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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A
St. Margaret's Episcopal School is a top rated, private, Christian school located in San Juan Capistrano, CA. It has 1,250 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. Tuition is $33,860 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$33,860
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
14%
Average Financial Aid

St. Margaret's Episcopal School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1320
117 responses
Average ACT
31
132 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 26 responses
  • Senior water balloon fight
    19%
  • Uniforms, Formal Dress and Chapel
    19%
  • Home of the Tartans
    15%
  • Library Luncheon
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    12%
  • Homecoming
    8%
  • Lunch on the Lawn
    8%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,250
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Poll
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
Poll
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
Poll
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
71%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$87,353
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,998
National
$949
Median Home Value
$678,200
National
$184,700
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St. Margaret's Episcopal School Reviews

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I'm SO grateful for my St.Margaret's class-of-2021 experience! The school cares deeply for their student body, including POC requiring financial aid like me.

Cons: Freshman year was jarring, lonely, and strange. Why? As a former public-school student, the unfamiliar social dynamics can be isolating. But once you "break in" like you do with a new pair of socks, you'll feel right at home. By senior year, everyone's tight and snug!

If you're new, be on the lookout for "gems:" amazing classmates who are sincere, understanding, and friendly. The staff however, are ALL gems: Mr.Moseley, Dr.Graham, Ms.Bunch, Mario the custodian-- the list goes on!

Also, don't kill yourself with the workload. The classes here are REALLY hard. Excessive amounts of pressure from parents or students themselves can lead to anxiety, depression, or suicidal tendencies. I went through this, but when I reached out, I received help from the AMAZING support system here. And don't forget the best one: prayer to God!
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I have 2 children at St. Margaret's and I can't say enough good things about the school and the environment. They really do try to develop the whole child. It isn't just a factory trying to turn out 4.0 students with 1600 SAT scores! Yes it is competitive, but in a good way. Many of the students have been at the school since pre school! The facilities are amazing - better than 99% of the colleges out there. The teachers really care and for the most part, the parents are great. Yes, there are the occasional obnoxious parent, but they usually get chopped down to size cuz there is always someone wealthier and more successful than them :-)

If you want your child to develop into a great adult with compassion and drive, then SMES is an excellent place to go.
What I liked about the St.Margaret's experience is how much it is preparing me for a four-year university. Coming to this school as a freshman was a bit overwhelming because of the high pressure that is placed on academics and extracurriculars, as well as the strange social dynamics. The stress and fear that students face on tests, SATS, and college applications is palpable, and it is not uncommon that some students have anxiety and depression (but you don't hear about it a lot, it's kept under the rug).

Other than that, this is a great school! I've made great friends and I love it here!