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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 304 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $69,515
  • Acceptance rate: 14%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Cate School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Year Founded
1910
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
304 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
53%
State avg.: 48%
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
Average SAT score
1350
Average ACT score
31
Average Percentile SSAT
80%
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
$54,825 for day students
% on Financial Aid
28%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$52,521
Acceptance Rate
14%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Charlotte Brownlee
Admissions Associate
David Soto

Sports

Extracurriculars

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

Arts and Music Programs:
Camerata, Chamber Orchestra, Chorale, Jazz Band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness Club, Outdoors Program

School Calendar

View the Cate School yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

Event
Date
First Day of Classes
August 31, 2022 (Wednesday)
Fall Break
November 20, 2022 (Sunday)
Fall Break
November 21, 2022 (Monday)
Fall Break
November 22, 2022 (Tuesday)
Fall Break
November 23, 2022 (Wednesday)

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.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • David Crosby - Singer/songwirter
    • Garrett Lisi - Noted physicist
    • Billy Steinberg - Musician/Songwriter
    • Warren Breidenbach III - Pioneering surgeon
    • Sir John R.H. Bond - Financier
    • Mona Khalil - United Nations
    • Dr. William New - Inventor and physician
    • Joshua Yaro - Professional soccer (MLS)
    • Ema Boateng - Professional soccer (MLS)
Source: Verified school update

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 304 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $69,515
  • Acceptance rate: 14%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Santa Barbara County, CA is $30,864 for elementary schools and $41,893 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Santa Barbara County, CA is 60% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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