First Year

The First Year Program at His Hill is designed to move students towards an understanding of the indwelling person of Jesus Christ through the study and application of God’s Word. Our desire is not only to know Who He is, but also to know the reality of His life in us. “…For in Him all the fullness of deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete…” Colossians 2:9-10a

Students spend twenty-three hours in class per week learning about Christ Who lives in them. Resident teachers and weekly guest speakers teach from both the Old and New Testament.

His Hill accepts applications from those who have successfully graduated from High School or hold a GED. The average age of our students is 18-25*, although it is not uncommon for older students to attend!

We run on a first come, first served basis with applications. If your application is submitted after we fill up, you will automatically be added to a waitlist.

*applicant must be at least 18 years of age (or turn 18 by October 31st) to enroll

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Students’ time in the classroom will be spent studying almost every book in the Bible. Our desire is that students know Christ, and He is most clearly shown in His Word (2 Tim. 3:15-16). While the majority of classes are conducted in a lecture-style format, the presentation will vary depending on the teaching style of each individual teacher.

Below is a snapshot of what is covered in our First Year Program:

Old and New Testament Survey
Individual Bible Books
Bible Study Methods
Creation vs. Evolution
Speaking Methods
Redemptive History
Principles of Christian Living
Sample Teaching

Student Life



Outreaches are designed to train, challenge, and stretch the students as they share the Good News of Jesus in our local community through Bible clubs, elderly home visitation, youth group leadership, and more.


Home Fellowship

Every two weeks, students spend time in different staff members' homes. This is a time for the students to develop deeper relationships with the staff families.


Discipleship Group

Students and staff spend time together in a small group setting. This time is to sharpen and encourage one another in Christ through a book study, reading Scripture, and praying together.


Service Project & Mission Trips

Fall Service Project
This five-day trip at the end of September is part of the regular school program. The trip may involve physical work, church services, evangelism, and community outreach. It is always fun and full of great blessings. While this trip has proven to enhance the students’ relationship with each other, the greater purpose of the trip is to expose the students to the needs of others and to witness firsthand how Christ meets those needs through our obedience and service.

Spring Break Mission Trips
Students have the option of signing up for a Spring Mission Trip, which takes place in March during Spring Break. Cost is not included in tuition and ranges from $300 – $2000 depending on the nature and destination of the trip. More information about specific trips will be given at the end of the fall semester. Past trips have been to Albania, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the San Antonio Temple Tours trip.


Weekly Schedule

Come “Taste & See” what Bible school is like! Join us for a day or up to an entire week – eat meals, attend classes, stay in the dorm, participate in outreach, and get to know student life! Contact us if you’re interested.

Monday – Thursday
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Chapel (Music & Testimony/Devotions)
9:30 AM Morning classes
12:30 PM Lunch
1:00 PM (Mon/Tues.) Free Time
1:00 PM (Wed.) Outreach
1:00 PM (Thur.) Workday
7:00-8:50 PM (Mon/Thurs.) Evening classes

8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Discipleship Groups
11:30 AM Class
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Afternoon classes
3:20 PM Free time

Weekends are available for study, rest, recreation, sightseeing, outreach, and church.

Things to Do

On Campus Activities

  • Swimming pool
  • Sand volleyball, indoor volleyball
  • Horseback riding
  • Walking / mountain biking trails (2+ miles)
  • Canoeing on the Guadalupe River
  • Tennis
  • Pickleball (indoor & outdoor)
  • Basketball courts (indoor and outdoor)
  • Gymnasium & weight room
  • Climbing tower, zip-lines, high ropes course
  • Photos

In Comfort

Local Attractions

  • The Alamo, Riverwalk, and The Pearl
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Sea World
  • Top Golf
  • The Shops at La Cantera
  • The Rim Shopping Center
  • San Antonio Spurs NBA Basketball
  • National Museum of the Pacific War
  • Enchanted Rock State Park
  • Lost Maples State Natural Area
  • Guadalupe River State Park
  • Natural Bridge Caverns, Cascade Caverns, & Cave Without A Name

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