Cate School

5.00 5 1 (14 reviews)
1960 Cate Mesa Road, P.O. Box 5005
Carpinteria, CA 93013
  • Founded in 1910, Cate School is a grade 9-12, coeducational, college preparatory boarding school in Carpinteria, California.
  • What began as a group of twelve boys and a few teachers has expanded into a 280-student, 57-teacher, deeply academic and talented community with the most diverse student body of any boarding school of its size in the United States.
  • One of the most experienced and committed teaching faculty in the country: 82% hold advanced degrees, 18% of these have PhDs.
  • Cate is one of this nation's most selective boarding schools, accepting under 20% of our applicants each year.
  • 60% of Cate's most recent graduating class attend the 25 top-ranked colleges and universities in the country and 18% went to Ivy Leagues and Stanford.
  • The Cate experience combines academics, athletics, art and co-curricular activities in a close-knit, community setting where students are enriched by their relationships with their teachers and each other.
  • When students leave Cate, they have the tools and the conviction to seek out lives full of purpose and meaning.
  • College admissions offices often report back that Cate students are among their schools' brightest, most dynamic, and intellectually curious individuals.
  • Mission: Through commitment, scholarship, companionship, and service, each member of the Cate community contributes to what our founder called: "...the spirit of this place...all compounded of beauty and virtue, quiet study, vigorous play, and hard work.".

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  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Yale University
    On the surface Cate is defined by its dedicated commitment to service (the school motto is "Servons" meaning "to serve"), its more casual and down-to-earth California vibes, and its interest in the outdoors as a. . .

  • Class of 2015
    5 Stars  
    University of Southern California
    Cate is a very unique school located by the ocean and mountains which allows for a great deal of outdoor activities while still being in California. . .

  • Class of 2014
    5 Stars  
    Trinity University
    I have heard that the majority of schools on the west coast have a relaxed environment but Cate had that coupled with the incredible location on a hill overlooking Carpinteria and the Pacific Ocean. Our. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
Cate SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-125-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19101910
Campus Size150 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment297 students313 students
% Students of Color
51%
23%
% International Students
18%
20%
% Students Boarding
83%
67%
Average SAT Score1350* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score31*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size10 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2218
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
82%
69%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$90 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$65,500$56,875
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a$30,000
% Students on Financial Aid
28%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$52,541$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT85%-
Acceptance Rate
14%
56%
Director of AdmissionsLisa Spengler
Associate Director of AdmissionsGwendolyn Pierce

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2218
CoursesAdvanced Art (A and AB), Advanced Art History, Advanced Biology, Advanced Calculus 1 (AB), Advanced Calculus 2 (BC), Advanced Ceramics, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Chinese: Chinese Cinema, Advanced Chinese: Literature, Advanced Chinese: The Chinese Idiom, Advanced Choral Music: Camerata, Advanced Computer Science, Advanced English 11, Advanced English 12, Advanced French: Language Studies, Advanced French: Literature Studies, Advanced Global Systems, Advanced History: Anthropological Perspectives, Advanced History: Comparative Revolutions, Advanced History: Modern Middle East, Advanced History: Modern Presidency, Advanced Mechanics with Calculus, Advanced Molecular Genetics, Advanced Multivariable Calculus, Statistics, and Linear Algebra, Advanced Photography, Advanced Physics: Astrophysics, Advanced Physics: Electronics, Advanced Physics: Mechanics, Advanced Spanish: Hispanic Cinema, Advanced Spanish: Language Studies, Advanced Spanish: Literature Studies, Advanced Spanish: Magical Realism, Advanced Spanish: Master Works of Spanish Literature, Advanced Statistics, Advanced Studio Art, Advanced U.S. History, Directed Studies, Japanese 4, Senior Inquiry Project

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1716
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations4423
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Alianza (Latino Student Alliance), Black Student Union, Blue Crew, California Mathematics League, Cate Liberals League, Cate Repbulicans, Cate Review (Literary Magazine), CateNet Masters, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Coagess (Yearbook), Cougar Cup, Cougar Online, Cultural Awareness Club, Culture Pot, Dance Club, Film Society, George School Investing Club, Goldfish in Java, Green Team, Havurah, Jewelry and Metalsmithing Club, Lantern (School Art & Poetry Magazine), LOGOS, Pennswood Committee, Pets Are Worth Supporting, R&B Step Team, Round Square, South Asian Student Society, Squares, Student Book Club, Student Senate, TERRA, The Crew (Video Club), The Curious George (School Newspaper), Theatre Arts, Tour Guides, Women's Forum

Arts and Music Programs:
Camerata, Cate Artists' Theatre, Chamber, Chorale, Latin American Students Organization

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Martial Arts Club, Pacific Rim Organization (PRO)

College Matriculation

Year: 2012 - 201610 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
New York University20
University of Southern California17
Stanford University14
University of Pennsylvania13
University of Chicago11
Barnard College10
Colorado College10
Georgetown University10
Santa Clara University7
Columbia University6
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • With more than 150 courses offered, the goal of the Cate curriculum is to teach students to think and to develop in them a lifelong love of learning. Cate graduates consistently enroll in the country`s top colleges and universities.  Cate strongly values diversity. Our student body is comprised of 51% students of color. We enroll boys and girls from 26 states and 14 countries.  Our commitment to socio-economic diversity is evidenced by a financial assistance budget of more than $4,070,000.
  • Cate School accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
  • 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)

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