The primary building block of public service is the chore program that all underclassmen participate in. Duties range from serving meals and washing dishes in the dining hall to light maintenance around the grounds, dorms, and classrooms under the supervision of teachers and seniors. The chore program builds a sense of responsibility in students and connects them both to the School and to each other. Community service beyond the chore program is not required, but Cate provides many opportunities for students to help others and encourages active participation. Students can tutor in the math lab, become student librarians, or help students with all things computer-related by becoming CateNet masters. Those interested in protecting the environment can join the Green Team and work to improve the recycling, energy, and water conservation programs on campus and in local neighborhoods.
Chores on campus allow students to contribute to some of the upkeep, and include kitchen crew, the Green Team, Math Lab.