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.
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 1,234 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.
|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 Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-12|
|Total Students||1252 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 43%
|Students 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||1360|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Feb. 1 / rolling|
|Tuition Notes||Preschool: $14,893-$21,900 Lower School: $24,900 Middle School: $27,900 Upper School: $30,900|
|% 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, WrestlingBaseball, Basketball,
Cheering, Cross Country,
Equestrian, Flag Football,
Surf Team, Swimming,
Tennis, Track and Field,
- 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.
- School Location Miles Grades Students
San Juan CapistranoGrades: NS-12 | 649 students
26333 Oso Rd
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Newport CoastGrades: 9-12 | 518 students
20402 Newport Coast Drive
Newport Coast, CA 92657
San Juan CapistranoGrades: 9-12 | 1122 students
26351 Junipero Serra Rd.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
San Juan CapistranoGrades: PK-12 | 440 students
32032 Del Obispo St
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
IrvineGrades: 9-12 | 787 students
12500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Irvine, CA 92618
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