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Cate School

School Name: Cate School
Location: P.O. Box 5005 1960 Cate Mesa Road Carpinteria, California 93013, USA
Founded Year: 1910
Religion: Episcopalian
Motto: Servons (Let Us Serve)
Type: Co-ed
Boarding Age: 14-18
Year Group: Grade 9 - Grade 12 and a small post-graduate class
No. of Students: 265
No. of Boarders: 220
Average Class: 12 students
School Facilities:
Average SAT: 1954
Entry Requirement:

SSAT Required

Extracurricular Activities:
  • All students are involved in an extracurricular program that includes athletics, drama, music, dance, community service and an extensive outdoor program which allows students to engage in many activities such as taking students sur ng, kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, and rafting.
  • Interscholastic athletic teams compete in soccer, cross country, volleyball, water polo, football, basketball, lacrosse, squash, tennis, track, baseball, and softball. Intramurals include sur ng, ultimate frisbee, weight training, Tae Kwan Do, dance and others. Cate School has outdoor programs that include sea kayaking, hiking etc.

Contact Details
Director of Admissions:
Charlotte Brownlee '85
P.O. Box 5005, 1960 Cate Mesa Road, Carpinteria, California, 93013, USA
+1 (805) 684 4127 ext.2 17

The School

  •  The campus includes, among other things, 9 student dormitories, classroom facilities, a library, theater, various art buildings, and athletic facilities including 2 gyms, 2 full-size playing  fields, an all-weather track, an aquatics center with two pools, a baseball diamond, softball diamond, rock wall, tennis and squash courts.
  • Cate's student body is recognized as much for its talent—academic, artistic, and athletic—as it is for its warmth and vitality.
  • Students are also very involved in service projects in the community. Students help tutor local schoolchildren, visit with the elderly and disabled, and work on local environmental improvement projects.
  • All students are accepted to four-year colleges. The most popular college selections of Cate graduates over the past 5 years are University of Southern California, University of California Berkeley, New York University, Columbia University, Stanford University, and University of Pennsylvania.


  • Cate is one of USA most selective boarding schools, accepting only 20% applicants each year.

Boarding Houses

  • Cate is not simply one of the world's top boarding schools—it is a community.

AP Course

  • A combined of 101 offerings with 19 AP courses.

2012/13 US High School Boarding Fees# (USD$) Per Year

7th Grade (12/13 Years Old)8th Grade (13/14 Years Old)9th Grade Freshman Year (14/15 Years Old)10th Grade Sophomore Year (15-16 Years Old)11th Grade Junior Year (16-17 Years Old)12th Grade Senior Year (17-18 Years Old)

Remark: #Inclusive of tuition fees but exclusive of miscellaneous fees, such as uniform, extracurricular activities

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