Admissions

Admissions Process

Cathedral School seeks to enroll boys who will benefit from our program and will contribute to our community life through their spirit of engagement, 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. The Inquiry Form for the 2021-2022 year will be released in early September.
    • 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 virtual events on the Checklist on the portal. We request that at least one adult attend the required events because we believe the required events are 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 1, whichever comes first.
    • The First - Eighth Grade Application is due 48 hours before your Parent Interview, or January 15, 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 José Zamora 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 October through January 31.
    • Please submit your son's application at least 48 hours before your Parent Interview.

    STEP 6: TESTING & SCHOOL VISITS
    KINDERGARTEN SCREENING
    Information about Kindergarten screenings during COVID-19 will be announced soon. You will be able to register on your Cathedral Admissions Portal Checklist.

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

    GRADES 5-8 TESTING & SCHOOL VISIT
    Information about Upper School screenings and school visits during COVID-19 will be announced soon. You will be able to 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; other than the tour, the events are not required. Registration is 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 aptitude, but also attitude. We seek boys who are eager to learn and work respectfully and collaboratively 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

    Early September: Inquiry Form released

    January 1, 2021: Kindergarten Application preferred deadline

    January 15, 2021: First- through Eighth-Grade Application preferred deadline

    February 1, 2021: Adjustable Tuition PFS forms due

    February 15, 2021: Adjustable Tuition Supplementary Forms due (2020 1040 & IRS Form 4506)
     
    March 18, 2021, at 12 p.m.: Admission Decisions are posted
     
    March 25, 2021, at 10 a.m.: Enrollment Contracts and deposits are due

Admissions Events 

All events will be virtual

Lower School Tours

(tours are Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
September 30
October 7, 14, 28
November 4
December 2
January 6
 
Upper School Tours (grades 5-8)
(tours are Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
October 21
November 18
December 9
January 13
 
Kindergarten Open House
Sunday, October 18

Community Conversations at the Headmaster's House
Wednesday, October 28
Wednesday, November 11

"Through the Eyes of a Cathedral Eighth Grader"
Tuesday, November 17

Families of Color Dinner
Wednesday, December 9
 
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Evening
Wednesday, January 13

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