San Marcos Baptist Academy

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San Marcos Academy or SMA (also known as San Marcos Baptist Academy or SMBA) is a private, coeducational, college preparatory Christian school that is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Texas Association of Boarding Schools. The Academy's mission is to educate young men and women within a nurturing community based upon Christian values. The Academy accepts boarding students in grades 6–12 and day students in grades K-12. The school is located in the Texas Hill Country in San Marcos, Texas, United States, south of Austin, and north of San Antonio.

San Marcos Academy is one of the oldest boarding schools in the state of Texas, and was established in 1907 by Texas Baptists with the support of the city of San Marcos. The Academy's first president was James Milton Carroll. The Academy's current president is Dr. Brian N. Guenther.

The Academy graduates students who matriculate at a wide range of colleges and universities.


After an organization drive that began in 1905, the Southwest Texas Baptist Conference established the school in 1907 by matching $25,000 raised by citizens of San Marcos. James Milton Carroll, a leader of the founding campaign, served the Academy as its first president. The school enrolled an entering class of 200 students on September 24, 1908. Carroll resigned in 1911; the Academy's original building, granted a state historical marker in 1970, became known as Carroll Hall. Thomas Green Harris succeeded Carroll, and the Christian Education Program of the Baptist General Convention of Texas began administrative oversight in 1911.

After the United States entered World War I in 1917, the federal government granted the Academy a junior unit of the Reserve Officer Training Corps. For a time all male students were required to serve in the Corps of Cadets. Today, the Academy offers a Junior ROTC program to interested students in grades 9-12. By 1936 the Academy's physical plant had increased to twelve buildings on a fifty-six-acre site valued at $400,000. Students in grades one through twelve studied general academic courses as well as fine arts and business subjects. In January 1982, under the administration of Jack E. Byrom the Academy moved from its location at the current Texas State University campus, to a more spacious campus on Ranch Road 12. The Academy has had students from a number of other states and foreign nations. Academy boarding students reside in dormitories on campus; all students attend mandatory chapel services twice per week.

Since the school's beginning, the Academy has accepted students from all religious faiths. Boys and girls have competed in athletic events against other private schools.

The Academy is a member of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Texas Education Agency, and the Accreditation Commission of the Texas Association of Baptist Schools. A fifteen-member board of trustees selected by the Baptist General Convention of Texas continues to govern the Academy.

Alma mater[edit]

Green and Purple of the Laurel, bind us though we part
Keep the spirit ever with you, deep within your heart
Men and women of tomorrow, we’ll be proud of you
The lives you now are building will be strong and true
There’ll be echoes in your memory of cadets out on parade
And of students in the chapel with their heads bowed as they prayed
Fellowship is given those who come from far and near
To these hallow’d halls of learning which we hold so dear
Blessed are the lessons learned, and through the years may we
Be ever true to you, San Marcos Academy

School mascot and colors[edit]

The mascot of SMA is the bear: the boys' sports teams are referred to as “Bears” and the girls' teams as “Lady Bears.” The school colors are derived from the mountain laurel and are forest green and purple.


San Marcos Academy offers a 5-day boarding program ($25,906) and a 7-day boarding program ($34,340). Day student tuition ranges from $6500 to $10,000 depending on the student's grade.

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