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Cate School:
Located one mile from the ocean, in the foothills of Santa Barbara County (90 minutes north west of Los Angeles), Southern California, Cate School is a coeducational college preparatory day & boarding school of 265 students offering grades 9-12. Founded in 1910, the School delivers a demanding academic program resulting in a breadth and depth of scholarly inquiry. In an intimate setting, students and teachers together pursue high ideals. Taught by faculty members who are passionate about their subjects and dedicated to ensuring that each student reaches his or her full potential, the coursework at Cate is both rigorous and engaging.

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Photo of College Prep Boarding School in Southern CaliforniaThrough commitment, scholarship, companionship, and service, each member of the Cate community contributes to what our founder called: the spirit of this place...all compounded of beauty and virtue, quiet study, vigorous play, and hard work.

About Cate:
Cate is primarily a residential school; 85% of Cate students are boarders. The School strives to enroll exceptional students who bring a wide variety of skills, interests, and backgrounds to the Cate community. 

When considering applications, the admission committee, comprised of admission officers and faculty, reviews a student's previous record, recommendations from teachers, personal references, scores on the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), extracurricular interests and strengths, and impressions and information obtained in the candidate's personal interview. 

Cate's student body is recognized as much for its talent—academic, artistic, and athletic—as it is for its warmth and vitality. We welcome qualified applicants for openings in ninth and tenth grades. A few exceptionally well-qualified students are accepted into the eleventh grade, and it is highly unusual for there to be an opening in the twelfth grade.

Residential Life:

- While “dormitory” may come from the Latin “dormire”—to sleep—sleeping may be the least significant thing that happens there. The dorms at Cate are a place to unwind, study, talk to friends, listen to music, play games, and find time to be alone. Fellow students become friends, teammates, and counselors.

- The dorms are also home to Cate faculty and their families, and the bonds between students and teachers are built as much there as they are in the classrooms and on the playing fields.

International Students:
Cate welcomes applications from international students. Their applications are considered in the same pool as the domestic applicants and they are held to the same standard.

Because Cate does not offer courses in English as a Second Language, we expect all international students to be fluent in English. 19% of the current student body are international students hailing from 15 different countries.

Co-educational Day & Boarding Programs for Students in Grades 9-12:


Subjects & Activities include:
- Arts
- English
- Foreign Language
- History
- Human Development
- Mathematics
- Science
- Cross-Country
- Football
- Tennis
- Water Polo. and much more ...

Location:
Cate School is located just two miles from the Pacific Ocean in the rural back country of Carpinteria, California, a small town that is 20 minutes from beautiful Santa Barbara and 90 minutes from Los Angeles.

The campus, known as the Mesa, is set on 150 acres. Cate has eight dormitories, many with stunning views of the Santa Barbara Channel and Santa Ynez Mountains. Almost all students live in single rooms, most with balconies or patios.

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Address: 1960 Cate Mesa Road, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, California , USA
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The Athenian School, San Francisco Bay Area
Courses / Programs
The Athenian School is a co-educational independent college preparatory school in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. The school is located on a beautiful 75-acre campus at the base of Mt. Diablo, in Danville, Contra Costa County.

We offer a day program for Middle School students (grades 6-8) from the East Bay region and day and boarding programs for Upper School students (grades 9-12) from the US and throughout the world.

Athenian offers a challenging engaging curriculum and outstanding distinctive programs. The school prepares students well for college, as well as for a life of purpose and personal fulfillment.

Boarding students from throughout the world live in two dormitories, housing approximately 20 students each. More than 20 faculty members live on campus, providing extraordinary guidance and support for all students. Today more than 40 students from a dozen countries compose Athenian’s boarding program.

Athenian develops and broadens students’ understanding of themselves and the world. It is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California Association of Independent Schools.
Co-educational Day & Boarding Programs for students in Grades 6-12:

- Middle School Day Program (Grades 6-8)
- Upper School Day & Boarding Programs (Grades 9-12)

Upper School curriculum includes:
- Mathematics
- Science
- Foreign Languages
- Humanities/ESL
- Physical Education / Athletics
- Studio / Performing Arts
- Special Interest Activities
- Wilderness Experience
- Community Service
Villanova Preparatory School
Courses / Programs
Located in Ojai in Ventura County, California (approximately 54 miles north-west of Los Angeles), Villanova Preparatory School is a Roman Catholic co-educational boarding & day school based on the Augustinian tradition.

We offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum for grades 9-12, with a residental / boarding school program available for both national and international students. Our students are consistently placed into many of the top colleges in the country.

Villanova has a student-teacher ratio of 10:1 and an average class size of 16. We channel students' curiosity, enthusiasm and energy so they can reach the full potential of their abilities and interests.

This is achieved through a balanced program of academic courses, athletics, community service, art and extra-curricular activities. Students are guided to achieve their full academic potential through disciplined study and an enhanced spirit of inquiry.

Established in 1924, as a Catholic school in the Augustinian tradition, Villanova is a member of the Augustinian Secondary Education Association (ASEA) which comprises 8 secondary institutions in North America and over 100 schools worldwide.
Day & boarding programs for Grades 9-12 for both national & international students:

- College preparatory curriculum

- Students achieve strong college preparatory skills & gain a broad knowledge in the humanities, arts and sciences

- English Immersion with Support (EIS) Program: For international students whose English is not yet strong enough for a full college-preparatory course load

- Athletics, art, extra-curricular activities & community service
The Thacher School, Ventura County
Courses / Programs
The Thacher School is a co-educational boarding high school for grades 9-12 located in Ojai, 85 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura County, CA.

The school serves academically talented students who will benefit from a rigorous college preparatory experience with ACT, SAT and AP courses. The faculty and students live and work closely together in a community in which cooperation, trust, honesty, and respect are the cornerstones of school life.

Together, we commit to the belief that demands in the academic classroom, when combined with those of mountains and horses, of sports and the arts, produce independent minds, strong bodies, and powerful character.

Dormitory life is a rich blend of studying, relaxing, sleeping, and enjoying with friends and prefects. In each dorm, senior prefects help administer rules and serve as role models for other students. Faculty members are also an integral part of dorm life, as most live in apartments attached to the dormitories.

We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Boarding Programs for boys and girls in Grades 9-12:
- Advanced Placement Courses
- College Preparation Courses SAT and ACT
- Study Abroad Program
- Outdoor Program
- Horseriding Program
- International Students welcome

Rigorous College Preparatory Curriculum:
- English
- Math
- Science
- History
- Fine Arts
- Modern Languages
Oak Grove School
Courses / Programs
Oak Grove School is a progressive, co-educational day and boarding school offering a 7-day boarding program to both American and international high school students in 7th through to 12th grade.

Based in Ojai City, Ventura County, southern California, we are situated approximately 54 miles (86 km) north of Los Angeles. Our graduates are accepted at top colleges and universities worldwide, and our SAT scores surpass national averages among both public and private high schools.

Our family-style boarding facility provides a warm and friendly home for 15 - 20 boarding students. Our dedicated residential staff lives on the premises offering support and guidance.

The average class size is of 12-16 students. The school is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Co-educational Day & Boarding School Programs:

- 7-day boarding program available for students in Grades 7-12

- ESL Immersion Program for international students

- Family-style boarding facility

- Friendly home for 15 - 20 boarding students.

- Dedicated residential staff living on-site
Excelsior School, Pasadena
Courses / Programs
Excelsior School in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Southern California, is a WASC accredited, independent boarding high school that offers a rigorous, college-preparatory education for students in Grades 9-12.

Our school has established an excellent record of accomplishment of graduates matriculating at distinguished colleges and universities.

The dormitory of Excelsior School provides accommodations that are clean and economical for students who are attending school. Each room has 2 beds, dresser and desk, telephone and bookcase. There are clothes closets in each room. Bathroom facilities are conveniently located on each floor of the dorm.

We stress small class sizes (an average of 15), and individualized attention, to facilitate mastery in all the courses we offer. In addition to Excelsior’s small class room sizes, there are a number of factors that contribute to an environment of academic excellence.
Co-Ed Boarding Programs (Grades 9-12)

- College Preparatory Curriculum
- Advanced Placement Courses
- College Preparation Courses SAT, ACT
- English as Second Language (ESL) Courses

Subjects include:
- Science
- Math
- English
- Social studies
- Spanish
- Computer studies
- Fine arts...