Packed days feel shorter by the ocean.

Philosophy

It’s hard to have a bad day at Cate. Nestled atop a mesa with 360 degree vistas of mountains and ocean, the year-round California sunshine and cool ocean breeze inspire everyone’s life here. You are minutes from the charming hospitality of Carpinteria, the culture of Santa Barbara, and only 90 minutes from bustling downtown Los Angeles. The quality of life here, marked by a West Coast spirit, has an intrinsic contemplative nature – giving you the time and space to think.

At Cate, you will experience new cultures and outlooks that offer you more perspective on your own. We are proud to be a leader in diversity. Our community typically includes students from roughly 30 states and 20 countries, and about 42% students of color. As part of our small, tight-knit student body, you’ll become close friends with kids from radically different places, both geographically and socioeconomically.

The close community on campus is structured with a system of deep bonds between grade levels, teachers, and mentors, which helps ensure your safety and health 24/7. Laptops and backpacks are often strewn across the grass during assemblies and lunch, and many families who visit are surprised by the level of safety and trust here.