. Hill Country does an amazing job of responding to the individual needs of the learners as well as the corporate learning environment. Thankfully, the school does not insist that all learners or families fit into one particular mold in order to be accepted here. If you are looking for a school environment that is a community of learners, parents, educators, and administrators who work together, this is the place for your family.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
If you are able to contribute thousands of dollars for the Booster Club or the Annual Fund in exchange for special "insider treatment" then this is your place. If you have to voice a complaint about something and want to be ignored, this is your place. If you have a child who is a bully or highly disruptive, this is your place. If you want your child to memorize reams of useless history facts instead of learning valuable writing and critical thinking skills, this is your place. We thought we were the only family with issues at Hill Country this year! There is a strict rule about talking to anyone about your issues with the school, so imagine my surprise to come to this website and see that we aren't alone! Over time,we have seen a decline in education our children received, from the change from Saxon to Singapore Math that involves no skills reviews and the ridiculous amount of rote memory things that fly right out of their brains after each test. Also, the bullying situation at this school is completely out of hand. Mean girls, mean MOMS and out of control kids are creating real problems for this school, including families leaving. Ask the hard questions before enrolling.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
I would take the reviews for this school with a big grain of salt. Notice how all of them are mostly 5 stars and they all were logged within a 30-45 day period in 2010 and several were even on the same day. What are the odds that actual organic reviews by actual parents would all occur in this very short time period with none since then? I smell a concerted effort by the administration to purposely seed these "real" reviews. My reason for being skeptical is I am actual real parent of a child at this school that has seen the administration lie, blame everyone else but themselves and be extremely sensitive to any hint of criticism. No school is perfect but they seem to feel they are while sticking their heads in the sand about serious, systemic behaviors and bullying problems with kids in many grade levels. They pay lip service to wanting only the best for your child but really they just want your money in their bank accounts...it is all about enrollment growth and not growing and nurturing kids. Giving grace is great, but praying over a discipline problem in lieu of actual consequences breeds chaos...and chaos has grown like a weed the past 2 years.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2010
Our kid is in their fifth year at Hill Country We definitely recommend this school! I have watched a wonderful transformation of this school over the past few years. Our high school kid feels very comfortable interacting with the staff. There are different academic curriculum tracks. The Learning Center is offered for kids needing extra help academically or a GATE program for kids that needs to be challenged a bit more. The homework load always seemed appropriate (study hall is offered for upper school). The opportunity to play multiple sports has been nice (coaching staff is great). The guidance counselor is there for your kid! She is knowledgeable about the college process and eager to sit with you. Other activities include academic clubs, drama, fencing, a music conservatory and FCA just to name a few. Our kid is very involved in school both academic and athletic activities. Even with this being the case, we still have time for church, family, and community service. I feel it is important to say that this, or any other school, is not Utopia. Hill Country is though a wonderful school where your kid can get a great classical education with Christ-like values.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
We have been part of the Hill Country School of Austin (HCCSA) family for the past 9 years and can confidently say that HCCSA s admirable emphasis on education with Jesus Christ fully integrated in every part of the curriculum, has been a blessing for our girls. Not only do they provide exceptional Classical teaching but they also are focused on maintaining a Christ-centered environment. We have an amazing group of teachers and administrative staff members who genuinely love our kids, truly live the Christian life and care about teaching them to strive for excellence while growing their relationship with the Lord. If you are looking to bless your children with the proper balance between spiritual inspiration, development and academics - one of our Core Values, look no more , you found the right school! We love our school and by 2014, both our girls will have graduated from Hill Country Christian School of Austin.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2010
Hill Country Christian School of Austin is an amazing place. The teachers are committed to the education and training of each student. They do not abandon the students but embrace and support them.The teachers incorporate practical biblical principles into the daily lesson so the children learn to include God in every task and activity. Hill Country Christian School of Austin supported my family while my wife was deployed in Iraq. The administration has a dedicated staff with high standards and relentless work ethics My wife and I searched for the perfect school. HCCS has been a perfect fit for our family. The learning center and experienced diagnostician are rare assets. Having a son with ADHD this program has been very helpful for him. HCCS sports program creates opportunities for all to participate.Our children are 1st and 2nd graders and are die-hard Knight fan.We know our children are being taught to do everything in excellence for God's glory and to never leave a Knight behind or alone. "Go Knights".

