Building an international school experience

International Applicants

Cate welcomes international students. International and domestic applicants are considered in the same pool and held to the same standards. Because we don’t offer English as a Second Language, we expect all applicants to be fluent in English. Seventeen percent of the current student body are international students hailing from 17 different countries. We consider an international student to be one whose home mailing address is outside of the United States. Currently, ten percent of our student body are F-1 Visa holders.


TOEFL: Visit TOEFL or call (877) 863-3546 or (609) 951-1100. The Cate School code: 8529
Cate School requires that all non-native English speakers take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 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) on the internet-based test.


An interview is a required part of Cate School’s admission process. All students who visit campus will be interviewed on their visit day. SKYPE interviews are offered, but not guaranteed.

Campus Visit: Ideally, you and a parent or guardian will have a campus visit and interview when school is in session. Please refer to our Visit the Mesa page for details.

SKYPE Interview: If you are unable to visit, the Admission Office will review your completed application to determine if you qualify for an interview via telephone or Skype. A completed application includes teacher recommendations, grades, and all required testing. You must demonstrate a high level of fluency in English to qualify for an interview. For more information on scheduling a visit click here.

Please see the Apply section for our application checklist.