Innovation at St. Margaret's

St. Margaret's Culture of Innovation

St. Margaret’s is known for unrivalled academics and programs that nurture and support the learning and growth of talented, enthusiastic students. Our Tartans motivate us every day to continually create and advance the most vigorous and innovative learning environments and experiences for them.
Our school is guided by its ongoing innovation strategy, which puts student needs around their educational, growth and well-being at the center of the innovation process. 
St. Margaret’s signature Innovation Strategy is similar to Design Thinking, and has unique characteristics to St. Margaret’s:

List of 7 items.

  • Guided

    by an ongoing, replicable process to continually design and actualize the future of the school
  • Student-centered

    and heavily influenced by principles of design thinking (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test, iterate)
  • Relies on the educational expertise

    of the professional community and fiscal expertise of the Board of Trustees
  • Results

    in the identification of aspirational strategic priorities within the school’s Core Values (Character, Community, Balance and Breadth, Equity and Inclusion and High Expectations) and institutional sustainability
  • Relies on diverse teams

    from across the school collaborating to generate creative solutions
  • Embraces

    piloting to test action steps at small scale before full implementation
  • Evolves

    beyond traditional “Strategic Plan” name and approach, and moves toward continuous “strategic thinking” mode
“Our approach to innovation is inspired by the creativity and success of Silicon Valley tech companies where the human-centered design process begins with empathy.  The guiding principle of “fall in love with your end user” clearly resonates with us and our relationship with the most important element of our innovation process: the student.”
St. Margaret's has been recognized as a leader for its Innovation Strategy by the National Association of Independent Schools.

Top Ways St. Margaret's Is Innovating Every Day

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  • Students in a classroom setting


    At St. Margaret’s, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are integral components of everyday life. Our mission, core values, and DEI work are rooted in our Episcopal identity, which calls us to seek God in and honor the dignity of every human being.
  • Students working together in a classroom

    STEAM & Technology

    St. Margaret’s STEAM program serves our students’ natural interest, engages them through experiential, project-based curriculum, allows them to make sense of the technological world, builds critical and creative thinking and higher-order reasoning skills, and prepares them for college majors and 21st century careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
  • Students working in a community garden

    Experiential Learning

    Tartans are active learners! St. Margaret’s provides myriad opportunities for them to get their hands as busy as their minds, to explore, discover, solve problems and make a difference. Experiential learning at St. Margaret’s allows students to apply their learning in real situations and settings outside the classroom, immersing themselves into the work and taking time to reflect on the process and learning.
  • Students presenting in a classroom

    Unique Courses

    We continually seek student learning interests or opportunities within our curriculum, inspired by everything from industry trends and current events to technological advances and evolving learning styles, and pursue them through an extensive Academic Leadership Team process of research, analysis and development. Explore courses and programs only offered at St. Margaret’s.
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