A Wholesome and Nurturing Environment

We at San Marcos Academy thank you for considering us for your child’s education.

As a leading private Christian school located in San Marcos (Hays County, TX), SMA is dedicated to providing quality learning opportunities for young men and women by offering a nurturing environment and wholesome atmosphere to help ensure they can reach their full potential. San Marcos Academy is proud of its high standards for academic excellence and the success our students achieve while at the Academy and after graduation. The staff and faculty of San Marcos Academy will help to develop the growth of mind, body and spirit in your sons and daughters so they can focus on their educational pursuits and personal development.

San Marcos Academy is proud to have been selected as one of the 30 Best Christian Boarding Schools in America. We also are one of only a handful of private day & boarding schools in Texas that have maintained continuous accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (AdvancEd) for more than a century.

Take a Virtual Tour

Preview of San Marcos Academy's virtual tour

Explore San Marcos Academy as though you’re here in person with our virtual tour. Browse through our beautiful campus at your own pace and take an in-depth look at all the facilities our school has to offer.

Get to Know Us!

Please take a few minutes to watch the video above to get to know SMA.

San Marcos Academy school is a private Christian school founded in 1907 and is recognized by the Texas Association of Boarding Schools. As an accredited private college preparatory school, we strive to provide opportunities for excellence in academics while creating a fun environment filled with a variety of athletics and fine arts programs. We also offer a Christian Ministries program to provide biblical study opportunities to produce leaders whose lives are built on faith and integrity while developing a strong moral compass based on classical Christian values. Please take a few minutes to watch the video above to learn more about why our Texas Christian education school is the right choice.

From pre-kindergarten to elementary school (lower school), middle school, and high school (upper school), our goal is to prepare our students for college and life after university by providing courses and curriculum designed to contribute to the enrichment of their knowledge and character. We achieve this by providing and building upon a solid foundation designed to help students succeed.

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Meet the Admissions Team

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Corey Boyer

Director of Recruitment & International Student Relations

Corey has served at San Marcos Academy for the last 16 years, occupying various roles during his time here.

Prior to his current work as the Director of Admissions he has served as the Dean of Residential Life overseeing the residential life program as well as the international boarding program. Corey is also the father of two San Marcos Academy graduates.

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Mattie Howard

Director of Admissions DSO

Mattie has served many years in the Office of Admissions at San Marcos Academy beginning in 1996.

After some time away to start her family, she returned to SMA in 2014. Mattie currently serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions. And strongly believes in the amazing education and experience that San Marcos Academy provides. Her husband, brother and her oldest son are all graduates of SMA, and two younger sons are current students. She loves to meet new families and help students find their place at San Marcos Academy.

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Tina Brown

Executive Assistant for Admissions and Chief Academic Officer

Prior to working at SMA, Tina was a school librarian for 17 years and a former 1st grade teacher for 7 years.   In her role at SMA, Tina loves sharing with potential new families all that SMA has to offer!

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Tiffany Portis

Admissions Officer
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Openings & Deadlines


Lower School Admission Deadlines

For students in Grades PreK-5th, the priority admission deadline is February 3, 2023. To help improve the chances of your child’s (or children’s) acceptance at the SMA Texas private school, please be sure submit required information before this deadline.

Students who complete files by February 3 will get priority consideration for spaces available and are notified of an admission decision on or after February 15. After February 15, San Marcos Academy considers Grade PreK-5th applications on a rolling admission basis.

When spaces in any grade level (PreK-5th) are filled, additional qualified candidates are placed into a wait pool for consideration should openings occur.

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Middle & Upper School Admission Deadlines

For the Middle School grades, the priority admission deadline for the 2023–24 academic year is February 28, 2023 for students in grades 6-8. Students who complete files by February 28 will get priority consideration for spaces available and are notified of an admission decision on or after March 1. After February 28, San Marcos Academy considers Middle School applications on a rolling admission basis. When all spaces are filled, qualified candidates are placed into the wait pool for consideration should openings occur.

There is no priority deadline for upper school grades, and the admissions committee will meet to consider the applicant as soon as the application process is complete. Parents will be notified of the admissions committee decision, usually within one week.


If a PreK-12 student is accepted, the enrollment responsible parent will receive an email with the enrollment packet and process. They will have one week to complete the enrollment packet and pay the tuition deposit in order to save their child’s spot in the class.

Boarding students pay a non-refundable deposit of $1000.00 while day students and PreK-12, pay a non-refundable deposit of $250.00. New International students must pay a deposit of $7,000 in order for the Academy to issue an I-20 ($500 is non-refundable should the student fail to acquire a visa). All deposits are applied to the total program cost for attendance at our Christian boarding school in Texas.

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Learn more about our private boarding and day school in Texas

We encourage parents to browse the rest of our website to learn more about San Marcos Academy.

Using the links below, you can learn more about what sets our college preparatory private Christian school apart from other schools both locally and across the nation.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We look forward to hearing from you! Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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Re-Enrollment Process

During the spring semester of each school year, San Marcos Academy extends an invitation to eligible students in grades PreK-11 to re-enroll for private education for the next school year.

Re-enrollment invitations* are being extended January 31, 2022. The priority deadline for re-enrollment for the 2022-23 school year is February 28, 2022. We will also offer an early re-enrollment discount for families who complete the process by the priority deadline.

The process for re-enrollment includes completing enrollment forms and the tuition deposit. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 512-753-8000 or email us at admissions@smabears.org

*Re-enrollment invitations will be sent out electronically, via email, through FACTS. The process will be completed through your Family Portal account.