St. Margaret's Episcopal School

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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.
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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.
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.
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.
  • 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 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

Student Body

Total Students1238 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
35%
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeSt. Margaret's Episcopal School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers126 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
60%
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 score1345
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$32,281
Tuition NotesPreschool: $15,559-$22,879 Lower School: $26,013 Middle School: $29,147 Upper School: $32,281
% on Financial Aid
14%
Admissions DirectorPhoebe Larson
Admissions AssociateKaren Brown

Sports

Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
DanceDiving,
EquestrianFlag Football,
FootballGolf,
LacrosseSoccer,
Surf TeamSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

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,
Character Counts,
Green Team and 55+ student-driven clubs.,
Honor Committee,
Peer Counseling,
Student Cabinet,
Tartan Inclusivity and Diversity Education,
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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