About TMI Episcopal

Welcome to TMI Episcopal! Founded in 1893, TMI is the Flagship private school of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. It is located in San Antonio between the greater downtown area and the city of Boerne. TMI educates students in grades 6-12 and is the oldest Episcopal Church-sponsored, college-preparatory school in the Southwest. TMI offers an optional JROTC program, designated as an Honor Unit With Distinction, and an optional boarding program for students in grades 8-12.

School Mission

TMI provides an exceptional education with values based on the teachings of Jesus Christ that challenge motivated students to develop their full potential in service and leadership.

An Episcopal Church School

Founded in 1893 by Bishop James "Steptoe" Johnston, TMI is the oldest Episcopal college preparatory school in the Southwest. TMI is co-educational with more than 470 students in grades 6-12. TMI offers a Residential Life program with up to 50 students each year. TMI students enjoy 100 percent college placement.

In addition to challenging academics, students can participate in a variety of competitive sports, academically-related and hobby- or skill-related clubs, and the theater and music programs. Over 1/3 of the student body participates in the nationally distinguished JROTC program, which boasts the award of Honor Unit with Distinction.

All students study a college preparatory curriculum. Honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered in English, mathematics, science, history/social studies, studio art and languages. Students must petition to be in Honors or AP courses by submitting an application, which often includes submitting an essay or piece of work related to the subject, and securing a recommendation from their current teacher in the subject area. Teachers review applications and recommend placement in courses that provide students with challenges equal to or a bit above their demonstrated ability.

Learn More About TMI

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  • Established in 1893

    Established as "West Texas School for Boys" in 1893 by the Right Reverend James Steptoe Johnston, D.D., the second bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. The school's name was soon changed to "West Texas Military Academy" (WTMA), and graduates referred to their Alma Mater as simply "West Texas" for decades.

    General Douglas MacArthur graduated from WTMA in 1897 as valedictorian. He wrote in his Reminiscences (1964) that his Alma Mater is where he developed "a desire to know, a seeking for the reason why, a search for the truth..." MacArthur gained an appointment to the United States Military Academy in 1898, and the rest is an important part of American and world history.
  • Becoming Texas Military Institute

    In 1911, WTMA moved from the the Government Hill section of San Antonio to a new campus in Alamo Heights. In 1926, the upper school of San Antonio Academy and WTMA were merged, the name was changed to "Texas Military Institute," and Dr. W.W. Bondurant, one of the great educators of Texas history, became head of school.

    Women were admitted to TMI for the first time in 1972. One of the first female graduates of TMI was Connie McCombs '74, daughter of South Texas entrepreneur B.J. "Red" McCombs.

    In 1974, the JROTC become optional, and TMI has been a mixed school of civilians and cadets ever since.

    After a one-year hiatus when TMI served grades 9-12 only, an eighth grade was restored in 1954, a seventh was added in 1967 and a sixth in 1973.
  • The Evolution of TMI Episcopal

    In 2004, TMI adopted the DBA name "TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas" to identify the school's historical roots and connection with the Episcopal Church.

    Recognizing the need for a shorter, more pronounced identity, in 2017 the school adopted its common name as “TMI Episcopal.”

    Today, the school educates over 470 students in grades 6-12. Our Corps of Cadets has maintained a long tradition of being designated an Honor Unit with Distinction and the five- and- seven-day residential life programs provide a home away from home for nearly 50 students.

    100% of our graduates go on to college after they have been prepared in a demanding program designed to develop the whole person spiritually, intellectually, physically, aesthetically, and morally.

Core Values

List of 5 items.

  • Wisdom

    Passion for Learning
    We strive for Wisdom: To develop intellectual curiosity and inspire self-reflection, to embrace academic excellence, and to strive for academic achievement.
  • Integrity

    Dedication to Integrity
    We strive for Character: To instill in all the capacity to know the good, to do the good, and to love the good.
  • Service

    Commitment to Compassion
    We strive for Service: To instill the values of empathy and compassion for others, which are lived out in concrete acts of service in our community.
  • Excellence

    Enthusiasm for Excellence
    We strive for Growth: To develop our full potential throughout our common life at TMI, from the classroom to the athletic field, from the concert stage to chapel, from the parade ground to the dormitory.
  • Reverence

    Journey Into Spirituality
    We strive for Devotion: To grow in our relationship with the Source and Meaning of our existence, revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, who blesses us that we may share God's blessings with all.

Accreditation & Affiliations

TMI is fully accredited by:
  • Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), and
  • Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES). 
TMI is a member of:
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
  • Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS)

Board of Governors

The Rt. Rev. David M. Reed, Chairman, ex-officio 
Mrs. Carol Holmes, Executive Chair
Mrs. Roxanne Bond
COL (Ret) Emmette "Tuffy" Burton
Mr. Tom Carter
Ms. Lupita Corbeil
Mr. Colton Creamer '08
Mr. Gilbert Gitiche
Mrs. Lisa Harthan 
Mr. Gerald W. Hill 
Mr. Robert Miggins
Dr. Alissa Moya
Dr. Richard Braden Neiman
Mr. Marc A. Notzon
Mr. James Oliver
Mr. Richard W. "Rick" Smith, Jr. ’71
Mr. Stephen E. Walker
Mrs. Lynne Wilkerson

Board of Trustees

The Rev. Bert Baetz
Mrs. Meredith Borrego
The Rev. Jay George
The Rev. Carrie Guerra
Mrs. Sally Roche
The Rev. Mike Woods
MISSION: TMI provides an exceptional education with values based on the teachings of Jesus Christ that challenge motivated students to develop their full potential in service and leadership.

TMI Episcopal admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, religion, and physical ability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, religion, and physical ability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
TMI Episcopal
20955 W. Tejas Trail
San Antonio TX 78257
phone (210) 698-7171
fax (210) 698-0715