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Welcome to Cate!

Kyle Mason

Director of Admission & Enrollment

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



2023 – 2024 Admission Cycle

September — January: Campus Visits and Interviews
November 18 — November 27: Thanksgiving Break (no tours)
December 16 — January 8: Winter Break (no tours)
January 15: Application Deadline
February 1: Financial Assistance Application Deadline
March 10: Applicants Notified of Decisions
April 10: Accepted Applicant Enrollment Deadline

Additional Resources

International Applicants

Cate welcomes international students.

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Campus Visit and Interview

Cate requires a personal interview as part of the application process.

Families are asked to schedule their visit several weeks before their desired appointment date. Please call the Admission Office at 805-684-4127 ext. 217 or email us to arrange your campus visit at

We designed our in-person program to show students and parents/guardians Cate’s unique programs, campus, culture, and community. During your visit, you will experience a student-led tour, attend an all-school assembly, have a chance to chat casually with faculty and tour guides and have an interview with an admission committee member. Your visit should serve as an excellent introduction to Cate and life on the Mesa.

Can’t make it to Cate in person?

If you can’t make it to campus but would like to complete your interview, a required part of the application, you may request an online interview. Please note online interviews are reserved for students from outside of California. A completed application is required before we will determine if an interview is needed. 

Please review our Application Requirements to learn more about campus visits and virtual interviews.

Application Requirements

Question about admissions?

Meet our admission team.

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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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