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Welcome to Cate!

Kyle Mason

Director of Admission

Welcome to Cate! As you explore our community, we hope to serve as a standard by which you will navigate the high school application process. Finding the right fit school community is all about identifying what matters to you. If you are seeking a community with traditions and challenges of an East Coast academic experience but seek the innovation and frontier mindset that only the West can provide, then Cate may be the right place for you.

As you embark on your journey to find a school home, it is important to continue asking questions about the things that matter to you. Our application process is designed to give you multiple ways to learn about our school. Of course, nothing substitutes for a firsthand look, so we invite you to visit us so you can experience for yourself what our founder called “ The spirit of this place.”


Kyle Mason



2024 – 2025 Admission Timeline

September — January: Campus Visits and Interviews
November 23 — December 2: Thanksgiving Break (no tours)
December 21 — January 7: Winter Break (no tours)
January 15: Application Deadline
February 1: Financial Assistance Application Deadline
March 10: Admission Notification
April 10: Admission Enrollment Deadline

Additional Resources

International Applicants

Cate welcomes international students.

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Campus Visit and Interview

Our Office Summer Hours are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Cate requires an interview as part of the application process.

Our visit program is designed for prospective students and their families. You will experience a student-led tour, attend an all-school assembly, and have a chance to chat casually with faculty and tour guides. Visiting students will even have an opportunity to attend a class. The day ends with an interview with an admission committee member.

Can’t make it to Cate in person? Schedule a virtual interview.

To schedule a virtual interview, we require the following:

To schedule your campus visit or virtual interview, please contact the Admission Office at 805-684-4127 ext. 217,


Meet our Admission Team.

We can’t wait to hear from you.

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Question about Campus Life?

Ask our tour guides. They’re the experts.

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Affording Cate

We are committed to making a Cate experience accessible to families of all income levels.

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