The application process at Santa Margarita Catholic is designed to be as simple as possible for the prospective parent. Please follow the steps below and your student's file will be complete in a timely and efficient manner. Transfer students, students currently at another high school and wishing to attend SMCHS, are accepted on a rolling basis until each class reaches capacity.
Create an account and fill out the application form
Transfer Students Wishing to Play a CIF Sport at SMCHS
Request your Recommendation Letters
Request transcripts, immunization record, and standardized testing results
To create your personal admissions page and apply online, please click here.
Once you are logged in, complete all steps of the application and click submit. There is a $60 non-refundable application fee that is paid for online.
Transfer students interested in participating in a CIF sport or Cheer at SMCHS are asked to download, print, and complete the Athletic Transfer Worksheet. Send completed form to the Admissions Office with all other application forms.
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 (or click on Parent Portal here) 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.
Go to the Application Portal found in Step #1 or click here and electronically request your child's high school Transcripts, Standardized Testing, and Immunization record. Your current school will then directly upload their documents into your portal. If you have these documents in your possession, you may directly upload them into your portal.
Student Essay for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students transferring from another high school only. Go to the Application Portal found in Step #1 or click here to electronically complete and submit your student essay.
Once your application is complete, the members of the Admissions Committee at SMCHS will review your application for an acceptance decision that will be 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.
Thank you for your interest in Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Feel free to reach out to the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-766-6096 should you have any questions.
*Please note, if you are going to apply for tuition assistance, information about that process can be found by clicking here.