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Cate School

According to information for 2019, an average SAT score made up 1390
Address: 1960 Cate Mesa Road Carpinteria, California 93013

Description Cate School

  • Established: in 1910
  • Location Cate School: Santa Barbara (suburb), California, United States
  • Students age: 14 to 18 years
  • Educational programs: 9-12 classes and preparation for college
  • Type of studying: mixed
  • Total number of students in Cate School: 265 people, including 83% - at the boarding house, 16% foreign students.

For students aged 14 to 18 who want to qualitatively prepare for college, one of the best places to study is the private boarding Cate School. The institution was founded in 1910 by Curtis Keith and was originally intended only for boys. Today it is one of the most famous, prestigious and popular schools of mixed education: there are about 265 boys and girls of different races, nationalities and religion studying here (foreign students come here from 17 world countries).

The campus, with a total area of ​​60 hectares (or 150 acres), is conveniently located in the picturesque and quiet suburb of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria. Cate's private school is located on the small hill Mesa, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding nature and the well-tended landscape.

Pupils and graduates demonstrate a high level of education and academic achievement - the average score of SAT is 1840-2150. In one class, an average of 10-12 people, which provides each student with a proper amount of attention from the teacher, careful monitoring of his progress and success. The ratio of teachers to students is 1: 5. More than 85% of teachers have a doctoral or master's degree, which allows them to teach at the highest level, transferring the entire volume of their knowledge and experience to students.
According to statistics, graduates without special preparation enter the selected educational institutions from among the most prestigious and ranking in the country and the world:

  • Columbia University
  • University of Chicago
  • Middlebury College
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Colby College
  • Colorado College
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Cornell University
  • Davidson College
  • Stanford University
  • University of Southern California
  • New York University
  • Barnard College
  • Brown University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • University of St. Petersburg Andrews and others.

There are many well-known personalities and recognized professionals in their specialty among the graduates - we will note the following names:

  • Billy Steinberg (composer and musician)
  • Warren Briedenbach (surgeon)
  • Sir John R.H. Bond (financer)
  • Dr. William New (advanced doctor and inventor) and many others.

Cate School is a member of the top 20 American private boarding houses (14th place according to the independent edition Princeton Review, data for 2008).

The academic program here is very diverse and rich - students can study about 100 subjects, including 19 disciplines at the AP level (Advanced Placement). The studying is conducted on weekdays, but twice a month for academic studies are allocated and Saturdays.

Cate School belongs to the category of selective: every year the admissions committee receives about 2000 applications from around the world, about 450 of them are admitted for examination, and only 75-80 applicants receive the desired place on the course. Such rigidity of selection allows to find the most gifted, persistent, talented children, to raise the general level of progress, to create a productive educational atmosphere.
There is no strict adherence to any religion (as well as a strict uniform) - the children of all faiths and confessions learn at school.


  • 8:00 - 8:45 - lessons
  • 88:50 - 9:15 - break
  • 9:20 - 10 : 05 - lessons
  • 10:00 - 10:25 - general meeting
  • 10:35 - 11:20 - lessons
  • 11:25 - 12:35 - lunch
  • 14:40 - 13:25 - lessons
  • 13:30 - 13:55 - break
  • 14:00 - 14:45 - lessons
  • 15:00 - 16:30 - exercise
  • 17:00 - 18:30 - time for self-study and preparation of homework
  • 18:30 - 19:30 - dinner
  • 19:30 - 22:00 - free time and rest, retreat.

Thus, children work for 5 lessons per day (5 academic hours, 1 lesson lasts 45 minutes).

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Cate School

Program name
from 1 126 $ / 5 days

9-12 grades

This is an intensive, comprehensive preparation for entering the chosen college, combining intensive linguistic studies and studying the fundamental academic directions and specialties. The curriculum remains flexible enough: the students can supplement it with electives, additional lessons according to their own tastes. Students not only engage in the classroom, but also make laboratory work, conduct research and form personal and group projects.

The skill of critical and analytical thinking, the desire for knowledge and the love of learning, perseverance, valuable personal and social qualities are actively developing. Students expand their horizons and deepen their knowledge of compulsory and additional subjects, creating a solid basis of skills for subsequent studying and a successful career. The subjects and directions offered for studying are the following:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computer science
  • History of the USA
  • Genetics
  • Introduction to higher mathematics
  • Art
  • Policy
  • History of the world
  • Chemistry
  • Oceanography
  • Geography
  • Foreign languages
  • Design and technology
  • Statistics
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Astronomy
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Film production
  • Economy.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: art, biology, chemistry, English, history, maths, modern languages, World history,  History of america
Events list: baseball, basketball, Bus excursion, Cyclotourism, dancing, Dramatic circle, lacrosse, mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, surfing, swimming, tennis, Trampoline jumping, Trekking

Events Cate School

In the free time of the Cate School students an interesting and diverse program of extracurricular activities awaits. These are sports activities and competitions, relay races, competitions, extreme sports (for example, rock climbing and rafting, hiking and trekking), music and drama lessons, interesting and exciting entertainment activities (in the afternoon and evening).

The following are the most popular sports activities available for the international students in the institution:

  • Cross Country
  • Tennis
  • Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Mountain bike
  • Water Polo
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Squash
  • Baseball
  • Rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Classes in the gym
  • Surfing.

The quality of the physical development of schoolchildren speaks eloquently of the fact, that in recent years 22 school teams have won the championship titles and prizes in regional and national competitions. The school in 2014 became a member of the prestigious organization of the Tri-County Athletic Association.

Many students devote themselves to creativity and art. In your free time you can learn yoga or photo art, paint, or choose computer design and graphics, sculpture. Also the drama and music studio, a club of movie lovers are working.

Various interesting excursions, hikes and walks, visits to art galleries and museums are arranged, and the students can even provide these institutions with all possible help in their work!


According to 2019 information, the average SAT score is 1390, and the average ACT score is 32.

Equipment Cate School

On the campus, there are modern, well-equipped buildings for classes, 8 comfortable residences for living (single rooms), an extensive library of the McBean Library (its fund includes more than 28 thousand books and 120 periodicals!) and own theater, numerous studios and workshops for art and creativity, which are opened for students. Students have access to 2 multifunctional sports complexes, play fields and playgrounds, an aqua center, which includes 2 spacious pools, and tennis courts. The main building, the Seeley G. Mudd Science Building, has excellent facilities and equipment for conducting all sorts of scientific experiments, laboratory research. The library provides an opportunity to work with funds remotely, online, and a special computer class. The Keck Computer Lab is equipped with modern applications for more effective learning in all subjects.

Scholarships Cate School

Approximately 30% of pupils today receive significant financial assistance - scholarships and grants start at $ 5,000 and can cover a palpable portion of the cost of education.


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