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2010
Our daughter has attended HCCSA for five years since Kindergarten, and our son is in Kindergarten at the school and has attended the Pre-K program here. When our daughter was in preschool , we researched various private schools and private Christian schools hoping to find an academically rigorous school that promoted Christian values. HCCSA has fulfilled them both! We have been extremely happy with the level of education they are receiving. The staff and teachers are absolutely wonderful! The teachers are very nurturing and they do a great job teaching academics as well as helping them grow in character. Our children love going to school everyday and absolutely love their teachers!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
We've had children at the school for 13 years. At first I was content that my children were getting an education at a Christian private school to help reinforce the morals we were raising our children to have. Over the years, I began to understand the value of the classical education. I began to see that Hill Country Christian School didn't just instill good morals in my children. It also didn't merely teach my children to memorize information in order to pass a state mandated test. Most importantly, Hill Country tought my children how to think. How to use and build upon the gifts God has given them and be prepared for life.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
One thing you get in this school that is just priceless is a partnership. As a parent, you get a partner in your child's education and spiritual maturity. You also have a community of parents to do life with and encourage you as a family!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2010
HCCSA has provided my child with a nurturing and supportive learning environment. Above all, the school and it's faculty are providing a spiritual belief system from which he will draw his core values and continue his quest for knowledge and faith. We have no question that HCCSA will provide our son with not only an education standard that will prepare him more than adequately for life and it's many challenges, but most importantly the knowledge and spiritual gifts for a compassionate, well balanced individual within a society that is need of more and more individuals possessing these qualities. We plan to keep him through 12th grade and believe the classical education, along with spiritual and loving support will prepare him for his higher education desires and further.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2010
We have been at Hill Country four years and are very pleased with the school. Our kids are able to participate in multiple sports and activities, something which would not be possible at a public school. Our kids are able to develop great relationships with their teachers and coaches who feed into their lives both educationally and spiritually.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2010
We have had children at Hill Country now for 7 years and have been very pleased with the outstanding education our children are receiving. Not only is the academic curriculum strong and challenging, but our children are learning about Christ and how to "see God" in all aspects of learning. We love that the school is our partner in raising up our children in the way they should go. The teachers truly care about the students--they do an excellent job of teaching as well as helping them grow in character and Christ-likeness. We also love how the teachers get to know the children so well that they are intentional and prayerful about recommending which class each child is placed in the following year. We have outstanding leadership at Hill Country that is constantly seeking to improve the school and has implemented a strong vision and strategic plan for the school. We thank God for the blessing of having our children educated here at Hill Country.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2010
I am currently a student in the 5th grade, and I've been attending since Kindergarten. Our school is very advanced in academics, my teachers and principal are fair. It is very easy to have fun here. New students don't have to be afraid on the first day because others are very welcoming. There is a wide range of personality from athletic to artists and anywhere in between, so it is very easy to find your own circle of friends. There is also a boys 5th-6th grade flag football team so you get the chance to have fun competing for your school. I get to take guitar lessons at the school conservatory, too. If you are looking for a school, this is the place to choose.

- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2010
Our family has had one or more of our children attending Hill Country Christian School for 10 years now. OUr son began attending in Kindergarten and is now a freshman. Our daughters have each been in attendance since Kindergarten as well and are now in 6th and 4th grade. We have been very pleased with the school and feel very blessed to be part of such a great community of people. The academics are rigorous, and yet they manage to keep things balanced remarkably well. The quality of teachers is superb, and the staff is always friendly and helpful. We love that our kids are each known by name and that we know almost all of the teachers and staff at a personal level. We also love that they are allowed to openly talk about God and He is integrated into all aspects of learning.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
HCCSA has exceeded our expectations since our children joined the school. Our son has attended HCCSA for five years since Kindergarten, and our daughter just started attending Kindergarten this year. Our hope was to find an academically rigorous school that promoted Christian values, and HCCSA has met those needs. Our children are thriving in the school environment, that is challenging but not overly burdensome. Our kids still have time for other activities, like athletics and scouts, and rarely have to stay up late for their work. On a personal note, I am inspired the school's vision, which is a product of the HCB church. Not only is the school inspiring our children to model Christ, but the school community and values are inspiring us as a family to model Christ as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
We just moved here from another city and the staff at Hill Country have been Great! They gave us an awesome Tour, introduced us to staff and made us feel very welcome. Our questions have always been answered. Our Child loves to go to Hill Country. We have even started attending Church there. We couldn't ask for a better school for our child!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
We are so pleased with HCCSA and the way the teachers and staff care for, teach, and mentor our children. The curriculum is fantastic--it teaches them to think for themselves, form their own opinions about this world and God's Kingdom, and is challenging them / preparing them for college. The teachers are very intentional about nourishing the heart and developing character at every turn, beginning in Kindergarten. They not only 'teach' academics (which they do extremely well), but also genuinely care about / for our children. The teachers partner exceptionally well with the parents too. Our kids are definitely experiencing a Christ-centered education at HCCSA--my wife and I are so blessed to be able to partner with the school in educating our kids, and have watched them grow both spiritually and academically.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2010
We have been at Hill Country Christian a total of 10 years. In fact, we moved back to Austin because of the school and coaches. There is no place we would rather have our son attend and learn to not only be smart in the worldly sense, but to also have a heart for God. The school also allows you as a parent to have a voice and get involved.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2010
Hillcountry Christian School of Austin is a superior school in every area!! The classical Christian education is way above par compared to other private Christian schools in Austin. We had our daughter in Regents at Austin and transferred to Hillcountry and found that Hillcountry was a year farther in academics than Regents! The administration has a "heart" for each student and they instill Christian character not only by teaching it to the students, but also by living it! I would highly recommend Hillcountry Christian School!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
HCCSA has been an incredible blessing to our family. We appreciate the challenging (yet manageable) classical curriculum, but what matters most is the impact that the school has had on the hearts of our 3 daughters. The teachers and staff have genuine walks with the Lord, and our kids have "caught" that. They have been loved on by teachers who pray for them before school and in class, they've been cared for by a school nurse that knows everyone's name, and they have been led by a headmaster who is esteemed and recognized as stellar by his peers. I could go on and on. We couldn't be happier with our school "family". I highly, highly recommend HCCSA.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
We relocated to Austin from Minnesota where our two young boys had attended a classical christian school. We wanted the same sort of educational experience in Austin and were referred to Hill Country by friends. We have been very impressed with the leadership at the school and the quality of individuals our boys have had as teachers. They provide a caring and nurturing environment for all the students, and have really challenged both of our boys to excel. They have excellent music programs and we've been pleased with their Gifted and Talented program this year. As evidence, both our boys are reading signficantly above grade level. Most important to us is that everything at the school is Christ-centered. We love the way they challenge the students to think in terms of "world-view" of the Bible and "Biblical-view" of history and worldview.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
We are so thankful for HCCSA! This is our 4th year at the school, and I never cease to be amazed at not only what our kids are learning, but how they are learning. In addition to classroom instruction, they are taking educational field studies (to places like NASA, Pine Cove, the Renaissance Festival, etc) and participating in activities such as Speech Meet, Science Fair, Egyptian Day, etc. I also appreciate how much our teachers and staff invest in our kids lives. The entire high school is on a retreat right now with their teachers. If you are looking for a Christ centered school with challenging academics, an excellent headmaster, loving teachers and staff, and a group of parents that will welcome you with open arms, this is the school for you!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
