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Hill Country Middle School

1300 Walsh Tarlton, Austin, 78746
(512) 732-9220

Grades: 6-8
Enrollment: 1057
School Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:57pm

Principal: Kathleen Sullivan
Asst. Principals: Felix Grimmett and Manjula Nookala
Principal's Secretary: Shellie Foster

TEA Met Standard School
U. S. Blue Ribbon School
Texas Successful Schools Award for Outstanding Performance
Texas Business and Education Coalition Honor Roll
Ranked 4th in Texas, 25th in nation by Niche (2015)

Hill Country Middle School is a positive, secure community committed to fostering intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and acceptance of differences while promoting social development and emphasizing independent and cooperative learning skills so that students achieve an enthusiasm for learning.

Hill Country MS recognizes and celebrates student excellence and offers many opportunities for students to get involved in a wide array of activities. In recent years HCMS choirs, bands, orchestra and yearbook have received regional and state honors. “Hill Country TV” is a unique school broadcast system that offers students a chance to develop production and presentation skills.

Gifted and Talented, pre-AP (Advanced Placement),special education and ESL (English as Second Language) programs support the needs of students. It is also possible for students in some courses to earn high school credit.

Originally built in 1974, Hill Country MS has been renovated and expanded several times, including major upgrades to the track and field, both gyms,and increased technology available to students with funds from the May 2011 bond program. The library saw improvements as well, creating a quiet learning space for students.


Kathleen Sullivan

Degrees Held, Universities Attended
: Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas; Master of Educational Administration, Texas State University
Honors and Awards: Capitol of Texas Counseling Association Administrator of the Year, 2005
Joined EISD: 2000
Previous School Districts: Austin ISD, San Marcos ISD