Award Year: 2013

Saint Margaret School

205 Hickory Avenue
Bel Air, MD, 21014-3241

(410) 877-9660

Madeleine Hobik, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Baltimore

School Website


To focus on nurturing individual growth, built upon Catholic beliefs and values, academic excellence, parent involvement and service to others.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 92%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Saint Margaret School is a vibrant, co-educational learning community of 693 students spanning two campuses grades Pre-K through eighth grade. The school professes to “let the children come” welcoming students of all faiths, abilities, ethnicities and socio-economic status. It exemplifies the spirit of building “the city of God” through its sense of community, focus on peace and successful academics.

The commitment to Catholic faith ties both campuses together and anchors the school in the community. Students and faculty, not only speak about building community and outreach, but they put it into action, through hands-on service projects, as well as by raising funds to donate to local, national and international causes.

Students gather in prayer and reflection to consider their role in creating a peaceful school, community and world. As in the words of Saint Francis, “Spread the Gospel message and if necessary, use words”. As a reminder of the school’s commitment to spreading peace in the classroom and beyond, school programs were expanded to include Rachel’s Challenge. This program is internationally recognized for its efforts to promote a chain reaction of random acts of kindness.

We strive for excellence both from our students and for our students. This is achieved through a spiraling curriculum, dedicated faculty, enrichment and resource and by meeting the needs of all learners. In an Archdiocesan viability study, the school received the highest rating in all ten factors and was encouraged to act as a role model and share with other Archdiocesan schools strategies and best practices for success.