By Matt Donnowitz
Friday, August 19, 2022
Happy New School Year, Hill Country Families!
Yesterday, we welcomed 687 students—the largest student enrollment in the school’s history—back to school for the start of a new year! Of that number, 164 students were brand new, coming to Hill Country from as near as down the road and as far as Ethiopia.
During our extensive admissions process, in which we examine each student’s academic and spiritual readiness, along with their family’s alignment with our school’s mission, vision, and core values, we discover what each family is seeking in the education of their children. The most consistent and prominent reasons families are choosing Hill Country Christian School—Christ-centered education, Christ-centered community, and excellent academics.
At Hill Country Christian School, these values are not mere slogans—they’re authentic descriptions of our students’ and families’ experiences. Christ-centered education means teachers who are committed Christ-followers, curricula that uphold truth, beauty, and goodness, and an emphasis on Scripture, prayer, and worship. Christ-centered community means families who are committed to Christ walking alongside families who are committed to Christ, as well as teachers, coaches, and mentors discipling students to be Christ-followers. Excellent academics means cultivating intellectual virtues and the love of learning through great books, inquiry-based learning, challenging curricula, and a robust offering of enrichments and electives that help students find and refine their gifts and talents.
As Head of School, I am excited to develop three areas this year: what it means to partner together, grow together, and serve together. First—what it means to partner together as we offer more opportunities to explore how we impart truth, cultivate character, and inspire service. Second—what it means to grow together as we prayerfully and strategically look toward the future and the families God has planned to become part of this Christ-centered community. And third—what it means to serve together as we look at opportunities for our students to prioritize service and experience something of Christ that can only be found while serving or on a mission.
I am confident this will be a blessed and monumental year in the life of Hill Country Christian School of Austin. Please join me in praying that God will continue to work in and through us, and that Hill Country Christian School will continue to rise as a beacon of light and hope for many families in our area.
Matt Donnowitz, Head of School