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A+ 5.0 / 5 43 Reviews


Located one mile from the ocean, in the foothills of Santa Barbara County, Cate School is a coeducational college preparatory boarding school. Founded in 1910, the School delivers a demanding academic program resulting in a breadth and depth of scholarly inquiry. Cate School seeks students with the capacity to handle a demanding college-preparatory curriculum, with the curiosity to engage in our student-centered small classes, and with the compassion and character to be active and caring members of our small community. The student body of 265 students (83% are boarders) comes from 22 states and 19 foreign countries and is both academically talented and remarkably diverse (41% students of color). In an intimate setting, students and teachers together pursue high ideals. Cate's mission statement reads: "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."
Official information of Cate School in 2024 | FindingSchool

A+ Boarding
A+ Matriculation
A+ Academics
A Extracurricular activities
B Community
A Reviews
A- Int. student mgmt

Boarding Grades: 9-12
Tuition: $69,000
# of Students: 305
Teacher:Student: 1:5
International Student: 17%
AP Courses: 0
Endowment: $295,082/stu.
Faculty w/ adv. degree: 71%
SAT: 1397/1600

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Ranking University/College Students
#2 Columbia University 9
#2 Harvard College 6
#2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1
#5 Yale University 5
LAC #1 Williams College 2
#6 Stanford University 9
#6 University of Chicago 13
#8 University of Pennsylvania 9
#9 California Institute of Technology 1
#9 Duke University 4
#9 Johns Hopkins University 1
#9 Northwestern University 2
LAC #2 Amherst College 4
#13 Dartmouth College 6
#14 Brown University 12
#14 Vanderbilt University 2
#14 Washington University in St. Louis 2
#17 Cornell University 6
#17 Rice University 2
#19 University of Notre Dame 4
#20 University of California: Los Angeles 4
LAC #4 Pomona College 5
#21 Emory University 4
#22 University of California: Berkeley 7
#23 Georgetown University 6
#23 University of Michigan 1
#25 Carnegie Mellon University 3
#25 University of Virginia 5
LAC #5 Wellesley College 5
#27 University of Southern California 12
#28 New York University 11
#28 Tufts University 7
#28 University of Florida 1
#28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1
LAC #6 Bowdoin College 7
#34 University of California: San Diego 1
#36 Boston College 1
#38 University of Texas at Austin 2
LAC #8 Claremont McKenna College 2
#42 Boston University 2
#42 Case Western Reserve University 6
#42 Tulane University 15
#42 University of Wisconsin-Madison 2
LAC #9 Carleton College 1
LAC #9 Middlebury College 5
#47 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1
#49 Lehigh University 1
#49 Northeastern University 7
#49 Purdue University 1
#49 Villanova University 2
#55 Santa Clara University 2
#55 University of Miami 2
LAC #11 United States Military Academy 1
#57 Penn State University Park 1
#59 Syracuse University 1
#59 University of Washington 3
#63 George Washington University 3
LAC #13 Davidson College 2
LAC #13 Grinnell College 1
LAC #13 Hamilton College 2
#68 Indiana University Bloomington 1
#68 Southern Methodist University 7
#68 Texas A&M University 1
#68 University of Minnesota: Twin Cities 1
#75 Loyola Marymount University 4
#79 American University 1
#79 Gonzaga University 1
LAC #17 Barnard College 7
LAC #17 Colgate University 1
LAC #17 Wesleyan University 1
#93 University of San Diego 1
#103 University of California: Santa Cruz 1
#104 University of California: Merced 1
#104 University of Colorado Boulder 2
LAC #22 United States Air Force Academy 1
LAC #22 University of Richmond 2
LAC #22 Vassar College 2
#117 University of Vermont 1
#122 Chapman University 1
LAC #25 Bates College 7
#127 Seton Hall University 1
LAC #26 Colorado College 5
#136 Catholic University of America 1
LAC #28 Harvey Mudd College 1
LAC #30 Bryn Mawr College 1
LAC #30 Kenyon College 3
LAC #30 Scripps College 8
LAC #35 Pitzer College 2
LAC #36 Oberlin College 1
LAC #38 Bucknell University 1
LAC #38 Lafayette College 1
LAC #38 Skidmore College 1
LAC #42 Occidental College 2
LAC #45 Union College 1
LAC #46 Trinity College 2
LAC #50 Connecticut College 2
American University of Paris 2
Babson College 1
Bard College 1
California Polytechnic State University: San Luis Obispo 4
California State University: Northridge 1
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 1
eugene lang college of liberal arts 1
Gettysburg College 2
parsons school of design 1
Queen's University 1
Reed College 1
Santa Barbara City College 3
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1
University of Portland 2
University of St. Andrews 7
Westmont College 1
Wheaton College-Norton-MA 1


