When you have a family to look after, the location of where you live is high on your priority list. Location determines the safety of the neighborhood, the length of your commute, activity, and entertainment, and, of course, school district. Our apartments in Southwest Austin offer our residents all of that and more. In fact, one of the state’s most accredited schools happens to just a 5-minute walk away – St. Gabriel’s Catholic School.
Founded in 1999 with a goal of empowering students through innovative teaching in a Christ-centered environment, St. Gabriel’s Catholic School is a non-profit organization with a mission to encourage every student to be an active learner and engage in their community. Sending your kids off to school when you live at Barton Creek Villas is most certainly something you can feel good about.
Mission, Vision, and Educational Philosophy
St. Gabriel’s Catholic School not only educates children in the general sense but they also foster character building through physical, emotional, and spiritual growth as well as scholastic achievements. Their goal is to inspire their students, even from the youngest age, to be responsible and ethical leaders with a lifelong love of learning and commitment to Christian values.
The nationally-recognized school celebrates each child’s diversity and individuality while ensuring their success in academics, arts, and athletics. St. Gabriel’s Catholic School helps children thrive by addressing both their strengths as well as their weaknesses. SGCS has created a reputation for successful education programs thanks to their mastery of content, creative problem solving, and passion for learning.
Academic excellence, however, is not enough to truly educate a child at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. The school also believes that children must acquire knowledge and develop virtue and are committed to instilling these virtues within each of their students. These lessons are meant to impart a spirit of generosity and commitment to their family and community.
Accreditation and Recognition
St. Gabriel’s Catholic School is one of the most sought-after school near our Southwest Austin apartments and in the Austin community – and it’s no surprise as to why. According to their website, “St. Gabriel’s is accredited through the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED). St. Gabriel’s is also a proud member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and Catholic Schools Diocese of Austin (CSDA).”
No matter if your child is in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, or middle school, St. Gabriel’s inspires all of their students to strengthen both their hearts and minds in their quest for academic and social excellence. SGCS helps their students achieve this in a variety of ways.
St. Gabriel’s uses Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to help develop a child’s social and emotional skills, ethical development, motivation, and drive, as well as success and happiness. SEL is a process in which children understand and manage emotions, maintain positive relationships, and make sound decisions. Every decision in the SGCS curriculum and extra-curricular activities are based on SEL.
Another process used at SGCS is differentiated learning. Teachers use a variety of instructional strategies based on the child’s preferred method of learning, readiness, and interests. Through this, St. Gabriel’s provides a challenging and enriched curriculum in math, history, geography, foreign language, science, religion, performing arts, and more, with each subject tailored to the learning abilities and desires of each student.
Service-learning is another important aspect of the educational process at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. Service-learning gets students out in the community to be of service to others – combining both academics and public service simultaneously. This aspect of learning encourages reciprocity and instills a deep respect for others among students, as they learn the impacts of their actions and how they can make a difference in their community.
When your student attends SGCS, you can be assured that health, wellness, and physical education are a part of their daily curriculum. In addition to daily physical activity and inclusive academic programs, St. Gabriel’s offers full-time counselors for mental health as well as a full-time registered nurse. The health of their students and their families, both physical and mental, is one of SGCS’s top priorities.
St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, of course, roots their teachings based on Catholicism. By fostering their students’ relationship with God through the Catholic Church their goal is to affect their moral character in a positive way, teaching the joy of meaningful relationships, and creating a lifelong desire to serve their community. “By understanding the teachings of Christ and accessing the graces which result from a personal encounter with God, students will be better equipped to understand the happiness one experiences in living a virtuous life,” boasts their website.
The Campus at SGCS
Our Hill Country apartments are located in a beautiful area so it’s no surprise that St. Gabriel’s Catholic School offers a gorgeous campus for their students. The school sits on 32 acres of rolling hills in the residential area near Barton Creek Villas. An education building contains classrooms for grades K-5, chapel, library, dining area, technology lab, and gymnasium. Recently the school added Knott Hall which features classrooms for grades 6-8, art studio, science lab, and wireless technology. Outdoors you’ll find an all-weather track with a football field, tennis courts, and a playground for the younger students.
Educational Excellence Across the Street from Our Apartments in Southwest Austin
When looking for a place to call home for you and your family, it’s important that your children attend a school you can trust. St. Gabriel’s Catholic school is dedicated to ensuring your child is a well-rounded and responsible citizen of the planet. Take a tour of our apartments in Southwest Austin today and see why families are calling this luxurious, affordable, gated community home.