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Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a student at Cate.

Applications for Fall 2023 are now available on  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 Admission 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 2023-24 academic year. We offer campus visits on Monday, Thursday, and Friday mornings when school is in session. We also offer select Saturday visits to accommodate families.

Virtual interviews are primarily reserved for students who reside internationally or outside of California.

To schedule an appointment, please contact us at admission@cate.org or call (805) 684-4127 ext. 217.


In-Person Visits: Campus visits last about three hours and consist of the following:

  • Class visit (prospective student only)
  • Student-led tour of campus (prospective student and family)
  • All-school assembly (prospective student and family)
  • Interview with an admission committee member (prospective student and family)

Virtual Interview: Virtual interviews are reserved for students who reside internationally or outside of California. To schedule a virtual interview, we require the following:

Spring Visits (April 17 – May 17) are available in the mornings on Wednesdays and Fridays for 7th-grade families:

  • All-school assembly (prospective student and family)
  • Student-led tour of campus (prospective student and family)

 


For the 2022-2023 admission cycle (2023-2024 applicants), Cate School is not accepting standardized admission test scores (SSAT and ISEE).

International Applicants: 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.
DUOLINGO: Visit DUOLINGO


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. A complete application consists of:

    • Candidate Profile
    • Short Responses, Essays, Parent Statement
    • Principal/Counselor Recommendation
    • Current English Teacher Recommendation
    • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
    • Special Interest Recommendation
    • Transcript Report (current and previous year grades)

*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 admission@cate.org.


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.