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Applying to Cate

Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a student at Cate. At this time, we are fully enrolled. Any application received here on out will be considered for our wait pool. If this interests you, please complete steps 1 and 5, and if applicable, step 4. If you have any questions, please call the Admission Office at (805) 684-4127 ext. 217.

If you have not done so already, please fill out the Admission Inquiry Form to set up your Admission Portal account. If you are a current parent, faculty or staff at Cate, please sign into the Admission Portal here with your username and password to begin the application process (do not fill out the form above).

Our virtual tours have concluded, as we now focus on the next phase of our application process. Please contact the admission office for more information.

At this phase of the application process, applications must be complete in order for an interview to be considered. A completed application includes all teacher recommendations and grades.

You can expect the interview to last approximately 60 minutes. The interviewer will spend time with both the student and parents/guardians during this time frame. 

If you have any questions about the interview process contact the admission office at or 805 – 684 – 4127 ext. 217

For the 2020-2021 admission cycle, Cate School is not accepting standardized admission test scores (SSAT and ISEE). This decision was made in order to better serve our prospective students and their families in this uncertain time.

Cate School requires that all non-native English speakers take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International Language Testing System (IELTS) in order to demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English, even if you have been studying in an English speaking country for the last few years. Admitted students typically score above 100 (out of 120 TOEFL) and 7 (out of 9 IELTS).

TOEFL: Visit TOEFL or call (877) 863-3546 or (609) 951-1100. The Cate School code: 8529
IELTS: Visit IELTS USA or call (323) 255-2771.


The Character Skills Snapshot is a new tool designed and administered by the Enrollment Management Association that will allow schools to get a broader view of applicants. We encourage you to spend some time learning about Snapshot—what it measures, how it is administered, and what role the report may play in the admissions process at the schools to which you will apply.

At Cate, we are curious to see individual Snapshot results, though you are not required to submit your results as part of our admissions process. If you do elect to send us your results, we will not include them in your admissions file, thus they will not be part of our decision-making process.

For the next few years, we hope to receive results so that we can gain a greater understanding of what the information means and how it may be utilized in the admissions process in the years ahead. Ultimately, we believe that Snapshot results will enable us to support students in maximizing their personal growth while they live and learn on the Mesa. Thus, we encourage you to send us your results with the assurance that they will in no way inform our admission decisions.

To begin the application process, you must complete the Admission Inquiry Form to create your Cate Admission Portal account. If you are a current parent, staff, or faculty at Cate, please sign directly into the Admission Portal with your username and password. Then click ‘Add a New Applicant’ to start the online application for your child using either of the below common applications. Once your account is active, you may log in at any time to track the status of your application. 

For Program Applicants

This may include students applying from: A Better Chance (ABC), Breakthrough, Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation (DMSF), Harlem Leadership and Lacrosse (HLL), Independent School Alliance (ISA), Inspiring Young Minds (IYM), New Jersey Seeds Foundation, Oliver Scholars, Queen City Foundation, SMART Foundation, Stepping Stone Foundation, TEAK Fellowship or Young Eisner Scholars (YES).

If you are applying through one of the aforementioned programs that use a program-specific application, we request that you complete the Admission Inquiry Form to create your Cate Admission Portal account. Once your account is active, you may log in at any time to track the status of your application. 

In addition, we ask that you download and complete our Supplemental Application Form. All completed submissions can be scanned and emailed to

Our Non-Discrimination Policy

Cate School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, 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, gender identification, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship, athletic, and other school-administered programs.