My family is new to Hill Country Christian School and have two elementary age children attending. As new parents we have been so impressed with the high level of communication that is provided to parents on a regular basis. It is huge to know what is happening at the school. The faculty has been simply fabulous and this includes not only the grade level teachers. This includes the librarians, school nurse, principal and head master. The beyond academic opportunities are also amazing. The school offers things such as a Chess Club, History Club and Pep Squad. One last point is the welcome by existing parents, faculty and admissions office has made for an easier transition.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
We have been members of the HCCSA family for 5 years now and look forward to MANY more! Their newly added Preschool is outstanding and provides a safe haven for our young students! My children still benefit from past teachers as they walk the halls. The staff is supportive and welcoming. I believe the most important thing you can instill into a child is their love of learning (and this school has excellent curriculum that the student's learn by singing, dancing and motions). The strong sense of Christ-centered behavior is evident in the education they receive from day one until the day they walk out the doors in the afternoon, along with great friendships that span many grade levels! We are truly blessed to have found a Christ-centered learning environment that enables us to not only watch our children learn, but participate in their growth as young adults!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
We switched from public school to HCCSA when our daughter was going into 1st grade. She is now in 5th grade and our son is in 1st. We love HCCSA and feel that the Christ centered values are priceless and worth the sacrifice that we make to afford a private education. I am a public school teacher and believe that children get a great education in our public schools; however, it is not Christ centered and that is what we want for our children. We believe the moral values and biblical teachings are the foundation for our children s successful future AND they get a great education too! If you feel the same then I encourage you to visit HCCSA.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
Hill Country Christian School of Austin has been a dream come true for our family! My children have attended public school, home school and other Christian schools. HCCSA has proved to be even more than what we hoped for in our search for an education of academic excellence! Our children are challenged daily in their classes and come home with a love for learning and a desire to learn more. They know that the headmaster, principal, nurse, their homeroom teacher and their Latin teachers know their name and care about them. There are so many opportunities at Hill Country for our children to grown into well-rounded adults: Latin, Speech Meet, Spelling Bee, Music, Art and History Events. As a parent who wants the best education for my children and has lived in three different states, I can promise that you won't find a better school in the Austin area!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
Our children have excelled at this school. They were in an "exemplary" school prior to enrolling at Hill Country and the quality of education was much lower at their old school. Their academics are far superior. The teachers absolutely love each child and works very hard to love and encourage each one. My only complaint is that they do not talk enough about other religions. I understand they are Christian focused, but the world is a diverse place. We would highly recommend them to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
Wonderful teachers with a genuine love for their students. Strong acedemics and a wonderful Christian atmosphere. It's very comforting to know my children are in a school that reinforces the Biblical teaching they get at home. They are excelling in all academic areas and are learning life-long skills as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
Finding a school with very high academic standards was our top priority, and we found that with HCCSA. The teachers are highly qualified and they have high expectations for students. We enjoy having our children in an educational setting with other highly motivated students, parents and teachers. Best of all, all learning at HCCSA leans toward higher education, so you never hear "Are you going to college?" Instead, you hear "WHERE are you going to college?"

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
This is our first year at Hill Country Christian School and my kids could not be happier! The teachers make learning fun and interactive. They offer so many extra clubs that it is hard to choose! The administration is very organized and there is no pressure to volunteer in order to make the school run.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
Hill Country Christian School of Austin has been an amazing experience for our child and our family. The academic opportunity is much more advanced than what we found in the public schools and previous private schools. We are so thankful to have found a place where our child can grow and learn in an environment that challenges her academically but also holds precious her Christian path and sense of community. The communication with the teachers is wonderful and we always feel like we are kept up to date on her progress. We recommend this school without hesitation to any family seeking academic excellence partnered with Christian values. We look forward to the years to come with HCCSA!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
HCCSA provides an environment where my kids love their teachers every year, are challenged to learn, and mature into responsible, happy kids. The staff and teachers know my kids strenghts and weaknesses and are interested in helping me, not just with the academics, but with the spiritual and social growth of my children as well. HCCSA is not only about preparing my kids for college but also for life.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
