San Marcos Academy is a coeducational, Christian school for boarding students (6th-12th grades) and day students (4th-12th), located in the beautiful Texas hill country. We offer a unique educational experience, including the following:
The mission of San Marcos Academy is to educate young men and women within a nurturing community based upon Christian values.
SMA Core Values drive our campus culture, our priorities and our ministry. They include the following:
Belief in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior of all mankind who works in us, through us and for us
Enrichment of lives built on honesty, integrity, character, and the compassionate concern for others
Accountability for honorable conduct in actions and relationships
Rigorous pursuit of spiritual, academic, and physical excellence
Successful preparation of servant leaders
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.
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:
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).
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, selected based on several weighted factors including academic excellence, extracurricular richness, geographical and demographical diversity, and reputation. Click here to read the entire article and view the profile of SMA.
When is SMA’s application deadline?
San Marcos Academy has a rolling enrollment process which means our Admissions staff will review every application regardless of the time it was submitted. We also have many new students who enroll at midterm for the spring semester.
What is your average enrollment?
An average enrollment at San Marcos Academy is 260 students. About half of this number live on campus in our residence halls.
Does the Academy enroll day students?
Yes! We have a number of day students who come from San Marcos and about 14 other surrounding communities, including Kyle, Buda, Wimberley, Lockhart and New Braunfels. We recommend that day students live no more than 40 minutes away from our campus.
Is SMA a Baptist school?
San Marcos Academy is a privately owned, non-profit educational institution chartered by the State of Texas and founded in 1907. We have been affiliated with Texas Baptists through the Baptist General Convention of Texas since 1910 and receive some financial support from the BGCT. Our mission as a Christian college preparatory school is to educate young men and women within a nurturing community based upon Christian values.
Do international students attend SMA?
We are privileged to have a diverse student body that includes international students from as many as 15 different countries in any given year. We are a SEVP-certified school, which means we can accept international students who come to the United States to study on an F-1 Visa.
How does the Academy’s calendar compare to that of public schools?
Like other schools in Texas, San Marcos Academy provides 180 instructional days. We have a semester-based calendar with the fall semester beginning in August and ending before Christmas and the spring semester beginning in January and ending in May. Some of our instructional days are scheduled on Saturdays, which we call “LEAD” days. These are marked clearly on our annual calendar and in most cases, all students are required to attend school on these days (usually on a 9 a.m. to noon schedule). Our school holidays are tailored somewhat to accommodate those boarding students who are traveling to their homes. Thus, we have a full week off at Thanksgiving and at Spring Break, as well as a three-week Christmas break (between semesters). We also have occasional “long-leave” weekends when classes are released earlier on Friday and do not resume until Tuesday.