At St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, diversity is an essential aspect of our Episcopal identity. The core of our mission is rooted in the Anglican tradition which calls us to seek and serve God in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself. We recognize that we are all spiritual beings on a human journey and that we fulfill our mission when students and families from diverse backgrounds join our school community. Our founder, The Reverend Canon Ernest D. Sillers recognized this when he declared“…Every student is a sacred and precious child of God, endowed with the potential to become a productive and contributing member of society.”
We recognize and appreciate that diversity exists in the languages we speak, the colors of our skin, the traditions we observe, the religions we practice, the structure of our families, the financial resources we possess, the special needs we have, and in our age, sex, gender and sexuality. We believe that our separate heritages help define us as individuals, and that our commitment to learning about one another and the larger world unites us as a school community and prepares our students for living in a complex global society.
St. Margaret’s assumes an ongoing responsibility to act as part of a larger community. Through our commitment to Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano, Special Camp for Special Kids and school-wide community service programs, we seek to participate meaningfully in the larger community. In our recruitment practices for families, faculty and staff, we strive to create an inclusive school community whose membership reflects the rich diversity of San Juan Capistrano and southern Orange County. In our curriculum we provide age appropriate opportunities for students to explore a variety of topics that serve to build the knowledge and cultural competency skills needed to participate in and contribute to an increasingly complex and diverse world. We expect our students to strive for justice and peace among all peoples, and respect the dignity of every human being. Our Episcopal tradition encourages debate, welcomes diverse ideas, values ambiguity and paradox, and respects traditions other than those set out in the Book of Common Prayer.
The creation of a diverse community requires an intentional and diligent commitment of time, energy and resources. Through efforts such as financial aid and the Tartan Support programs, we strive to make a St. Margaret’s education accessible to qualified students from underserved and under-represented backgrounds. When our students graduate from St. Margaret’s, we hope we will have prepared them to be culturally competent global citizens with a strong sense of their own identity, a willingness to see the common threads which run through our lives, a high regard for the value and breadth of differences, and an ability to live and communicate effectively in a complex world of multiple cultures, experiences and viewpoints.