Cate School is located just two miles from the Pacific Ocean in the rural back country of Carpinteria, California, a small town that is 20 minutes from beautiful Santa Barbara and an hour and a half from Los Angeles. The campus, known as the Mesa, is set on 150 acres in the foothills. Cate also owns more than 1,200 acres in the back country, providing access to the Los Padres National Forest.
The School community is diverse, tight-knit and dynamic. Fellow students become friends, teammates and counselors, while teachers are always there to lend a helping hand both in and out of the classroom. Faculty members accompany students on weekend hikes and field trips. They drive the vans into town, share their poetry at weekend coffeehouses and are often ready for a game of basketball, tennis or Scrabble.
The Cate advisory system means that all students have a specific faculty member to help guide them through their years at the School. Students and advisors see each other every day, sometimes just for a quick hello, at other times to meet either individually or as a group to talk through issues both large and small. Advisors serve as advocates, counselors and friends for their advisees but also act as a vital link between parents and the School through regular phone calls and emails.
"The size of the school is what drew me to Cate. It may sound like a trifling consideration, but it isn't. Because we are a relatively small school, our relationships with one another are more developed and meaningful, inside the classroom and out."