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 important dates and deadlines, 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 and 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.
    • Kindergarten applicants only require the Pre K-K Student Evaluation Form. *No Records Request is needed.*
    • Applications to 1st - 8th grades require a 1st - 8th Grade Student Evaluation Form and a Records Request. 

    FORMS FOR YOUR SON'S CURRENT SCHOOL TO COMPLETE

    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. Interview dates will be released on a monthly basis.
    • Please submit your son's application at least 48 hours before your Parent Interview.

    STEP 6: ASSESSMENTS & SCHOOL VISITS
    KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENT & VISIT
    For the second year, Cathedral will be offering a Virtual Assessment for Kindergarten Applicants. The Assessment will be released in December. In addition, health guidelines permitting, we hope to be able to meet your son at an in-person “Kindergarten Practice” in January. Information will be forthcoming. You will be able to register for the Kindergarten Practice on your Cathedral Admissions Portal Checklist.

    1st - 4th GRADES ASSESSMENT & SCHOOL VISIT
    Health guidelines permitting, we hope to be able to welcome your son to spend a day with us in January or February. An assessment will be administered during his visit. Information will be forthcoming. If in-person visits are possible, you will be able to schedule a visit by contacting  José Zamora. 

    5th - 8th GRADES ASSESSMENT & SCHOOL VISIT
    Health guidelines permitting, we hope to be able to welcome your son to spend a day with us in January or February. We will offer an assessment for all Upper School applicants on Saturday, February 5. We hope that the assessment will be in-person, but if not, we will offer it virtually. Information will be forthcoming. 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 and Parent/Guardian Interview, 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 an 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 offer the Community Scholars Program, through which the School strives to attract socio-economically diverse students of high academic potential who will be entering the fifth or sixth grade within the Bay Area. For more information, please contact José Zamora, Assistant Director of Admission, by email at zamora@cathedralschool.net, or by phone at 415-614-5183.

    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 1, 2021: Inquiry Form released

    January 1, 2022: Kindergarten Application preferred deadline

    January 15, 2022: 1st - 8th Grade Application preferred deadline

    February 1, 2022: Adjustable Tuition PFS forms due

    February 15, 2022: Adjustable Tuition Supplementary Forms due (2021 1040 & IRS Form 4506)
     
    March 17, 2022, at 12 p.m.: Admission Decisions are posted
     
    March 24, 2022, at 10 a.m.: Enrollment Contracts and deposits are due

2021-2022 Admissions Events 

We seek to provide safe and informative offerings so that you can get to know Cathedral and what makes our school so special. Fall events will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual events. Health guidelines permitting, we hope to offer in-person events for vaccinated individuals in January. Registration opens September 1. You can register for events after you complete an Inquiry Form.

Virtual Kindergarten
Workshop (Optional)
Before the Admission season begins, we offer a Kindergarten Workshop to introduce you to the process of applying to private schools in San Francisco. September 23 at 6 p.m. RSVP here.

In-person & Virtual Tours (Required)
Tours: Cathedral Welcomes You
We will offer both small in-person and virtual tours this fall. All attendees must show proof of vaccination to attend. Adults will have no contact with students. 

In-Person Lower School Tours (Kindergarten - 4th grade)
October 5, 7, 13, 14, 28
November 2, 4, 16, 18, 30
December 2, 14
 
In-Person Upper School Tours (5th - 8th grade)
October 20
November 11
December 9
January 11, 13, 18

Virtual Tours (Kindergarten - 8th grade)
October 19
November 9
December 7
January 6

Optional Virtual Events
Virtual Coffee With Burns 
Enjoy an intimate conversation Headmaster Burns Jones. Bring your own coffee and your questions! 
 
October 6, 27
November 3, 10, 17
December 1, 15
January 5, 12, 19
 
8th Grade Panel
Thursday, November 11

Adjustable Tuition Workshop
Wednesday, December 1

DEI Conversations
Wednesday, December 8
Thursday, December 9

Optional In-Person Events
Open House & Conversations
Wednesday, January 12

Family of Color Dinner
Wednesday, January 19

Kindergarten Practice 
This is Cathedral’s in-person “Playdate” for Kindergarten applicants. We are hopeful that we can host this. Health guidelines may require that we move the dates to Saturdays when other students are not on campus.
Friday, January 7
Friday, January 14
Friday, January 21
Friday, January 28
 
Upper School Assessment 
Saturday, February 5

Chapel Visits
We hope to offer in-person visits to our very special Community Friday Chapels later this fall. More information to come.

Kindercamp

In August before the start of the school year, newly enrolled Cathedral Kindergarteners are invited to attend Kindercamp, a great way to get your son ready for Kindergarten. Through exploration and play, boys become more familiar with their surroundings, teachers, and peers. This, in turn, helps ease the transition at the beginning of the year. During Kindercamp, boys will:
  • Learn the names of their teachers and classmates
  • Explore different parts of the School including our rooftop playground, the library, and even Grace Cathedral
  • Practice classroom routines
  • Eat in the lunchroom and learn about lunchtime routine

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