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Since its founding in 1907, San Marcos Academy has offered a unique educational experience that provides for the intellectual, social, physical and spiritual development of each student. Although times have changed, we continue to build leaders as we always have by providing a rigorous education in a Christian environment that not only imparts knowledge but also instills character.
SMA’s Upper School (grades 9-12) is a private high school program that provides students with small classes. This allows them more attention from the teacher and less distraction in the classroom. The Academy also provides the following special services and programs designed to meet the individual needs of each student:
Those students intending to apply to a highly competitive college or university after graduation are encouraged to follow the Academy’s Honors College Preparatory Sequence. This sequence features challenging honors and AP courses as well as dual college credit courses. For the past several years, the Academy has enjoyed a partnership with Hardin-Simmons University for our dual credit courses, and SMA faculty members who teach these rigorous classes are considered adjunct professors of Hardin-Simmons.
Many of our seniors have a college transcript to take with them when they graduate, having earned as many as 30 hours through dual-credit classes (AP classes could result in additional college credit ). While we offer outstanding instruction in all disciplines, the Academy is especially known for excellence in math preparation, offering College Algebra and Calculus A/B Honors.
Another outstanding academic program San Marcos Academy offers is English as a Second Language instruction. Unlike some boarding schools in Texas that require students to demonstrate a high level of English proficiency prior to acceptance, the Academy welcomes students who are less confident in their English skills. Students identified as English as a Second Language (ESL) students or English Language Learners (ELL) are immersed into the core content classes in order to provide the maximum potential for learning, understanding, and grasping the English language. ESL and ELL students will be grouped within each subject area to ensure that the students are receiving the required contents for each course.
For those students with documented learning differences such as ADD, ADHD or Dyslexia, the Academy is pleased to offer a Accommodated Learning Program. Through this program, the Academy holds students to the highest academic standards while offering additional guidance and accommodations to meet their educational needs and reach their full academic potential. Accommodations can include one-on-one or group tutoring, re-teaching of subject material, verbalized testing, project assistance, and organizational skills instruction.
Most private schools in Texas are not geared to working with students who need academic intervention, but SMA has a sophisticated web of study halls and interventions that provide unique reinforcement for students who are still learning how to learn.