Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) from families considering boarding at St. Margaret's School. Can't find the answer here? Still have questions? Contact Admissions

What kind of facilities does St. Margaret’s offer?

Our boarding facilities are among the finest in North America and include four boarding houses, the Alexis Dining Hall and the school Health Clinic. St. Margaret’s also has two state-of-the-art gymnasiums, a dance studio, private practice studios and tennis courts. The Senior School has a university counseling centre, a Mac computer lab, library, music room and four specialized science laboratories.

How many girls live in a house?

There are a maximum of 34 students in each of the four houses.

How many students are in each room?

Each room is equipped with a private washroom and shower and is shared between two students.

Is my daughter expected to clean and do her own laundry?

Girls are responsible for cleaning their own rooms throughout the year and share responsibility for keeping common rooms clean and tidy. Girls may choose to do their own laundry throughout the week, or can opt to have it done by a professional laundress on laundry day.

How are residence students supervised?

Students are supervised by a House Mom 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is a House Mom who lives in each residence house, and she is supported by a team to provide supervision in each house during the day, after school, over the weekends, and during the night.

What kind of health and wellness services are offered?

There is a full-time nurse and counselor, as well as a doctor who comes in twice a week. All of the House Moms are first aid certified. Students are encouraged to participate in physical exercise including sports, fitness classes and recreational activities.

Where do the students eat their meals?

Residence students are served three meals a day in Alexis Dining Hall. The Dining Hall features a variety of healthy menu choices including locally and internationally-inspired cuisine, a full salad bar and daily homemade soup.

What kinds of activities and trips do students participate in?

There are many activities that students can join in both residence and school. On weekends, St. Margaret’s organizes activities for residence students. Activities include things like dance classes, swimming, going to the movies, sports and arts and crafts. Trips to nearby cities are also planned. Some of the recent trips have been to Vancouver, Seattle and Whistler. There is also an option to go on cultural exchanges, service trips, or a Spring Break trip to Europe.

What time are students expected to be back at the houses at night and how secure are the houses?

The houses are secure and students have a curfew of either 9pm or 10 pm depending on their age. The campus is patrolled by security guards in the evenings and House Moms are on staff at all times. All of the buildings on campus are alarmed.

What kind of transportation is provided for residence students?

The school provides bus service to downtown Victoria on weekends. The students are picked up from downtown at designated times. The school also provides bus transportation to and from the BC ferries. There is a public bus stop a short walk from the school. Students may also take taxis and charge the taxi ride to their account using a charge slip.

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