Middle School (7th & 8th)
Taught from a decidedly Christian worldview, the middle school program at Castle Hills offers a rigorous academic curriculum along with many elective opportunities. Skilled teachers provide comprehensive learning through small class sizes, advanced technology, and real-world application. Like all Castle Hills students, the 7th and 8th graders are required to take a daily Bible class as part of their core curriculum, wear uniforms, and attend weekly chapels. In addition, our middle schoolers are issued their own personal laptops, which they are authorized to use both in the classroom and at home.
Because a well-rounded education is important, middle school students are given the chance to participate in fine arts classes, such as band, art, and choir. Core classes depend on each grade, but students can expect to take classes in computer programming, Spanish, Texas state history, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, English, Life Science, and many others. Furthering the goal of providing a broad, Christian education, all students participate in some sort of service project each year. Some of these projects have included tutoring and mentoring students from low income communities in our area or Christmas caroling at local nursing homes. Furthermore, the 8th graders have the opportunity to participate in a class trip to Washington, D.C., allowing their American history class to truly jump to life!
Other extra-curricular opportunities include: National Junior Honor Society, class officers, student-led Bible studies, class parties and activities, Robotics Club, and many competitive middle school athletic sports. Please see the Athletics page for further information on the sports offered by CHS. Students also enjoy class comradery through the annual middle and high school Fall Retreat, Eagle Spirit Days, Watermelon Bash, and school productions.
Principal Welcome Letter
Welcome from Dr. Jim Bazar
Welcome to Castle Hills! Thank you for following God’s guidance in choosing a school for your student. We believe a student can only fully succeed when they have a firm foundation in their home, a local church, and school. At Castle Hills, we partner with parents in the education of their students. It is through this partnership that we have been able to develop a culture of family at our school. I welcome you to come in for a visit and see fist hand what God is doing on our campus.
God brought me to Castle Hills when I was serving in a local church in Oklahoma. At that time I had attended and received my master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I began my years teaching Bible to high school students. In the years to come, I moved into the administrative side, returned to school again to meet certification requirements and earned my Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Through 23 years of being in Christian education, with 20 being at Castle Hills, I have seen God at work in the lives of students. One of the biggest joys I am experiencing is through the alumni who have returned to Castle Hills – some as parents, entrusting their children to Castle Hills for the same Biblically-based education they received and some who have joined the faculty and staff at Castle Hills. The alumni who return will many times say that they went into teaching because of the influence of one of their teachers, coaches or other staff members. This is quite a testimony of the faithful servants across the years who invested their lives here.
Additionally, I have followed many of these students across the years as they attend college, get married, and start families and careers. It is amazing to see what God is doing across the United States and around the world with students who have passed through our halls. They trust in the Lord, and He is using them to serve in places such as the Texas Legislature, a pastor in Australia, pastors across Texas, lawyers, doctors, teachers, and the list goes on. In many respects, we will not know the extent of God’s reach until we get to heaven and see the full impact of educating students to know Christ and make Christ known.
When your student enters grades 7 – 12 at Castle Hills, I know they will experience at least two things. First, they will be loved by faculty, staff and students. Second, they will be challenged by some of the best teachers I have ever worked with across the years. Many of the teachers hold graduate and terminal degrees and are called by God to pour into the lives of young people who will be the leaders of the next generation.
We invite you to visit our campus for a tour and to meet our faculty and students. Come and see why a Castle Hills education prepares young people to make a difference for Christ in our community and around the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are parents required to be a Christian in order for their child to attend The Christian School at Castle Hills?
At least one parent must be a Christian and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We teach and conduct our school from a distinctively evangelistic Christian point-of-view. We ask parents to read our Statement of Faith and to sign it indicating support for the fact that those doctrines will be taught.
Is Castle Hills accredited?
Castle Hills is accredited through ACSI, recognized by the Texas Education Agency via TEPSAC (Texas Private School Accreditation Commission). Students graduate with a full transcript accepted at all colleges and universities.
What are the school hours?
Secondary classes start at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m. We follow a traditional schedule with 8 classes per day. Athletics/Physical Education is 1st period for middle school and 8th period for high school.
What curriculum is used?
Curriculum guides are monitored and updated yearly. Textbooks and resources are then chosen that will best match the objectives of a given grade level or course; therefore, a variety of publishers and resources are used. In all classes, Biblical integration is a priority.
Do students participate in community service?
“If it exists, it exists to serve.” Using this as our motto, every grade level, extracurricular group, and sports team conduct at least one service project or outreach every year. Juniors and seniors take part in a mission trip. Our school has long-standing relationships with several mission agencies/groups.
Do students undergo STAAR testing?
While Castle Hills does not utilize STAAR testing, we do conduct standardized testing using the Terra Nova3 test from McGraw Hill. The results are used to evaluate our teaching and to provide parents an academic score to monitor student growth. No instructional time is used to “teach to the test.”
Are uniforms required?
Yes. Castle Hills does require uniforms. Guidelines are in our Parent/Student Handbook. Uniforms can be purchased at Dennis Uniform Company (located on 431 Isom Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78216). Click Here for the Dennis Uniform Company website.
What extra-curricular activities are offered?
Student Council, National Honor Society, Fine Arts (Choir, Band, Art, Theater Arts and Yearbook are all offered as elective courses), Athletics (6 Man Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Track and Field, Swimming, Tennis, and Golf), and the Leadership Academy.
What kind of advanced placement programs are offered at Castle Hills?
English Language and Composition (11th grade)
English Literature and Composition (12th grade)
U. S. History (11thgrade)
Spanish III (11th grade)
Calculus AB (12th grade)
Is there a hot lunch available?
Effective on May 30, 2018, lunches will be provided by A Matter of Taste Catering. The goal of “AMOT” is to encourage children to eat well balanced meals by offering child-friendly foods that are appetizing and nutritious. A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, foods that are baked, not fried, and serve age appropriate portion sizes will be provided for a lunch fee. Prices vary according to grade level. For more info, go to the AMOT website Here.
Parent Login Address: https://mot.ahotlunch.com/login
Is there a bus system?
Castle Hills does not provide a bus system for transportation of students to and from school; however, we do have busses/shuttles that are used for field trips and school activities.
What doctrine is taught?
Castle Hills is a private, independent, Christian school. For details about our doctrine and core beliefs, please see our Mission/Vision page.