San Marcos Academy

2801 Ranch Road 12
San Marcos, TX 78666
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San Marcos Academy Photo #1 - San Marcos Academy has offered a tradition of excellence in private, Christian education since 1907.
San Marcos Academy Photo #2 - Graduation is a special and meaningful time with unique ceremonies and events; 95% (or more) of SMA graduates matriculate at a college or university.
San Marcos Academy Photo #3 - The Upper School (grades 9-12) offers regular, honors, and dual-credit courses to prepare students for success in college and in life.
San Marcos Academy Photo #4 - Athletic opportunities abound at San Marcos Academy, with teams for girls and boys of all ages and skill levels.
San Marcos Academy Photo #5 - In the Academy Middle School, students in grades 6-8 are provided a rigorous curriculum, including fine arts, foreign language, physical education/athletics, Bible instruction, and technology.
San Marcos Academy Photo #6 - Our 220-acre hill country campus is located between Austin and San Antonio. Our gated entrance is one of many features designed to keep our students safe while under our care.
San Marcos Academy Photo #7 - The Academy's Christian ministries program includes chapel services, Bible instruction, and discipleship opportunities with the goal of producing leaders whose lives are built on integrity and who exemplify Christ's devotion to service and compassion for others.
San Marcos Academy Photo #8 - Girls and boys residence hall staffs provide nurturing supervision with the structure and discipline necessary for student success.
San Marcos Academy Photo #9 - A full range of fine arts opportunities includes music, drama and visual arts instruction.
San Marcos Academy Photo #10 - With a full calendar of activities, including long-cherished traditions such as Homecoming, students at SMA have myriad opportunities for social interaction.
  • 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 K-12.
  • In addition to our traditional 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 students with mild to moderate learning differences; and an English as a Second Language immersion 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 9 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 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. SEVP Certified for international students studying on an F-1 visa San Marcos Academy is affiliated with Texas Baptists.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
San Marcos AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)6-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)K-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationBaptistNon-denominational
Year Founded19071907
Campus Size220 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment333 students320 students
% Students of Color
18%
24%
% International Students
12%
20%
% Students Boarding
21%
69%
Average SAT Score1137* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score23*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(khaki pants, plaid skirt, polo shirts)
Casual
Average Class Size9 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:81:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1418
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
55%
69%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$6 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$41,250
(*pay in full amount)
$58,050
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a$30,150
Tuition international students$46,500$51,800
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$31,000$43,000
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
38%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$2,000
(Need based)
$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
80%
57%
Director of AdmissionsCorey Boyer
Associate Director of AdmissionsMattie Howard

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1418
CoursesAP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Physics, College English 1301, College English 1302, College Math 1310 (Algebra), College Math 1311 (Trigonometry), Environmental Science AP, Macro Economics AP, Math 2302 (Statistics), POLS 1302 (Government), PSYC 1301 (Psychology), U.S. History 1301, U.S. History 1302

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1416
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Markmanship, Orienteering, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1224
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Equestrian Club, JROTC, Leo Club, Music Ministries, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Yearbook Staff

Arts and Music Programs:
International Thespians, Vocal and Instrumental Individual Instruction

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports

College Matriculation

Year: 2018 - 201910 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Texas A&M9
Texas Tech5
University of Texas @ Austin5
Penn State4
Tarleton State4
Drexel University3
Indiana University3
Michigan State3
Syracuse2
University of Illinois2
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Quality Academics With Low Teacher-Student Ratio
  • Honors Curriculum
  • Dual Credit College Courses
  • Accommodated Learning Program (ALP) For Students With Mild To Moderate Learning Differences
  • ESL Immersion for Internationals
  • Structured Environment
  • LD types supported: Mild to Moderate Learning Differences such as Dyslexia or ADHD
  • San Marcos Academy 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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