While academics are the primary focus of each weekday at the Academy, the SMA Experience is much more than books and grades. Our desire is to see each student develop as a whole person: mentally, socially, physically and spiritually. To further this process, we provide a variety of experiences and opportunities outside the classroom.
Recreation & Sports
When classes end, the Student Activities staff at San Marcos Academy goes to work, providing life-enriching opportunities for fun and social interaction. The hub for these activities is the Rec Center, which opens after school and on weekends. The Center features pool and ping-pong tables, video game and sports equipment, concessions, a recreational gym, a movie room, indoor heated pool, and fully equipped fitness center.
Students can also sign up for special events, such as trips, tours, contests and more.
San Marcos Academy also encourages students to get involved in sports, with upper 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. SMA offers 12 different sports as well as top-quality athletic facilities on our spacious, hill country campus. Upper school athletes (grades 9-12) compete in TAPPS (The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) while middle school athletes (grades 6-8) compete in the Christian Athletic League of San Antonio (CALSA) as well as in the San Marcos PONY League (baseball) and through intramural sports.
Many extracurricular activities are offered at the Academy to help students learn to manage their time, make new friends, develop leadership skills, practice teamwork, and make positive contributions to the campus community. Among the campus organizations offered are National Honor Society, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Junior State of America and an International Student Organization.
A highly active Junior ROTC unit has been a feature of Academy life since 1917. The Academy’s Junior ROTC Program has been designated an “Honor Unit With Distinction, the highest rating available to a JROTC unit. Participation in one semester of Junior ROTC is a graduation requirement for upper school boys who are U.S. citizens. However, all upper school students are encouraged to enroll in the program at any time.
At the end of a long, productive day, students in the residential life program return to their homes away from home in the girls or boys dormitories. Boarding students are a diverse group, representing a number of different countries, U.S. states and Texas cities. The residence life staff provide a nurturing, structured environment where students can develop life skills that will serve them well after graduation.
The Academy offers two boarding options: the traditional 7-day boarding program or the 5-day boarding program. The 5-day option is designed for families residing within a 70-mile radius of the Academy campus who want their children to spend most weekends at home.
Our residence halls are open every weekend and on most holidays. The exceptions are Thanksgiving week, Christmas/New Year’s break and Spring Break. We also provide transportation to and from the Austin airport for boarding students.