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Mission & Philosophy

"As we grow in age, may we grow in grace."

St. Margaret's School's motto reflects our commitment to the growth of young women in every area of their lives: intellectual ability, physical well being, social responsibility and spiritual maturity. We offer a diverse student body a sound college-preparatory curriculum, challenging to each individual. In a Christian environment, founded on the Episcopal tradition, both honor and character are developed. St. Margaret's seeks to inspire each student to make the best of herself, and in so doing, make a better world.

The St. Margaret's School mission has guided the decisions of our boards, administrators, faculty and staff on a daily basis for more than 90 years. It is a mission that we take seriously. We not only help students develop academic skills; we also teach them how to be ethical, responsible adults who contribute to their communities. True to our Episcopal heritage, we are an intentionally diverse, inclusive community that celebrates both the value of each individual and her contributions to the whole. Our Honor Code helps us live together and support each other with honesty, integrity and respect.

To Be Statements

Reflective of our commitment to provide for the growth of young women in every area of their lives—intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually—our goal is that our students be:

  • Intellectually Honest: making reasoned judgments and accepting constructive advice and consequences
  • Respectful: taking responsibility for their own actions and showing sensitivity and generosity to others, expressing appreciation for the values of community spirit
  • Responsible: being prepared to learn in attitude and behavior, exemplifying honor and good character, and seeking a healthy, balanced life in body, mind, and spirit
  • Engaged: actively making connections among the disciplines; being open and responsive to new ideas and perspectives; seeking relevance both personally and universally; effectively communicating, developing, implementing, and communicating new ideas to others
  • Self-motivated: raising questions, seeking evidence, and pursuing knowledge for the love of learning while working both independently and cooperatively
  • Flexible: using a variety of sources, approaches and experiences; understanding and respecting multiple perspectives; and taking meaningful risks both intellectually and emotionally
  • Confident: identifying their own strengths, believing in their own abilities, demonstrating knowledge, leadership, and service in a variety of forms, while applying appropriate skills and knowledge in an ever-changing world.

These qualities will enable students to become:

  • Creative Problem Solvers: making reasoned judgments, using creative and critical thinking skills, designing and implementing multiple strategies to solve various problems.
  • Effective Communicators and Collaborators: developing, implementing and communicating ideas in a variety of media, able to work with others, being open and responsive to new ideas.
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