Back to School

August 24, 2013
Headmaster Ben Williams and Director of Admission Charlotte Brownlee '85 welcome new and returning students to the Mesa. 

With classes scheduled to begin on August 29, students are making their way to the Mesa for a series of opening-of-school activities that launch Cate's 104th academic year. Students will be coming from 16 countries and 25 states, and Cate will welcome 78 new students in addition to those returning.

The first students back on campus are athletes, who arrived for pre-season practice on August 14. Prefects moved in on August 23, seniors arrive August 26, freshmen and transfer students on August 27, and returning students on August 28. Day students and their families took part in an orientation on August 22, and parents of newly enrolled students visit the campus to learn more about life at Cate during the New Parent Welcome on August 27. In October, the School invites families back to the campus for a weekend of activities and the opportunity to spend time with their student.

After the first full week of classes, students pack their bags for Outings Week, one of Cate's signature programs and a much-anticipated part of the school year. Freshmen travel to Pyles Camp in the Sequoia National Forest, where they take day hikes and spend nights in open-air cabins. On the sophomore trip, students plan to carry in all their food and gear to Yosemite National Park, where they backpack in small groups. Juniors and accompanying faculty head to the Kern River for a 40-mile, full-pack trek. Seniors can spend the week visiting colleges, taking part in a camping trip to the Channel Islands, or serving as leaders on one of the underclassmen trips.


New students gather on their first day at Cate.