Applications for Fall 2024 will be available on August 1. To get a jump start on the process, you are welcome to schedule your interview for the Fall. If you have not already completed the Inquiry Form, we require all applicants to complete this form before scheduling.
You may apply through Gateway to Prep Schools.
If you have any questions, please call the Admission Office at (805) 684-4127 ext. 217.
The inquiry form will always be the first step for all applicants. If you have not done so already, please fill out the Inquiry Form to set up your Admission Portal account. Please only submit one form per prospective student.
If you are a current parent, faculty or staff at Cate, please sign into the Admission Portal with your username and password to begin the application process (do not fill out the form above).
Cate School offers a unique campus visit experience. Our campus visits are reserved for prospective candidates for the 2024-25 academic year. We offer campus visits and interviews on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings when school is in session through the end of January. We will be offering two Saturday visits this season. Saturday, November 11th, and Saturday, January 20th. These are reserved for families outside of California.
To schedule an appointment, please contact us at email@example.com or call (805) 684-4127 ext. 217.
In-Person: Campus visits last about three hours and consist of the following:
Virtual: Please note virtual interviews are reserved for students outside California. Virtual interviews are also available for students applying through 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).
To schedule a virtual interview, we require the following:
Spring Visits (April 24 – May 17) are available in the morning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please understand that Spring visits do not constitute an official visit.
For the 2023-2024 admission cycle (2024-2025 applicants), Cate School is not accepting standardized admission test scores (SSAT and ISEE).
All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 105, an IELTS score of 7.5, and a Duolingo score of 125.
To begin the application process, you must complete the Admission Inquiry Form to create your Cate Admission Portal account.
Cate School accepts the Gateway to Prep Schools Application.
We are not accepting a writing sample or standardized testing scores.
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.
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.