- 7-Day Boarding only
- Advanced Topics
- High School
Tucked away in the Santa Ynez mountains and overlooking in the Pacific Ocean in Carpinteria, California, Cate School is home to 300 students from around the world. Through commitment, scholarship, companionship, and service, each member of the Cate community contributes to what our founder called “…the spirit of this place… all compounded of beauty and virtue, quiet study, vigorous play, and hard work. Cate School combines the academic rigor of East Coast prep schools with the adventurous spirit of the West Coast. This was the vision of Curtis Wolsey Cate, a graduate of Roxbury Latin School and Harvard University, who crossed the country to found our beloved boarding school back in 1910.
Sure you could sum us up as a college-preparatory boarding school in California, but that fails to capture the spirit of the place, the community, and the culture. Where else can you wake up with mountain vistas and genuine excitement about heading to class? Feel both the ocean breeze and butterflies on your way to assembly to perform a skit on your recycling initiative? Smile from ear-to-ear as you ring the Victory Bell after a big win? No other school looks or feels like Cate, and the best way to know that is to be here and experience it.
Culture of Inquiry
Cate prides itself on being a question school, rather than an answer school. In that vein, every year Cate helps shape the school year around it's Inquiry Question. In recent years, questions such as "What is education", "What is power", and "How do we view time" have been used to help determine the way we think. 12th graders have the option to take on a Senior Inquiry Project where they use the inquiry question to dive deeper into a subject that they are passionate about.
In early September, the entire Cate community takes a week off from class to go out in the great outdoors together. Trips happen by grade and occur throughout parts of California; the 9th and 11th graders will head out to different portions of the Sequoia National Park while the 10th graders will spend the week in Yosemite National Park. 12th graders have the option to be a leader on one of the underclassmen trips as well as a few other opportunities. Whether they are experienced outdoors people or brand new campers, Cate students leave their time in the wilderness with an appreciation for California's beauty as well as bonds and connections with their classmates.
Carpinteria, CA 93014