San Marcos Academy

2801 Ranch Road 12
San Marcos, TX 78666
Tel: 1-800-428-5120
Gr: (Boarding) 7-12 | 277 students
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; 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 7:1 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.

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
San Marcos Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 7-12 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Baptist Non-denominational
Year Founded 1907 1909
Campus Size 220 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 277 students 295 students
% Students of Color 28% 19%
% International Students 29% 20%
% Students Boarding 56% 68%
Average ACT score 21 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(khaki pants, plaid skirt, polo shirts)
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 12 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 55% 67%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $6 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$30,540 $48,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$9,540 $27,240
Tuition international students $34,040 $45,400
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$23,900 $37,000
% Students on Financial Aid 35% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $6,100 $20,255
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 80% 58%
Director of Admissions Shelley Henry  
Associate Director of Admissions Harold Smith  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 12 16
College English 1301 College English 1302
College History 1301 College History 1302
College Math 1310 (Algebra) College Math 1311 (Trigonometry)
College Math 1420 (Calculus I) College Math 1421 (Calculus II)
Environmental Science AP Human Geography AP
Macro Economics AP Micro Economics AP


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 13
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Orienteering, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 12 24
Extracurriculars4H, Equestrian Program, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, International Student Organization, Jazz Band, JROTC, Junior State of America, Mounted Color Guard, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Vocal and Instrumental Individual Instruction, Yearbook Staff

College Matriculation

Year: 2013-2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Texas State University 9
Texas Tech 5
University of Texas @ Austin 5
Penn State 4
Tarleton State 4
Drexel University 3
Indiana University 3
Michigan State 3
Syracuse 2
University of Illinois 2

School Notes:

  • Quality Academics With Low Teacher-Student Ratio
  • 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
  • LD types supported: Mild to Moderate Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: Approved or accredited by Accreditation Commission of the Texas Association of Baptist Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Texas Education Agency, The Association of Boarding Schools, Texas Department of Education
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Lee Hage Jamail - Philanthropist, educator
    • James Wittliff - chemistry
    • Paul Pena - USMA, Captain-US Army, KIA, Afghanistan

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is St. Stephen's Episcopal School (31.4 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • AustinSt. Stephen's Episcopal School
    6500 St. Stephen's Drive
    AustinTX 78746
    512-327-1213 ex.210
    31.4 mi | 688 students | Gr. 6-12
  • San AntonioTMI -The Episcopal School of Texas
    20955 West Tejas Trail
    San AntonioTX 78257
    41.1 mi | 465 students | Gr. 6-12
  • HoustonThe Village School
    13077 Westella Drive
    HoustonTX 77077
    212.232.0266 x826
    142.7 mi | 1410 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • GranburyNorth Central Texas Academy
    3846 N. Hwy. 144
    GranburyTX 76048
    172.8 mi | 192 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • DallasThe Hockaday School
    11600 Welch Road
    DallasTX 75229
    218.6 mi | 1086 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
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