Admissions

Apply To Lower School

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.

Cathedral's Lower School comprises our Kindergarten through 4th grades. Our primary entry point is Kindergarten, where we welcome 24 new students. We add students to other grades as spots become available.

To learn more about our admissions process, including important dates and deadlines, please click on the drop-downs below.

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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. Our in-person tours have concluded for the year, but we are happy to share a virtual tour and introduce you to the School.

    STEP 3:  COMPLETE THE APPLICATION
    • The Cathedral application may be accessed on the Cathedral Admissions Portal Checklist.
    • The application is due 48 hours before your Parent Interview.
    • 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 at zamora@cathedralschool.net or 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. *No Records Request is needed.*

    FORMS FOR YOUR SON'S CURRENT SCHOOL TO COMPLETE

    STEP 5: PARENT/GUARDIAN INTERVIEW (REQUIRED)
    • You may schedule your Parent/Guardian Interview by emailing José Zamora at zamora@cathedralschool.net or 415.614.5183.
    • Please submit your son's application at least 48 hours before your Parent Interview.

    STEP 6: ASSESSMENTS & SCHOOL VISITS
    KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENT & VISIT
    Cathedral will be offering a Virtual Assessment for Kindergarten applicants. The assessment will be released in December. At the end of January and beginning of February, we look forward to meeting your son at an in-person "Kindergarten Practice." You can register for the Kindergarten Practice on your Cathedral Admissions Portal Checklist.

    1ST - 4TH GRADE ASSESSMENT & STUDENT VISIT
    We look forward to welcoming your son to spend a day with us in February. An assessment will be administered during his visit. You can schedule a student visit on your Cathedral Admission 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 and Outreach, 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
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 our lunchtime routine

2022-2023 Admissions Events 

Next year's Admissions season will be here before you know it, and we already have events to introduce you to private schools and to Cathedral. We welcome to you join us!

Kindergarten Workshop
Learn more about the private school kindergarten application process. Parents of boys and girls are welcome!
Thursday, May 5 at 10 a.m. on Zoom
Register here

Cathedral Sneak Peak!
Join us to learn about Cathedral, why our boys love our school so much, and why your family will, too.
Thursday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at Cathedral School for Boys
Register here

Middle School Workshop
Learn more about the private school middle school application process. Parents of boys and girls are welcome!
Thursday, May 26 at 9 a.m. on Zoom
Register here

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