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K-12 Education

Buda is served by one public school system, Hays Consolidated I.S.D., and four private schools: Santa Cruz Catholic School, San Marco Academy, Hill Country Christian School, and Wonderland School. 

Hays CISD


Located in North Central Hays County, the Hays Consolidated Independent School District serves over 221 square miles. The district's 22 campuses are located throughout the Buda and Kyle communities, drawing nearly 16,000 students. Two 4-year high schools, five middle schools (6-8 grades), 13 elementary schools, an alternative high school of choice and disciplinary campus comprise the district's campuses, which have tripled in number since 2000.

The district features a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center; a dual-language magnet program at two elementary campuses; a science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) magnet program at two elementary schools; Project Lead the Way designation at both of the comprehensive high schools' and music, art, library, and PE included in the weekly rotation at the elementary level. Award-winning music, theater and athletic programs are part of the student offerings at Lehman High School and Hays High School as part of a rigorous general curriculum. Lehman High School, which opened in 2004, features a culinary program and a Navy JROTC program in its first year. Hays High School, which celebrated its 40th year in 2007, features a national renowned debate team and a Marine JROTC program. Two new elementary schools opened in 2010 to accommodate the district's rapid enrollment growth.

2013 Hays CISD Progress Report

2012 Hays CISD Progress Report                                      

2011 Hays CISD Progress Report

Private Schools


Santa Cruz Catholic School
Santa Cruz Catholic School is the first Catholic Elementary School in Hays County and is Accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED). Santa Cruz Catholic School is located in Buda and currently teaches PreK through 8th Grade. 

San Marcos Academy
San Marcos Academy is located in San Marcos, TX and is a coeducational boarding school for 7th to 12th graders. San Marcos Academy currently has 298 students. 

Hill Country Christian School
Hill Country Christian School is located in San Marcos, TX and is a Christian school providing education for grades kindergarten through 12th. 

Wonderland School
The Wonderland School is outside San Marcos, TX and is a privately owned, state-approved school. Wonderland currently serves over 200 students at it 14,000 square foot campus.