Admission

Welcome

On behalf of our entire faculty and staff, welcome to St. Margaret's Episcopal School, and thank you for visiting our admission page! As you consider the important investment in a world-class private school education for your child, we look forward to sharing information that allows you to get to know St. Margaret’s and helps inform your decision making. We are excited to get to know you and support you and your child through our admission process. Staying in close communication with us and visiting campus are the best ways to become familiar with our friendly, close-knit all school community.

The mission at St. Margaret's Episcopal School is to educate the hearts and minds of young people for lives of learning, leadership and service. This mission, rooted in our Episcopal identity, drives all of our programs and creates the strong, positive school environment that is St. Margaret's. From preschool to high school graduation, we place special emphasis on maintaining a school culture dedicated to thoughtful, moral integrity and academic challenge. As you consider options for preschool, elementary, middle and high school, we invite you to learn more about us by exploring our website and scheduling a visit to our campus while classes are in session. We also encourage you to peruse the latest edition of our online community newsletter, Tartan Today, for additional information about the academic vigor of our programs and the vibrant student life at St. Margaret's.

Identifying the private school that is the best fit for you child, one that will provide the best intellectual, emotional, artistic, athletic and spiritual growth, can be a challenging task. We look forward to helping you navigate this process. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we may be helpful to you in any way.
 
We hope to see you on campus!
 
Warm Wishes,
Phoebe F. Larson
Director of Admission and Enrollment Management

New Lower School Parent, Newport Beach

“Our family has been welcomed not only by the entire staff but also by the warm and inclusive St. Margaret's families.”

Admission Philosophy

St. Margaret's Episcopal School seeks students of exemplary character who demonstrate the ability to thrive in an academically demanding program, who show potential for engagement in leadership and service opportunities and whose parents' goals align with those of the school. The Admission Committee evaluates each applicant on a variety of factors, including academic records from current schools, student and parent questionnaires, recommendations from current teachers, interviews and performance on standardized assessments. Children applying to Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade 1 participate in a developmental screening and playgroup. In all divisions, the admission process is rooted in finding the best match between prospective families and St. Margaret's Episcopal School.

Special consideration is given to qualified siblings of current St. Margaret's students and children of faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Episcopal Church. As with all admission decisions, the academic match between the student and St. Margaret's is of primary importance.

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.

Meet the Admission team

List of 4 members.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
 
Office of Admission
St. Margaret's Episcopal School
31641 La Novia Avenue
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2752
Telephone: (949) 661-0108 ext. 1248
admission@smes.org
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