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Castle Hills First Baptist School

Private | PK-12 | 447 students

Our school is best known for the academic rigor, Bible teaching and faculty.
 
 

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $100,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $690.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 27 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 11 ratings

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Posted Wednesday, October 15, 2014

As a faculty member for over 10 years and a parent, it has been a blessing to be associated with Castle Hills First Baptist School. The students are amazing and a constant encouragement to each other and to the faculty. The academic rigor, including Honors and AP courses, is preparing our students to compete in a global marketplace. The opportunities to participate in Student Council, mission trips, service around the community, Drama Club, music, robotics, various school productions, and athletics helps students manage their time, prioritize, work as a members of a team and teaches vital skills that will benefit each of them not only in college but in the work place. The outstanding Pre Kindergarten and Elementary education received provides the critical foundation for success in the middle school, high school and beyond. In addition to the solid foundation in math, science, Bible, reading, language and social studies, elementary students also receive weekly instruction in Spanish, Computer Technology, Art, and Music. Daily P.E. and Recess is also an important part of the elementary school day as is weekly chapel. Help your student begin with a strong foundation, call or attend one of the Open Houses to learn more about Castle Hills First Baptist School. You will find a warm welcome at Castle Hills.

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Posted May 22, 2014

This was a great school from the start. We moved out here from El Paso and interviewed several school. Out of all the schools we interviewed this School is the one the kids liked the best, and they were the only ones who prayed with us before our interview, they were the only ones who called us back at the end of the day to see how we like to school and our search was going. Our kids were a little behind in reading and they went above and beyond to catch them up. School staff and teachers as well as the parents that we've met have been very nice and very helpful. I also like the fact that the superintendent of the school isn't afraid of getting his hands dirty and stepping right into the action and helping out. I have yet to meet A teacher or staff member who isn't willing to go above their call of duty to help the kids or parents. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone in and around the San Antonio area. Although we felt the school was priced high at the time of our interview we also felt it was well worth it by the end of the school year. Still believe it's a bit high but it's hard to put a price on your child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

CHFBS is an incredible school that consistently manages to top it's own performance year after year. I began to attend Castle Hills as a preschooler in 1984 and graduated as a Senior in 2000. Now, I am a teacher in the school and have my own son enrolled in kindergarten. CHFBS is far more than a school, it is a community and a family. The teachers are encouraging and supportive, and genuinely care about each student individually. The academic standards are high, and extracurricular activities including athletics, clubs, and the arts abound. I strongly urge all parents considering schools in the area to come in person to speak to the staff and to see the students and the facility. This is a special and blessed place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

This is truly a great school here in San Antonio. The teachers are loving but encoourage kids to achieve their very best academically. The staff has looked out for the well being of my kids and let me know when they had any concerns. The superintendant is VERY hands on and knows and chats with the kids daily. His Christian leadership is felt throught the entire campus. My kids are in High School and find the teachers and courses to be sufficiently challenging. We also love that parental involvement is allowed and highly encouraged at Castle Hills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

CHFBS is an uplifting and positive place to go to school, as well as work. We recently moved to San Antonio, and luckily found CHFBS. My children are in 2nd and 4th grade, and I love both the academic challenge and the Christ-centered attitude in their classes. I love that the over parents have similar values and expectations for their children. I also am a teacher in the secondary part of the school. Wow! I have the privilage of teaching amazing kids who have a bright future. I hope my own children grow up to have the work ethic, desire to suceed, kindness, humility, love of service, school spirit, respect, humor, and desire to follow Christ that I see in my students. I think CHFBS is the tops, and I encourage interested parents/students to come check it out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2013

We made the change from the public school system to private this year and we are so happy we did! Castle Hills staff cares about the kids, not just about numbers (grades, awards, etc). Our daughter is thriving there, not just surviving. We have 3 more kids heading to Castle Hiils in the future, and we are at peace about where they will be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2013

I cannot say enough about the quality of education at CHFBS. There is a culture of academic excellence at this school which is grounded in a Christ-centered atmosphere. It can be felt from your first encounter with the administration, faculty, and/or students. My children have been enriched by their time here and will never attend any other school. CHFBS is the best! 'We are because HE is'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2013

My daughter is currently a junior in high school at CHFBS. I have 4 sons who attended a public school system and knew I did not want her doing the same. I enrolled her into the pre-school program at CHFBS, and then the elementary program to where she is now. I was always extremely pleased with each phase of education, as every aspect of her learning experience was exemplary. It actually seemed that each phase just got better and better. The secondary staff is superior, as our superintendent strives for our secondary faculty to have master degrees or better. But, more than the level of their degree, they each bring invaluable experience and a dedicated heart for teaching and sincere love for our children, which is exactly what teaching should be. The administration team is a dedicated team that works together to provide education with excellence. Not only am I pleased with the quality of education she has received but the spiritual education at CHFBS has given her something far more valuable that anything she could have received at any other school. I know that when my daughter graduates this next year, she is well prepared to face whatever lies ahead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2013

Excellent academic and Christian values are taught at CHFBS. My daughter is in kindergarten and son is a freshman and both are growing up to be well-behaved and intelligent children. The superintendent, principals and vice-principals are excellent role models and are the back bone of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2013

