For more than 100 years, Cate has combined the best of East Coast tradition and West Coast
energy and innovation in the service of highly motivated, independent-minded students.
Residential life is structured to develop well-being and leadership through the practice of self
discipline and service. In addition to an inquiry-driven curriculum designed to elicit the greatest
possible growth in every student, all students participate in an extracurricular program that
includes athletics, drama, music, dance, community service, and an extensive outdoor program.
With more than 50 honors and advanced courses, the Cate curriculum can meet the demands of
the most ambitious students. A typical applicant to Cate has impeccable character, a history of
high academic achievement, and is mature, curious, adventurous, and willing to assume
responsibility and independence.