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Cross Country
Off Piste Skiing
Outing Club
Strength and Conditioning
Cross Country
Off Piste Skiing
Outing Club
Strength and Conditioning
Track and Field
Water Polo
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Art History
Art History

Extracurricular Activities and Clubs

(Total 20)
Black Student Union
California Mathematics League
Cate Review (Literary Magazine)
CateNet Masters
Chamber Orchestra
El Batidor (school newspaper)
Foster Homes (community service)
Gay-Straight Alliance
Green Team (recycling)
Black Student Union
California Mathematics League
Cate Review (Literary Magazine)
CateNet Masters
Chamber Orchestra
El Batidor (school newspaper)
Foster Homes (community service)
Gay-Straight Alliance
Green Team (recycling)
International Students Club
Jazz Band
Kayaking Club
Los Ninos (community service)
Mesan (school yearbook)
Mock Trial
Peer Tutors
Student Book Club
Student Senate
Tour Guides
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Basic Info

Year Founded: 1910
Campus Size: 300 acres
Boarding Rate: 80%
Religious Affiliation: No Religious Affiliation

Application Info

Deadline: 01/15
Interview: Skype, On Campus
Pre Interview: No Requirement
School Code:
TOEFL: 8529
SSAT: 2170
ISEE: 50485



Brief Reviews

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Detailed Reviews

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Frequently Ask Questions about Cate School

Tell me a bit about Cate School.
Cate School is Co-ed private boarding school located in Los Angeles, California, US. It was founded 1910, and currently has about 305 students, 17.00% of whom are international students.

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Where is Cate School located?
Cate School is located in the State of California of USA. The closest major city is Los Angeles, which is about 76 miles away from school. Most families can choose Los Angeles International Airport to travel in and out of school.
Does Cate School have rigorous academic requirements?
Cate School also have 71% of faculties whose degrees are master and above.
How popular is Cate School on FindingSchool network?
Based on FindingSchool monthly traffic data as well as onsite search record, Cate School is among the most popular schools, within top 24 for all US schools.

Also Cate School has been favorited by 904 users.
Where do Cate School students typically go for their colleges?
Based on the most recent matriculation data, 24.35% go to top 50 US universities and colleges*, 23.48% go to top 25, and about 15.65% go to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and MIT.

*Ranking is based on the 2024 US News College Ranking.
How to start with an application with Cate School?
The first stop is to carefully review the school profile on FindingSchool to learn more about Cate School. Most of them are directly provided by the school.

Also it is highly recommended to visit Cate School’s official site: or call them at 805-684-4127.
What is the application requirement for Cate School?
Similar to most private schools in the US, Cate School’s typical admission requirements include school transcript, recommendation letter, application essay, standard test (like TOEFL and SSAT), and interview (often optional, but highly recommended).
Please share a few nearby schools that are close to Cate School?
Yes, here are few: The Thacher School, The Webb Schools and Deerfield Academy.

The closest major city is Los Angeles. You can find out more schools near Los Angeles here.
What is the latest tuition for Cate School’s Co-ed student?
The total fee for Cate School in 2024 is $69,000 , which typically includes tuition, boarding fee, student management fee and a few other fees associated with managing international students.

For more information, please contact school’s admission team at .
What is the FindingSchool rating for Cate School?
The overall rating for Cate School is A+.

The section ratings of Cate School are:
A+ for Matriculation
A+ for Academics
A for Extracurriculum
B for Community
A for Students and Parents reviews
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