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Northwest Hills Christian School

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Posted June 19, 2014

Bullying is shoved under the rug. We felt Religion was pushed with mandatory high adventure field trips linked to religion. They do nickel and dime you with fundraisers (many fast food events.) The administration refuses to meet in person when conflict arises, minimizing problems and encouraging families to leave the school if you don t agree with their policies. I wished someone had warned me about this place and I had checked other schools. We lost an investment of time and money that we sacrificially made for what we thought was a better education for our child. Unfortunately, we had to learn the hard way that the school had bullies, clicks, uncertified teachers, and an administration not interested in our concerns. We were amazed that the public school we switched our child to is more advanced academically and tailors to our child needs. If you want small environment for your child check the charter or magnet schools in the area. They are free and open to the public, and if you don t like them, you don t lose your tuition money, so you can afford going on vacation or improve the quality of your life!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 4, 2013

My Nephew has attended this school since he was 3 yrs old. I also taught in the middle school for a semester. In addition, I VOLUNTEERED my time to coach the middle school basketball team for several years. I feel since the previous Director left, the current Director is more about the quantity than the quality. The classs I taught had 12 kids, my nephew's current class has 22. In addition, although the majority of the teachers have Degrees, they do not have their teacher certification. I am certified by the State of Texas to teach PE, Science, and Health. During my time as a public school teacher I was observed by my administrator 2 times per semester. I would be interested to know how often the middle school teachers at this school are observed. Two of the 3 teachers in the middle school are extremely disorganized and if you read the Bios on the NWHCS website you will notice they do not have a teaching background. They have a Degree, but they did not spend the hours observing classrooms that most education degrees require. I do agree the Abeka Curriculumn is a very good curriculumn and if taught currectly will give a child an advantage over a public school child.

Posted July 15, 2012

The pricipal is not able to handle conflict between staff or parents. A great kindergarten teacher was abruptly let go against her will becuase the principal could not or would not resolve the conflict. Two more kindergaten teachers quit or were fired that same years. The parents were very upset and confused by this. There is no appropriate chain of command when conflicts occurs. Also, some teacher are not certified and the school is still not accredited!!!
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Posted March 19, 2012

The Pre-K program was great and cheaper than daycare. However the elementary curriculum is unorganized and inconsistent. Some classes are much more behind than others. They had 3 faculty members abruptly resign last month alone which caused classes to fall behind and tough transitions for young Kindergarten kids. When I followed the grievance policy for my questions/complaints, I was given the run around by the director & the pastor and was refused any further information. One told me the director and superintendent were the same person which I believe is a conflict of interest but couldn't get any clear answers. Tuition jumps annually however the education, resources, and organization is not improving and athletic programs are almost non-existent due to poor communication. If you get a good teacher that the director likes the class is great, if not, look forward to a bumpy year for all.
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Posted January 6, 2012

This is our second year with the school and we have two children enrolled, one in Kinder and one in first grade. We have been very happy with the education they are receiving. They have been transitioning away from worksheets and incorporating more "center-based" learning. This has really helped my child in kindergarten excel. They are growing rapidly leading to difficulty with long pick-up/drop-off lines and limited parking at school events. Overall, it is a great school that is growing rapidly. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quality Christian education.
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Posted October 28, 2010

I would not recommend this school to anyone. I had to remove my child from this school due to emotional problems. My child is getting professional help now. Spend a little extra money to send your children to a Catholic school. I am not the only parent that has removed my child from this school. Good luck.
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Posted June 24, 2010

Great school, great director, however a few of the teachers are not so friendly. The older "seasoned" teachers should retire. The school needs to keep up with the 21st century learner. They do give alot of worksheets!! Overall, it depends on which teacher your child gets. My daughter had a amazing kinder teacher!!! The teacher was creative, innovative and did so much for the kids and parents.
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Posted March 2, 2010

