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San Marcos Academy

San Marcos Academy is a coeducational private Baptist boarding traditional school for students in grades 6 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural


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San Marcos Academy is a coeducational, Christian boarding and day school for 7th through 12th grade students, located in the beautiful Texas hill country. The Academy offers a college preparatory curriculum, featuring leadership training; dual-credit college courses; pre-AP and AP courses; a strong fine arts department; a Learning Skills program for student with mild to moderate learning differences; and an English as a Second Language program for international students. Founded in 1907, San Marcos Academy is beginning a second century of fulfilling its mission: educating young men and women in a nurturing community based upon Christian values. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Accreditation Committee of the Texas Association of Baptist Schools and is recognized by the Texas Education Agency. Small classes (with an average of 12 students) and a student-teacher ratio of 9:1 provide a strong learning environment and individualized instruction to meet the needs of each student. Structure, discipline and nurturing supervision, including required study halls, are provided in the girls and boys dormitories. Ninety-five percent or more of our graduates move immediately into post-secondary education at schools throughout the country. Founded in 1907, the Academy is rich in tradition and is a vital part of the local community. The school offers a rolling enrollment. San Marcos Academy is affiliated with Texas Baptists. Quality Academics With Low Teacher-Student Ratio AP Honors Curriculum Dual Credit College Courses Learning Skills Program For Students With Mild To Moderate Learning Differences English As A Second Language Program Structured Environment Leadership, Education And Development (LEAD) Program

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The academics program at San Marcos Academy is designed to prepare our students for success in college and in life. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of each student, presenting content through the prism of a Christian worldview. San Marcos Academy offers grades 7-12 for all students and 6th grade for day students.

The Regular College Preparatory Sequence is recommended for students who desire to attend a college or university after graduation. This sequence features more flexibility in scheduling while ensuring that students are well prepared to meet the challenges of college-level work. Those students intending to apply to a highly competitive college or university after graduation are encouraged to follow the Academy’s Honors College Preparatory Sequence. This sequence features challenging honors and AP courses as well as dual college credit courses. For the past several years, the Academy has enjoyed a partnership with Hardin-Simmons University for our dual credit courses, and SMA faculty members who teach these rigorous classes are considered adjunct professors of Hardin-Simmons. Many of our seniors have a college transcript to take with them when they graduate, having earned as many as 24 hours through on-campus classes alone (AP credit and online college courses could add even more). While we offer outstanding instruction in all disciplines, the Academy is especially known for excellence in math preparation. A student can go as far as to acquire college Calculus credit right here on our campus, under the guidance of our own faculty.

For those students with documented learning differences such as ADD, ADHD or Dyslexia, the Academy is pleased to offer a Learning Skills Program. Through this program, the Academy holds students to the highest academic standards while offering additional guidance and accommodations to meet their educational needs and reach their full academic potential. Accommodations can include one-on-one or group tutoring, re-teaching of subject material, verbalized testing, project assistance, and organizational skills instruction.

Another outstanding academic program San Marcos Academy offers is English as a Second Language instruction. Unlike some boarding schools that require students to demonstrate a high level of English proficiency prior to acceptance, the Academy welcomes students who are less confident in their English skills. These students are immersed in English language instruction through Beginning ESL classes, enabling them to move into grade-level English classes as quickly as possible. Advanced ESL instruction is also available to help those students with stronger language skills refine their proficiency.

Most private schools are not geared to working with students who need academic intervention, but SMA has a sophisticated web of study halls and interventions that provide unique reinforcement for students who are still learning how to learn. We offer opportunities for credit recovery through our blended classroom environment and through distance learning. All boarding students benefit from attending evening study halls in the dormitory or a more intensive Structured Study Hall, where tutoring and close supervision is provided by degreed instructors. Progress reports or Report cards are mailed out every 3 weeks to keep parents updated on their student's progress. Each year 95 percent or more of our graduates matriculate into a college or university following graduation.

Mission Statement

The mission of San Marcos Academy is to educate young men and women within a nurturing community based upon Christian values.


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Grades Cost Term
Middle School $27,595 Annual

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  (800) 428-5120

Entrance Requirements

  • SSAT



Academic Calendar: Semester

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 271
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
6 16
7 22
8 27
9 40
10 62
11 46
12 58

San Marcos Academy's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing San Marcos Academy's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 8 : 1
Average Class Size 12
Gender 64% Male / 36% Female
Dress Code Casual
Percent Boarding 60%
President   Jimmie Scott


As a college preparatory school, San Marcos Academy provides a rigorous academic program of study. The SMA Experience, however, is not just about books and grades. Our desire is to see each student develop as a whole person: mentally, socially, physically and spiritually. To further this process, we provide a variety of experiences and opportunities outside the classroom. When classes end, the Student Activities staff at San Marcos Academy goes to work, providing life-enriching opportunities for fun and social interaction. The hub for these activities is the Rec Center, which opens after school and on weekends. The Center features pool and ping-pong tables, video game and sports equipment, concessions, a recreational gym, a movie room, indoor heated pool, and fully equipped fitness center. Students can also sign up for special events, such as trips, tours, contests and more. San Marcos Academy also encourages students to get involved in sports, with high school and middle school athletic programs for boys and girls of all skill levels. Academy coaches place a higher value on how an athlete plays than on the outcome of a game; sportsmanship, integrity, and character on the field or court are the values that characterize a winner at San Marcos Academy. SMA offers 12 different sports as well as top-quality athletic facilities on our spacious, hill country campus. A top-quality equestrian program is also offered at SMA for both beginner and advanced riders. Participants utilize the Academy’s on-campus riding arenas and can even bring their own horses to board in the SMA stable. A 4-H program is available as well for students who want the experience of raising an animal project to enter in local youth shows and contests. Rabbits, goats and chickens are among the animals that populate the SMA barn. Many extracurricular activities are offered at the Academy to help students learn to manage their time, make new friends, develop leadership skills, practice teamwork, and make positive contributions to the campus community. Among the campus organizations offered are National Honor Society, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Junior State of America and an International Student Organization. A highly active Junior ROTC unit has been a feature of Academy life since 1917. The Bear Battalion provides leadership training to about one-third of all high school students who choose to take part in this program. Orienteering, marksmanship and a mounted color guard are just a few of the opportunities provided through JROTC. At the end of a long, productive day, students in the residential life program return to their homes away from home in the girls or boys dormitories. Boarding students are a diverse group, representing a number of different countries, U.S. states and Texas cities. The residence life staff provide a nurturing, structured environment where students can develop life skills that will serve them well after graduation.
  • Jazz Band
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Council

Associations & Memberships

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

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