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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.

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Class of 2024

While it is bittersweet to see our Class of 2024 prepare to graduate, it is our hope that they remain in touch with us at The Academy as they continue their education. Our 8th grade Cadets have had a very busy spring, including the 8th grade class trip, the Shakespeare Play, Military Ball, Alumni/8th Grade Luncheon, 8th Grade Debate, and of course, Commencement with a luncheon to follow at Estancia del Norte. What an accomplishment these boys have achieved!

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8th grade debate

Two teams of 8th graders challenged each other on the Ellison Hall stage to debate whether the United States should implement a universal basic income (UBI) in the annual 8th Grade Championship Debate. Held on Wednesday, May 15, this event underscores the emphasis The Academy places on developing public speaking skills, as students articulate their ideas confidently, think critically, and engage in formal discourse – all in front of a large audience of faculty, families, and peers. 

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2024 elementary spring concert

Last Friday, May 10, our Primary School and Elementary School boys, along with the Wildcats Chorale, Seeley Singers, and Pep Band, put on a fantastic spring concert. Academy families joined us in Ellison Hall for the presentation of "An Afternoon at the Movies" with music from famous movie musicals. 

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Mr. Bradley's Retirement Celebration

After 47 years of dedicated service to San Antonio Academy, Mr. Barry Bradley, beloved history teacher and honorary alumnus, was honored at a retirement celebration held on the evening of Wednesday, May 1. The event, drawing a crowd of nearly 300 guests comprising current and former Academy staff members, families, alumni, and students, paid homage to Mr. Bradley’s remarkable career. Among the speakers, David Rothe '87 shared poignant memories as a student and as an alumnus from the podium.


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