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 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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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