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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:

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Regular College Preparatory Sequence


Flexible Scheduling

College-Level Prep

Small Private High School Class Size

Regular Prep • Honors PrepESLLearning Skills

A private high school class with a small class size and fewer distractionsThe Regular College Preparatory Sequence is recommended for students who desire to attend a college or university after graduation. This sequence features more flexibility in scheduling while ensuring that students are well prepared to meet the challenges of college-level work.

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Honors College Preparatory Sequence


Challenging AP Courses

Dual Credit Courses

Up to 30+ College Credit Hours

College Calculus Credit Offered

Regular Prep • Honors Prep • ESLLearning Skills

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.

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English as a Second Language


Welcoming Environment

Individualized Language Development Programs

English Language Immersion

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Regular PrepHonors Prep • ESL • Learning Skills

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.

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Accommodated Learning Program


One-On-One or Group Tutoring

Re-Teaching of Subject Material

Verbal Testing

Organizational Skills Instruction

Regular PrepHonors PrepESL • Learning Skills

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.

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Academic Resources

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.

Credit Recovery

We offer opportunities for credit recovery through our blended classroom environment and through distance learning.

Evening Study

All boarding students benefit from attending evening study halls in the dormitory.

Progress Reports

Progress reports or Report cards are mailed out every 3 weeks to keep parents updated on their student’s progress.

College Acceptance

Each year 95 percent or more of our graduates matriculate into a college or university following graduation.

1:1 Program

Students in grades 9-12 must have a laptop. Any Macbook or PC, less than three years old, may be used. (Tablets or Chromebooks are not allowed.)

More Information

For more details about our academic program, take time to review our curriculum overview. Feel free to contact our academic dean, Mr. Bob Wiegand, (512-753-8040) if you have any additional questions about SMA academics.