At a Glance

Founded in 1979, St. Margaret's Episcopal School is the premier, independent, college-preparatory day school in Orange County serving 1,245 students in preschool through grade 12. St. Margaret's is situated on a picturesque 22-acre campus in historic San Juan Capistrano, California, with dedicated campuses for each school division, modern classrooms and facilities, including a performing arts center, science and technology labs, library, and athletics fields and gymnasiums. Head of School William N. Moseley leads a team of experienced and passionate administrators and educators, including principals in each school division. A 21st-century, vigorous and balanced curriculum prepares every student for future success and healthy, productive lives. With 2,000 alumni who have matriculated to colleges and universities across the country, St. Margaret's is a vital member of the San Juan Capistrano community and educational landscape of Southern California providing an environment where students thrive.

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  • Academics

    • Faculty: 126
    • Faculty with Advanced Degrees: 60%
    • College Counselors: 3
    • Library Staff: 5
    • Annual Faculty Professional Development: 100%
    • Professional Development Budget: $229,000
    • Preschool Class Size: 12
    • Lower School Class Size: 20-24
    • Middle School Average Class Size: 17
    • Upper School Average Class Size: 18
    • Advanced Placement Courses: 26

    Class of 2016 SAT Middle 50%

    • Critical Reading: 570-690
    • Math: 580-690
    • Writing: 580-670
    • Total: 1750-2090
    • Colleges visiting campus annually: More than 125

    Graduates of the Class of 2016 attend a selective and diverse group of four-year colleges and universities, including:

    Amherst College (2)
    Barnard College
    Boston College
    Brown University
    University of California, Berkeley (6)
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Cornell University
    Duke University
    Emory University
    Georgetown University
    Middlebury College
    New York University (3)
    Northwestern University (2)
    United States Air Force Academy
    University of Notre Dame (2)
    University of Pennsylvania
    Rice University
    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    University of San Diego (6)
    University of Southern California (12)
    Southern Methodist University (3)
    Stanford University (3)
    Tufts University (2)
  • Our Students and Families

    • Total Student Body: 1245
    • Preschool: 80
    • Lower School: 375
    • Middle School: 310
    • Upper School: 480
    • Boys: 48%
    • Girls: 52%
    • Racial & Ethnic Diversity: 34%
    • Families: 840
    • Faith Backgrounds: 18
    • Episcopalian: 12%
    • Local Cities & Communities Represented: 26
  • Student Life

    • Varsity Sports: 24
    • Junior Varsity Sports: 21
    • CIF Championships: 29, State Championships: 9
    • Middle School Sports: 17
    • Drama Productions: 7
    • Music and Dance Productions: 16

    Music Groups:

    • Orchestra
    • Chamber Music Ensembles
    • Concert Band
    • Big Band
    • Jazz Ensemble
    • Choir
    • Strings and Wind Ensemble
    • Marching Band
    • AP Music Theory
    Visual Arts:

    • Painting
    • Drawing
    • 3-D Art
    • Photography
    • Digital Media
    • Film Studies
    • Film Production
    • Arts Outreach
    • AP Art History

    Student Leadership:

    • Associated Student Body
    • Honor Committee
    • Peer Counseling
    • Admission Ambassadors 


    • Upper School: Weekly
    • Middle School: 2x per week
    • Lower School: 4x per week
    • Preschool: Weekly

    Community Service Hours:

    • More than 10,000 annually
    • Graduation requirement: 70 hours

    Student Advisory Groups:

    • Upper School Student to Advisor Ratio: 9:1 
    • Middle School Student to Advisor Ratio: 10:1

    Student Clubs: 75
    School Nickname: The Tartans
    School Colors: Crimson and Navy
  • Technology and Facilities

    • Campus: 22 acres
    • Classroom Buildings: 8
    • Science Labs: 9

    Technology-rich learning commons features two media creation and presentation studios, collaborative work stations, reading lounge, iPad minis for accessing the collection and extensive digital library.
    Technology Labs: 8
    Robotics and engineering lab, makerspace lab, Upper and Middle School innovation labs, two Library media studios, sound and video production studio and digital media arts lab.
    21st-century classrooms equipped with interactive touch displays, digital white boards and document/artifact cameras.
    BYOD in the Upper School, One-to-one iPad program in Middle School, one-to-one Microsoft Surface tablets in grades 3,4 & 5, and iPads and SUrface tablets used throughout curriculum.
    Performing Arts Center:
    Designated an All-Steinway School for Excellence, 2 performance theaters, 3 music classrooms, dance studio, 15 music practice rooms equipped with Steinway-designed pianos.
    Visual Arts Studios: 5
    Gymnasiums: 2
    Athletics Fields: 3
    Playgrounds: 2
    School-wide Garden and Greenhouse, Preschool and Lower School Satellite Gardens
  • Admission, Tuition and Financial Aid

    St. Margaret's seeks students of exemplary character who demonstrate the ability to succeed in an academically demanding program, show potential for engagement in leadership and service opportunities, and whose parents' educational and developmental goals align with those of the school.

    • Preschool: $14,893 - $21,900*
    • Lower School: $24,900
    • Middle School: $27,900
    • Upper School: $30,900


    Financial Aid awards in 2016-2017: Nearly $3 million

    Students receiving aid: 13%

    St. Margaret's commitment to community and diversity is at the heart of the need-based Financial Aid program. St. Margaret's endeavors to attract students and families from all backgrounds who are a right match academically and philosophically regardless of financial resources.
  • Annual Giving

    Parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends of the school support our endowment, annual fund, capital projects and special events annually.
  • Accreditations & Associations

  • Mission, Values and Leadership

    Mission Statement
    Our mission at St. Margaret's Episcopal School is to educate the hearts and minds of young people for lives of learning, leadership and service.
    Core Values
    Character - In the Episcopal tradition, we emphasize moral integrity, spiritual growth, compassion, and responsibility.
    Community - We seek diversity and acknowledge the dignity of each individual within a community framework that emphasizes teamwork, mutual respect, service and commitment to the common good.
    Balance and Breadth - We believe that personal growth and awareness are best fostered through the pursuit of a broad range of academic, artistic, athletic and co-curricular opportunities.
    High Expectations - We guide and nurture our students as they discover and cultivate their unique gifts and talents, challenging each individual to achieve his or her full potential.
    Opening its 35th school year in 2013, St. Margaret’s welcomed veteran independent school leader William N. Moseley as Head of School. St. Margaret's was led by three previous headmasters. Marcus D. Hurlbut led the school from 2003 until his retirement in 2013. Mr. Markham B. Campaigne served as headmaster from 1986 to 2003. Founder The Reverend Canon Ernest D. Sillers led St. Margaret's from 1979 to 1986. St. Margaret's is overseen by an experienced team of academic administrators, including principals and assistant principals at each division, and governed by an independent board of trustees.
  • Non Discrimination Policy

    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.
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