Lower School
Elementary Program at Our Boarding School in Texas

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    Elementary Program at Our Boarding School in Texas
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Welcome to the Lower school

The Lower School at San Marcos Academy offers an academically-advanced, Christ-centered education for day students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Our passionate, invested teachers provide high-quality instruction that not only imparts knowledge, but also builds character and instills personal moral values. In the Lower School, parents can expect their child to develop to his or her full potential while becoming well prepared for future learning in the secondary grades.

The oldest private school in Hays County, San Marcos Academy is located on a 200-acre gated campus with first-class facilities. Drawing families from San Marcos as well as several other surrounding communities, the Academy is poised to serve the ever-growing population along the I-35 corridor as the private school of choice in the southwest region of Texas and beyond. We encourage you to make an appointment and visit us so you can see for yourself what we have to offer your child at the San Marcos Academy Lower School.

Program Features


Diverse phonics-based curriculum with Saxon math, designed to give students the best possible foundation for middle school


Instruction in music and art, including Lower School performance opportunities

Health Center

Access to a registered nurse and Student Health Center


Supervised drop-off and pick-up from the Kyle/Buda HEB Plus. Get Registration Form

Accommodated Learning

Accommodated Learning Program provides support for students with mild to moderate learning differences or reading delays (additional fee)

After-School Program

Our optional After School Program provides care for LS students until 6 p.m. M-TH and 5:30 p.m. Fridays. Program Registration Form


Daily Bible Study, Prayer Time and Devotions; weekly chapel service


P.E. and recess offered daily

Field Trips

Field trip enriched curriculum as well as age-appropriate participation in school-wide activities, events and traditions at SMA such as Homecoming, local parades, festivals and performances

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Applying for the Lower School

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How to Apply for Grades K–5

San Marcos Academy welcomes elementary school applications for admission throughout the year. A completed application consists of the items listed below. A personal interview with the parent(s) is also required prior to final acceptance. A student interview is not required, but may be requested by the Admissions Committee.

Please call the San Marcos Admissions Office (512–753–8000) to schedule your parent interview for admission into our day and elementary school. You may also contact us to request an application by mail.

Application Requirements


Application for admission, completed and signed by the custodial parent

Medical History

Report of student’s medical history


$150.00 non-refundable application fee, payable here.

Birth Certificate

Copy of the student’s birth certificate


School transcript of grades with achievement and/or I. Q. test results (if available) or a copy of the most recent report card for Grade 1-5 applicants


Evaluation by one teacher from the school last attended for Grade 1-5 applicants

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Openings & Deadlines

Current Openings

There are currently openings for the 2020–2021 academic year for kindergarten and for grades 2-5 for spring 2021 enrollment.

Our Doors Are Always Open

Applications are accepted throughout the year and SMA offers rolling enrollment during the current school year (contact the admissions team for details).

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Lower School Application Deadlines

For the lower grades only, the priority admission deadline for the 2021–22 academic year is March 1 for students in grades 1st–5th. Students who complete files by March 1 will get priority consideration for spaces available and are notified of an admission decision on March 31.  After March 1, San Marcos Academy considers Lower 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.

Kindergarten applications for 2021–2022 are considered immediately as more spaces are available for that grade level.

Our doors are always open to new students

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