Cate School

Tel: (805)684-4127
  • 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, tenth and eleventh grades.
  • 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.

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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 Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Year Founded 1910

Student Body

Total Students 280 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
44%
State avg.: 43%
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
83%
Average Class Size 10 students
Number of AP Courses 22 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1350
Average ACT score 31
Average Percentile SSAT 85%
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost $60,400
Tuition Notes $48,180 for day students
% on Financial Aid
28%
Average Financial Aid Grant $48,264
Acceptance Rate
14%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Lisa Spengler
Admissions Associate Gwendolyn Pierce

Sports

Total Sports Offered 20 sports
Sports Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Fit, Dance, Football, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water PoloBalletBaseball,
BasketballClimbing,
Cross CountryCross Fit,
DanceFootball,
KayakingLacrosse,
Rock ClimbingSoccer,
SoftballSquash,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
VolleyballWater Polo,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 38 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Alianza (Latino Student Alliance), American Sign Language, Awkapella, Black Student Union, California Mathematics League, Camerata, Caps for Good, Cate Artists' Theater Ensemble, Cate Liberals League, Cate Republicans, Cate Review (Literary Magazine), Chamber Orchestra, Chicken Club, Chorale, El Batidor (Newspaper), Environmental Club, FLAG, Fitness Club, French Club, Green Team, Holiday Cheer (Community Service), International Club, Jazz Band, Junior State of America, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Outdoors Program, Pandamonium, Public Service Club, Round Square, Scuba Club, Senate, Spanish Club, Stream Team, Tae Kwon Do, Women's Forum, Writing Dangerously, Young Men's Forum Awkapella, Camerata, Caps for Good, Chicken Club, Chorale, FLAG, Fitness Club, French Club, Green Team, Jazz Band, Mock Trial, Pandamonium, Round Square, Scuba Club, Senate, Spanish Club, Stream Team, Tae Kwon Do, Women's Forum, Alianza (Latino Student Alliance),
American Sign Language,
Black Student Union,
California Mathematics League,
Cate Artists' Theater Ensemble,
Cate Liberals League,
Cate Republicans,
Cate Review (Literary Magazine),
Chamber Orchestra,
El Batidor (Newspaper),
Environmental Club,
Holiday Cheer (Community Service),
International Club,
Junior State of America,
Model United Nations,
Outdoors Program,
Public Service Club,
Writing Dangerously,
Young Men's Forum,

School Notes

  • We do not offer an ESL program which means we require our international students to be fluent in English.  Our international applicants must take the TOEFL as part of the application process.
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