College Counseling


As a college-preparatory school, St. Margaret’s vigorous academic curriculum prepares each student to continue their education at a college or university that best fits their unique talents and interests.  
As part of their Upper School experience,  St. Margaret’s students take part in a comprehensive college-counseling curriculum that guides students and their families toward finding college environments that best fit each student’s individual journey.
Students develop relationships with St. Margaret’s College Counseling Office and their designated college counselor early in their Upper School years through informational meetings, consultations about academic planning and other touchpoints. The curriculum expands during a student’s junior year, as the College Counseling Office helps students and their families explore post-secondary options and introduce programming during the school day to provide education and guidance on topics such as college applications, essay writing and financial aid.
By the beginning of their senior year, students and their families will continue to work close with St. Margaret’s college counselors to develop lists, review applications and essays and develop an understanding of deadlines and other dynamics as they begin applying to colleges and universities.
The college-application process is an essential part of a St. Margaret’s education, and we celebrate the success and decisions of all of our students. Through the college-application process, we hope students develop introspection, empathy, ownership, resilience and joy as they decide on the next step of their educational journey with confidence and excitement.

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All St. Margaret's graduates are prepared, ready and expected to matriculate to a four-year college or university. Typically, 97% to 100% of St. Margaret's seniors enroll in a four-year college directly from Upper School each year.

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School Code: 053112

College Counseling Office

List of 4 members.

  • Elise Rodriguez 

    Director of College Counseling
  • Amy Warren 

    Senior Associate Director of College Counseling
  • Erica Huerta 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
  • Benjamin Lah 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
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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