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 AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded1910

Student Body

Total Students280 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeCate School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers57 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
Number of AP Courses22 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1350
Average ACT score31
Average Percentile SSAT85%
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost$60,400
Tuition Notes$48,180 for day students
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$48,264
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorLisa Spengler
Admissions AssociateGwendolyn Pierce


Total Sports Offered20 sports
SportsBallet, 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,
Cross CountryCross Fit,
Rock ClimbingSoccer,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
VolleyballWater Polo,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.38 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, Tae Kwon Do

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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