About St. Margaret's School

St. Margaret's School has been a place for girls to learn, grow, and thrive for 100 years. We believe in the power of all girls, value your uniqueness and respect your views. Each girl is given the individual support she needs to excel in the classroom and in all aspects of life.
We offer boarding and day programs for girls in grades 8–12 and a postgraduate program, THRIVE. Girls gain strong academic skills here, develop leadership ability, and build character to prepare them to be successful on whatever path they take. Grounded in Episcopal values, we provide a welcoming, inclusive experience for girls from across the country and around the world.

At St. Margaret's, you will belong to a close community full of opportunities that promote competence and build confidence to help you overcome challenges, try new things, and become your personal best.

Founded in 1921, St. Margaret's School is located in Tappahannock, Virginia, on the Rappahannock River in Essex County. Our beautiful riverfront campus is in an area full of historical, cultural, and natural resources. St. Margaret's is within a 1–2 hour drive of the Washington, DC metro area, Fredericksburg, Richmond, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Religious Affiliation: Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

Girls, grades 8-12, plus THRIVE, our postgraduate program
70% Boarding/ 30% Day
70% Domestic, representing 12 States
30% International, representing 9 countries

Accreditation: St. Margaret's is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.

2021-2022 Tuition:
Day $20,400
Five-day Boarding $43,500
Boarding $54,200
International Student fee* $2,000
*adjusted based on Financial Aid

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Our programs are designed to enrich the lives of a diverse community of girls:

Academic Program: we know how to successfully teach girls to be life-long learners, to succeed in the classroom, in college, and in life.
International Program: girls from around the world find their second home at St. Margaret's as part of a community of supportive sisters. Our International Program is one of the most established among American boarding schools and our international students represent nearly 30% of our community.

Arts Program: creativity is nurtured here and girls are given the opportunity to explore new areas of expression and gain new skills through our visual and performing arts programs.
Athletics Program: girls develop character, work to become part of a team, and push to be skilled student-athletes in our Athletics Program that coaches them to Be St. Margaret's. A wide range of afternoon activities also provide opportunities for girls to focus on their overall fitness and well-being.

River Program: taking advantage of our beautiful riverfront campus, this program spans the curriculum, co-curriculum, and residential life by engaging girls in hands-on science, outdoor adventures, and volunteer service.

Minimester: students participate in a two-week winter term where they take enrichment courses or go on an educational trip. Seniors spend two weeks as an intern in a field of potential career interest through the Independent Study Program.

Wheat Learning Center: our innovative resource center provides services that foster a productive learning culture by supporting the needs of the individual student, including girls with autism who are studying at grade-level. Through the Wheat Center, we provide enrichment services and academic support, teach study and organization skills, and promote healthy curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and perseverance.

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Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
Mid-Atlantic Episcopal School Association
National Association of Episcopal Schools
National Coalition of Girls' Schools
Secondary Schools Admission Test Board
Small Boarding Schools Association
The Association of Boarding Schools
Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives
Virginia Association of Independent Schools
St. Margaret's School
P.O. Box 158
Tappahannock, VA 22560
T: 804-443-3357
Episcopal girls' school for boarding and day, grades 8-12, and postgraduate, on the banks of the Rappahannock River in Virginia.