Establishing a Foundation

Since 1907, SMA has sought to educate students in a nurturing environment based upon Christian values. San Marcos Academy is a college preparatory school that has a long history of providing excellence in academics with a curriculum that builds Christian character and leadership skills.

At the San Marcos Academy Middle School, we are committed to giving students in grades 6-8 every opportunity to learn by offering a challenging and rigorous curriculum, including fine arts, foreign language, and technology instruction. Character education is addressed through an emphasis on Christian values, daily Bible classes, and chapel attendance. Middle School students also have opportunities to develop socially and physically through participation in athletics and in a variety of extra-curricular and recreational activities.

The Academy Middle School program is designed to establish a firm foundation upon which students can successfully make the transition to the rigorous academic environment of the Upper School. Our staff of teachers and educators share a common mission: educating students through quality curriculum that is challenging, fun, and rewarding. Unlike public schools, SMA is an independent private school serving students by providing smaller classes with lower student-to-teacher ratios. This allows for more personalized learning experiences to help ensure success.

Middle School Course selections

Our course catalog and grade-level course selection worksheets provide a comprehensive list of courses offered to our Middle School students in the 2023-2024 school year.

7th & 8th Grade

Program Features

The SMA Christian school is a private school in San Marcos that specializes in helping students develop their skills through a complete, well-rounded curriculum designed to provide the resources and tools necessary to prepare for higher education. Your child’s experience in the SMA Middle School will include the following:


Smart tablets or laptops available for students to check out; additional technology provided in the classrooms


Leadership opportunities provided through class officer structure and organizations such as National Junior Honor Society, Rec Club, and Leo Club.


Opportunities for qualified students to compete in district and state-wide Academic and Art contests


Daily Bible instruction, twice-weekly chapel services, and other discipleship opportunities

Social Events

Students in grades 6-8 may attend Middle School social gatherings and dances

Final Exams

Middle School students get the experience of taking final exams in their core classes and some electives. 


Sixth graders will take Latin, while seventh graders will take Spanish. Eighth graders may choose between Spanish and Latin.


The Accommodated Learning Program is available for students with mild to moderate learning differences (additional fee)

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Middle School Expectations

The SMA preparatory school is an accredited private school that offers many opportunities for learning and growth. Middle School students are expected to perform the following throughout their childhood educational journey:

They will normally exhibit basic social skills, such as coping, conflict resolution, communication, obedience to rules, etc. These students are sensitive to cultural differences. They cultivate and maintain a functional social network. They are learning to treat others with respect. In middle school, students rudimentarily communicate with other cultures and groups. They recognize how to communicate as to resolve conflict and persuade others. They properly use words in context, with age-appropriate vocabulary. They are able to use basic technology and media to communicate to others.

All middle school children at SMA private Christian school will learn to become functional students by prescribed standards and structure. They increasingly exhibit what is the good, beautiful, and true. These students internalize the “Golden Rule”, and increasingly accept personal responsibility, and an expanding sense of morality. They aspire to the highest ethical standards, living to the glory of God and serving the betterment of others.

Each student will read and comprehend varied and challenging texts. They can gather and effectively use new knowledge, classify and organize information, support inferences and justify conclusions. They are able to recognize poor grammar, write grammatically correct sentences, paragraphs, and compose accurate essays within and across disciplines. They have a growing vocabulary through a continually refined approach to learning. They are able to communicate with varied cultures and groups. They are able to use technology and media toward this end.

They will demonstrate developmental progress of striving for academic and personal excellence. The students will increasingly desire to produce quality work and will spend dedicated time to focus on growth and improvement. As a leading college preparatory day school & boarding school, we hold students to a high standard and expect them to further themselves in their academic careers.

They will regularly practice essential organizational skills, recognize quality work and compare it to their own performance, perform directed study habits, function within the academic support system, understand and apply essential study skills, and recognize and minimize at-risk attitudes and behaviors.

These students utilize, evaluate, and refine the use of multiple strategies to solve a variety of types of problems. They generate new and creative ideas by taking considered risks in a variety of contexts. They are able to show a rudimentary ability to expand and integrate their knowledge into varied environments. They are able to demonstrate higher taxonomies that integrate their knowledge across the curriculum and teachings.

Our doors are always open to new students

Interested in learning more about our day and boarding school in Texas? Our coeducational private secondary school for grades 6-8 provides unique experiences and great learning opportunities for your student. While some private schools in Texas may seem expensive, we offer affordable tuition options & plans. Visit the link below to request more information.