St. Margaret School provides a Catholic Education based upon the belief that each child is a unique creation of God. The school’s main responsibility is to instill in each child an understanding and appreciation of the values and ideals of the Catholic faith.
The school community acknowledges its responsibility to educate the whole child by providing a strong spiritual & academic foundation as well as opportunities for cultural growth and aesthetic appreciation. Relationships are nurtured by upholding Gospel values, accepting democracy as a theme of social and civic progress, appreciating the importance of diversity, and engaging in service to others.
Affirming the basic right of parents to educate their children, St. Margaret School accepts the privilege of sharing that educational responsibility. The school community acknowledges that the clergy, faculty, and staff are the nucleus of the school.
The faculty and staff of St. Margaret School are pledged to mutual support and openness with each other. Cooperative efforts enhance each other’s professional growth and enable the school to meet its objectives.
The purpose of St. Margaret School is to prepare each child to become self-reliant, have a positive sense of self-worth, cope with problems, face new challenges, and appreciate the joys of life.
St. Margaret School was honored to be acknowledged as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School on September 24, 2013, by Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Department of Education. This means that Saint Margaret School is a school that, according to its standardized test scores, ranks in the top 15% of schools in the nation and proves to be an exemplary school in other areas of viability. This includes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. Only 50 private schools in the nation are selected each year.
An extensive application was completed focusing on success indicators in curriculum, methodologies, instruction, professional development, and governance. All reports were substantiated by data and narratives. Schools that are eligible for this award all have exemplary test scores and strong academic programs; however, their unique “story” will set them apart from others. Here, at St. Margaret School, our strong Catholic identity and focus on spreading the Gospel message highlight our commitment to service and a faith-filled education and set us apart.
St. Margaret School is located on two campuses in Bel Air. The Elementary School Campus is located on Hickory Avenue next to St. Margaret Church, just off Main Street in Downtown Bel Air. The Elementary Campus consists of several buildings joined by attractive walkways and grassy play areas and features numerous classrooms, a full gymnasium, an art room, a health room, and administrative offices. The School buildings are close to the Bel Air Police Department, the Town Hall, Fire Department, Harford County Library, Shamrock Park, and Senior Citizen Activity Center. Students attend weekly mass at Saint Margaret Church.
Our Middle School Campus is located 2.5 miles north on Route 22 (Churchville Road). New in 2001, our middle school building has a large art room, fully-equipped science lab and connecting science classroom, library/media center, health suite, faculty room, gym, and a suite of offices for administrative staff. Middle School students participate in weekly religious services in the Callahan Center/Mission located adjacent to the Middle School building.
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At a Glance: Since 1911, St. Margaret School has provided generations of students with an education combining academic Excellence with Catholic Values. Discover the St. Margaret School difference by visiting our At a Glance Page.
Letter from School Leadership: The faculty & staff of St. Margaret School are committed to providing a strong faith-filled academic program for all of our students. To learn more about our mission as educators, please read our Letter from School Leadership.
Why Catholic Education: Discover how a Catholic Education within the Archdiocese of Baltimore develops students of high standards, strong morals, and future leaders by visiting the Why Catholic Education Page.
Vision & Mission: As a Catholic School in Bel Air, Maryland, St. Margaret School is committed to providing each student with a strong foundation in the Catholic Faith, Academics, and Citizenship. See how our vision & mission guides us by visiting the St. Margaret School Vision & Mission Page.
History & Tradition: As the oldest parochial school in Harford County, St. Margaret School has provided students with a premier Catholic Education since 1911. Learn more about the history & tradition of our school by visiting the Saint Margaret History & Tradition Page.
Faculty & Staff: Meet the faculty & Staff of St. Margaret School who educate our students & develop the leaders of tomorrow. For a complete list of our teachers & support staff, please visit the Saint Margaret School Faculty & Staff Page.
School Board: The St. Margaret School Board is a diverse group that seeks to reflect the student population and provide expertise related to our school's needs. Meet the leadership committee by visiting the Saint Margaret School Board Page.