Welcome, 8th Grade Parents! 

You've made it!  Welcome and congratulations 8th Grade Parents to your son's final year at San Antonio Academy.

As an eighth grade parent, there are new responsibilities for you and your son. To help navigate this journey, we've created a spot where you can access various resources:

8th Grade Class Representatives:Gina Hughes / Bali Mehat


Bluebonnet Yearbook

 
 

High School Transcripts and Teacher Recommendations

In ten months our 8th graders will graduate from SAA, and in twelve months they will enter high school.
 
When your son applies to high school, The Academy will forward transcripts and teacher recommendations. Please give all teacher recommendations and transcript request forms directly to Peggy Klein, who organizes the packets and tracks recommendation forms to ensure that they are filed on time. I ask that you give Peggy at least seven days of advance notice so that we can produce this important information on time. Each packet is pretty inclusive, with a copy of your son's transcript, test scores, teacher recommendations, the current 8th grade report card and a cover letter.
 
In addition, please inform Peggy Klein when your son will be visiting high schools so that he will not be marked absent. We prefer that the boys visit high schools on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. If your son visits a high school, he is expected to turn in all assignments before the end of the day to either the teacher(s) or the Main Office, and he is responsible for any work assigned on that day that is due on subsequent days.
 

Please note: If your son is taking the ISEE or SSAT, we would like a copy for our records. Please instruct your son to fill in our name as one of the schools designated to receive a copy (you get six free copies) and please forward a copy to us when you receive the scores. Since the ISEE AND SSAT are very different from the Standardized Achievement Test, feel free to call Patrick Atkerson or me to learn how to interpret the scores.


High School Transition 

There are many dates and deadlines to help prepare your son for high school, including the decision where to send him and various scholarship opportunities. You are invited to a virtual meeting on (2020 fall date TBD). Clint DuBose will lead a discussion entitled, "What Every Parent Should Know About High School." 
 
San Antonio is a test site for the Independent Schools Entrance Examination (ISEE) as well as the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). The ISEE and SSAT Tests are designed for students in grades five through eleven who may be interested in admission to local or regional independent schools. St. Mary's Hall and TMI require that their students take the ISEE test; boarding schools typically require the SSAT; other local private school, such as Central Catholic High School, administer their own testing. 
 
2020-2021 test dates - COVID-19 UPDATE: SAA's fall ISEE test has been canceled, but the test can now be taken at home via Prometric.
 

The ISEE and SSAT tests will be offered at San Antonio Academy on the dates listed below. Registration for the tests closes two to three weeks before the test date. SAA is only a test site, and not responsible for registration; students register directly with the testing agencies: ISEE | SSAT. If you have any questions, please contact Maree Longoria (ISEE & SSAT Test Administrator).

Test Dates at SAA for ISEE 
  • October 2020 - canceled
  • Winter date - TBD 
Test Dates at SAA for SSAT 
  • Winter date(s) - TBD

Fall Family Fair—October 2020 View past FFF pics here

Each year, the 8th Grade Parents are in charge of a booth for Fall Family Fair. An 8th Grade Class Representative will contact parents for an opportunity to sign up and volunteer.
 
Update: Sadly, due to the current COVID-19 campus restrictions, we cannot gather for an in-person event of 1,400 Academy family and friends on October 17, 2020. 

In its place, watch for:
 
  • Schoolwide raffle (including “the hopper!” in chapel) will be moved to coincide with the spring fundraiser
  • An online auction will launch in a few weeks featuring items from the spring 2020 event that was canceled
  • SAA will team up with local restaurants and retail for food-to-go and shopping nights
  • Continue at least some of the frenetic fun of the Fair which may include: an online cake project, a day of energetic activities for boys in their cohorts, and more. 
  • Special t-shirt celebrating 135 years of SAA 
 

Cowboy Breakfast—January 2021—Date TBD  View past CB pics here

Each year, SAA has its own "Cowboy Breakfast," an event which serves as an 8th grade fundraiser to help the graduating class purchase a gift to the school. An army of 8th grade parent and student volunteers are needed to help the SAA kitchen prepare breakfast for over 600+ hungry attendees, along with dozens of other behind-the-scenes tasks we must help fulfill. 


Military Ball—April 2021—Date TBD

Decked out in their Dress Blues, the 8th Graders attend their very "last dance" - the Military Ball - as Academy cadets. It is the 8th grade parents who are in charge of this event to ensure the dance runs smoothly so that it will be a memorable evening for all. No pressure! Professional photos will be taken at the event and available to purchase online.


135th Commencement—Friday, May 28, 2021

There are several items parents must prepare for before the Commencement ceremony, including ordering invitations for the ceremony and coordinating their attendance (and their guest list) for the graduation breakfast and the luncheon, held after graduation at the San Antonio Country Club. An 8th Grade Class Representative will email you the details at the beginning of the school year. 

Uniform Socks Fundraiser!The 8th Grade Parents are selling approved uniform and P.E. socks for the Class of 2021 Fundraiser.  Socks are $13 a pair and 100% of profits go to the fundraiser.