Academic Program

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School is a college-preparatory institution with an expectation and reality that every student will go on to college when they graduate. College is an essential next step of our graduates’ educational path, though our mission is focused more broadly on preparing children to succeed and thrive in life, today and tomorrow.
St. Margaret’s students and alumni are people of fine character, who care about and respect others and the world around them; they live and work with purpose, lead with conviction and are healthy and happy contributing members of an ever-changing world.
Rooted in a strong foundation of educational expertise, leading pedagogy and best practice, the St. Margaret’s academic program is the core roadmap, or building steps, of our students’ growth and maturation to adulthood. Providing depth and broad areas of study from reading and mathematics to robotics and sustainability, our program focuses on engaging and nurturing every child at every age in their unique talents, a love of learning, and finding and cultivating passions. The program is vigorous, inspiring students to have high aspirations and work at the highest levels.
St. Margaret’s expert faculty members foster authentic engagement and enduring understandings based on inquiry, critical thinking, in-depth analysis, creative thinking and problem solving. These higher order cognitive skills go well beyond the teaching and learning that focuses on rote memorization and inch deep coverage of material. The academic program is held to the highest standards of measurement with a focus on mastery learning, yet recognizes that not all students learn at the same pace and in the same way.
Our experienced educators use formative and summative data to inform their teaching practices in the classroom. A hallmark of a St. Margaret’s education is the many faculty members who are engaged and involved in the life of each student. Students are supported by a team of teachers, advisors, college counselors, chaplains and coaches. Our class sizes are small so every teacher knows and differentiates instruction for every student. We are not bound to pacing requirements that often undermine the process of learning and the joy of exploration for each student.
Further, the mission of educating hearts and minds requires St. Margaret’s to understand the motivational and affective components of passion, interest, relevance and meaning in the learning process. Through an appreciation of diversity, the interconnectedness of the human experience, and real global and environmental challenges, students experience learning in a dynamic, resource-rich environment where problems are complex and answers are ambiguous and they are nurtured and empowered to make claims and find solutions.
We are developing learners of the future, with the capacity to lead, the humility to serve, the passion to pursue interests, the strength to overcome challenges, and the will to make the world a better place.
An independent preschool through grade 12 college-preparatory day school in Orange County, California
St. Margaret's Episcopal School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, admission, financial aid, hiring and athletic policies or in other school-administered programs.
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
31641 La Novia Avenue
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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