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Learning at The Academy

San Antonio Academy’s curriculum is driven by our mission to offer an exceptional education intentionally crafted for boys, Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. We do this through a culture built with our four core values: scholarship, leadership, integrity, and brotherhood. The mission and values are seen in everything we do at SAA, including our curricular program.

Our curriculum provides a strong foundation of academic skills. Students study reading, language arts, social studies, math, science and foreign language. Fine arts, music, integrated technology, library/research skills, and physical education broaden their perspective. We believe that a good education should teach students to solve problems; to express themselves clearly, correctly and cogently; and to become task-committed and self-disciplined.

Primary School

Primary School Student

The Primary School program is created using our understanding of the developmental sequence of boys and teaching strategies proven to be beneficial for boys’ learning. Students take courses in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, outdoor education, and Spanish language, as well as instruction in visual and performing arts.
 

Elementary School

Elementary School Student

The Elementary School program offers courses in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and Spanish as well as instruction in visual and performing arts. Additional classes include choice classes that include Outdoor Leadership, coding, and robotics.

Middle School

MIddle School Student

Academy boys in grades 6th through 8th will have expanded opportunities to build upon their critical thinking, social/emotional intelligence, and leadership skills that will help prepare them for high school and beyond. These final three years of their Academy career will be a time where their "bond of brotherhood" will be strengthened, forging friendships that often last a lifetime. 

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Signature Programs

Three decades of research shows that boys learn differently from girls. As an all-boys school, San Antonio Academy uses research on the unique strengths of the boy brain to create an environment and educational experience that best supports boy development. The Academy is a school where boys get to be boys while learning how to be compassionate leaders.

San Antonio Academy is a wonderful school for our son. The academic opportunities and staff are amazing! We couldn’t be happier with SAA and love their motto: “Be honest. Be kind. Be the best you can be."– Laura H. 

Bond of Brotherhood

The "Bond of Brotherhood" emcompasses all of the signature programs at SAA. An afterschool atmosphere where the boys play and interact together, the opportunities that arise during family-style lunches, and opportunities for the older boys to mentor our younger students, are all part of the unspoken traditions that make The Academy unique.

Academic News

See how our boys learn in an educational environment intentionally crafted for them.

News Slideshow

Michael Gurian InService

San Antonio Academy was honored to host Dr. Michael Gurian for a teacher in-service training on Monday, September 25. Dr. Gurian is a distinguished marriage and family counselor, a New York Times bestselling author, and one of the world’s foremost gender experts. A social philosopher and co-founder of the Gurian Institute, he has dedicated his career to bridging the gap between neurobiology, brain research, and education.

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Alumni Day

SAA's annual Alumni Day is around the corner. For this event, alumni of all ages are invited to attend, will be recognized at Chapel, and will serve as the reviewing party during the first parade of the school year held that morning. This is an important event for 3rd graders and new Upper School students, as these boys will be taking the Joining Oath before officially joining their companies for the parade. Parents of these boys will not want to miss it!  

View 2022 Alumni Day Photos

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Coach Leon McNeil Named "Outdoorsman of the Year" by Texas Wildlife Association Foundation

With great honor, we are proud to share that our very own Coach Leon McNeil has been awarded the prestigious title of "Outdoorsman of the Year" by the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation. This well-deserved honor is a testament to Coach McNeil's extraordinary contributions and unwavering dedication to both our community and the great outdoors.

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Outdoor leadership river authority field trip

7th-grade Academy boys embarked on an Outdoor Leadership class trip this week to the San Antonio Waste Treatment Plant to gain a first-hand perspective on the wastewater treatment process. During this excursion, the boys took an inside look at the intricacies of how the River Authority uses biological methods to treat the water.

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