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.

Because of our many openings in the 5th grade, we invite anyone interested to reach out.

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

    • Begin the application process by completing an online Inquiry Form. The Inquiry Form for the 2022-23 year will be released September 1. 

    • After September 1 you may register for events through Ravenna. 
    • We require all prospective parent/guardians to attend a Tour and Parent/Guardian Interview, but all other adult events are optional. All events are in-person, unless indicated otherwise.
    • The Cathedral application may be accessed via Ravenna
    • The 1st - 8th Grade Application is due 48 hours before your Parent Interview, or January 17, 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.


    • You may schedule your Parent/Guardian Interview on Ravenna. Interviews 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.

    We welcome your son to spend a day with us in January or February. Cathedral will host an Upper School Assessment on the morning of Saturday, February 4.

    Cathedral School for Boys offers Admissions events so that families can get to know our school better; other than the tour, the adult events are not required. Registration will be available through Ravenna.
  • 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, 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, 2022: Our Inquiry Form has been released. Now you can sign up for Admission events and access the application via Ravenna!
    January 17, 2023: 1st- through 8th-grade Application preferred deadline
    February 1, 2023: Adjustable Tuition PFS forms due

    February 15, 2023: Adjustable Tuition Supplementary Forms due (2022 1040 forms)
    March 16, 2023, at 12 p.m.: Admission Decisions are posted
    March 23, 2023, at 10 a.m.: Enrollment Contracts and deposits are due

2022-23 Admissions Events 

You may register for events after September 1, upon completion of an Inquiry Form

Kindergarten Workshop (Virtual): Learn more about the private school kindergarten application process. Parents of boys and girls are welcome!
September 15, 10-11 a.m.
You may register here.

Kindergarten Open House: Join us as we kick-off the Admission season and introduce you to Cathedral, with a hands-on Open House.
September 25

Applying to a Private Middle School Workshop (Virtual): Learn more about how to apply to a private middle school. Parents of boys and girls are welcome!
October 13, 10-11 a.m.
You may register here.

Upper School Open House:
 Hear from current Cathedral Upper School students and experience Cathedral Upper School classes with your son, just like a Cathedral student. This is the one event which boys and parents are invited to attend together.
December 6, 6-8 p.m.
Tours: Wednesdays, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Lower School Tours (grades K-4)
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 30 
December 7

Upper School Tours (grades 5-8)
November 16 
December 14
All-School Tours (grades K-8)
January 11, 18
Coffee With Burns (Virtual): Enjoy an intimate conversation Head of School Burns Jones. Bring your own coffee and log on with your questions! Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
October 20, 27
November 3, 17
December 1, 8, 15
January 5, 19, 26

Chapel Visits: After a prospective parent/guardian has attended a Tour, we invite you to join us for a Friday Chapel. Fridays, 8:15-9 a.m.
October 28
November 4
December 2, 9
January 6, 13, 20, 27

Community Conversations: Engage in conversation with current parents and teachers in an informal off-campus setting, 6 -8 p.m.
October 27
November 17
December 13

Adjustable Tuition Workshop (Virtual): Learn more about applying for Adjustable Tuition (Cathedral’s tuition assistance program) 
Wednesday, November 16

Families of Color Dinner
December 8

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice Conversations
January 19
Upper School Assessment 
February 4

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: 415.771.6601