Suzanne Farrell, July 27, 2013
On behalf of the school s administration, I appreciate the opportunity to comment upon reviews left at this site. We realize that no school is a fit for every student and no school is a perfect place. We welcome the appropriate sharing of opinion and periodically read the reviews so that we may learn and grow from legitimate feedback. Unfortunately, online review forums also allow individuals to launch personal attacks under the cover of anonymity. As a school, we prefer to resolve conflicts utilizing the biblical principle put forth in Matthew 18:15-19. While that is not possible in this case, we would like to address misinformation put forth in a couple of earlier reviews. The number one priority for our school is to provide a Christ-centered, Classical, college-preparatory education that prepares students to become future leaders for Christ. Our priority is not to increase enrollment. Our recent growth is the result of very high retention rates and a record number of applications, which are two indications of a quality school. We do not accept all applicants and regularly deny admission to a large number of students whom we do not feel are a good fit academically or behaviorally for our school. We do not tolerate bullying and have clear policies in place to deal with behavior issues as they occur. At times, parents who do not have all of the facts may disagree with our application of discipline policies. That is unfortunate, but we strive for fair and consistent application of the policies for the entire student body and cannot adjust policies to please the few. We are committed to being accessible to as many families as possible through our tuition assistance program that historically awards needs- based financial aid to approximately 20% of our student body. The school s administration has never falsely created or seeded reviews on this website. We do have a number of reviews that were posted during a brief time period when we shared information about GreatSchools.org with our school community and encouraged parents to go to the site to rate their experiences with Hill Country. We did not in any way coerce reviews or know what parents would say. I would assume that many parents promptly went to this site, and that is why a number of our reviews occur during a narrow time period. Each year we conduct parent surveys to provide an additional opportunity for feedback, and the vast majority of our parents rate that they are pleased or very pleased with their experience at Hill Country Christian School. We think that these ratings, plus our re-enrollment rate of roughly 90% this year, demonstrate that parents and students are pleased with the education they are receiving at Hill Country. We hope you will take the opportunity to read the large number of positive reviews from parents, students, alumni, and teachers posted on this site to learn more about our school.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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?"
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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