We are very happy at Northwest Hills. So far, my daughter has had a wonderful experience in the Pre K-4 program. The Pre-k 4 teachers and staff (lunch, art, music, P.E.) are wonderful! The director responds well to feedback, and shows great initiative. I highly recommend if you are looking for a safe, Christian based, friendly, education environment. PS. I gave 4 stars because it seems to be highly worksheet based. I wish there was a bit more of creativity placed on the curriculum. But still a good program.
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Posted February 27, 2010

Great school and great teachers! They have a new director this year and she's doing a great job. The school has really grown in the last few years. My boys started in PK3 and have been attending for the last 3 years. I have been very impressed. The school is more strict than public schools and the students have more homework, but I expected that and welcome it. Their athletic program is a great as well.
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Posted January 30, 2010

Very caring faculty, they go above and beyond anything I have ever experienced. ABeka is not for the weak student!
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Posted January 11, 2010

My daughter has attended this school since first grade and is now in eighth. My son from pre-k to now being in fifth. This was one of the best decisions for my children I ever made. They are far above their public school peers in academics. I know I am a public school fifth grade teacher. Most importantly they are respectful, kind, well round individuals. They are not growing up too fast as many do with such stong outside peer pressure. They go to school and they feel safe and I feel secure with their environment. The school has grown leaps and bounds these past couple of years due to happy kids and happy parents. It is almost 3 or 4 times larger than when we first started and getting bigger every year. You should visit for yourself and see.
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Posted August 3, 2009

As a grandparent, I am very concerned for the education of my grandchildren. I have been absolutely satisfied with the academic, physical, and Christian environment provided by NWHS. I wish that all of my grandchildren were there. Although small, it's big on everything a child needs!

Posted July 23, 2009

Excellent. I too was so worried about my daughter entering pre-school. Her teacher was excellent. The staff is great. My daughter felt secure and supported in her learning environment. She learned sooo much. Yes, the standards are high here. But isn't that what we want for our children.
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Posted May 15, 2009

My child has attended this school for 2 years and i must say so far we have liked it We really are happy with the christian environmnet. Yes they may be stricter than public school I should know I work for one for the past 9 years. I like what they teach and enforce respect for others. He seems to enjoy attending
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Posted September 17, 2008

I just want to thank the teachers and staff for the great job they did preparing both my children to go on and excel at a college prep high school. All the grammar they learned has been a great help in high school. My children seem to do better in high school grammar than their friends who came from other San Antonio private schools. Thanks again for everything. NWH will always hold a special place in my family s heart.
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Posted August 28, 2008

An awesome school with high standards, which is what you expect from a private school. Director, staff and teachers are caring and loving. Glad my children are attending a great school and learning in a Christian environment.
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Posted August 28, 2008

An awesome school with high standards, which is what you expect from a private school. Director, staff and teachers are caring and loving. Glad my children are attending a great school and learning in a Christian environment.
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Posted August 28, 2008

Thank you to the Director, The office and all the staff. Your work is appreciated. This is a great school . The standards are excellent. The Christian environment is wonderful for all children.

Posted May 29, 2008

If you want your children to not end up in a pychiatrist's chair when they get older avoid this school like the plague! I have had children in this school for several years now, and have to say that there is absolutly no accountibility. The focus is compltly off Christ and cmpltly on pushing the kids to act and do work at a college level. 2 hours of homework a night is unaceptable! Go with public school. you pay the taxes! and go to a good bible preaching church.
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Posted April 30, 2008

My son has attended this school for 4 years. I am shocked reading the comment about 'perfection'? The standards are high but why shouldn't they be? If you choose to pay for your children's education (even though you still pay public school taxes) you should expect higher standards. The teachers and administrators know all the students by name. The children learn respect and self control and they learn about God. My son loves his school and teachers and I love that although no one is ever perfect, he tries hard and does his best. GREAT SCHOOL. I am very proud to be part of this school and community.
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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 45% 51%
White 37% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Black 7% 13%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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8511 Heath Circle Dr
San Antonio, TX 78250
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