Superb academics. An environment of acceptance and encouragement. Every student is elevated to beyond his potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2013

Our daughter has been at chubs for 3 years and I cannot image a better school. She is challenged academically, participates in multiple extracurricular activities and plays varsity sports. She has grown in her leadership ability and her relationship with Christ. I encourage you to Make an appointment for a tour or come to an open house, you will not regret it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2013

My daughter graduated from this fine school in 1991. Now I have three grandsons who have been attending for 6 years. We are very happy with the excellence in all areas of this school. The teachers have a heart for the Lord and for the students, the academics are above average and technology in the classroom is becoming cutting edge. Mr. Pinkston came on board in 2010 as Superintendent and has made great strides in putting the school "on the map". Athletics are excelling in all areas and continuing to grow. The Varsity Football team which just started 4 years ago has advanced to play the state championship game.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 9, 2013

We have had 2 children at Castle Hills First Baptist School for over 6 years. The school and teachers are very supportive, easy to work with and get information from, and truly dedicated to lifting up the students so they reach their full potential. We are sending our third child there next year when she enters the first grade. If you are seeking a school with a strong focus on Christian education and leadership, this is definitely one you should look into further.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2013

We have been a part of CHFBS for 3 years now. I have had children in every area (elementary, intermediate, middle school and high school). Of the many Christian schools my children have attended (due to relocation, not dissatisfaction), I can honestly say that CHFBS stands out above the rest. Strong academics, competitive sports, and most importantly, a Christ centered education are provided here. EVERY faculty and staff member exhibit this standard daily. I have always felt heard, appreciated and loved, and my children have felt the same, no exceptions. I cannot recommend this school enough!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

First and foremost, Christ is being known at Castle Hills First Baptist School, so He gets all the Glory, biblically speaking. Academically, there is an emphasis on high achievement as well as doing your best by loving, caring, well adjusted, and needless to say, high ranking teachers and staff who love the Lord and are willing to go the "extra mile" for a student to achieve their endeavors. Let us not forget, the hardworking godly grandfather, father, son, brother, uncle, hence superintendent Mr. Michael Pinkston who runs rampant with his passionate personality and sincere devotion to such a Christian institution. It is truly a wonderful experience we have encountered to be under such leadership that Mr. "P" displays. If you are considering CHFBS, you will not be disappointed. And the student body are very welcoming. It's truly a family here at CHFBS. Soli Deo Gloria!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2013

This is absolutely a top-notch school. The teachers are caring leaders that look for the best in the students. We are beyond pleased with this school and its caring, educational environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2013

My daughter, who is now in the 6th grade has attended Castle Hills First Baptist School since Kindergarten. I have found that this school cares about our children. They care about their faith, their education and their overall well being. I have and will continue to recommend this school to others in the San Antonio area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

Castle Hills First Baptist has a first-rate school, with excellent students, faculty, leadership and facilities. The school prepared me for my future, and my wife and I have now entrusted the school with helping us teach our second grade daughter (with other kids to follow). If you're interested in teaching your children a Biblical worldview, then look no further. This is the place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

Our family is very happy with the school. The administration and staff are very helpful and involved. The principal is always involved in the current events of the school. The Christian environment is encouraging and develops a solid foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

Since the classes at Castle Hills are not as large as public school classes, students like me are able to learn easier with their teachers. While I was at public school it was difficult for me to understand math. However, after my family and I decided moving to a smaller school to test it out not only did I find Christ but I also gained an experience no public school can provide. Furthermore, The athletic program is great and the only flaw I see in it is that there is no soccer team. Other than that the school football team is great as well as our other sports.


Posted November 19, 2013

Castle Hills First Baptist School feels like one large loving family. Together, with our parents, we are helping to raise a generation of men and women who love God with all their heart, soul and strength.
—Submitted by a teacher


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 31%
Hispanic 29% 51%
Black 7% 13%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Christian PreSchool
Other Christian Schools
Public Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 13% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 87% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Dallas Baptist University
Abilene Christian University
University of Texas at Austin
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Educational diagnostician
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Science Fair (multiple) (2014)
  • Math Olympics (multiple) (2014)
  • Speech Meet (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Career Day twice a year
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 3:25 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Michael Pinkston
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Baptist
Associations
  • ABS
  • ACSI
  • SBACS
Fax number
  • (210) 377-8473

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Student Leadership

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Educational diagnostician
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Career Day twice a year
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Athletic Booster Club
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Castle Hills offers a Christian education and a college prep curriculum with highly qualified faculty and staff. Our mission is to lead students, in partnership with parents, to know Christ and to make Christ known. Students have the opportunity to excel in the fine arts, academics and athletics and to participate and serve in their school and in the community. The Academy of Excellence and Leadership Development offers a school within a school where students learn servant leadership.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
100
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
134
Students typically come from these schools
Christian PreSchool
Other Christian Schools
Public Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$4000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Dallas Baptist University
Abilene Christian University
University of Texas at Austin
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Career Day twice a year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 13%
4 year college - 87%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 0%
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2220 NW Military Hwy
San Antonio, TX 78213
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Phone: (210) 377-8485

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