St. Margaret's Episcopal School

Tel: (949)661-0108
Grades: PK-12 | 1246 students
Our mission at St. Margaret's Episcopal School is to educate the hearts and minds of young people for lives of learning, leadership and service.
Our mission at St. Margaret's Episcopal School is to educate the hearts and minds of young people for lives of learning, leadership and service.
A pillar of the St. Margaret's mission is to educate students for lives of service. Our community believes that an essential outcome of our education is that our students and graduates feel the compassion, responsibility and calling to serve others and be active and contributing citizens within their communities and the world.
At the Preschool, we plan a balance of child initiated and teacher facilitated activities as well as individual, small or whole group experiences so children can learn from the teachers, the classroom materials and from each other.
St. Margaret's Early Childhood Development Center's Outdoor Classroom is a place where children can immerse themselves in nature, hone observation skills, practice persistence and cooperation, develop academic concepts and physical skills and learn problem solving skills. The only school in Orange County to be designated as a
The St. Margaret's Lower School, kindergarten through grade five, has a program which is traditional in nature, emphasizing the basics of reading, language arts, and mathematics while nurturing creativity and critical thinking skills. Students are instructed in self-contained classrooms with an average class size of twenty-two students.
Middle School students emerged in 21st Century Learning plan, which builds off of our curriculum mapping process. Classrooms are equipped with powerful tools and flexible arrangements to support a variety of traditional and alternative strategies.
2014-2015 St. Margaret's Middle School production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Theater at St. Margaret's is a process-oriented, experientally-based program available to students in grades 1 through 12.
St. Margaret's Football achieves 15 win season, CIF SS championship and a trip to the state championship in 2014. Through athletic competition we strive to achieve the highest degree of integrity, sportsmanship, and mutual respect as we prepare our students for lives of learning, leadership and service.
St. Margaret's Girls Volleyball received second place in league play, dominated their CIF-SS playoff matches and made it to the 2014 CIF-SS Finals. St. Margaret's offers 24 varsity sports, 18 junior varsity sports and holds  29 CIF Championships in school history.
A College Counseling Curriculum begins in grade 8 and through upper school. As a college preparatory school, 100% of St. Margaret's students enroll in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Minimum graduation course requirements exceed the curriculum expectations of the University of California and those of almost every college and university in the country.
Founded in 1979, St. Margaret's Episcopal School is the premier, independent, college-preparatory day school in Orange County serving 1,250 students in preschool through grade 12.
St. Margaret's is situated on a picturesque 22-acre campus in historic San Juan Capistrano, California, with dedicated campuses for each school division, modern classrooms and facilities, including a performing arts center, science and technology labs, library, athletics fields and gymnasiums.
With 2,000 alumni who have matriculated to colleges and universities across the country, St. Margaret's is a vital member of the San Juan Capistrano community and educational landscape of Southern California.  

Upcoming Events and News:

  • Tartans Build a Mechanical Hand - 09/17/2015 - A team of St. Margaret’s Upper School students used what they have been learning in the EDGE Lab to work on a special service learning project. Through a non-profit organization, E-nabling The Future, the students used 3-D printing technology to build a mechan...more
  • Lower School Science Night - 09/17/2015 - Budding scientists explored an array of hands-on activities at St. Margaret's Fourth Annual Lower School Family Science Night. From plankton races to robot battles, a virtual rollercoaster, air launched rockets and exotic lizards and reptiles, students were ab...more

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious Affiliation Episcopal
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded 1979

Student Body

Total Students 1246 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade St. Margaret's Episcopal School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 126 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Number of AP Courses 26 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Advanced Placement Art History, Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Calculus AB, Advanced Placement Calculus BC, Advanced Placement Chemistry, Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture, Advanced Placement Computer Science, Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Advanced Placement European History, Advanced Placement French Language, Advanced Placement Human Geography, Advanced Placement Japanese Language, Advanced Placement Latin Vergil, Advanced Placement Music Theory, Advanced Placement Physics B, Advanced Placement Physics C, Advanced Placement Spanish Language, Advanced Placement Statistics, Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing, Advanced Placement Studio Art: Three-Dimensional Design, Advanced Placement Studio Art: Two Dimensional Design, Advanced Placement U.S. Government, Advanced Placement United States History, Advanced Placement World History, Advanced Theatre, Advanced Theatre II, Algebra II Honors, Chemistry Honors, English II Honors, English III Honors, French III Honors, Geometry Honors, Latin III Honors, Pre-Calculus Honors, Spanish III Honors, Spanish IV Honors
Average SAT score 1917
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Tuition Notes Preschool: $14,281-$21,000 Lower School: $23,500 Middle School: $26,000 Upper School: $28,700
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Phoebe Larson
Admissions Associate Karen Brown


Total Sports Offered 16 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Flag FootballFootball,
TennisTrack and Field,

School Notes:

  • St. Margaret's Episcopal School mission is to educate the hearts and minds of young people for lives of learning, leadership and service. St. Margaret's seeks students of exemplary character who demonstrate the ability to succeed in an academically demanding program, show potential for engagement in leadership and service opportunities, and whose parents' educational and developmental goals align with those of the school.  

Profile last updated: 09/17/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Coastal Mountain Youth Academy (0.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Marbella Montessori (0.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Mission Basilica School (0.7 miles away)
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    Grades: KG | 23 students
    0.6 miles
    31113 Rancho Viejo Rd
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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    0.7 miles
    31641 El Camino Real
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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    Grades: 9-12 | 5 students
    0.7 miles
    Camino Paseo Cerveza Ste 120
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • San Juan Capistrano
    San Juan Montessori
    Montessori School
    Grades: K | 27 students
    1.2 miles
    32143 Alipaz St
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • San Juan Capistrano
    Grades: PK-12 | 728 students
    1.4 miles
    26333 Oso Rd
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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