St. Margaret's School

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
Tel: 804-443-3357
444 Water Lane PO Box 158
Tappahannock, VA 22560
  • 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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  • University of Rochester
    At St. Margaret’s School, girls have the opportunity to not just gain a better education, but also to be around people whom they will have with them through their lives. As a senior, I have. . .
  • Case Western Reserve University
    For me, SMS is unique because it is truly a second home that anyone can be a part of. The sense of community also builds around the school motto, “As we grow in age. . .
  • University of Virginia
    St. Margaret's offers a unique boarding school experience in part thanks to its location right on the Rappahannock River. The school encourages girls to take advantage of the river, both as an educational and extracurricular. . .

  • Class of 2004
    5 Stars   10/19/2004
    Auburn University
    St. Margaret's has such a strong staff. The teachers honestly care about their students and their success in school. Being a teacher at a boarding school is hard because of the extra commitments. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
St. Margaret's Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 8-12 9-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Episcopal Non-denominational
Year Founded 1921 1910
Campus Size 51 acres 105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 125 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(We have a school uniform with 32 pieces.)
Average Class Size 10 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
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $5 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$47,900 $52,450
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$18,400 $28,400
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$39,900 $38,000
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $20,630 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsCameron Tuebner
Associate Director of AdmissionsJackie Montero

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 9 14
SportsBallet, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 13 23
ExtracurricularsArt Club, Basic, Book Club, Community, Drama Club, Ensemble, National, Peer, Photography, Quill, Scottie, Soulful, 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.
  • LD types supported: ADHD, Dyslexia, math and language-based learning differences
  • School accreditations: NAIS, VAIS, TABS, NCGS
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