International Students


Santa Margarita Catholic High School welcomes applications from students all over the world. The SMCHS International student program is rich with culture and diversity currently representing 15 different countries. International students make up approximately 8 percent of our entire student population. We value the contributions from our international student perspectives and global experiences that enrich our campus and learning environment.  

SMCHS offers international students a coeducational, college-preparatory education developing students who are people of faith, skilled lifelong learners, healthy individual and involved citizens of the world. Now home to more than 1,600 students each year, Santa Margarita boasts a dedicated faculty and staff, unmatched academic programs, faith-filled activities and competitive athletics.

Our breadth of academic programs include:

  • Rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
  • Innovative technology
  • Student-centered classrooms
  • Top-ranked academics emphasis on service and social justice
  • Award-winning performing and visual arts program
  • Vibrant campus life

Santa Margarita provides a well-rounded American high school educational experience and is one of the most desirable high schools for international student applicants.

We invite you to join our Eagle family to imagine, invent and change the world.



Our school’s beautiful 42-acre campus is nestled against the picturesque Saddleback Valley Mountains in the city of Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Located in one of the most desirable areas of Southern California, with beautiful weather, outdoor recreation, local shopping, entertainment, access to local beaches or day trips to explore the nearby mountains, Rancho Santa Margarita is the perfect place to live and study.
Contact Joy Francis at francisj@smhs.org for a tour.

Please contact Joy Francis, International Student Admissions Director, at francisj@smhs.org or 949-766-6047.