History

History 2016-10-14T12:46:55+00:00

Introduction

From its educational beginnings, Hill School has maintained one central focus – preparing children who learn differently for success in life. As the school has grown and developed, all changes and new initiatives have focused on providing a well-balanced educational environment where our intelligent and capable students can excel in every way

1962: Hill School’s precursor established: a tutorial service with a single teacher and a single student.
1973: Hill School incorporated as a for-profit private school, housed in a one room-facility on McCart Avenue in south Fort Worth.

1981: Continued growth prompts move to converted house on Lubbock Street.

1983: Lucille Helton hired as Executive Director. Five new teachers hired; one still part of our faculty team.

1985: Hill School of Fort Worth, Inc. receives non-profit designation.

1988: After leasing additional space from a near-by church, the school outgrows its facility. Launch of Phase I of the “Building a Brighter Future” Capital Campaign, a $2,000,000 fund raising drive to help relocate the school.

1991: A new facility is built on Odessa Avenue, not far from the campus of Texas Christian University. After moving in August to its current site, Hill School maintains a steady, continuous growth in the number of students and classes, while preserving a small pupil to teacher ratio.

1995: The Board of Trustees purchases additional land and kicks off the $1.7 million Phase II of the capital campaign to further expand the school.

1997: Remodeled middle school classrooms and a second computer lab are completed.

1998: A state-of-the-art Cafetorium (combination cafeteria and auditorium) is completed. Additional capital campaign money will pay for expansion and further renovation of the middle school.

1999: Hill School adds a 9th grade class with the purpose of adding a new high school grade every year.

2000: High school building added along with 3rd computer lab.

2001: Upon Lucille Helton’s retirement, Greg Owens follows as Executive Director.

2002: Hill School named a National Exemplary School by the All Kinds of Minds Institute.

2003: First senior class graduates from the new Hill High School.

2004: Hill High School is at capacity enrollment after only five years of operation.

2005: Hill Parent Association annual Auction re-started as major community fundraiser.

2006: Summer at Hill instituted as an enrichment and exploration program, open to Hill students and the community at large.

2007: Hill School opens Grapevine Campus for grades 1-5.

2008: Hill School named a National School of Distinction by All Kinds of Minds Institute.

2009: Grapevine Campus expands to include grades 1-7, with 8th grade scheduled for 2010.

2011: Fort Worth Campus extends its programming to include 1st grade. Audrey Boda-Davis succeeds Greg Owens as Executive Director.

2013: Hill School renews accreditation through AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – marking 25 years of being an accredited school. Hill School of Fort Worth celebrates its 40th Anniversary!

2014: Hill School of Fort Worth begins multi-stage campus revitalization project. Hill School of Grapevine becomes The Novus Academy.