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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A+
Address
22062 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Telephone
(949) 766-6000
Website

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$60
Interview Required
No
Required/Recommended Tests
HSPT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$16,435
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid
$5,030
From Santa Margarita Catholic High School

Santa Margarita Catholic High School offers a coeducational, college-preparatory education developing students who are people of faith, skilled lifelong learners, healthy individuals and involved citizens of the world. The school’s 42-acre campus is nestled against the Saddleback Valley Mountains. Bus transportation and an active carpool group are available for any easy commute to campus.

Known for the breadth and quality of its academic programs, innovative technology, student-centered classrooms, emphasis on social service and social justice, nationally-recognized athletic program, award winning arts programs and active student body – Santa Margarita provides a well-rounded educational experience. Students go on to attend universities across the globe with the majority of students earning scholarships. One in every four students at SMCHS receives tuition assistance. We invite you to visit campus and see for yourself why SMCHS is ranked among the nation’s best private high schools.

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Santa Margarita Catholic High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1280
285 responses
Average ACT
29
356 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 92 responses
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  • Sports games, dance / drama events
    27%
  • Dances
    16%
  • Basketball games
    14%
  • Kairos retreats are amazing
    14%
  • Football Games
    11%
  • Rock For Peace
    5%
  • Rally
    4%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    1,638
    91%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.34 responses
    76%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
    91%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    16:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    77%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.47 responses
    Poll
    70%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.47 responses
    Poll
    81%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.47 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Low
    Boys Athletic Participation
    Average
    95%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.20 responses
    75%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.20 responses
    80%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.20 responses
    Living in the Area
    A
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      D
    2. Good for Families
      A
    3. Housing
      C
    Area Feel
    Dense Suburban
    Median Household Income
    $106,939
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,812
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $619,200
    National
    $184,700

    Santa Margarita Catholic High School Reviews

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    SMCHS is an amazing high school experience with an emphasis on academics, athletics, well-being, safety, and community. Highly recommend! From freshman orientation to these final days of high school, I have enjoyed my teachers, coaches, club leaders, campus ministry, and administration. Top notch! I learned and experienced something new every year with an engaging classroom experience, strong swim team and water polo teams, diverse clubs and programming that offers something for everyone. SMCHS promotes a strong and positive community filled with respect, kindness, and love for students, teachers, administrators, and parents. I truly enjoyed my high school experience. It’s always a great day to be an Eagle!
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    I loved Santa Margarita Catholic High School. The staff was very friendly and professional. The teachers genuinely care about your success and are willing to help you whenever needed. As a first year college student undergoing Baylor University's rigorous medical program, I believe SMCHS prepared me to the best of their abilities. I highly recommend SMCHS to any individual considering it! The biggest shortcomings I experienced at SMCHS was cost of attendance and lack of scholarships. As a private school, we are expected to see large tuition fees, yet I struggled to find scholarships through the institution. Other than this, SMCHS treated me very well and I am grateful to have attended an amazing school.
    SM gave our daughter Samantha so much more than we bargained for - not only rigorous academics, but fostering personal growth spiritually, emotionally, and socially. It is the close personal connections between faculty, staff, and students that set this school apart, and create a caring and supportive community based on Caritas Christi. We are forever grateful to have been part of the SM family!