Boerne-Area Private Schools Offer Variety of Educational Options

By Cristal Cody on April 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm EST
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Boerne-area parents have plenty of options when it comes to their children’s education‚ including several private schools in the Boerne area.

Schools such as the Geneva School‚ Hill Country Montessori School and Texas Military Institute are opening up a world of new opportunities for children.

Texas Military Institute‚ a private Christian school on a 72-acre campus‚ has been shaping students since 1893. It’s the flagship school of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and today is a co-educational school for grades 6-12. The institute is the oldest Episcopal Church-sponsored college preparatory school in the southwest United States. It’s also produced many students who have gone on to achieve famous careers‚ including Gen. Douglas MacArthur‚ who was in the institute’s third graduating class of 1897.

The Geneva School of Boerne‚ a private Christian school for grades K-8‚ is growing by leaps and bounds.

Gay Young‚ advancement assistant‚ says the school is expected to enroll about 250 K through 8th-grade students for the 2006/2007 school year. That’s up from about 170 students enrolled a year earlier and a long way from the 13 students Geneva had when it opened in 1999.

“More people are hearing about Geneva and the quality of education and want to go that route‚” Young says. Geneva School emphasizes biblical teachings with classical literature and the arts. Students learn grammar and logic and how to communicate effectively.

“The quality of education that we offer is superior. We teach Latin as a basis for language in the third grade‚” Young notes.

Parents love what the school offers‚ she notes.

“They have a lot more involvement in their child’s education‚” Young says.

Geneva School opened its first permanent structure in the 2006-07 school year. The new building on the 32-acre campus includes a stage‚ classroom space and a full basketball court.

The school also offers students athletics in tennis‚ basketball and football.

Hill Country Montessori School in Boerne offers its students opportunities to learn in a homelike environment that teaches them to be independent.

The school focuses on art and math‚ and offers after-school activities in areas such as music‚ karate and Spanish.

Dr. Maria Montessori‚ the first woman physician to graduate from the University of Rome‚ created the school’s approach to education in the early 20th century.

“What appeals to the parents the most is the school methodology to follow the individual nature of the child‚ so there’s more freedom for the child to explore their strengths and interests than there might be in a traditional system‚” says Madellaine Costello‚ head of the Hill Country Montessori School. “So children are essentially working at their own pace.”

The Montessori school has about 100 students from ages 18 months up to 12 years.

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