San Marcos Academy

San Marcos Academy


Director of Admissions: Shelley Henry
Address: 2801 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Phone: (800) 428-5120
Email: [email protected]
Grades offered: 7-12
Boarding program: Grades 7-12
Year founded: 1907


San Marcos Academy


San Marcos Academy is a coeducational, Christian boarding and day school for 7th through 12th grade students, located in the beautiful Texas hill country. We have enjoyed serving the students of Aramco families for several decades. SMA offer a unique educational experience that provides for the intellectual, social, physical and spiritual development of each student. The Academy is steeped in tradition, is fully accredited, and offers a rolling enrollment. Our current enrollment of 274 students includes 154 boarding students who represent 13 different countries. Our Christ-centered foundation provides a safe environment for students to grow in their faith while experiencing a diversity of ideas and cultures.

San Marcos Academy

The faculty and staff at San Marcos Academy are committed to serving students and setting them on the path to a bright future in which they can make valuable contributions to the world as a whole. We add value to every subject and activity because of our common purpose and mission: educating young men and women within a nurturing community based upon Christian values."



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Why choose SMA? Here are a few reasons:

  • Fully accredited, college preparatory curriculum
  • Residence halls with a nurturing, structured environment that fosters success
  • Full athletics program for middle and high school students
  • Leadership training opportunities (including highly rated Junior ROTC)
  • Honors/AP and dual-credit college courses
  • Small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratio for individual attention
  • Fine arts opportunities in music, drama and visual art
  • A 1:1 laptop computer program for students in grades 9-12
  • Equestrian and 4-H programs (including a mounted color guard)
  • Credit recovery and distance learning through San Marcos Online Academy
  • A Learning Skills Center for students with mild to moderate learning differences
  • International Student Program with beginning and advanced ESL instruction
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Accreditation and Memberships
Strong accreditations are a foundational component of San Marcos Academy. The accreditations symbolize to the educational community that high standards of education are being met. San Marcos Academy is accredited or recognized by the following accrediting bodies:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) a division of AdvancED (SMA is one of only three schools in Texas that has been granted continuous accreditation since 1913)
  • Accrediting Commission of the Texas Association of Baptist Schools (ACTABS) which is part of Texas Private School Accrediting Commission (TEPSAC) set up by the Texas Education Agency for private schools (SMA is a founding member of this body, which was founded in 1985)
  • Texas Education Agency (TEA)

SMA is a member of the Association of Boarding Schools and is a partner school with the Independent Educational Consultants Association. We are also a member of the Texas Christian Athletic League and the Christian Athletic League of San Antonio. We are affiliated with Texas Baptists through the Baptist General Convention of Texas. SMA was named one of the 30 Best Christian Boarding Schools in America by


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Academic Excellence
SMA's academic program provides students with small classes to allow them more attention from the teacher and less distraction in the classroom. The Academy also provides a number of special services and programs designed to meet the individual needs of each student:

  • Honors students are challenged with the opportunity to take dual-credit college courses (in a partnership with Hardin-Simmons University), as well as pre-AP/AP and honors courses.
  • Those students with learning differences (ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, etc.) may qualify for placement in the Learning Skills Program, which offers one-on-one or group tutoring, re-teaching of subject material, verbalized testing, project assistance, and organizational skills instruction.
  • Opportunities for credit recovery are available through our blended classroom environment and through San Marcos Online Academy.
  • 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 attend college following graduation.
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Deep In the Heart of Texas
Situated on 220 acres of former hill country ranch land, the San Marcos Academy campus provides a comfortable, laid-back and relaxed atmosphere with opportunities for many outdoor activities, from horseback riding to a 21-element high and low ropes/challenge course. San Marcos is home to Texas State University, allowing numerous opportunities for academic and cultural exchange. San Marcos Academy is located only an hour away from beautiful Austin, Texas, so travel by air is easy for both national and international students. The campus is centrally located, just three hours from Houston and four hours from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.



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Appreciation and Promotion of the Fine Arts
The principal purpose for the Fine Arts (Visual Arts, Drama, and Music) at SMA is to support the total learning mission of the Academy by fostering the intellectual, artistic and aesthetic development of all students through classes and arts experiences provided by performances and exhibits. The Academy music department is housed in a brand new suite in the Lee Hage Jamail Special Event Center. A band hall, choir room, and ten other areas for private practice or group rehearsals are available in this facility. Students who are drawn to the stage can study theatre arts at the Academy, and the visual art program includes instruction in all types of media, including ceramics, digital photography and video production.

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Athletic Competition with a Winning Attitude
San Marcos Academy offers competitive 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. Among the sports offered at SMA are the following:

  • football (flag football for middle school)
  • volleyball
  • basketball
  • soccer
  • track
  • cross country
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • baseball
  • softball
  • cheerleading
  • marksmanship
  • equestrian

SMA also has these top-quality athletic facilities:

  • varsity and a sub-varsity gymnasiums
  • indoor heated swimming pool
  • football field
  • lighted tennis courts
  • horseback riding arena and barn/stable area
  • air rifle range
  • high and low ropes/challenge course
  • fully-equipped fitness center
  • practice golf course
  • disk (Frisbee) golf course
  • fields for soccer, baseball and softball
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Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow
In today's world, now perhaps more than ever, an institution like SMA is called to uphold its tradition of changing lives and building leaders. Although times have changed, we continue to build leaders as we always have . . . by providing a rigorous education in a Christian environment that not only imparts knowledge but also builds character and instills personal moral values. The challenges of a complicated world give San Marcos Academy an opportunity to reaffirm our mission.

The Academy provides leadership training through a number of programs, including the following:

  • a top ranked Junior ROTC unit
  • 4-H and equestrian opportunities at our barn and stable area
  • 21-element ropes/challenge course
  • community service opportunities
  • Endowed Lecture Series
  • clubs and organizations such as National Honor Society and Junior State of America
  • occasional Saturday programs for leadership education and development
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Learn More about SMA
If you are looking for a private boarding school that can provide your son or daughter with a nurturing environment in a beautiful location with a caring and dedicated staff, then look no further than San Marcos Academy. We look forward to hearing from you and developing a relationship that will last for a lifetime with your son or daughter.

Follow these links to learn more about who your child can be at San Marcos Academy:

Admissions Information/How to Apply
15 Unique Advantages SMA Offers
SMA Video
San Marcos Online Academy

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