St. Margaret's School (SMS) is an all-girl, day and boarding school located in the City of Victoria, on the scenic west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

A world centre for girls' learning and leadership, at SMS we don't just promise equal opportunity; girls here get every opportunity. Our rigorous academic program is paired with extensive extracurricular and experiential learning offerings.

Our teachers know how girls learn best and use classroom techniques that draw on their strengths. The result is a learning environment where girls are engaged, challenge themselves, and gain confidence. Our student-driven culture means that girls here are actively involved in shaping their education.

Established in 1908, SMS is proud of its long history providing girls with the knowledge, attitudes and courage to thrive --- in their studies, careers, and in life.

Servite In Caritate ~ Service with Love
SMS is an international school where girls are nurtured and inspired to become lifelong learners. Girls here are challenged to achieve their full potential and contribute to society in a meaningful way. We embrace our motto “Service with Love” in both individual pursuits and shared responsibilities.

Confident girls ~ Inspiring women
This is a school where girls who want to change the world become women who do. Our committed staff, beautiful campus, and innovative curriculum create a nurturing environment that challenges students to achieve their academic and leadership potential.

Empowering her to set her own course 
and shape her own dreams
SMS values diversity and inspires excellence of mind and strength of spirit. Students here are challenged to take responsibility for their own learning experience; to develop individual worth, academic excellence, personal wellness, and a connection with nature; and provide service to their local and global community.

Our state-of-the-art facilities sit on 22 acres located at the intersection of suburban and rural areas on the Saanich Peninsula, with access to extensive recreational sites and trails—only 20 minutes from the urban downtown core. Superior facilities include a LEED-certified building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), modern residence houses, culinary arts room, and Athletics Centre. Other special places on campus include a greenhouse, dance studio, outdoor classroom, and tennis courts, as well as our very own slice of West Coast forest.


Contact: Kathy Charleson
Phone: 250-479-7171
Toll Free:
Fax: 250-479-8976
Application Deadline: Rolling
Application Fee: $200
International Application Fee: $200


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Saturday Classes: no
Summer Programs Offered: no

Campus Life

Our four residence houses are home to a vibrant community of girls from all over the world. Boarding students share a room and private washroom with one other girl. Each residence house also has a common area, equipped with a television, DVD player, fridge, microwave, and other small appliances.
Activities organized throughout the week and weekend trips offer something for everyone and plenty of opportunities to try something new. Our boarding students go to concerts, plays, movies and hockey games; they go kayaking, hiking, horseback riding and whale watching; they go on surf trips to the West Coast, Ski/Snowboard trips to Whistler and visit nearby cities like Vancouver, Seattle, Banff and Edmonton.

Dorm Life

No. of Girl Dorms: 4
Dress Code:  Uniform

Student Life

Every SMS student has the opportunity to take on new challenges and leadership roles in all areas of school life. Students participate in a wide range of school clubs, teams and intramurals and also take advantage private classes and lessons in various sports and performing arts that are offered right on our campus. Day students often join boarding students for organized activities and trips throughout the year.

Dorm Amenities
  • Newly Renovated (2014)
  • Lounge
  • Wireless Internet
  • Tennis Courts
  • Indoor Basketball Court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
Clubs & Organizations
  • Robotics/Tech Girls
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Gardening
  • International Clubs
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Theater
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Arts & Athletics

The SMS Athletics program offers opportunities for students to participate in both competitive and extra-curricular sports. In addition to the athletics facilities located on campus, students have access to the nearby Olympic-standard Aquatics facility and the outdoor rowing facilities at Elk Lake, which we share with the Canadian Olympic rowing team. Many students also take advantage of private classes and lessons offered right on our campus including tennis, yoga, ballet and others. Students in all grades participate in our Liberal Arts program and also have the opportunity to pursue their artistic passions outside of the classroom in extracurricular activities such as Rock Band, our spring theatre production and private lessons in voice, speech and a variety of musical instruments.

Arts Department Director: Louise Huneck
Athletics Department Director: Travis Chater
Notable Achievements:
High Participation: 95% at elementary level
70% of secondary students join athletics teams
Small school means big opportunities

Interscholastic Sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Dance
  • Field Hockey
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Media Arts
  • Art Club
  • Audiovisual Club
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Glee Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Stage Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater

Summer Programs

St. Margaret’s School offers two Grade 11 English summer school classes for international students (includes homestay). SMS also offers a day camp for girls in Kindergarten to Grade 6. The SMS English 11 summer course and English preparation course are rigorous six-week programs for students wanting to get ahead and challenge themselves to achieve top marks in English 12 or to improve their language proficiency for success in their content classes. These courses run from June 23rd to August 1st, 2014 and provide a total of 120 teacher contact hours of instruction and a further 100 hours of English tutor/Educational Assistant contact hours. This is a homestay program, as we want our boarding students, in particular, to have a break from residence over the summer and have the chance to speak English socially and live with one of our wonderful host families. The program is divided into morning classroom lessons and afternoon and evening experiential lessons. The course outline gives an overview of the morning classroom lesson content. The afternoon and evening learning activities focus on getting students out of the classroom into learning programs and experiences to improve written responses about the vibrant summer opportunities throughout Victoria. Full details online at

Department Director: Jeff Trapp

Summer Camp

Register week-by-week for our fun, girls-only, day camp focused on building confidence, making friends, and discovering new interests and skills. Weekly themes include mad science, fine arts, space camp, and more. (price quoted below is our weekly rate)

Program Director: Jennifer LeMercier
Registration Deadline: May 30
Tuition: $250
Financial Aid Available: No
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SMS is proud of its long history preparing girls with the knowledge, attitudes, and courage to thrive --- in their studies, their careers and in life. As a world centre for girls' learning and leadership development we provide both academic rigor and a range of experiential learning opportunities to develop the important "soft skills" which simply cannot be acquired in a classroom. | Cornerstones of our experiential learning program include... | LEADERSHIP: A formal curricular element starting in the Middle Years students in leadership classes work towards large-scale, hands-on, community-based projects to practice organizing and leading their peers. | DUKE OF EDINBURGH: An international program focused on Service, Skill Development, Physical Recreation, and Adventurous Journey. Participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and completion of the Bronze level is mandatory for all students starting in Grade 9. However, each year SMS students complete the award at the Silver and Gold level of their own volition. | OUTWEEK: Our annual Outweek in September each year sends students out on adventurous journeys in the wild outdoors and the great wide world. Founded on a philosophy of "Challenge by Choice" the program encourages girls to step outside their comfort zone to learn rock climbing, white water kayaking, sail a tall ship, or travel abroad on a service trip. Perspective, leadership, confidence, sisterhood, love of nature, and new skills are all by products of these experiences.