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St Margaret's School Students




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Campus Size

22 Acres

School Profile

St. Margaret's School is an all-girl, day and boarding school located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Our campus is one of our greatest assets: 22-acres of park-like landscape located at the border between urban and rural zones includes a dozen modern structures including a state of the art athletics centre, direct access to biking trails, and our very own slice of west coast forest. Our unique environment offers rich resources and challenges to nurture each student's development as an individual, and our programs equip girls with the knowledge, attitudes, and courage to thrive.

For over 100 years, SMS has built an international reputation of high academic achievement, but that is only part of our story. Our extensive learning support program, guidance, experiential programs, and ability to tailor to individual learning needs helps each girl reaches her potential. Successful graduation and admission to university is actually a very short term goal for our students. By embedding in our students a an appetite for life-long learning, a love of service, healthy habits, and strong values we ensure each girl has the skills to succeed in her studies, career, and in life.

At St. Margaret’s School, we seek to empower each girl to set her own course and shape her own dreams. We offer a rigorous STEM-focused curriculum: the acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math but actually represents an inquiry-based method of teaching and learning where traditional separations between subject areas are bridged to forge deeper exploration and understanding of broad topics. In this inquiry-based model, creativity and critical thinking are emphasized. As an international centre for girls’ learning and leadership, we offer rich resources and challenges to support each student's development as an individual, and a global-minded citizen. Academics at SMS are amplified by extensive experiential learning offerings spanning leadership, outdoor education, service, wellness, and more to build up confidence, perspective, and life skills. A spirit of life-long learning is shared between students, families, and faculty: our yearly professional development and family workshop series shares the latest scholarship in brain development, teaching methods, and educational trends. Through this innovative approach that our curriculum remains relevant and we engage our entire community in issues affecting girls today.

Mission & Values

Our Mission

This is going to be updated in a month or so with the new strategic plan. Use: “Empowering her to set her own course and shape her own dreams.”

Our Values


We are a forward-leaning school that takes courageous action in girl-centered education, creating a culture that embraces integrity and resilience.


We are a community where everyone belongs.  We foster authentic relationships built through individual and collective wisdom. We value diversity, a connection with nature and a commitment to service.


We are global citizens, who respect the perspectives of others and take action using empathy, compassion and an ethic of care. We recognize each student’s unique learning journey, creating pathways for success. 


We are learners who think deeply, creatively, and rationally.  We illuminate injustices, innovate and challenge the status quo.  


We are risk takers who challenge ourselves and hold each other accountable to continually improve and achieve personal excellence in academics and development of the whole self. 

Applications & Fees

Application Deadline:


Application Fee

$250.00 CND

Domestic 7-Day Boarding Tuition:

$54,000.00 CND (Students from British Columbia) $56,000.00 CND (Students from the rest of Canada)

International 7-Day Boarding Tuition:

$62,900.00 CND (Students from USA & Mexico) $69,100.00 CND (International Students)

Day Tuition:

$22,000.00 CND (Students from British Columbia, Gr. 9-12) $32,200.00 CND (International Students, Gr. 9-12) $18,300.00 CND (Students from British Columbia, Gr. 5-8) $29,300.00 CND (International Students, Gr. 5-8)

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St Margaret's School Students
St Margaret's School Dock
St Margaret's School Garden
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St Margaret's School Campus
St Margaret's School Students

Admission & Entrance Test Requirements

Admission Requirements
  • A final report card for the 2019/2020 school year
  • A most recent report card for the current school year, 2020/2021
  • An Academic Reference completed by a current teacher
  • A Character Reference completed by a non-related adult – this could be another teacher, but cannot be a family friend or a relative
  • A copy of the student’s passport and birth certificate
  • A photo of the applicant
  • Interview
Entrance Test Requirements
  • Teacher Assessment

School Differentiators

  • Only all-girls school on Vancouver Island
  • Only all-girls boarding school in Western Canada


Advanced Placement:

Program Details:

Grade 12

Top Post-secondary Destinations

  • University of Victoria
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Toronto (several campuses)
  • Mt. Allison University
  • McGill University
  • Capilano University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Simon Fraser University


  • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools
  • Freedom Involves Secure Alternatives (British Columbia)
  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • BC Inspector of Independent Schools

Community Service & Trips

Motto: Servite in Caritate, “Service with Love” 

  • Outweek to Strathcona Park every year

Summer Programs

Wellness Independence Leadership Diversity (W.I.L.D.)

Girls entering grades 7-11 will spend between two and four weeks on our breathtaking 22-acre campus for an experience of unity, celebration and empowerment. As part of the St. Margaret School's signature W.I.L.D. program, students will engage in activities that emphasize building a positive self-image, fostering healthy relationships with others, team building, skill development, and much more. Participants will stay in our boarding facilities, eating meals in the dining hall, and engaging in fun off-campus activities.

Includes an English Language Learning option.

Visit for more details including session dates and rates.



Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Chemistry
  • 5-Day Boarding
  • AP Computer Science AB
  • AP Studio Art
  • Calculus AB
  • AP English Literature
  • AP European History
Performing/Visual Arts
  • Art
  • Choral Music
  • Film and Video
  • Photography
  • Drawing
  • Public Speaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • Theatre Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Yearbook
  • Fashion Design
  • Journalism
  • Painting
  • Band
  • Vocal Music
  • Orchestra
  • Music History
  • Voice
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental Science
  • Robotics
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Finance
Special Programs
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Exchange Programs
  • Independent Study
  • Personal Finance
  • Physical Education
Computer Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Multimedia
  • Computer Programming
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Literature
Humanities/Social Sciences
  • Economics
  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Law
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology
  • World Issues
Foreign Languages
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Distinctive Programs
  • Outdoor Education
  • English Foundation Year Program
  • World History
  • Current Events


Interscholastic Sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Choral Music
  • Jazz Ensemble
Clubs & Organizations
  • Asian Club
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Free the Children
  • Leadership Program
  • Mock Trial
  • Robotics
  • Sexualities Club
  • Community Service
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Robotics/Tech Girls
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
Recreational Sports
  • Weightlifting


  • Access to off campus pool
  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Dance Studio
  • Indoor Basketball Court(s)
  • Racquetball Court(s)
  • Soccer and sports fields
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Weight Room
  • Fitness Centre
  • Technology Centre
  • Tennis Courts
Dorm Amenities
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Health Centre
  • Kitchen
  • Maximum of 2 students per room
  • Piano
  • Student Life Centre
  • Weekday and weekend planned activities
  • Lounge
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Wireless Internet