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St. Jose Sanchez del Rio Catholic School
                         21140 Gathering Oak, San Antonio, Texas 78260                          
210-497-0323

History & Mission

Mission Statement
St. Jose Sanchez del Rio Catholic School forms students in the Catholic faith, in academic excellence, and virtue by  assisting families in
developing joy-filled, confident and Christ-centered children for a life of service and leadership.
Founding Values
Faith, Academics, Character, and Service
 
Educational Philosophy
St. Jose Sanchez del Rio Catholic School strives to build a Catholic community of faith that calls children to embrace the Gospel values and prepare them to directly share in God's life through charitable service . We seek to develop the individual and unique gifts and talents of each student through holistic efforts based in rigorous academics, the fine arts, competitive athletics, extracurricular activities, and vibrant spiritual development. Students are exposed to education that is tailored to their unique attributes, new ideas, and thoughts that challenge them to be a force of good in the world.

History
 
It was with a great deal of faith and enthusiasm that a small group of dedicated Catholic educators, businessmen, and lay leaders, committed to academic excellence in the formation of Christian leaders and made the decision to found a school in a growing part of San Antonio in 1996.
 
With the blessing of Archbishop Patrick Flores, Rolling Hills Academy (RHA) opened its doors with an enrollment of only eight students. Throughout the years, the school continued to exponentially grow due to the love and faithfulness of a growing number of families, friends, and leaders in the community who dedicated themselves to pray for the school, organize fundraising events, and promote the school throughout the San Antonio community.
 
In 2002, RHA acquired an existing building across the street from the original 20 acre campus. This building became the middle school campus for our 6th–8th graders. Archbishop Flores blessed the building and gave us permission to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in a newly created chapel. For the 2003-2004 academic year, renovation of the building included two middle school classrooms, a gymnasium, additional rooms to house computer classes, restrooms, and after-school facilities.
 
In June 2003, RHA received official recognition as a private Catholic school in the Archdiocese of San Antonio with the guidance and support from the Archdiocesan Education Office. In May 2004, RHA entered into agreement with National Consultants for Education (NCE) and the International Center for Integral Formation (ICIFusa) in order to receive support for the implementation of the Integral Formation® method of education developed by the Legionaries of Christ. By the end of the 2005- 2006 school years, we completed our two year transitional phase to the full implementation of the ICIFusa/NCE curriculum standards and benchmarks, educational policies, and business procedures.
 
RHA received accreditation recognition from Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED) in January of 2005 and began our self-study for full accreditation in September, 2008. In September of 2008, RHA added four classrooms and a computer lab to the middle school. Two changing rooms were also added to the gym at this time. Following that, In September of 2009, RHA’s  Soccer Field was completed. Shortly thereafter, in December of 2009, the Accreditation Commission of the Texas Catholic Conference granted RHA full Accreditation.
 
In the fall of 2011, economic conditions within the Legion lead the leadership of the congregation to reevaluate its involvement in RHA. The Legion desired for RHA to remain open and to be supported in a way that the Legion was not able to do. As a result, the Legion and the Archdiocese of San Antonio began discussions to transfer ownership of the school. In June of 2012, with the approval of Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, RHA was purchased by the Archdiocese and the school name was officially changed to Rolling Hills Catholic School (RHCS). Partnership with the Archdiocese will ensure a continued opportunity for enrollment growth and provide a local base of support for RHCS. The partnership with the Archdiocese also included aligning RHCS with five local area parishes, making RHCS a regional Catholic school. Rolling Hills Catholic School’s middle school was named a partner school to Antonian College Preparatory High School in February 2014 by Archbishop Gustavo. The middle school was renamed Antonian Middle School at Rolling Hills. The academic rigor and the strong faith formation programs installed by the Legionnaires are the cornerstone of the school and remain in place.  On May 5, 2019, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller renamed the school St. Jose Sanchez del Rio.
 
St. Jose Sanchez del Rio Catholic School is God’s work. We hope that faithful cooperation with His grace will assure continued growth and excellence.