Cate School

     Tel: (805)684-4127
Grades: 9 - 12 | 270 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; 81% 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 $2,600,000 in financial aid to 30% of the student body.

School Overview

Grades Offered Grades 9 - 12
Year Founded 1910

Student Body

Total Students 270 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 40%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Cate School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 57 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 82%
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 $53,150
Tuition Notes $42,350 for day students
% on Financial Aid 30%
Average Financial Aid Grant $42,000
Acceptance Rate 17%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Charlotte Brownlee
Admissions Associate Lynn Dinning


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFootball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water Polo


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 23 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Alianza (Latino Student Alliance), 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, Scuba Club, Senate, Spanish Club, Stream Team, Women's Forum Awkapella, Camerata, Chorale, FLAG, Green Team, Jazz Band, Mock Trial, Pandamonium, Scuba Club, Senate, Spanish Club, Stream Team, Women's Forum, Alianza (Latino Student Alliance),
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,

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Anacapa School (10.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Howard Carden (0.8 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Howard Carden (0.8 miles away)
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