Hill Country Christian School of Austin exemplifies daily strong leadership and classical learning which is enriching our children with a strong biblical foundation to build upon for life and its many challenges. The daily activities and homework reflect the proper way to study and learn and prepare our children for college and career development. The investment we have in our children at this school is "priceless." The opportunities for each student is numberous and held to the highest standards to insure success in an excellent array of extracurricular activities with strong parental involvement encourage with each of your children at every grade level. Yes, the education I wish I would have received!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
We could not be more pleased with the spiritual and academic development of our children through our partnership with Hill Country Christian School of Austin. The teachers and administrators invest personally in the lives of the students and families who are part of this community of learners.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
We chose HCCSA because of the classical education model within the Christian environment. We've stayed eight years because of the phenomenal success our kids have experienced here. Yes, there have been administrative snafus and a few communication missteps along the way. But ultimately our yearly decision to re-enroll is based on the "bottom line" output, that is our children. They love the school mostly because of the supportive and loving environment from teachers and administrators. We love it because we see our kids challenged, enthusiastic and "shining", even at ages when many kids become sullen and withdrawn.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
We are so blessed to have found this school. Our son was bored to tears in 2nd grade and now in our 3rd year at HCCSA he is so happy, challenged and still has straight A's! Not only is the curriculum college prep but he has learned life skills from participation in Spelling Bee, Speech Meet, History Timelines, Latin, Bible verse memorization and field studies. HCCSA is so much more than a "school"; it is truly an educational success story!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
As a teacher at HCCSA I see the smile on children's faces as they connect the pieces to the learning puzzle. I love that our curriculum is connected and well thought out. It is also amazing to see the support and love not only within the classroom but from the parents who volunteer endlessly to support us! I am so grateful for such a nurturing place where learning is balanced with family, activities, the arts and languages all while focused on Christ at the center of all that we do and teach!

- submitted by a teacher
November 03, 2010
We are very proud to send our children to a school where respect and integrity matter, not to mention being a grade level plus above public curriculum. I have watched my children mature acedemically and grow spiritually.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
I am a dad who enjoys the football games, family "school" food nights out and great curriculum, all the while focusing on making a difference for Christ and sharing His love, with and in all you do. It is the place to educate our future leaders. They have it all!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2010
After researching and visiting several Christian schools in Austin, it became clear that Hill Country Christian offered the highest academic and spiritual quality than others. My two children have attended for 3 years and I can attest that HCCSA is an exceptional school. The classical education is excellent, the integration of a Christian worldview is present in every subject, and the teachers are educators, mentors and role models.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2010
I have 2 children at the school, & we have been at the school for 8 years. It has been a fantastic experience, & we would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a Christ-centered, classical education in a college-preparatory environment. The local public schools in this area are fine, but our family feels like our educational experience at Hill Country has been worth every single penny. No child or family is just a number; the staff takes the time to really get to know each one well. Our formerly shy child is thriving because she feels so comfortable and accepted. My kids want to stay here through high school. We hired a new headmaster two years ago, & he has provided great vision for the school , which has taken it to the next level.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
I have loved being a part of Hill Country Christian School. The community, teachers, and staff are a wonderful part of my family's life. My kids are at school more waking hours than they are with me. So it is a great investment I am making in their lives as they grow, learn, and stretch their faith. This school is definitely worth every penny. I encourage you to check it out and enroll your kids into this great Christian school.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2010
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE. You can't trust anyone, right when you think people including staff, parents, and students are on your side, they turn and ruin people's lives. Definately not a christian enviornment.

- submitted by a community member
June 30, 2010
WARNING: IF YOU SEND YOUR CHILD HERE YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY SORT OF FAMILY LIFE AND ENJOYMENT WHATSOEVER. i am the same former student from the comment listed below. i had homework to do from about 3:00pm all the way to 1:00am every day of my life there. this school is not family friendly.

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2010
I am a former student of HCCSA. I attended it from 4th grade to 5th. To tell you the truth, the only person of the staff you can trust is Mr.Marx. I was impressed with the school work and liked it very much until it got stressful, and to the point where i barely had time to eat dinner after school. By the time i was done with homework, no matter how much, it would always be around 9. Both my teachers treated me horribly, like i was some sort of cage animal, they didnt trust me at all. the staff and students are very unGodly. There was so much drama headed my way, (since the school takes small mistakes and turns them into ant mounds) that my grades eventually dropped. I am now in seventh grade, going to public school. I do not reccomend this school.

