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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+
About Santa Margarita Catholic High School...
Address
22062 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Telephone
(949) 766-6000
Website

Applying

Application Deadline
January 27
Application Fee
$60
Interview Required
No
Required/Recommended Tests
HSPT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$15,650
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.

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
99%
Average SAT
1270
252 responses
Average ACT
29
315 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 83 responses
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  • Sports games, dance / drama events
    28%
  • Dances
    17%
  • Basketball games
    16%
  • Kairos retreats are amazing
    14%
  • Football Games
    11%
  • Rock For Peace
    6%
  • Rally
    4%

    Students

    Diversity
    A-
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    1,670
    94%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.32 responses
    75%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.32 responses
    91%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.32 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    15:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    78%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.45 responses
    Poll
    71%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.45 responses
    Poll
    80%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.45 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
    94%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
    72%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
    83%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 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
    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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    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!
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    Santa Margarita Catholic has incredible academic programs, athletic teams, and performing arts. With different academic levels being offered, almost all students be well-nurtured in their classes. SM also provides support for students who struggle in their classes, which is helpful. SM offers many unique sports teams and give students the opportunity to be a part of a team. For the performing arts, students are able to nurture their artistic ability despite their previous level of activity in the arts. However, it's Catholic faith is not very strong. The majority of students at the school are not Catholic and only attend for the strong academics. The administration doesn't reflect Catholic beliefs as a group, either. The overall culture of the school revolves around how high one's academic achievement is and whether or not one plays a sport. If a student does not achieve high grades or takes part in a sport, they will probably experience difficulty in the social aspect of the school.
    SM offers great courses; however, the goal of students and teachers is to learn to get an A. In many honors classes, the testing schedule is so extremely fast to the point where teachers are testing us on topics we haven’t discussed. I’ve taught myself material multiple times due to my teachers' irresponsibility. Also, I sit in other classes wishing I could be home where I'm much more productive. I feel like half of my classes are wastes of my time while the other half are insanely rushed. It’s only now, as I'm preparing for finals, that I have the time to realize how interesting the material is. Also, the Catholic faith at SM is low. Thank God for our adults in Campus Ministry who plan retreats and fun lunches for everyone. Unfortunately, Administration does not reflect the Christian faith. The athletics and performing arts at SM are exceptional. Having choir as my elective is one of my best decisions, as Mr. Calvo and Mr. Winn are the most compassionate and talented men.