The Cate School in Carpinteria, California, was founded in 1910 by Curtis Wolsey Cate. It is a private co-ed college preparatory boarding school open to grades 9-12. It is associated with Round Square, an educational association that endorses the philosophy of Kurt Hahn.
Recognized in 2008 by the Princeton Review as the 14th best boarding school in America, Cate is home to 265 students. It is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Cate fields teams in soccer, cross country, volleyball, water polo, football, basketball, lacrosse, squash, tennis, track and field, baseball, and softball.
Other activities at the school include surfing, ultimate Frisbee, weight training, tae kwon do, dance, sea kayaking, hiking, and many others.
The school has a traditional rivalry with the Thacher School, whose mascot is the Toad’s, and considers any victory over them the most important success in a given athletic season.
The Cate School is situated on 150 acres and owns more than 1000 acres of undeveloped back country used by students for exploration and hiking. Tuition is $50,600 for boarding students and $40,350 for day students. 83% of the school’s students are boarders and the teacher to student ratio is 5:1. The school’s mascot is the rams.