Admission to Cate School is very competitive. We receive roughly 2,000 inquiries and more than 700 applications each year, and enroll only 75 students. We strive to enroll exceptional students who bring a wide variety of skills, interests, and backgrounds to the Cate community. The admission committee considers a student’s previous academic record, recommendations from teachers, personal references, scores on the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), extracurricular interests and strengths, and impressions and information obtained in the candidate’s personal interview.

Tuition for the 2015-16 academic year: boarding $55,550 and day $44,260.

Cate is a national leader in diversity, with a student body that hails from 31 states and 17 countries and includes 42% students of color.


Each year Cate offers more than $3,200,000 in need-based financial aid to 35% of the student body. Awards range from $5,000 to full tuition and expenses.