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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 and not accepting applications for Fall 2021. Applications for Fall 2022 will be available shortly on the Gateway to Prep Schools. 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).

We will offer visits beginning in mid-September 2021. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at or call (805) 684-4127 ext. 217

In-Person Visits are available in the mornings on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays when school is in session, last about three hours, and consist of the following:

  • Student-led tour of campus
  • All-school assembly
  • Interview with an admission committee member


Virtual Visits contain the following:

  • Virtual tour (Please note, this must be completed BEFORE the interview)
  • An interview on Zoom where an admission committee member will first speak with the student and then follow up with the parent or guardian.

For the 2021-2022 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.

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.

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. 

  • Cate School accepts the Gateway to Prep Schools Application. This is a relatively common application that will be accepted by most if not all of the boarding schools to which you will apply.

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.