San Marcos Academy
College preparatory curriculum is enhanced by small class sizes and dedicated instructors who provide individual attention. Students with learning differences may take advantage of the Learning Skills Program.
Girls and boys residence hall staffs provide nurturing supervision with the structure and discipline necessary for student success.
Graduation is a special and meaningful time with unique ceremonies and events; 95% (or more) of SMA graduates matriculate at a college or university.
Athletic opportunities abound at San Marcos Academy, with teams for girls and boys of all ages and skill levels.
A century-old tradition at San Marcos Academy, the Junior ROTC unit is designated as an honor unit with distinction by the US Army Cadet Command.
- San Marcos Academy is a coeducational, Christian boarding for 6th through 12th grade students, located in the beautiful Texas hill country. We also accept day students in grades 4-12.
- In addition to our tradition 7-day boarding program, we also offer a 5-day program for families who live within a 70-mile radius of our campus.
- 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.
- Our mission at San Marcos Academy is to educate 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 8:1 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 |
2017 School Data
|San Marcos Academy||Boarding School Avg.|
|School Focus||College Prep||College Preparatory|
|Grades Offered (Boarding)||6-12||7-12|
|Grades Offered (Day)||4-12||7-12|
|Supports Learning Differences (LD)||Yes||Yes|
|Campus Size||220 acres||120 acres|
|Enrollment||260 students||300 students|
|% Students of Color|
|% International Students|
|% Students Boarding|
|Average SAT Score||n/a||* National Avg. »View|
|Average ACT score||21||*National Avg. » View|
|Offers Post-Grad Year||No||No|
Academics and Faculty
|Frequency of Saturday Classes||Bi-Monthly||Less than once a month|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
(khaki pants, plaid skirt, polo shirts)
|Average Class Size||12 students||12|
*National School Avg. » 20
|Teacher : Student Ratio||1:8||1:7|
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||12||17|
|ESL Courses Offered||Yes||Yes|
|% Faculty with Advanced Degree|
|Summer Program Offered||No||Yes|
|Endowment Size||$6 million||$17 million|
(*Pay in full amount)
(Tuition for Lower School is $7,000; middle school is $9550. These are all pay-in-full amounts.)
|Tuition international students||$37,250||$47,425|
(5 Day Boarding)
|% Students on Financial Aid|
|Avg. Financial Aid Grant||$5,000||$22,700|
|Merit Scholarships Offered||No||No|
|Application Deadline||None / Rolling||Jan. 15|
|Accepts Standardized Application||Yes||No|
|Director of Admissions||Shelley Henry|
|Associate Director of Admissions||Mattie Howard|
AP / Advanced Courses
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||12||17|
|Courses||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||14||14|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Orienteering, Riflery, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball|
|Total Extracurricular Organizations||14||23|
|Extracurriculars||Club or Organization:|
Drill Team-JROTC, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, International Student Club, JROTC, Junior State of America, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Yearbook Staff
Arts and Music Programs:
Theatrical Productions, Vocal and Instrumental Individual Instruction
Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports, Orienteering
|Year: 2013 - 2014||10 Most Popular College Choices (# Enrolled)|
|Texas State University||9|
|University of Texas @ Austin||5|
|University of Illinois||2|
- 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 such as Dyslexia or ADHD
- 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
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- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Grades: 8-12, PG| 645 students 221.2 miles1051 N Houston
Pre-K-12, PG (day)
Bullard, TX 75757
Pre-K-12, PG (day)
- Grades: 8-12| 465 students 41.1 miles20955 West Tejas Trail
San Antonio, TX 78257
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