St. Margaret's Episcopal School
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.
St. Margaret's 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 with dedicated for each school division, modern classrooms and facilities, including a performing arts center, science and technology labs, library, athletic fields and gymnasiums.
The Early Childhood Development Center plans curriculum to support all areas of a child's development: cognitive, social, emotional, physical and creative. Our curriculum meets or exceeds the California Preschool Learning Foundations, aligns with goals for young children's learning from the National Association for the Education of Young Children and serves as the foundation for the St. Margaret's Kindergarten curriculum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 2,200 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.
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|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||1238 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||1345|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Feb. 1 / rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$32,281|
|Tuition Notes||Preschool: $15,559-$22,879 Lower School: $26,013 Middle School: $29,147 Upper School: $32,281|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Admissions Director||Phoebe Larson|
|Admissions Associate||Karen Brown|
|Total Sports Offered||17 sports|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,|
Cheering, Cross Country,
Equestrian, Flag Football,
Surf Team, Swimming,
Tennis, Track and Field,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||12 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Admission Ambassadors, Associated Student Body, Character Counts, Choir, Concert Band, Green Team and 55+ student-driven clubs., Honor Committee, Orchestra, Peer Counseling, Student Cabinet, Tartan Inclusivity and Diversity Education, Theater-Music and Dance Productions Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, Admission Ambassadors,|
Associated Student Body,
Green Team and 55+ student-driven clubs.,
Tartan Inclusivity and Diversity Education,
Theater-Music and Dance Productions,
- 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
- San Juan CapistranoGrades: 9-12 | 1122 students
26351 Junipero Serra Rd.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
- Newport CoastGrades: 9-12 | 542 students
20402 Newport Coast Drive
Newport Coast, CA 92657
- Rancho Santa MargaritaGrades: 9-12 | 1591 students
22062 Antonio Pkwy
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
- IrvineGrades: 9-12 | 787 students
12500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Irvine, CA 92618
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