Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students

Class of 2028: Join the Waitlist 

Santa Margarita Catholic High School has been blessed with strong enrollment for the incoming Class of 2028. As such, we have now moved to a waitlist for both domestic and international students in the 2024-2025 freshman class. If your son or daughter is interested in joining the Eagle family, we encourage you to apply. Submitted applicants will receive waitlist information.

Transfer Students: Space Still Available for 2024-2025

Space is available for incoming domestic and international sophomore, junior and senior transfer students for the 2024-25 school year. 

Step 1

Online Application 

Create an account by logging in to your portal. Click here to create an account. 

  • Once you are logged in, complete all steps of the online application and click submit
  • There is a $60 non-refundable application fee that is paid through your personal admissions page once logged in
  • Payment of the application fee automatically signs up your student for the placement test date to be determined. The placement exam is only for incoming freshmen. If you missed the testing date or are applying after the test date has passed, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@smhs.org or 949-766-6076.


Step 2 

Request Your Recommendation Letters 

We ask that you request three confidential recommendation letters to be completed by your child's Math Teacher, English Teacher and Principal/School Counselor. Please log into your Application Portal found in Step #1 and electronically request recommendations from your child's Math Teacher, English Teacher, and Principal/Counselor. Your teachers will then directly upload their recommendations into your portal.

Questions on Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Feel free to reach out to the Admissions Office at admissions@smhs.org or 949-766-6096 should you have any questions.

Step 3 

Acceptance Notification 

Once all files are complete, the Admissions Committee at SMCHS will review all completed applications for acceptance decisions that will be e-mailed to you. In the meantime, you may check on the status of your child's application by logging into your personal admissions page. Upon acceptance, registration information will then be forthcoming.