St. Margaret's School

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  • All girls independent, college preparatory, boarding school, religious affiliation - Episcopal
  • Located on the banks of the Rappahannock River; 1 hour from Richmond, Virginia; 2 hours from of Washington DC
  • 120 students, 30% international; student/faculty ratio is 6:1
  • University placements include Drew University, Indiana University among others
  • ESL program

What's special?

River program | The academic program permits students to work at their skill level instead of limiting them only to their grade level | Has one of the oldest and best-established English as a Second Language programs among American boarding schools

Hear from some of the current students and recent alumni.

100% including: Boston University, Cornell University, University of Georgia, University of Virginia, William and Mary

Fast facts

4 seasons, moderate snow in winter
Girls only 120 (8-12) students
30% international students
10, Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
25 , 63% with advanced degrees
Washington, D.C (IAD) or Richard, VA (RIC)


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Advanced placement courses:

Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Comparative Government and Politics, Computer Science Principles, European History, US Government and Politics, US History

Honors courses:

AP 8
Honors 7
Dual Enrollment 10

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Marking System:

St. Margaret's utilizes the standard grading system: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=0-59. The academic year is divided into trimesters with grades and comments sent home every trimester. Interim reports are given at the midpoint of each trimester.

Graduation Requirements:

The minimum graduation requirements for grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

  • English - 12 Units
  • History - 9 units
  • Mathematics - 9 units
  • Science - 9 lab units
  • World Language - 6-9 units
  • Fine Arts - 2 units
  • Religious Studies - 3 units
  • Electives - 6 units
  • Health - 1 unit
  • Computer - Proficiency
  • Physical Activity - Participation
  • Community Service - 12 hours for each year of attendance
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Special Programs

St. Margaret's operates on a seven-period, trimester schedule.To enhance the learning experience at St. Margaret's, an eight day Minimester is offered for all students. In late February/early March, faculty teams lead educational trips or teach intensive seminar style courses that encourage creative inquiry, experiential learning, and exploration of topical, cross curricular themes.All seniors have the opportunity to conduct a 10-day Independent Study Project (ISP) during their Minimester and Spring Break. This experience may consist of an internship, shadowing a professional, or conducting an independent research project. Students planning an ISP must submit a formal proposal for approval. Upon completion, ISP students make a presentation to the school community and receive a grade which is recorded on the final transcript.

ACT Scores

Average ACT score: 24

SAT Scores

Average SAT score: 1060 (1600)


St. Margaret's School is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools

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Studio Arts, Art History, Ceramics, Chorus, Dance, Digital Media, Drama, Fashion, Music, Musical Theater, Performing Arts, Photography, Piano, Theater, Visual Arts, Vocal
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  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Campus features

Buildings on campus include: St. Margaret's Hall, the main building on campus containing the Chapel, Pollard Art Center with pottery studio, photography lab and Gruver Music Center featuring a large classroom and practice rooms. Brockenbrough House (Admission Office), McCuan House - suite style dorms, Anderton House - waterfront views, traditional dorm layouts single and double rooms with shared hall bathrooms, Latane Hall - largest dorm includes exercise room, study rooms, single and double rooms, The Cottage - classrooms and computer lab, Woolfolk Center - library and college counseling, Community/Technology Center - dining room, science and mathematics classrooms and laboratories, Athletic Complex - The Ball Memorial Gymnasium, fitness center, Gilchrist Field, recreational swimming pool, tennis courts and river access. One mile from campus is the 42 acre athletic complex containing cross country trail, two soccer fields, two softball fields and 10 acres of river access.

Extracurricular activities

  • A Capella
  • Art Club
  • Community Service
  • Green Team
  • Literary Honors Society
  • National Honors Society
  • Newspaper
  • Peer Leaders
  • Prefects
  • Student Government
  • Yearbook
Latin, Spanish

Admissions Requirements


Required or SSAT

Required or TOEFL


Feb. 10 Rolling

ETS B525

Estimated Costs


$5,000 ESL
$2,500 Student Account
$2,495 Tuition Refund Plan
$1,200 Health Insurance
$550 Textbooks
$300 Uniforms
$225 Technology Fee
$160 Laundry fee

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