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Cate School

Cate School is a coeducational private boarding traditional school for students in grades 9 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural

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Overview

Overview

Cate School says

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 265-student, 65-teacher, deeply academic and talented community with the most diverse student body of any boarding school of its size in the United States. The faculty are experts in their fields: 74% hold advanced degrees, 18% of these have PhDs. Cate is one of this nations most selective boarding schools, accepting only 14% applicants each year. 75% of Cate's most recent graduating class attend the 25 top-ranked colleges and universities in the country. 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." With more than 101 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 42% students of color. We enroll boys and girls from 31 states and 17 countries.Our commitment to socio-economic diversity is evidenced by a financial aid budget of more than $3,200,000.

Mission Statement

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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Finance

Finance

Tuition

Grades Cost Term
High School $45,900 Annual

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Admissions

Admissions
Phone
  (805) 684-4127
Email
  [email protected]

Entrance Requirements

  • SSAT and the average admitted student scores in the 82th percentile.

Academics

Academics

Test Scores

1860 25th percentile score for the SAT Composite

2130 75th percentile score for the SAT Composite

1991 Average score for the SAT Composite

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 270
Student Teacher Ratio 4 : 1
Average Class Size 10
Gender 50% Male / 50% Female
Dress Code Casual
Percent Boarding 85%

Extracurriculars

  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Jazz Band
  • Model UN
  • Peer Tutoring

Associations & Memberships

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

State or regional independent school association

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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