Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a student at Cate. The following steps will walk you through the application process. There is also a downloadable checklist at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions, please call the Admission Office at 805-684-4127 ext. 217.
Step 1. Request informationRegister with us to receive an application packet and be informed of receptions and events near you. Register here to receive our information packet.
Step 2. Schedule a visitIt is important for you and your parents to have a campus visit and interview when school is in session and before the application deadline of January 15. For more information on scheduling a visit please
Step 3. Register for testingWe require that applicants applying for ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) or the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) and that the scores be forwarded directly to Cate School. In order for your scores to arrive before the application deadline of January 15, 2013, we suggest that you register for the SSAT no later than the January testing date. Eleventh grade applicants may submit SSAT, PSAT, or SAT scores.
SSAT: Visit their website or call (609) 683-4440. The Cate School code: 2170 SSAT dates are listed here.
ISEE: Visit their website or call (800) 446-0320. The Cate School code: 050485
We only accept test scores directly from SSAT/ISEE; we do not accept copies from your school or consultant.
TOEFL: Because Cate does not offer English as a Second Language, all candidates must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English. It is required that non-native English speakers take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Admitted students typically score above 100 (out of 120) on the internet-based test. Visit their website or call (877) 863-3546 or (609) 951-1100. The Cate School code: 8529
Step 4. Complete the application (Due January 15)Applications to Cate may be submitted in one of the following ways ( Note that over the summer we revise our applicaiton please check back in early September for the Fall of 2013 application):
1) Cate's on-line application is available here.
2) Download the printed version of our application for Fall 2013 admission. Please review the Application Checklist for details about the contents of the application.
3) Cate also accepts the SSATB common application. Click here to utilize this service.
If you are applying through A Better Chance (ABC), the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation, the TEAK Fellowship, Stepping Stone Foundation, Queen City Foundation, or the New Jersey Seeds Foundation, we request that you complete our supplemental application form. Download the Supplement Form.
Cate School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all rights, priviledges, 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.