St. Margaret's Episcopal School

Tel: (949)661-0108
Grades: PK-12 | 1252 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.
The early childhood program is structured to meet each child at his or her unique stage of development, focusing on cognitive, physical, social, emotional and creative growth.
The Lower School's differentiated curriculum evolves to give students a strong foundation in reading, writing, and math, along with science, STEM, social studies, world languages, physical education and art. This proven approach to educating young children best prepares them for future social and academic success.
The Preschool curriculum develops exploration and foundation skills, receiving the highest marks from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Its Outdoor Classroom, an exploratorium, science lab, nature center, artist's studio and gym, is recognized as a Demonstration Site by the California Outdoor Classroom Project.
The school invests heavily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, with robotics and engineering programs beginning in kindergarten progressing to college-level computer science and engineering programs in the Upper School.
Celebration and study of the arts are integral to the development of every student. Classes in theater, dance, orchestra, band, choir, and visual arts challenge students to be creative thinkers and problem solvers. The 45,000-square-foot Performing Arts Center opened in 2012 supports a vibrant arts program.
From gross motor development in Preschool to 24 CIF varsity sports, physical education emphasizes active and healthy living, integrity, teamwork, respect and spirited competition. In 2015, Boys Lacrosse won their second U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section Championship in three years. Tartans Athletics has achieved 30 team CIF-SS Championships, and nine team State Championships.
Every graduate is prepared and qualified to enroll in a four-year college or university, and because of the school's reputation for the depth and quality of its education, more than 135 leading colleges and universities across the country visit St. Margaret's annually to recruit its graduates.
St. Margaret's is located on 22 scenic acres with designated campuses for its Preschool, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. The state-of-the-art, innovative 24,000 square-foot Maseeh Middle School campus opened in 2015. Three state-of-the-art maker spaces and design and fabrication labs in Lower, Middle and Upper Schools allow students to create, innovate and invent.
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
  • SMES Students Place in Individual and Team Competitions at All Girls Math Tournament - 04/27/2016 - Two St. Margaret’s students, fourth grader Fiona Lee and sixth grader Simone Yang, placed in the top 3 for individual and team competition, respectively, at The All Girls Math Tournament hosted by Orange County Math Circle. 
  • Preschoolers Adopt Large Touchscreen Computers for Interactive Hands-On Classroom Learning - 05/05/2016 - St. Margaret’s Early Childhood Development Center is helping children learn and explore through technology. This year the Preschool has integrated large touchscreen personal computers in every classroom. 

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 1252 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 18 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
EquestrianFlag Football,
Surf TeamSwimming,
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: 05/05/2016

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