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 has three academic divisions: a Lower School (grades 4-5), a Middle School (grades 6-8) and an Upper School (grades 9-12).
Regular College Preparatory Sequence
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.
Honors College Preparatory Sequence
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 30 hours through dual-credit classes (AP classes could result in additional college credit ). While we offer outstanding instruction in all disciplines, the Academy is especially known for excellence in math preparation, offering College Algebra and Calculus A/B Honors.
English as a Second Language
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.
Learning Skills Program
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.
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.