- submitted by a community member
May 25, 2010
My family has been ah HCCSA for two years (preschool and kinder) and we couldn't be happier. We love the Christian values being taught, the family atmosphere and the rigorous academics. It seems to me, although I could be wrong, that each grade level is a year ahead of government schools. It is expensive compared to free government schools but I'm willing to give up a lot for my kids being taught under a Christian worldview. Oh, my daughter's class has been somewhat diverse which we have loved, too. One last thing- the families here are by no means all mega wealthy. Most people seem to be your average middle classers. May God bless your decision on what school for your kids - it is hard, huh?!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2009
The school is good academically, but not at all worth the additional cost. Many of the teachers and students are not godly and in many ways, far worse than in public school. I suggest sending your children to public school and spending the over $800 monthly fee on enrichment activities for your children.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2009
I have 3 kids that attend Hill Country Christian School of Austin (HCCSA) and we have been attending the school for 11 years. I have been thrilled with the education, leadership and Christian values that are taught and modeled by the teachers and administration. HCCSA is very friendly, Godly and welcoming to everyone. I'm sad to read that one reviewer didn't feel that way - that is truly not the way most people view HCCSA. Also, I know that HCCSA desires to reach the 'whole child' not just academics - but since it is a 'school' their goal is to prepare them academically as well. You should go for a tour and experience the HCCSA culture yourself - you won't be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
I am going to be blatantly honest. This school is terrible, do not send your child here. Many of the students are arrogant, ungodly and unfriendly.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2009
This is a great school. It is Christ-centered and academically challenging. Discipline is also very important in the school. My only concern is the homework load on the students, even in elementary. The school requires so much time that the children (and parents) cannot have a life outside of school.... even for a bright child.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2009
The is a very good school academically, particularly for grades K-8. I believe public school IB programs are better than this private high school. It is a Christ-centered school, which I really like. The teachers and staff are also loving and dedicated. The school should try to improve the high school program to be more competitive with public IB programs. In addition, the school is not prepared to deal with divers cultures. I believe the staff, teachers and even students need training related to accepting diverse races and cultures.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2009
I have taught at Hill Country for three years and my son has also attended Hill Country with me. It is a dream working environment and a top notch school. We could not be happier.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
My 4th grader has gone here since Kinder. It is a classical school that is demanding of mind and spirit. The level of difficulty amazes me. Go to their website, the mission statement speaks for itself.History is studied in chronolgical order beginning w/ creation to present.Trips are incorprated for reinforcement. We are working ahead in grammar & math.Parent involvement is high and encouraged.Tuition to comp. schools is exc.Cafeterias and fab sports fields are pd by your hard earned $. We are a family not just a prep school.Discipline is valued,self responsibilty expected.The board gives access,but you have to go to the meetings. They can be reached by email.Positive change is in the air. Music is great so is art Latin.Go by and read school paper to see caliber of students aBlessed school!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2007
We have been at HCCSA for the last three years, and our children received a great education during that time. In 2006, however, there was a hugh turnover in the administrative staff, and the focus of the school shifted form high academic excellence to high spiritual formation. If you are looking for a college preapratory program that offers high academic standards for your children, this is not the right school for you. In addition, the school board is extremely closed, and you have no hope of your questions being addressed. We have decided not to enroll our children at HCCSa for next year.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2005
I have 2 children that have attended HCCSA since Kindergarten. I have a 7th grader and a 3rd grader. This school is exceptional in Christian character development and in Academics. The extra activities, such as Art, Music, and Sports, where initial pretty weak put each year have been improving. Excellent Facilities provided by a semi-mega church, except on the sport side of things and in the lack of a real Cafeteria. Overall the teachers and leadership seem pretty solid. For the price it is the best value private school in the Austin area. As time goes buy I suspect it will become the best regardless of price. It is very challenging from the Academic side so keep that in mind. I have the nature to be sort of critical so my ratings are 'real' and probably a little pessimistic

- submitted by a parent
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Hill Country Christian School
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin, TX  78750
(512) 331-7036
Last modified Hill Country Christian School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Hill Country Christian School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top