History and Mission

St. John's Episcopal School is an independent, church-affiliated school enrolling boys and girls from 8 weeks old to 8th Grade. Located in Orange County about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Rancho Santa Margarita is a picturesque, Spanish-style town a short distance from the Santa Ana Mountains and vast expanses of national forest.

Generated by the strong need for private elementary education in the community, the Reverend Canon Ernest D. Sillers founded St. John's Episcopal School in 1988. From an initial enrollment of 250 children in Preschool through Grade 8, St. John's reached its full enrollment within four years, and, with generous support from private businesses and developers, the school's permanent facilities were completed by the end of the fifth year.

St. John's is a not-for-profit institution incorporated under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. The Governing Body, consisting of members of the Bishop's Committee guides it in its purpose. The self-perpetuating School Committee, which meets ten times a year, is responsible for the practical operation of the school.

Grounded in the rich history of diversity and excellence in Episcopal education, St. John’s fosters every child’s full intellectual, physical, and spiritual development. A nurturing learning environment and programs built on an ideal balance of tradition and innovation encourage our students to pursue lives of service and purpose.