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Applying to Cate

Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a student at Cate. The following steps will walk you through the application process. If you have any questions, please call the Admission Office at 805-684-4127 ext. 217.

Fill out the Admission Inquiry Form to set up your Admission Portal account. If you are a current parent, faculty, or staff at Cate, please sign into the Admission Portal here with your username and password to begin the application process (do not fill out the form above).

It is important for you and your parents to have a campus visit and interview when school is in session and before the application deadline of January 15. For more information on scheduling a visit please click here.

We require that applicants applying for ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) or the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) and that the scores be forwarded directly to Cate School. In order for your scores to arrive before the application deadline of January 15, we suggest that you register for the SSAT no later than the January testing date. Eleventh grade applicants may submit SSAT, PSAT, or SAT scores.

SSAT:  Visit their website or call (609) 683-4440. The Cate School code: 2170      SSAT dates are listed here.
ISEE:   Visit their website or call (800) 446-0320. The Cate School code: 050485
We only accept test scores directly from SSAT/ISEE; we do not accept copies from your school or consultant.

Because Cate does not offer English as a Second Language, all candidates must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English. It is required that non-native English speakers take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Admitted students typically score above 100 (out of 120) on the internet-based test.

Visit their website or call (877) 863-3546 or (609) 951-1100. The Cate School code: 8529

Applications to Cate may be submitted in one of the following four ways:

1) To begin the application process you must complete the form in Step 1, here, to create your Admission Portal account. If you have already completed Step 1, you can sign into the Admission Portal here to continue the application. If you are a current parent, staff, or faculty at Cate, please sign directly into the Admission Portal with your username and password. Then click ‘Add a New Applicant’ to start the online application for your child.

2) Download the printed version of our application for Fall 2017 admission. Please review the Application Checklist for details about the contents of the application.

3) Cate also accepts the Gateway to Prep Schools common application. Click here to utilize this service.

4) Cate also accepts the SAO common application. Click here to utilize this service. You will be creating a separate SAO account with SSATB where you will fill out your application. The information submitted to your SAO will be automatically sent to your Cate Admission Portal. As the information is received, the items in the checklist will be updated. As we near the January 15th application deadline, it is important for you to check your Cate Admission Portal (not your SAO account) to assess the completeness of your application.

For Program Applicants

If you are applying through A Better Chance (ABC), the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation, the TEAK Fellowship, Stepping Stone Foundation, Queen City Foundation,  or the New Jersey Seeds Foundation, we request that you complete our supplemental application form. Download the Supplement Form.

Our Non-Discrimination Policy

Cate School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship, athletic and other school-administered programs.