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Welcome to St. Margaret’s School

St. Margaret’s School (SMS) is Western Canada’s only all-girls, independent day and boarding school located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1908, SMS is an international centre for girls’ learning and leadership development, providing empowering education for girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 (boarding grades 7–12). Confident girls with dreams become inspired women. Whether they want to be astronauts, accountants, or ambassadors, girls need to know that nothing can stand in their way. What grade level are you interested in for your daughter?

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All-Girls JK-Grade 12

SMS is a university preparatory school for girls in junior kindergarten to Grade 12. Our average class size is 10 students to one teacher for a personalized educational experience.

Canada’s First Girls’ STEM School

Our rigorous, inquiry based approach in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is a project-based, interdisciplinary model of learning.

Boarding Grades 7-12

Our modern boarding school for grades 7 to 12 help students develop skills that prepare them for the postsecondary environment.

Experiential Learning Beyond the Classroom

Our academic programs are supported by a variety of experiential programs designed to engage students in learning beyond the classroom.

Breathtaking 22-Acre Campus

Our campus facilities feature a LEEDcertified building, modern residences, athletic centre, tennis courts and a West Coast forest.


We’re here to help you learn more about our school, come for a tour or even spend a day as an SMS student. Contact Meg Foote in Admissions.

We know Girls.

We know how to spark their imaginations, cultivate their curiosity and raise their expectations of themselves. Our teachers have the flexibility to adapt how they teach to draw on girls’ strengths, capture their interest, and actively engage them in learning. We are focused entirely on the education, development and well-being of girls, and we provide them with opportunities and experiences they simply won’t have anywhere else.

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Special Events at SMS

Carol Service

December 12, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join us for the 110th SMS Carol Service in the South Gym, everyone is welcome.

A reception will immediately follow as a farewell to Head of School Cathy Thornicroft.

Parent Lecture Series

The next lecture takes place Tuesday,
Wednesday January 31, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Join us for a free lecture series with child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts to help families face the complex issues of our modern world. The lecture provides strategies to engage your family in becoming effective problem solvers.

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Girls STEM Leadership Conference

Sustaining Our Future
April 25 & 26, 2019

Sustaining Our Future is a leadership conference featuring keynote speaker Dr. Sarika Cullis-Suzuki highlighting how innovative solutions can add up to much needed change.

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SMS is coming to a city near you in 2018 – 2019!

SMS Admissions representatives visit countries across the globe each year between August and April.

View the ‘On the Road’ schedule.

Apply Now for an Entrance Scholarship

You could be eligible for a $52,500 Centennial Scholarship offering full tuition to a local girl in Grade 9. Entrance scholarships are also awarded for the Middle Years and boarding.

View our Scholarships and Awards 

Come for a Tour!

The best possible way to learn about SMS is to come on campus for a tour. If you’re considering SMS as your new school, we’d love to meet you and your family!

Open House – November 23, 2018, January 30, 2019 & February 15, 2019

Contact Ms. Meg Foote for details

SMS News

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