Student Life

Health & Wellness

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School is committed to support the health and wellness education and development of our students, faculty, and school community by increasing awareness, prompting positive lifestyles, and integrating comprehensive practices to achieve optimal health. We strongly believe that health is an integral part to the academic and overall success of our students. We believe in nurturing the mind, body, and spirit of each child by providing health awareness education and tools necessary to flourish in a safe and healthy environment. We believe that a healthy school teaches students to value their own mental, physical, and emotional health to increase their quality of life.
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School is committed to support the health and wellness education and development of our students, faculty, and school community We know that wellness is an integral factor to student academic and overall success and happiness. We nurture the mind, body, and spirit of each child by providing health awareness education and tools necessary to flourish in a safe and healthy environment. We believe that a healthy school teaches students to value their own mental, physical, and emotional health.
 
St. Margaret’s supports student health and wellness, including fitness and social and emotional wellbeing, through a network of support systems and services for all students, including a comprehensive physical education and athletics programs, that include individualized fitness programs for athletes, health and human development curriculum, academic learning support programs, school and peer counselors, spiritual education, and the Health Center with three full-time registered nurses, nutritious and healthy lunch program.

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  • Health Center

    St. Margaret’s Health Center (Nurses’ Office) has two full-time Registered Nurses and is open from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, including all summer programs. A school nurse also attends all overnight student retreats. St. Margaret’s nurses oversee school health policies and programs and serve a pivotal role in providing expertise in our school health services and health education. The school nurse serves as a liaison between school personnel, family, community and healthcare providers to advocate for health care and a healthy school environment.
     
    Additionally, the Tartan Athletic Department employs a full-time certified athletic trainer who responds to athletic injuries and is trained to evaluate head injuries and potential concussions. He is on campus daily, from 7:30 a.m. until the last team ends practice or a game, or if he is needed to travel with a team to an away game.
     
    Our team of trained medical professionals see students every day for everything from stomachaches and minor cuts and scrapes, to falls on the playground, and bumps to the head, and take each of these matters very seriously. They consult with each other on medical matters, log every student visit to the office and monitor ongoing situations and recurrent visits by individual students. All student visits to the Health Center are communicated to parents.
  • Lunch Program

    St. Margaret’s hot lunch program provides healthy and delicious food choices that contribute to the overall health of the child. Food selections from organic, gluten free, vegetarian and health centered food groups are provided for the child. Our school believes that healthy food choices promote overall healthy cognitive learning and physical well-being.
  • Peer Counselors

    St. Margaret’s High School Peer Counseling Program promotes the health, wellbeing and safety of all our students through peer education. Peer Counselors are carefully selected and trained through an application process to act as helpers and active listeners to work with students in Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. Peer Counselor training addresses current social-emotional issues addressing skill building in communication, problem-solving and decision-making. The focus of the curriculum is preventative, using a wide variety of educational material. The results of this program provide a more positive, healthier and safer school climate.
  • Physical Education Program

    St. Margaret’s health and physical education program improves strength and endurance, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem, and promotes overall health in our students. We promote physical activity through a comprehensive programs that includes required physical education classes for all students, intramural sports, 24 sports in the Upper School and a variety of Lower School after school programs. We ensure that health and physical education is provided to all students in all grades taught by qualified physical education teachers.
  • School Counselor

    The School Counselor role is to provide professional, trained and confidential assistance to students who seek and/or desire guidance with their own personal and emotional development. Division education support programs and activities have been established as part of a comprehensive wellness plan. Counseling is offered on an individual basis or group settings. Students may be self-referred to the counseling office or initiated by faculty and/or parental recommendation. The counseling role adheres to the utmost confidentiality standards of the counseling profession.
  • Spiritual Education

    Our Episcopal tradition is deep rooted in our spiritual educational programs providing enriching experiences at all division levels through Chapel, religion classes, retreats and guidance from our many Chaplains on staff in partnership with our sister organization, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Parent prayer groups are offered weekly and parents are welcome to attend division Chapel services and traditional services provided through the year. St. Margaret’s Episcopal School and Church welcome families of all faiths and traditions which provide a rich and rewarding experience for all of our students.
  • Student and Parent Education

    Student and Parent educational programs are offered throughout the year through various formats that include: professional speakers, educational films, parenting programs, student advisory programs, gender specific talks, grade level talks, and division and school-wide assemblies. Parents are encouraged to participate in the educational resources provided to our community that contribute to the overall health and wellness of the family.
  • Student Learning and Enrichment Center

    The Student Learning and Enrichment Center is available to support students of all grade levels in a variety of ways. A team of professional school psychologists and clinicians offer services before, during, and after school to help the student reach their academic potential. Our team can provide assessments, tailored learning support plans, and communication with both the student’s teacher and parents. Our goal is to provide the best academic support for the student in order to achieve an optimal educational experience.
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