As a parent, you already know that your teen has passions, talents, and character unlike anyone else. You’ve had the honor to watch their budding interests grow, and understand how high school will continue to shape them into the confident young man or woman they will become by graduation day.
These next four years are important, and you want to make sure your teenager is in a learning environment that will reinforce what you’re teaching at home — a place that will appreciate the unique individual God created them to be.
Our high school program is designed to support personal growth and help students discern God’s plan for their lives as they set career and life goals. Below, you’ll find a brief overview of what we offer, including:
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Why parents choose Hill Country:
A Classical Education
At Hill Country, our approach to teaching and learning focuses not only on content and curriculum, but pedagogy and the tools of learning. Your teen will spend time on great texts of the Western canon and the Western tradition, revealing what is true, beautiful, and good through a biblical worldview. We challenge students to grow with AP courses, dual-credit courses, and dual-enrollment opportunities. Click here to view our high school course offerings.
We want your teen to have every chance to explore their talents and growing interests. Our robust offering of elective courses and clubs means there’s plenty to keep them busy at Hill Country! A few highlights include:
- Yearbook — Hill Country is a multiple winner of the Crown Finalist Award through Columbia Scholastic Press Association. We are ranked as one of the top 25 yearbooks in the nation!
- Robotics — Our robotics team, the MegaKnytes, won the 2021 Texas Cup State Championship and ranks first in the state.
- Engineering — As a partner with UT Cockrell School of Engineering, we offer two engineering courses — Engineering Design & Analysis and Engineering Applications of Computer Science.
- Hill Country Leadership Academy — Students have the opportunity to join HCLA to learn the core principles of Christian leadership and how they inform every area of life.
- Theatre — Our students have been invited to perform at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Additionally, they have performed at the American High School Theatre Festival and annually perform at the Texas Renaissance Festival, taking home top awards.
- Latin — Hill Country Latin students compete at the state and national level through the American Classical League, Texas Classical Association, National Junior Classical League, and Texas State Junior Classical League.
On or off the field and courts, we’re committed to developing Christ-like sportsmanship in our athletes. Hill Country coaches and athletes work hard and spend dedicated time building their success. Over 70% of our students are athletes and participate on our 36 athletic teams (grades 6-12). In 2021, all 16 of our varsity teams made playoffs or qualified individuals for state! You can read more about our championship-winning program on our athletics page.
Hill Country teachers are more than educators — they serve as disciplers, mentors, and coaches. We are committed to knowing each student and helping them feel welcomed and connected in our community. The work our teachers do in the classroom is Christ-focused and purpose-driven as they facilitate student growth, achievement, and success.
A Roadmap to Success
Your teen might know exactly what they want to do after graduation, or they might still be weighing their options. Regardless of where they are, we want to help them map out a plan so they have every chance to be successful as they pursue their long-term goals. From selecting high school courses, clubs, and enrichments, to seeking out internship and service opportunities, we help guide them through this planning process. Here’s a brief overview of what that looks like:
Your freshman will meet regularly with our Academic and College Advisor to discuss ways they can prepare and work toward their goals and aspirations after high school. To help focus their goals, each freshman takes a career test before making a four year plan, which includes a tentative high school schedule.
As a sophomore, your teen will continue to meet with their Academic & College Advisor, add to their resume, and take the PSAT. They will have the opportunity to attend college fairs, college visits, and take AP classes for college credit.
Junior year can be stressful on teens, as it’s their last push before college applications begin. We’re sensitive to that, and offer additional support to keep stress levels healthy. Your junior will meet with their advisor to discuss their senior year and more clearly define their post-high school plans. We encourage students who need more of a challenge to take AP and dual credit courses and continue adding to their resumes. As your teen explores colleges, they can sign up for one of several school-sponsored trips to campuses throughout Texas. We also offer an on-campus SAT and ACT test prep elective to help students prepare for exams.
Almost there! Before senior year begins, your teen will be invited to College Application Hangouts to work on their top applications. They will continue to stay in touch with college representatives they connected with previously, and have even more opportunities to take AP and dual-credit courses. All seniors participate in a life skills seminar that prepares them for independent living after graduation.
To get the best feel of our program, we encourage you to schedule a tour.
As you can see, we work to create every opportunity for Hill Country graduates to attend their best-fit dream college or university. Here are a few places where our graduates have recently attended:
Stories from Hill Country Alumni
“College was busy — between being a full-time student, working full time, and doing Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), I didn’t have time for frivolities.
College admissions is a high school process, not a senior year activity.
Find out more about our uniquely tailored programs for high school students.
Learn more about the available options during and after the senior year.
A Culture of Christ-Centered Focus
Giving your teen every opportunity to thrive (in high school and beyond) is important to us. But we also know that school culture is an important part of your teen’s high school experience, and we want to share a little bit about what that looks like at Hill Country.
When we use words like “Christian Community” or “Christian Worldview”, what we mean is that Christ is central in everything we do — from the classroom to the court, on the field, and everything in between. This impacts our relationships, our desire to live in grace, and how we celebrate each student’s God-given potential.
We believe that with this Christ-centered focus, we are positioned to mentor teenagers into confident individuals who:
Seek God and abide in His will
Build on a foundation of lifelong learning by thinking logically, critically, and creatively
Lead with integrity and humility
Are equipped to persevere amid challenges
A Safe Place to Become a Leader
We take safety very seriously at Hill Country and want to provide your teen with an environment in which they feel comfortable to thrive. We offer on-campus security, staff trained in CPR, and a school nurse to look after our students’ social, emotional, and physical health. As a high schooler on our 54-acre campus in Cedar Park, your teen will be looked up to by younger students, and we want to ensure they have every opportunity to shine. We conduct staff background checks, so your teen can trust the adults that protect and mentor them.
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