St. Margaret's School

444 Water Lane PO Box 158
Tappahannock, VA 22560
Tel: 804-443-3357
Gr: (Boarding) 8-12 | 135 students
St. Margaret's is a small, all girls' school, boarding and day, grades 8-12, along the banks of the Rappahannock River.
Founded in the Episcopal tradition, we are committed to helping young women thrive in every aspect of their lives - academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
Our campus is home to young women from across the country and around the world.
We know that strong women make strong choices and our program is designed to support their development.
Our rigorous college prepartory curriculum encourages students to push themselves.
Our leadership program gives our students the opportunity to inspire greatness in themselves and others.
Our history as a church school and honor code equip our students with the moral and social foundation to approach today's world with a sense of grace, honor and purpose.
We meet girls where they are, embrace them as individuals and push them to challenge themselves and change the world. 

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
St. Margaret's Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 8-12 7-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Episcopal Non-denominational
Year Founded 1921 1909
Campus Size 51 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 135 students 295 students
% Students of Color 12% 19%
% International Students 34% 20%
% Students Boarding 80% 68%
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(We have 32 wardrobe pieces.)
Average Class Size 7 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 9 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 64% 67%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $5 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$47,300 $48,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$18,300 $27,240
% Students on Financial Aid 37% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $20,630 $20,255
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 72% 58%
Director of Admissions Gretchen Herbst  
Associate Director of Admissions Emily Wilkinson  


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 9 13
SportsBasketball, Crew, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 7 24
ExtracurricularsArt, Book, Drama, Ensemble, Photography, Sailing, Spanish

School Notes:

  • Founded in 1921 as one of the Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia (CSDV), and a member of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS), St. Margaret's offers a boarding and day college preparatory program for girls in grades 8-12. During the regular school year, a diverse student body of 125, representing approximately 13 countries and 18 US States and the District of Columbia, maintains a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, a unique advisor/advisee relationship, and a 99 percent college attendance rate.
  • School accreditations: NAIS, VAIS

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