Quick Facts

Cate's student body is recognized as much for its talent—academic, artistic, and athletic—as it is for its warmth and vitality.


  • Inquiries received yearly for admission: 2,000
  • Interviews conducted yearly for admission: 600
  • Applications submitted yearly for admission: 700
  • New students enrolled yearly: 75-80
  • General median SSAT total percentile of new students: 85th

Student Body

  • Total students: 270 (220 boarders / 50 day)
  • Boarding students from outside California: 51%
  • Boarding students from abroad: 16%
  • Students of color: 40%
  • Students who receive need-based financial aid: 30%
  • Financial aid allocated for 2014-15: $3,200,000
  • Foreign nations represented in student body 2014-15 (by home address): Bahrain, Canada, China, Croatia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan. Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam

  • States represented in student body (by home address): Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington


Academics and Colleges

  • 25% of the Class of 2015 are either National Merit Commended Scholars or National Merit Finalists
  • Mean SAT of Class of 2014: 1990
  • Student-teacher ratio is 5:1
  • 155 courses offered
  • 51advanced and honors courses offered
  • Average class size: 10-12 students
  • Directed studies offered in most disciplines

Cate School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship, athletic and other school-administered programs.