Who We Are

San Marcos Academy is a coeducational, Christian school for boarding students (6th–12th grades) and day students (PreK–12th), located in the beautiful Texas hill country. We offer a unique educational experience, including the following:

Fully accredited, college preparatory curriculum

Residence Life program offers a nurturing, structured environment that fosters success

5-day boarding option available for students living within a 70-mile radius of SMA.

Athletics program for students in grades 6-12

Leadership training opportunities, including a military leadership program

Honors/AP and dual-credit college courses

Small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratio provide individual attention

Fine arts opportunities in music, drama and visual art

Academic credit recovery through our virtual learning center

Accommodations for students with mild to moderate learning differences

Lower School (Grades K-5) curriculum includes art, music, Spanish, Bible, PE and optional after school care

Approved by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) to enroll international students on an F-1 visa

Mission Statement

The mission of San Marcos Academy is to educate young men and women within a nurturing community based upon Christian values.

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Core Values

SMA Core Values drive our campus culture, our priorities and our ministry. They include the following:

Vision Statement

The vision of San Marcos Academy is to produce leaders whose lives are built on integrity, a strong moral compass, a total commitment to life-long learning and who exemplify Christ’s devotion to service and His compassionate concern for others.

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Accreditation and Memberships

Strong accreditations are a foundational component of SMA. The accreditations symbolize to the educational community that high standards of education are being met at SMA. SMA graduates are noted by universities as having attended a school with highly recognized accreditations. San Marcos Academy is accredited or recognized by the following:


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

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).

The Best Schools

TheBestSchools.org, a leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree. San Marcos Academy was named one of the 30 Best Christian Boarding Schools in America. Click here to read the entire article and view the profile of SMA.

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Affiliated with Texas Baptists through the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

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