St. Margaret's School

Tel: (804) 443-3357 Ext. 3086
PO Box 158, 444 Water Lane
Tappahannock, VA 22560
College Preparedness: St. Margaret's college prep program combines science, technology, engineering, art, and math to also incorporate the Rappahannock River. We call this new program S.T.R.E.A.M
Robust River Program: St. Margaret's offers a waterfront campus along the Rappahannock River. To expand our academic and recreational uses of the river, a new outdoor classroom and dock will be constructed Summer 2022. Jump into a sailboat, conduct science labs on the beach, and explore our riverfront community by boat.
Episcopal Community: Grounded in Episcopal tenets, St. Margaret's is for girls who want to be part of a welcoming community where they can be their authentic self. Our girls live by the "Gospel of Doing" and these words from our school prayer: As we grow in age, may we grow in grace.
Competitive Athletics: We encourage our students to challenge themselves and join the team. With 13 different varsity and clubs and sports including crew, volleyball, equestrian, soccer, and tennis - you'll be sure to find a team that's right for you.
Visual and Performing Arts: Perform with the choir, direct a school play, set up an easel to paint on our River Lawn, or be inspired in our ceramics studio. St. Margaret's robust arts program offers you a variety of visual and performing arts opportunities that will encourage you to explore your creativity and express yourself.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 72 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $57,500
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $21,000
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

St. Margaret's School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 287 schools) for:

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
St. Margaret's School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
8-12, PG
School Type
ADD/ADHD Support
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
52 acres
126 acres

Student Body

72 students
315 students
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score
(Out of 1600)
* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)
960 - 1300
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
School uniform
Average Class Size
10 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Director of Admissions
Edwina Bell
Associate Director of Admissions
Patti Webb


# Interscholastic Sports Offered


Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Basic Needs (Service Club), Book Club, Green Team, Honor Council, National Honor Society, Scottie Guides (Admissions), Scotties on the Move, Student Government Association, The Daily Thistle Podcast

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Photography Club, Tides Staff (art journal), Treble Choir, Winter Musical Theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Outdoor Adventure

College Matriculation

10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

  • For 100 years, St. Margaret's girls have belonged to a diverse community of leaders, scholars, student-athletes, and artists. At St. Margaret's School, we prepare girls for success in college and beyond by fostering a global outlook, lifelong intellectual curiosity, and promoting strong learning skills.
  • Located on the banks of Virginia's Rappahannock River, we offer a robust STEAM college preparatory curriculum and River Program that is incorporated into our academics, athletics, arts, and activities.
  • Guided by Episcopal tenets that promote faith, reason, and tradition, we help girls to develop their personal integrity and nurture their healthy curiosity.  
  • We offer day, five-day boarding, and seven-day boarding programs for girls in grades 812 and a postgraduate year.
  • St. Margaret's School accreditations: NAIS, VAIS, TABS, NCGS, NAES
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does St. Margaret's School cost?
St. Margaret's School's tuition is approximately $57,500 for boarding students and $21,000 for day students.
What sports does St. Margaret's School offer?
St. Margaret's School offers 9 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Crew, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Riding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Volleyball.
What is St. Margaret's School's ranking?
St. Margaret's School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Small student body (number of students) and High percent faculty with advanced degrees.
When is the application deadline for St. Margaret's School?
The application deadline for St. Margaret's School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

Alumni Reviews Review School


Class of 1980
Here at St Margaret you feel welcome, part of a community, everybody is eager to help you! The school is next to the river which is an advantage for water sports, they have kayaking, river tubing. . .

Class of 2018
The diversity at SMS is quite unique and out-stands the most. The school accepts each student or themselves and works with them according to their pace. The faculty at SMS is also quite supportive. They. . .

Class of 2002
Virginia Tech
SMS creates an environment that encourages a students individuality. Faculty encourage students to stretch outside of their comfort zones and enables girls to reach their ultimate potential. The focus of SMS is to create empowered. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 72 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $57,500
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $21,000
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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