Academics

Lower School

Welcome to the St. Margaret’s Lower School. Our Lower School program is designed to prepare your child for a life of learning, leadership and service. In keeping with our mission and guiding force, we focus our program on learning through commitment, leadership through character development, and service through community.
 
Learning Through Commitment
 
St. Margaret’s and its Lower School is committed to upholding high academic expectations. Our best asset, aside from our students, is our highly educated, caring and professional team of educators. Whether it be our commitment to small class sizes with many classroom and special subject teachers engaged in the learning of each child, robust science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, our excellence in teaching language arts and the humanities, a vibrant visual arts and music program, or our support in developing the whole child through our training in positive behavior support systems and character program, we continue to grow professionally and adapt our program in order to meet the needs of each and every student at St. Margaret’s.
 
Leadership Through Character Development
 
Our faculty and students are proud to live by the six pillars of the Character Counts program: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Our Lower School Student Core Council, PAWsitive Character Committee, Green Team, faculty and parents work hard to continue to model and teach each of these character traits. Our first weeks of school focus on behavioral expectations for life at St. Margaret’s. Classroom teachers, instructional assistants, and administrators model and teach these traits and guide students in making good decisions in their social, emotional and academic lives. St. Margaret’s Tartans are taught pro-social behavior as they learn to navigate their ever-changing minds and bodies. We reward this PAWsitive behavior with Scottie PAWsitives, incentives, special privileges and much more. Our faculty instills morals and values in fun and engaging ways. There are spirit days and reward days where the excitement is almost palpable and all the while the children are reminded that PAWsitive character is what great leaders are made of.
 
Service Through Community
 
Our community consists of our students, faculty and families. We foster an atmosphere in which all feel they have a voice and an integral part in the St. Margaret’s family. We work hard to enhance communication with parents and students through regular face-to-face, web- and email-based correspondence. We communicate each child’s progress through the use of standards-based report cards. We host grade-level meetings, parent workshops, and send weekly grade-level newsletters that center on social, emotional and academic well-being.
 
The students feel a stronger sense of community and school spirit through our dynamic student Core Council, PAWsitive Character Committee and Green Team. Exciting information is shared with our students regarding PAWsitive character events and incentives throughout the year. The administrative team is committed to building strong relationships with each and every faculty member. These strong relationships then foster a community in which we participate in seasonal and yearlong service learning. These service opportunities are intentionally tied to the social science, science, sustainability, social emotional curriculum using the themes of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.
 
As a St. Margaret’s alumna and parent, I can personally attest to the way our Lower School prepares students for the academic challenges of Middle School, Upper School and university life. Like our Middle School, we are careful to measure the success of our students in more significant ways than just through test scores. We measure our program and the needs of each child through various forms of assessment and use this data to drive instruction. Our program offers so much to foster the development of the whole child.
 
Thank you for your interest in St Margaret’s Episcopal School. Please feel welcome to contact us for additional information as you consider our Lower School program for your family.
 
Sincerely,

Jennifer Blount ’87
Lower School Principal
An independent preschool through grade 12 college-preparatory day school in Orange County.
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
31641 La Novia Avenue
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
949.661.0108