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    Saint Margaret's School ::: Tappahannock, Virginia ::: Northeast U.S.

    St. Margaret's School

    • 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
    • 125 students, 30% international; student/faculty ratio is 5:1
    • University placements include Drew University, Indiana University among others
    • ESL program




    4 seasons, moderate snow in winter

    Student Body

    125 students (grades 8-12), 30% international 

    Average Class Size

    8 students


    27 faculty; 63% with advanced degrees

    Student/Faculty Ratio


    College Placement

    100% university placements including Drew University, Goucher College, Indiana University - Bloomington, Pennsylvania State University, University of California - Irvine among others.

    Honors & AP

    Advanced Placement: Biology, Calculus AB & BC, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Compositon, European History,  US History

    Honors: English, Physics

    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.

    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.  

    Programs of Study

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

    English - 12 Units
    History - 9 units
    Mathematics - 9 units
    Science - 9 units
    World Language - 6-9 units
    Fine Arts - 2 units
    Religious Studies - 3 units
    Electives - remainder
    Health - 1 unit

    Community Service - 12 hours for each year of attendance

    World Languages: Latin, Spanish

    SAT/ACT Scores: Average SAT score = 1765; Average ACT score = 24


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


    Sports: Basketball, Cross-country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Vollyball


    Art History, Studio Art, Ceramics, Choir, Dance (local studio), Drama, Fashion Design, graphic Design, Photography, Piano, Vocal Performance, Theater

    Extracurricular Activities

    Activities and Clubs: A Cappella, Art Club, Community Service, Green Team, Literary Honors Society, National Honors Society, Newspaper, Peer Leaders, Prefects, Student Government, Yearbook


    2 Academic Buildings, Art Studios, 4 Athletic Fields, Chapel, Cross-country trail, Dining Hall, Fitness Facility, Library, Gymnasium, Meeting Room, Music Studio, 3 Residence Halls, River Access, Student Center, Swimming Pool, Technology Center, Tennis Courts


    St. Margaret's has one of the oldest and best-established ESL programs among American boarding schools.  Students take a placement test to determine which ESL level is appropriate.  The program offers intensive courses covering writing, grammar, reading, conversation and computer skills, ESL History, and ESL Science.  All new students are required to take American Culture in their first trimester.