Texas Preparatory School

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Basic Information

Address: 400 Uhland Road San Marcos, TX 78666
County: Hays
Phone Number: 512-805-3000
Fax Number: 512-805-7739
Principal: Mark Terry

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Additional Information

School Type: Tuition-Free Public Charter School
Accreditation: TEA Exemplary
Grade Level: Pre-K, K-5, 6-8
Founded: 2001
School Setting:

Unlike traditional public schools, we allow a maximum of 22 students per class, which enables teachers to give more individual attention to the students. Students in grades 1-6 have a homeroom teacher, but for each core class, students rotate to other teachers’ classrooms for instruction. We believe that parent involvement is paramount, so we strive to ensure that faculty is readily available for communication regarding their child’s success. TPS also offers a unique “all day” model, which allows students to stay at the school from as early as 7 a.m. to as late as 6:30 p.m. These extended hours are especially beneficial for parents who work late, take classes, or commute from surrounding areas.

School Schedule (Hours in Day): TPS offers a unique “all day” model, which allows students to stay at the school from as early as 7 a.m. to as late as 6:30 p.m.
School Colors: Boys & Girls Club Blue
School Mascot: Bobcat

San Marcos, Texas

School Size: 150
Classroom Size: 22
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:22
Support Services:

Students develop the daily habit of completing homework and class preparation with staff support and encouragement. TPS teachers implement Sylvan Learning assessments and curriculum to closely monitor every student’s academic progress and provide immediate support as necessary to ensure that students maintain high academic performance. Intermediate students are also continually assessed using the STAAR Test Maker system, which assesses students competency in STAAR Reporting Categories. Teachers closely monitor testing data and classroom performance to decide who is eligible to participate in the Sylvan Learning Ace It! Tutoring program, which focuses on helping students develop math and reading skills.

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Summer School: Yes
PTA Organization: No
Computer Capabilities:

The Technology Applications class helps students to apply what they learn to practical, real-life situations by engaging in hands-on projects that are enhanced by the use of technology.

School Clubs:

Drama Matters, Music Makers, National Fine Arts

Parking Spaces/Availability:


Uniform Guidelines:

Polo colors: white, red, black, navy, and sky blue.
Pants, shorts, dress colors: khaki, navy, and black.
Shoe colors: solid, black, white, and brown

Mission Statement:

Our mission is the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas Movement’s reason for being: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Our vision is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Enrollment Characteristics: Located in San Marcos, Texas Preparatory School is a Texas Education Agency Exemplary School that has been serving students in grades K-6 since 2001. We are a tuition-free, public charter school, and enrollment is open to students residing in Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, and Comal counties. We currently have a student body population of 176 children.
School History:

On March 16, 1994 the Willie Mae Mitchell Community Opportunity Center was established as a community-based youth organization. On November 21, 2001 the organization was accepted into the membership of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and was renamed the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas (BGCSCT).

Since its inception, the BGCSCT has proudly served the youth of Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays counties. Our Club provides children with a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; and hope and opportunity for all members. We are a public, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization located in San Marcos, Texas. One of the BGCSCT's most unique features is that it is only one of two clubs in the United States that operates a charter school, Texas Preparatory School, which implements BGC programs and operates according to the BGCSCT mission.

Programs and Services:

One of our most unique features is that our charter holder is the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas, an extension of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. We are only one of two Clubs in the United States that operates a charter school, and we have the benefit of integrating its programs into our educational plan.

Notes/School Information:

Our core values are to provide a safe, positive place and have a significant impact on children's lives; and to uphold high ethical standards in all areas, especially in overseeing our finances; reporting data and community outreach; being good stewards of the donor dollar; and representing ourselves to the public.