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.