St. John's Episcopal School

St. John's Episcopal School is an independent, church-affiliated school enrolling boys and girls from 8 weeks old to 8th Grade. Located in Orange County about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Rancho Santa Margarita is a picturesque, Spanish-style town a short distance from the Santa Ana Mountains and vast expanses of national forest.
Grounded in the rich history of diversity and excellence in Episcopal education, St. John`s fosters every child`s full intellectual, physical, and spiritual development.
A nurturing learning environment and programs built on an ideal balance of tradition and innovation encourage our students to pursue lives of service and purpose.

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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)
State or regional independent school association
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationEpiscopal
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1988
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students442 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade St. John's Episcopal School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers58 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(School Uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 26 / Feb. 23 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$17,000
Tuition NotesThere are graduated-tuition levels according to grade; Early Childhood Division, Elementary Division, or Middle Division.
Admissions DirectorHeather Doddridge
Admissions AssociateSeaby Rodriguez


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCheering,
Cross CountryDance,
Flag FootballFootball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Academic Chess, After School Art Lessons, After School Golf Lessons, Boy Scouts, Bricks 4 Kidz, cooking club, Peer Assistant Leadership (PAL), Student Government Grades 3-8

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Dance, Elementary Division Musical Theater, Instrumental Music, Middle Division Musical Theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cheerleading, Tennis

School Notes

  • As an independent school, we are able to determine our own mission and values, and to create programs and approaches to learning that best serve our students. Through an ideal balance of tradition and innovation, we prepare every student for success in education and life beyond St. John`s. A strong character education program, grounded in the Episcopal heritage, equips our students with a strong moral compass and a commitment to service. Similarly, our highly acclaimed STEAM program provides the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind that enable our students to flourish academically in high school and college.
  • All this is accomplished in a nurturing learning environment, where every student is well known and valued. Our size is ideal: we are big enough to offer a wide range of opportunities in athletics, fine and performing arts, and clubs and activities; and we are small enough to ensure that we know how every student learns best and what motivates them to learn. We work in close partnership with parents to bring out the best in every child entrusted to us.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Rancho Santa Margarita
    Grades: PK-8 | 263 students
    1 miles
    29582 Aventura
    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
    (949) 589-4504
    1 PK-8
  • Rancho Santa Margarita
    Grades: NS-8 | 1067 students
    1.9 miles
    23652 Antonio Parkway
    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
    (949) 888-1990
    1.9 NS-8
  • Rancho Santa Margarita
    Grades: PK-8 | 137 students
    1.5 miles
    29782 Avenida De Las Bandera
    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
    (949) 459-0199
    1.5 PK-8
  • Mission Viejo
    Grades: NS-8 | 194 students
    5.1 miles
    24741 Chrisanta Drive
    Mission Viejo, CA 92691
    (949) 458-1776
    5.1 NS-8
  • Lake Forest
    Grades: NS-8 | 727 students
    4.5 miles
    26052 Trabuco Road
    Lake Forest, CA 92630
    (949) 951-8683
    4.5 NS-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
St. John`s is a spectacular school! They offer schooling for early childhood to 8th, which is great for homes that have two working parents. Their STEAM Program gives my girls a ton of opportunities to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Even in the Early Childhood Center kids are introduced to each of these in a fun way. More importantly, my kids are taught to cooperate, follow directions, and that they are capable. The school also values character development, showing kids that it is just as important to be a good person as it is to be intelligent. The staff is filled with caring, enthusiastic, gifted, and creative people. The class ratios are lower than most private schools, so my girls get a ton of guidance. They truly love going to school and often stall at pick-up time so they can stay a little longer. The school does a great job of promoting family bonding. The parents are involved in the school`s success and supportive of one another, which translates to deeper friendships with our children and an overall family-feel at St. John`s. You and your children will love it here!
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This school has been amazing for our family. Our children all have unique needs, talents and interests. The school truly cares about the whole child and it is evident in the concern the teachers show for their students. The Resource program has been an amazing support for our child with reading difficulties. And the differentiated learning for math and reading provides the perfect challenge for our child reading above grade level. The STEAM education has also given our kids the tools and skills to work collaboratively and think critically. We couldn't be happier at this school.
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My son graduated from St. John's and was very well prepared for high school. They have a Spanish program that is nothing short of amazing! My son started in Spanish 2 Honors as a Freshman.
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My daughter graduated from St. John's and recently graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors from Chapman University. The excellent foundation in English and Math she received at St. John's created the ability for her to succeed in Advanced Placement classes in high school and continue to excel at the University.
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We moved from public school last year and are very impressed with the emphasis on good study habits and accountability. The STEAM curriculum is excellent too. The children are engaged - tuned in and turned on. Teachers explore topics from multiple angles, and the learning style is very hands-on. Overall a very progressive school that has not lost sight of the basics.
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Parent of two children and would absolutely recommend this school to anyone in the area. Best value for private education in South Orange County. Excellent elementary and middle school program with innovative STEM/STEAM program (technology, robotics, etc.). New language program to include Mandarin has been a big hit. Focus on individualized attention per student is clear given focus on class size.
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