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Now is the perfect time to apply! Explore our school and get all your questions answered. Currently, we offer:

– Online chat during school hours, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
– 20-minute discovery calls.
– 60-minute online virtual tours.
– 60-minute in-person tours on campus.

To schedule your tour, please contact admissions at admissions@hccsa.org or 512-331-7036. We look forward to meeting you and showing you our Hill Country campus. Don’t miss the opportunity before classes fill!

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Telling the Old, Old Story in a Brand New Way

By Jessica Tracy – Lower School Principal

I am blessed to be part of our Lower School spiritual formation at Hill Country Christian School. As Lower School principal, I plan and lead weekly chapels, along with support from our chapel planning team (music teacher Alice Thompson and Director of Christian Life Craig Bland). We set aside time every week to gather as a student body, listen to God’s Word, respond to God in prayer and song, and send students and teachers back to the classroom to learn and serve in God’s world.

When I first came to Hill Country, I noticed how bright, joyful, and excited the students were to learn and experience God’s Word. I began to pray about how to shape our weekly chapel services into developmentally age-appropriate gatherings. I wanted chapel to be rich in worship and teaching, to integrate student leadership, and to be a place where children experienced the truth of the Bible and the presence of the Lord. Through my work with Christian educators and service in children’s ministry, I learned spiritual markers to point children toward—markers that help them find a lasting faith in Christ.

Hill Country now has three separate chapels. Preschoolers learn, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10). Our hope for our little ones is that they develop reverence and respect for God’s authority in addition to learning the weekly Bible stories.

Kinder–2nd graders learn lessons to grow in wisdom. At this age, we know they begin to apply what they learn to different situations in their lives. We strive to reach students through a variety of sensory modalities. Last year, we focused on building our foundation on the Lord. We demonstrated the difference between a house built on a wobbly ball and one built on a sturdy rock.

We used “mortar” to signify our character, teaching that our character holds us together tightly so we don’t fall apart when the rains and floods come (Matt. 7:24-27).

In our 3rd–5th grade chapel, our goal is for students to learn what it means to receive Christ’s grace and trust Him as their Savior before they become teenagers. Mr. Bland leads this chapel and uses unique ideas to introduce truth to the children. For instance, he taught the importance of listening and obeying by having the students take turns guiding one another across the auditorium with their eyes closed. Through laughter and strategizing, the children recognized the importance of listening carefully and trusting those giving instruction.

Not only do our students learn the Bible, but they also have the opportunity in student-led praise teams to lead worship. With over 75 students participating, they attend weekly worship rehearsals and learn choreographed movements and praise songs.

My prayer is that each of your children will grow up to be, as author George Barna puts it, “An irrepressible follower of Jesus Christ who accepts the Bible as truth, lives by its principles, and seeks ways to impact the world.”

*Read more from The Realm, our annual school magazine. In it, you will find a year in review with a variety of encouraging and insightful stories from those within our school community.

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Annual School Magazine: The Realm

The Realm is our annual school magazine. In it, you will find a year in review with a variety of encouraging and insightful stories from those within our school community.

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PK Group Tours

  • February 12, 2020
  • By amburwillis

Hill Country Christian School offers a variety of opportunities for three-, four-, and five-year-old preschoolers. Our programs provide faith-based curriculum taught through a biblical worldview, loving support of each child’s learning style, and a caring and emotionally safe environment. Select Wednesdays specified below at 10:00 a.m. To RSVP, call 512-331-7036, or request a group tour here.

February 19, 2020 March 25, 2020 May 6, 2020
February 26, 2020 April 1, 2020 May 20, 2020
March 11, 2020 April 22, 2020  
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Welcome Wednesdays

These information sessions and are a great way to see our school in action. Welcome Wednesdays begin at 8:30 a.m. You will be taken on a tour of our campus, have the opportunity to ask questions, and meet some of our current parents.

Click on a date below to register for a Welcome Wednesday. We can’t wait to meet you!

March 4, 2020 April 8, 2020 April 29, 2020

 

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Join Us for Student Visit Days

Students will experience a Student Ambassador-led tour, visit classes and chapel, and meet the Hill Country community. Lunch will be provided. We offer visits for incoming 6th through 11th grade applicants. Space is limited, and a minimum of three business days advance notice is required. Please contact admissions@hccsa.org to request a visit.

February 3, 2020 | 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

March 23, 2020 | 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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All-School Preview

Our All-School Preview will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. At this interactive preview, you and your student will experience a day in the life of a Hill Country student.

  • Participate in short classroom experiences with other students.
  • Meet teachers and principals, as well as current students and parents.
  • Explore extracurriculars and athletics.

Click here to RSVP. Check-in, as well as registration for those who are not able to RSVP, begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Spirit Store

  • October 9, 2019
  • By amburwillis

Shop our spirit store! Our spirit store, in partnership with AH HA!, is always open. Shop now for all of the newest products and spirit items.

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Headlines Newsletter

Click to read the latest edition of Headlines from the Head of School, a monthly letter from Dr. Jeff Marx. 

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The Board of Trustees’ Commitment to Classical Education

  • January 8, 2015
  • By nsm

Christian-classical-educationBy Dr. Eric Howard, Board of Trustees Education Committee Chairman

Of our “3 Cs”, the concept of a Classical education can be most difficult to explain. This is why the board of trustees, in conjunction with the education and marketing committees, has been working on a clear and concise definition to encapsulate what we mean by “Classical Education,” so that all of us can more clearly articulate it to prospective families, and for our own edification. A few things it doesn’t mean: Classical education does not mean “more homework,” it doesn’t mean “studying only things that happened 500 years ago,” and it doesn’t mean “useless in today’s technologically driven society.”

It does mean that history, politics, society, language, scientific discovery, etc. are all intertwined, and it is essential to understand their relationships. It does recognize that God has wired the human brain to develop differently as we grow. A Classical education emphasizes that while facts are important (aspects of Grammar), the ability to analyze and make logical sense of information is also important (Logic), culminating in the ability to transform those facts into expressions of creativity (Rhetoric). A Classical education also emphasizes the fact that, regardless of our vocation, we will always have to present a studied opinion or debate about a “fact” with others who may not see eye to eye with us – either over an engineering design, a legal matter, the best word for a song, or why Jesus is the Christ.

Finally, a Classical education places a value not only on “facts,” but upon truth, beauty, and goodness. These adornments should be incorporated into both how and what we do, as is fitting for those working for a King. The Hill Country Board of Trustees is committed to our mission of providing a Christ-centered and Classical education to help prepare our young children and produce the young men and women who impact their world for the kingdom of our Risen Savior.

“It is a matter of great satisfaction to me to hope that my children will be in circumstances to receive a good education. Mine was defective and I feel the inconvenience, if not the misfortune of not receiving a classical education. Knowledge is the food of genius, and my son, let no opportunity escape you to treasure up knowledge.”—Sam Houston

“Isolating the student from large sections of human knowledge is not the basis of a Christian education. Rather it is giving him or her the framework for total truth, rooted in the Creator’s existence and in the Bible’s teaching so that in each step of the formal learning process the student will understand what is true and what is false and why it is true or false.”—Francis Schaeffer

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to rather to make man a more clever devil.”—C.S. Lewis

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