College Counseling


In preparing our students’ hearts and minds for lives of learning, leadership and service, we also prepare them for selective college admission, which is formalized in a College Counseling Curriculum that begins in eighth grade and carries students through upper school.

As a college preparatory school, 100% of St. Margaret's students enroll in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. St. Margaret's minimum graduation course requirements exceed the curriculum expectations of the University of California and those of almost every college and university in the country. We are proud of all of our students' accomplishments, and the college advising process we have created recognizes each student's gifts and abilities. Choosing a college is an opportunity for students to further develop interests, define talents, and to consider their own individual ideas, stances and values. College counseling at St. Margaret's will help students find college environments which best fit their unique interests and talents.

St. Margaret's college counselors recognize the important role that parents have in the college process. As such, we keep parents involved and informed by sponsoring group informational meetings throughout the year, and counselors are available to parents as needed. We are mindful that individual family situations, cultures and resources are important factors that may affect a student's college choice.

The location of the college counseling office suite is at the physical heart of the upper school, which allows every student easy access to college counselors and college admission resources. Our open offices represent not only the accessibility of college counselors, but also the transparency of college counseling at St. Margaret's.

St. Margaret's Episcopal School's college counseling office works closely with our students and their families to help them plan and execute an appropriate and fulfilling college application process. The formal College Counseling Curriculum begins during eighth grade and intensifies during the second half of junior year. Some components of St. Margaret's College Counseling Curriculum include: assisting students in academic planning; workshops for students on the nuts and bolts of the college application, including the essay; workshops for parents on the college process throughout the year; advice to students and parents on visiting colleges and admissions interviews; regular communication with the St. Margaret's community to share important information on applying to college; and providing support to the deans and academic advisors on issues pertinent to student preparation for college.

College Counselors

The college counselors at St. Margaret's Episcopal School bring a wealth of experience to the college process. Mr. Allen worked as a college admissions officer at Westmont College, Colby College, MIT and Stanford University, and he has directed the college counseling programs at selective independent schools for nearly 15 years. Ms. Warren has guided students through the college admission process both in Orange County and New York City. Her background also includes experience in admissions at Teachers College, Columbia University. Mrs. Hays has been a college counselor in public and private high schools since 2002, and is a credentialed school counselor in California. She has advised juniors and seniors and their families on financial aid and college and university admissions nationwide. Additionally, she has reviewed applications for UCLA and interviewed prospective students for Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania. As College Counseling Assistant, Mrs. Kelly rounds out the team. Students rely on her for many things, including transcript requests and college appointments. The college counselors are professionally active and maintain a national profile in order to proactively strengthen the relationship of St. Margaret's with colleges and universities.

Mr. Allen, Ms. Warren, and Mrs. Hays work closely with the academic advisors to ensure that our students enroll in classes that meet their skill level and prepare them for selective college and university admissions.

We expect 100% of each class to enroll in college. Typically, 97% to 99% of St. Margaret's seniors enroll in a four-year college directly from Upper School.

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College Counseling Office