23 reviews
  1. San Marcos, TX
  2. 7-12
  3. Private, Boarding, Baptist
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Readiness
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    NG
  6. Sports
    NG
Address
2801 Ranch Road 12
San Marcos, TX 78666
Telephone
(512) 353-2400
Organization Memberships
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$9,900

Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.

Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$32,500

San Marcos Baptist Academy Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
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Average SAT
1130
26 responses
Average ACT
23
7 responses

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
NG
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
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Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
296
Free or Reduced Lunch
Data not available
40%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Data not available
Teachers in First/Second Year
Data not available
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.6 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.6 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.6 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
NG
Based on student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Data not available
Boys Athletic Participation
Data not available
Expenses Per Student
Data not available
National
$11,890
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San Marcos Baptist Academy Reviews

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This school has its pros and cons. It has students from more than 14 different countries, including Nigeria, China, Mexico, Honduras, Korea, the United States and Canada, so students are exposed to many different cultures. The amount of diversity in the student body and different ways of life is something that is entirely unique to it. Students are encouraged to participate in multiple activities throughout the year, unlike many other schools. School activities that are offered included football, basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, swim, volleyball, cross country, track and field, cheerleading, art, photography, National Honors Society, International Student Organization, Junior State of America, and the JROTC program. There is always something to do. The best thing about the school is the student body itself. Everyone knows each other well, and it feels like a huge family.

On to the cons... To start, there are so many pointless rules. Sometimes it seems like people get in trouble for doing absolutely nothing. Punishments are extremely harsh, and not everyone is treated the same way. Also, some activities are mandatory to participate in. One particularly awful event are LEAD days. They consist of all students and faculty coming to school on a Saturday and doing something or other. Who wants to go to school early Saturday morning? Along with that, students have to endure chapel twice a week and take religion class. And last but not least, the teachers. Some are amazing and make class bearable, but most of them aren't...
It was a religious military school and forced students to learn the teachings of the Bible, go to services, and follow Christian teachings (even though I was a Muslim). There was little space for creativity or free thought and homosexuality was seen as a disease--they disparaged ever helping anyone within the LGBT community and almost condoned bullying LGBT teens. During an anti-bullying assembly, the presenters showed a short film about a gay teen couple and what they went through and the students started booing and screaming. The administrators ran backstage and cut the film, then shooed the presenters off (they clearly had not screened the film). They then went on stage and told the students that these people are sick and that the LGBT community is disgusting, etc. If I weren't forced to go to the school, I would never have remotely thought of enrolling.
The computers were a little old, but were usable. They had only one guidance counselor for the whole school and she was in her 80's and had a hard time keeping track of everyone's needs, which is completely understandable. College prep courses? Nonexistent.

They had internet curfews and would shut it off at 11:30PM (even when assignments were due at midnight). As this is a boarding school, internet use 24/7 is integral--sadly, they didn't think so. They also blocked some liberal news sites, Netflix, sometimes Youtube, and for a while, Facebook. They take phones away every night and give them back after school if you're at the appropriate level.