Clubs and organizations 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 at San Marcos Academy are National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society, Student Council, Student Ambassadors, LEO Club, Dorm Council, Junior State of America, and the Student Recreation Organization.

The Academy Corps of Cadets, a highly active military leadership program, has been a feature of Academy life since 1917.  For more information on this organization, please see the Corps of Cadets page.

Student Council

The Student Council is the central organization for advocating all student requests and organizing student participation in SMA activities. It is the primary catalyst for facilitating student input as it relates to school and residence hall improvements. For more information consult the Student Handbook  or talk to sponsors Eric Casillas or Karen Wyatt.


The Sigma Mu Alpha chapter of the National Honor Society is the local SMA chapter of this international organization. NHS members are in grades 10 through 12 and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.65 or higher to be considered for membership. Prospective members must have been at the Academy for at least one semester. See the Student Handbook for other guidelines and procedures of NHS. The NHS sponsor is Mr. Nathan Gaskey.


The Sigma Mu Alpha chapter of the National Junior Honor Society is open to students in grades 6-9 who meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.6 and are selected for membership. See the Student Handbook for other guidelines and procedures of NJHS.

Dorm Council

Dorm Council is made up of boarding students and is designed to give the students a voice in boarding operations as they represent all students in the boarding program. They learn leadership skills as well as organizational skills while planning activities for those in the Residence Hall.  The Dorm Council sponsor is Mrs. Christy Guenther.

LEO Club

LEOs are the youngest members of Lions Clubs International. LEO stands for leadership, experience and opportunity. Members of the LEO Club are a dynamic force for good in the community, where they partner with the parent Lions Club to provide service to others. Contact the LEO Club Sponsors, Diane Groves or Nancy Smith for more information.

Junior State of America

Junior State of America is an organization open to Upper School dedicated to strengthening American democracy through civic duty, conversation, and debate. The group will meet on selected Thursdays during advisory in Room 207 under the supervision of Mrs. Christa Strauss. President of the organization is Victoria Polhemus.

Student Recreation Organization

The Student Recreation Organization is intended to be led by students, for students. The Student Rec hosts weekly activities and monthly events at the Rec Center in which students can engage and participate after school. Activities include, but not limited to, board games, karaoke, card games, arts and crafts, and holiday-themed events. The Student Rec sponsor is Mr. Eric Casillas.

International Thespian Society

A division of the Educational theatre Association, the International Thespian Society is an honor society for theatre students. The SMA troupe is for upper school students who complete the designated quantity and quality of work in the theatre arts program.

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