Admissions

Admissions Process

Cathedral School seeks to enroll boys who will benefit from our program, and will contribute to our community life through their interactions with others, and their integrity and sense of responsibility. We seek boys of strong character, who are excited to learn, are curious about the world around them, are not afraid to take risks, will lean into difficult conversations, and never stop growing.

To learn more about our admissions process including timing, please continue reading.

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  • Admissions Process

    STEP 1:  COMPLETE AN INQUIRY FORM
    • Begin the application process by completing an online Inquiry Form.
    • Shortly after, you will be given a username and temporary password so that you may access the Cathedral Admissions Portal and create your own personal password. (Please note, you will not be able to register for Admissions Events until you have received your username and password.)
    • Applicants for Kindergarten must be five years of age by July 15 of the year they will be entering Kindergarten.
     
    STEP 2:  SIGN UP FOR A CAMPUS VISIT (REQUIRED)
    • After you log into the Cathedral Admissions Portal, you will be able to register for a tour on the Checklist on the portal. We request that at least one adult attend a tour because we believe a tour is the best way to get to know Cathedral School for Boys.
    STEP 3:  COMPLETE THE APPLICATION
    • The Cathedral application may be accessed on the Cathedral Admissions Portal Checklist.
    • The Kindergarten Application is due 48 hours before your Parent Interview, or January 15, whichever comes first.
    • The First - Eighth Grade Application is due 48 hours before your Parent Interview, or January 31, whichever comes first.
    • There is an application fee of $100 that is due upon submission of the application. If you need a fee waiver, please contact Ayumi Sohn via email or at 415.614.5183.

    STEP 4:  SUBMIT ADMISSION DOCUMENTS
    • Cathedral requests that a student's current school complete an evaluation on their behalf. Student Evaluations can also be found on the Checklist on the Cathedral Admissions Portal.
    • Applications to grades K-1 only require the K-1 Student Evaluation. *No Records Request is needed.*
    • Applications to grades 2-8 require a Grades 2-8 Student Evaluation and a Records Request. 

    STEP 5:  PARENT/GUARDIAN INTERVIEW (REQUIRED)
    • You may schedule your Parent/Guardian Interview on the Cathedral Admissions Portal. Interviews for Kindergarten will be conducted from September 25 through January 31.
    • Please submit your son's application at least 48 hours before your Parent Interview.

    STEP 6: TESTING & SCHOOL VISITS
    KINDERGARTEN SCREENING
    Kindergarten screenings will take place on Saturdays in January at Cathedral School for Boys. You will be able to register on your Cathedral Admissions Portal Checklist.

    GRADES 1-4 TESTING & SCHOOL VISIT
    Please contact Ayumi Sohn to schedule your son's visit. Testing will be administered during his visit.

    GRADES 5-8 TESTING & SCHOOL VISIT
    Cathedral requires Upper School candidates to attend an assessment morning on Saturday, February 1. In addition, we invite every boy to spend a day "shadowing" a current Cathedral boy. You may register on your Cathedral Admissions Portal Checklist. 

    STEP 7: ATTEND ADDITIONAL ADMISSIONS EVENTS (OPTIONAL)
    Cathedral School for Boys offers Admissions events so that families can get to know our school better; the events are not required. Please register for any of our optional events that may be of interest to you so that you can learn more about Cathedral School for Boys. Registration will be available on the Cathedral Admissions Portal Checklist.
  • Admissions Policy

    Cathedral School seeks to enroll boys who will benefit from our program, and will contribute to our community life through their interactions with others, and their integrity and sense of responsibility. We seek boys of strong character, who are excited to learn, are curious about the world around them, are not afraid to take risks, will lean into difficult conversations, and never stop growing.

    The School assesses all applicants to ensure that we are setting each boy up for academic success. This is based not only on academic apitude, but also attitude. We seek boys who are eager to learn and work respectfully and collaboratively with their with their peers and teachers alike. In making admissions decisions, Cathedral School gives special consideration to siblings of boys currently enrolled at the school, as well as the sons of legacy families and faculty members. We endeavor to create a student body that is racially, ethnically, culturally, and socio-economically diverse, and represents a full-range of family structures and religions. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, ability, or national or ethnic origin.
     
    It is the earnest desire of the entire Cathedral community that no boy who is qualified for admission should be denied the opportunity of attendance solely because of inability to pay the full tuition fees. Cathedral School for Boys’ Adjustable Tuition program, which is funded to a large degree by the School's endowment, exists so that we can maintain a socio-economically diverse student body.

    Cathedral School is proud to announce our new Community Scholars Program, through which the School strives to attract socio-economically diverse students of “high academic potential” in the fifth or sixth grade within the Bay Area. For more information, please visit our Community Scholars Program page.

    Interest in Cathedral's Adjustable Tuition program has no influence on the consideration of an application to the School. The same standards and criteria apply to all candidates who apply for Adjustable Tuition.
     
  • Admissions Deadlines

    September 3, 2019: Inquiry Form released

    January 15, 2020:
    • Kindergarten Application preferred deadline
    • Deadline for booking a Kindergarten Screening and Kindergarten Parent/Guardian Interview
    January 31, 2020: 
    • First- through Eighth-Grade Application preferred deadline
    • Final date for Parent/Guardian interviews
    February 1, 2020: Adjustable Tuition PFS forms due

    February 15, 2020: Adjustable Tuition Supplementary Forms due (2019 1040 & IRS Form 4506)
     
    March 19, 2020, at 12 p.m.: Admission Decisions are posted
     
    March 26, 2020, at 10 a.m.: Enrollment Contracts and deposits are due

Admissions Events

Lower School Tours (grades K-4)
(tours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
September 24
October 1, 3, 10, 29
November 5, 12, 14, 19
December 12, 19
January 7
 
Upper School Tours (grades 5-8)
(tours are Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
November 7, 21
December 10, 17 (tour offered in Spanish & Cantonese)
January 9, 14

Optional Chapel Visit
(Chapel visits will be 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.)
October 4, 11
November 1, 15 
December 6, 13
January 10, 17, 24, 31
 
Kindergarten Open House
Sunday, October 6, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Families of Color Dinner
Thursday, December 19, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
 
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Evening
Wednesday, January 15, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
 
Community Conversations at the Headmaster's House
Tuesday, October 29, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
Tuesday, November 19, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 10, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
 

Cathedral School for Boys

Located in San Francisco, CA, Cathedral School for Boys is an independent elementary school for boys in grades K-8. Our Mission is to provide an excellent education through intellectual inquiry and rigor that is centered in the Episcopal tradition and is respectful of and welcoming to people of all religious traditions and beliefs.
1275 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94108   •   Phone: 415.771.6600   •   Fax: 415.771.2547