Learning opportunities outside the walls of a classroom are a hallmark of the Hill School program.  While supportive small-group academic programming is the focus at Hill, invaluable learning occurs through sports, fine arts, clubs, leadership opportunities, social activities and community volunteerism.   It is not unusual for a student at Hill to play multiple sports, have a leadership role in a club and perform with one of the fine arts groups.  The learning opportunities provided by our full-service program are powerful.

  • Practicing give and take on the football field as the member of a team builds collaboration skills…
  • Understanding the value of practice and dedication when working on a play with others…
  • Learning how to celebrate team success and how to deal with the disappointment of a loss helps students manage their emotions and interactions with others…
  • Working with peers on a student council project – sharing leadership, learning how to manage a project, bringing your proposal to the teacher sponsor…
  • Appreciating the courage to stand up in front of peers and show your artwork to an audience at the Arts Festival…
  • Sharing your talent with the whole school at the Annual Talent Show…
  • Participating in a funny contest at the pep rally so you learn to laugh at yourself and then cheering as an audience member to support someone else’s efforts
  • Getting advice from the counselor and working up your courage to ask that special someone to the Homecoming dance…
  • Balancing individual creativity with group harmony as a member of the dance team or cheerleading group; knowing when to share the spotlight and when to shine…
School-sponsored athletic opportunities focus on students in grades 5 – 12 to allow students to explore interests and strengths as well as develop collaboration skills, responsibility for team, sportsmanship, and leadership opportunities. Social learning and communication opportunities on the field or court are built into our athletic program, instilling self-confidence and providing students an opportunity to shine outside the classroom.

Our athletic program strives to support the learning and development of our students in partnership with our academic program. This team approach to student growth helps cultivate success while improving self-esteem and confidence. Coaches model responsibility and respect, encouraging both talented athletes and those still developing their skills. Students who demonstrate a love of sports but are reluctant athletes are encouraged to participate as team supporters and managers of the various teams. Working closely with the coaching staff, even our non-athletes learn valuable organizational skills, how to encourage others, and develop as leaders.

Typical athletic opportunities include volleyball, football, basketball, track and field, golf, and cheerleading. Hill School participates with the TCAF (Texas Christian Athletic Association) for competitive sports. With three state championship wins in Varsity Boys Basketball, Girls Track and Field, and Varsity Boys Individual Golf in 2014, Hill School’s athletic program provides plenty of reason to celebrate!

Hill School’s Dance Team, Diversity, brings students and staff together in a creative program focused on movement, expression, collaboration, and social communication. This team participates in pep rallies, will be showcased in our Black History Month program, the Fine Arts Festival, and other internal celebrations like Grandparents’ Day and United Nations Day. The dance team is open to students in all grade levels and interested faculty and staff.

The Hill School Drama Club provides all students in the school with an opportunity to work onstage or backstage in one full-length theatrical production each school year. In the spring, middle and upper school students can audition to participate in one-act plays and perhaps take it to competition.

If Hill School isn’t hosting the Annual TCAF Fine Arts Festival, our students still participate in this annual showcase and competition with member schools. A variety of fine arts efforts are celebrated during this two-day event including: digital photography, performance art (drama and musical accomplishments), paintings, drawings, sculpture, and media arts. Our drama programming helps students develop self-esteem, self-discipline, and promotes social skills while practicing the important citizenship skills of respect and responsibility.

Student Council: Building leadership skills enhances self-esteem and self-discipline. The Student Council meets periodically during lunch or advisory to plan fundraisers, service projects, and special school activities (Homecoming, movie night, game night, etc.). They also serve as student leaders during awards assemblies, Red Ribbon Week, and Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. All Middle and Upper School students have the opportunity to serve on the Student Council for their division. Officers/representatives are elected by their peers and serve on the student council for the school year.

Leadership Groups: Upper School students are invited to join National Honor Society and can elect to participate in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Special Interest Clubs: In the middle school, student interests drive group formation for bi-monthly club meetings. This year has seen the formation of clubs for students interested in sports, movies, electronic gaming, board/card games, cooking, and arts & crafts. Upper School students may select from various options of academic or personal interest such as: number sense, current events, writing, debate, engineering, drum line, art, language creation, investing, and sports management. Upper School students attend to club meetings twice a month.