St. Margaret's Episcopal School

St. Margaret's Episcopal School Photo #1 - 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 140 leading colleges and universities across the country visit St. Margaret's annually to recruit its graduates.
St. Margaret's Episcopal School Photo #2 - St. Margaret's is upheld by the basic principles of our Episcopal tenets that individuals and institutions are called to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being. Episcopal schools exist not merely to educate, but to demonstrate and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings.
St. Margaret's Episcopal School Photo #3 - St. Margaret's is the premier, independent, college-preparatory day school in Orange County, serving 1,250 students in early childhood through grade 12. St. Margaret's is situated on a picturesque 22-acre campus with dedicated for each school division, modern classrooms and facilities, including a performing arts center, science and technology labs, library, athletic fields and gymnasiums.
St. Margaret's Episcopal School Photo #4 - The Outdoor Classroom is where children can immerse themselves in nature, hone observation skills, practice cooperation, develop academic concepts and physical skills, learn problem-solving skills and, of coursehave fun. Designated as a Recognized Outdoor Classroom Site" by the California Outdoor Classroom Project, the Outdoor Classroom is a science lab, artist's studio, science lab, library, symphony hall, theatre and gym.
St. Margaret's Episcopal School Photo #5 - The athletic program is central to our mission and integral to the learning process. Through athletic competition we strive to achieve the highest degree of integrity, sportsmanship, and mutual respect. Our program celebrates the student-athlete and the teacher-coach, while striving to instill in our students a meaningful and solid foundation from which to lead healthy and productive lives.
St. Margaret's Episcopal School Photo #6 - A pillar of our school's mission is to educate students for lives of service. Our community believes that an essential outcome of St. Margaret's education is that students and graduates feel the compassion, responsibility and calling to serve others and be active and contributing citizens within their communities and the world.
St. Margaret's Episcopal School Photo #7 - Set on a vibrant campus equipped with technological resources and intimate learning environments, the Lower School reflects a PAWsitive atmosphere in which the whole child is celebrated, nurtured and taught. Lower School students are supported by a low student to teacher ratio of credentialed and experienced classroom teachers, special subjects teachers, instructional assistants, all who deliver differentiated and individualized instruction.
St. Margaret's Episcopal School Photo #8 - 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 designated and All-Steinway School for Excellence along with the new 6,000-square-foot Visual Arts Center support a vibrant arts program.
St. Margaret's Episcopal School Photo #9 - Our Middle School program provides opportunities for students to engage in activities that support their growth as learners, leaders and compassionate members of the community. We believe early adolescents should be exposed to a vibrant program that enables them to explore challenges in diverse arenas. Students thrive through their participation in academic, athletic, artistic and leadership programs.
  • Founded in 1979, St. Margaret's Episcopal School is the premier, independent, college-preparatory day school in Orange County serving 1,250 students in early childhood 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 2,400 alumni who have matriculated to colleges and universities across the country, St. Margaret's has been a vital member of the San Juan Capistrano community and educational landscape of Southern California for 40 years.

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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)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationEpiscopal
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1979
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students1,241 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade St. Margaret's Episcopal School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers143 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Number of AP Courses26 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAdvanced 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 score1375
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$33,860
Tuition NotesPreschool: $16,320-$23,998 Lower School: $27,285 Middle School: $30,572 Upper School: $33,860
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorPhoebe Larson
Admissions AssociateKaren Brown


Total Sports Offered16 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Flag FootballFootball,
SoccerSurf Team,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Admission Ambassadors, Associated Student Body, Character Counts, Green Team and 55+ student-driven clubs., Honor Committee, Peer Counseling, Student Cabinet, Tartan Inclusivity and Diversity Education

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, Theater-Music and Dance Productions

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.  
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • San Juan Capistrano
    Grades: PK-12 | 789 students
    1.4 miles
    26333 Oso Rd
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    (949) 443-4050
    1.4 PK-12
  • Laguna Niguel
     St. Anne School
    St. Anne School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: NS-8
    3 miles
    32451 Bear Brand Road
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
    (949) 276-6700
    3 NS-8
  • San Juan Capistrano
    Grades: PK-12 | 599 students
    1.4 miles
    32032 Del Obispo St
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    (949) 493-5683
    1.4 PK-12
  • San Juan Capistrano
    Grades: 9-12 | 1122 students
    1.5 miles
    26351 Junipero Serra Rd.
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    (949) 493-9307
    1.5 9-12
  • Irvine
    Crean Lutheran High School
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    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Grades: 9-12 | 879 students
    14.4 miles
    12500 Sand Canyon Ave.
    Irvine, CA 92618
    (949) 387-1199
    14.4 9-12

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