International Program

St. Margaret's is home to a large group of girls from around the world. Approximately 30% of St. Margaret’s students are international, having represented 45 different countries since our International Program began in 1990.

The program offers ESL classes for intensive English study and mainstream class support and celebrates our students' cultures and experiences through a wide variety of special events we all enjoy.

Ana Garcia, one-year international student at St. Margaret's

I've never had so much fun and met so many amazing people. Living in another country was a unique experience, and I would repeat it again and again. Last year was the best year of my life!
Shown above are some of our international Class of 2019 Seniors. Altogether, the class represents seven countries, including the U.S., and because of their SMS experience, they look forward to a bright future. All of our graduates attend college or pursue a gap year program.

In addition to strengthening their English skills, our international students take a range of academic courses where girls capable of advanced work can take Honors and AP classes as well as college courses for credit.

Students study art and performing arts, participate in extracurricular activities like sports, assume leadership positions, and participate in clubs. Students learn about science in everyday life, and the ecological and historical importance of the Rappahannock River through our River Program.

They enjoy weekend shopping trips, visit museums, attend festivals and amusement parks, and enjoy socials at other schools.

Our historic campus and nearby sites make the SMS experience a true living history for anyone studying in the United States. We are uniquely located near many enrichment opportunities in the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C., Richmond, Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach, each within a two-hour drive of the school or less.

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  • Global Enrichment

    The entire school community celebrates our diversity through global enrichment events and experiences. Together, we are educated about the history, cuisine, spiritual beliefs, and cultures of our international students' home countries. And we all benefit from our Queen Margaret of Scotland Girls' School partnerships in Chile, Japan and New Zealand.
  • One-Year Students

    St. Margaret's is a great educational option for students looking to enroll for one or more years at any grade level. We also welcome students who would like to enroll during the school year.
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    • Chilean Exchange

    • Chinese New Year


New international students arrive to campus early to allow for a period of adjustment and acclimation to their new environment at St. Margaret's. Students take English and math placement tests then meet with the Academic Team to choose their course schedules. The first Culture Shock Workshop is held during orientation.

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  • Admission on the Road

    Our Admission associates travel internationally and love to meet prospective students and their families in their home countries. Contact to see if we are visiting your part of the world.
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    Students demonstrate their ability to read, write, and speak English in a standardized diagnostic test that is designed to place each pupil at the appropriate level of ESOL or into mainstream academic classes. The program has a full-time director, offers ESOL classes for intensive English study and mainstream class support. Advanced students enroll in the top-level of ESOL to support their other mainstream classes. Read more about our ESOL courses. We also offer a TOEFL test preparation course as well as individual tutoring sessions with an experienced instructor.
  • School Breaks

    Residence halls close for the following school breaks: Thanksgiving vacation, Christmas vacation, and Spring Break. Our homestay partnership with eNKouraged Homestays allows students to spend holiday breaks in a relaxed environment with adult supervision and a flexible schedule.
St. Margaret's School
P.O. Box 158
Tappahannock, VA 22560
T: 804-443-3357
Episcopal girls' school for boarding and day, grades 8-PG, on the banks of the Rappahannock River in Virginia.