Cate School

1960 Cate Mesa Road
Carpinteria, CA 93013-0930
Tel: (805)684-4127
Grades: 9-12 | 280 students
Cate's student body is recognized as much for its talent-academic, artistic, and athletic-as it is for its warmth and vitality.
We welcome qualified applicants for openings in ninth and tenth grades.
A few exceptionally well-qualified students are accepted into the eleventh grade, and it is highly unusual for there to be an opening in the twelfth grade.
Cate is primarily a residential school; 82% of Cate students are boarders.
When considering applications, the admission committee, comprised of admission officers and faculty, reviews a student's previous record, recommendations from teachers, personal references, scores on the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), extracurricular interests and strengths, and impressions and information obtained in the candidate's personal interview.
The School strives to enroll exceptional students who bring a wide variety of skills, interests, and backgrounds to the Cate community. Each year Cate offers more than $3,200,000 in financial aid to 30% of the student body.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Year Founded 1910

Student Body

Total Students 280 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Cate School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 57 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 10 students
Number of AP Courses 51 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1990
Average ACT score 25
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost $58,050
Tuition Notes $46,280 for day students
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $49,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Charlotte Brownlee
Admissions Associate Gwendolyn Pierce


Total Sports Offered 22 sports
Sports Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Fit, Dance, Football, Golf, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water PoloBalletBaseball,
Cross CountryCross Fit,
LacrosseRock Climbing,
SquashSurf Team,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
VolleyballWater Polo,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 25 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Alianza (Latino Student Alliance), American Sign Language, Awkapella, Black Student Union, California Mathematics League, Camerata, Cate Artists' Theater Ensemble, Cate Review (Literary Magazine), Chamber Orchestra, Chorale, El Batidor (Newspaper), FLAG, Green Team, Holiday Cheer (Community Service), International Club, Jazz Band, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Pandamonium, Round Square, Scuba Club, Senate, Spanish Club, Stream Team, Women's Forum Awkapella, Camerata, Chorale, FLAG, Green Team, Jazz Band, Mock Trial, Pandamonium, Round Square, Scuba Club, Senate, Spanish Club, Stream Team, Women's Forum, Alianza (Latino Student Alliance),
American Sign Language,
Black Student Union,
California Mathematics League,
Cate Artists' Theater Ensemble,
Cate Review (Literary Magazine),
Chamber Orchestra,
El Batidor (Newspaper),
Holiday Cheer (Community Service),
International Club,
Model United Nations,
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