A Letter from the Director of Admission

In the spring of 2007, I visited Cate School for the first time, and I understood very quickly what a special place this is for adolescents to learn, live and grow. I was taken by the warm and generous people, the love of learning evident in each class, the rich curriculum, and the beautiful setting in which it all takes place. Eleven years later, I am thrilled to be working and living on the Mesa and to be here to help you learn more about this wonderful school.

As you engage in your search for a high school, there is much to consider in finding the right fit. The gift of this process is that you will learn more about who you are as a learner, an artist, an athlete and a community member, and all of this will help inform which schools make the most sense for you.

What are we looking for in prospective students? Each year, our Admission Team goes in search of independent, inclusive, adventurous students who will take advantage of our inquiry-based curriculum and picturesque, peaceful campus.

Our website is a great place to begin exploring Cate. A website, though, is just a start. To understand what makes Cate unique, you need to get to know the people and the place. Thus, I encourage you to come for a visit so that you can experience life on the Mesa firsthand.

I, along with the entire admission team, look forward to meeting you and getting to know you during this important time in your life, and we wish you well as you search for the right fit high school.


– Lisa Spengler, Director of Admission