Western Canada’s all-girls day and boarding school

St. Margaret’s School offers a residence program for students in Grades 7 to 12, and our campus is home to a vibrant community of girls from all over the world.

Why boarding at SMS?

Boarding at St. Margaret’s School provides a unique opportunity to live and study in an urban-rural setting. Located on 22 beautiful acres, our campus is in a safe residential neighbourhood at the border of a rural greenbelt with access to walking and cycling trails. But the school is also just minutes from the downtown of Victoria, Canada’s most beautiful city and the vibrant capital of British Columbia. Read more...

Life in residence

Living where you learn is a unique, fun, and enriching experience. So much can be gained from living and working with girls from other countries and cultures. Throughout your time here, you will have the opportunity to try many new things, learn a lot about yourself, form lifelong friendships, and forge incredible memories. Read more...

Learn more about boarding at SMS

Why choose boarding
There are so many advantages to living where you learn. Read student testimonials and frequently asked questions from parents, and find out why you’ll love Victoria...
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Life in Residence
Take a peek inside a typical day in residence. Boarding is so much more than classes, homework, and a room to sleep in. Ready to check some items off your bucket list?
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Beyond Boarding Blog
Read our latest news on our Beyond Boarding Blog to get a sense of what our students are up to in residence and the types of activities we offer...
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  • Welcome Home: Families love our safe, secure, and natural environment, and girls thrive in our nurturing community surrounded by motivated peers, and supported by experienced staff all day and through the night.
  • One of the Family: Our residence model is designed to create a warm and welcoming home-away-from-home. Live-in House Moms also teach or work in other areas of the school, which provides a 360-degree perspective to understanding and supporting each girl’s learning goals.
  • Sisterhood: Multiple opportunities exist to build connections with Canadian day students, including being a mentor or “big sister” to younger students in our K–12 school.
  • Health and Wellness: Boarding students have access to onsite medical care and counselling, as well as a range of wellness activities including tennis lessons, cycling on nearby trails, yoga, personal training, and more.
  • Beyond Academics: Academic, creative, athletic, and service pursuits are supported equally. Our robust activities program gets girls out being active and discovering new interests.
  • Personal Growth: Students develop independence, resilience, and accountability in response to personal responsibility and active mentorship while living in residence.
  • Adventures Abroad: In addition to school trips for cultural exchange, service and travel abroad, weekend field trips and adventurous excursions are offered as part of life in residence,  taking advantage of the natural wonders of the West Coast.