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Overall Niche Grade
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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.
Address
31641 La Novia Ave
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Telephone
(949) 661-0108
Website

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
1300
95 responses
Average ACT
30
91 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Uniforms, Formal Dress and Chapel
    29%
  • Home of the Tartans
    21%
  • Senior water balloon fight
    21%
  • Library Luncheon
    14%
  • Homecoming
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    7%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,250
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Poll
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
Poll
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
Poll
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 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
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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
$81,730
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,886
National
$949
Median Home Value
$635,100
National
$184,700
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St. Margaret's Episcopal School Reviews

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Although people may think of us as "The rich white kid" school, it really isn't the case. There's an abundance of diversity, and many students in the school come from lower class backgrounds. It's humbling to see how close our class has gotten over the years, which I think is one of the strongest points of St. Margarets. The community is extremely tight-knit. You can be yourself, and the friends you make here will stay with you forever. There's also everything you would ever need resource/technology wise, so there's never a moment where we haven't had what we needed to learn. Safety is top notch as well, for the concerned parents. In fact, I would even go so far to say they go overboard on the safety, to the point where it gets a bit annoying for students, hence why I'm giving a 4 star instead of 5 star. It's a great school, but it's extremely expensive and is definitely not for kids who don't like adult supervision.
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SMES offers, in my opinion, the most comprehensive, challenging, and diverse education on the West Coast. After attending undergrad in Boston and law school in Northern CA, I can confidentially state that SMES prepared me for any level of academic instruction. Also, because SMES students go to a wide range of schools geographically, I always had a classmate to visit in any city.
St. Margaret's is a very academic school that cares very highly about their reputation. The families that go here are very wealthy Orange County people which makes the campus not very diverse. If kids weren't so pressured and focused in getting into Ivy League schools, the campus life would be much more enjoyable.