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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A
22062 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
About Santa Margarita Catholic High School...

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
28%
Average Financial Aid
$6,300
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.

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
1290
332 responses
Average ACT
30
404 responses

Santa Margarita Catholic High School Fast Facts

SMCHS offers a co-educational college preparatory education while developing faithful, skilled, lifelong learners who are involved citizens of the world.

Culture & Safety

Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.36 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.36 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 133 responses
  • Sports games, dance / drama events
    25%
  • Dances
    15%
  • Basketball games
    13%
  • Football Games
    11%
  • Kairos retreats are amazing
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • Rally
    5%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    1,641
    91%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
    81%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
    93%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    15:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    79%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.56 responses
    Poll
    71%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.56 responses
    Poll
    82%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.56 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Very Low
    Boys Athletic Participation
    Very Low
    97%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.29 responses
    66%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.29 responses
    79%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.29 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      D+
    2. Good for Families
      A
    3. Housing
      C
    Median Household Income
    $115,073
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,953
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $652,400
    National
    $184,700

    Santa Margarita Catholic High School Reviews

    306 reviews
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    Two years now at SMCHS! We were relocating to the OC. The process of visiting 5 schools was a challenge for our then 8th grader. Nevertheless, SMCHS made top of the list. Students readily accept new friends here. There are lots of opportunities to work together. Parent and family involvement is prevalent.

    Classes are varied for diverse learning and divergent thinking. SMCHS orchestra, steel drums, band, guitar, theatre, dance & art need to be applauded. Sports, robotics, ETV, journalism, many clubs and retreats invite learning and growing. The feeling on campus is a positive. Students are smiling and having conversations with each other.
    AP/ Honors require lots of work. Room for improvement: to get grades posted in a timely manner. Quicker feedback allows students to know if they grasped information correctly, providing time to discuss unclear concepts with the instructors. Through Covid-19, classes were not missed/work required. SMCHS-a positive learning environment.
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    Both of my sons received an excellent education at SMCHS. The rigorous education prepares them well for college and careers of their choice.
    As a Catholic, I wanted my sons' faith to be part of EVERYDAY and not just on Sunday. Faith is part of all aspects of the students' days at SMCHS.
    Both boys really enjoyed their chosen sport. One also loved choir.
    Both made good friends.
    Teachers CARE! As a parent, I reached out to teachers about my sons' performance. EVERY teacher responded and we worked out plans for my sons.
    Story: My son left his pc in class on Fri. At the Welcome dance that night, the teacher / chaperone told him the pc was charged and safe. The teacher returned the pc to my son at the end of the dance. SO KIND!
    Sports - balance with academics is tough, but teachs prioritization and time management.
    School culture - every high school deals with social media issues. SMCHS tries to provide parents and students the tools to navigate what can be a 24/7 barrage.
    Santa Margarita Catholic High school has provided an amazing academic, athletic and social experience for my children. The opportunities they have received have been unparalleled. During the craziness of the pandemic SMCHS never skipped a beat providing an excellent online Education. We felt really blessed the time at home was not wasted. The staff ensured their students were thriving during a very difficult time. I can’t recommend a school more!