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Cate School

Private K-12 School

Mailing Address
1960 Cate Mesa Road
Carpinteria, California 93013
Phone
(805) 684-4127
Email address
admission@cate.org
School Information
"Cate School combines the academic rigor of East Coast prep schools with the adventurous spirit of the West Coast. This was the vision of Curtis Wolsey Cate, a graduate of Roxbury Latin School and Harvard University, who crossed the country to found our beloved boarding school back in 1910" (Source: https://www.cate.org/about/mission/). Cate has 276 students and a student to faculty ratio of 5 to 1. Cate offers 149 classes.
General Information
Cate plans to engage in anti-racism and DEI. Cate will incorporate these topics into its curriculum. Faculty are asked to read books on anti-racism, including Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Anti-Racist." At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On June 2, 2020, Cate released a statement on Facebook outlining its commitments for anti-racism. This includes "DEI training for the entire adult community." This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Cate states that it will "support and develop teaching practices and diverse curricula that will enable all teaching faculty to achieve the mission, goals, and model for inclusive teaching at Cate. This initiative is led by the Inclusive Teaching Design Team (ITDT), which is responsible for developing inclusive curricula and implementing culturally responsive teaching practices."
Disciplinary Measures
  • On June 2, 2020, Cate released a statement on Facebook outlining its commitments for anti-racism. This includes its plan to "review our own disciplinary processes and outcomes for evidence of the very biases we see in our country and take steps to remedy them." This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • On June 2, 2020, Cate released a statement on Facebook outlining its commitments for anti-racism. This includes its plan to change the reading for faculty to include "How to Be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi among other books discussing anti-racism. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
Symbolic Actions
  • On July 9, 2020, Cate released a video discussing "systemic racism" on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Twitter account.
  • On June 2, 2020, Cate released a statement on Facebook outlining its commitments for anti-racism. This includes its recommendation for financial contributions towards Black Lives Matter, Equal Justice Initiative, and Campaign Zero. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 29, 2020, Cate released a statement on Instagram stating, "The stories being shared in the Alumni Experience Survey as well as on the @BIPOCatCate and @CateBIPOCAlumniNetwork accounts have further galvanized our efforts to ensure the 'spirit of this place' is felt by all."
  • Cate states that it will "transition Cate’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts from aspirational goals into structured, accountable processes that set the standard for belonging, well-being, and success for the entire community. This initiative is led by the Core Team, which is responsible for strategy, implementation, and accountability."
  • Cate states that it will "foster a transformative student and community experience by creating and sustaining an equitable and inclusive campus environment so that all members of the Cate community are able to bring their whole selves, feel a genuine sense of belonging, and are able to achieve their greatest growth. This initiative is lead by the Inclusive Community Design Team (ICDT), which is responsible for DEI issues related to the residential, co-curricular, and community experiences."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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