We are Different

We know there are many excellent educational choices for families in San Francisco.  However, Cathedral stands apart from other schools.
Many of the differences may seem quite obvious: boys wearing neckties, gathering as a full community in Grace Cathedral twice a week, handshakes in the morning, expectations of service, and a commitment to character education.
What may not be as obvious, however, are the reasons why. Our School is different because we want our boys to be different. Our approach is different because we want our sons to make a difference. Families send their boys to Cathedral, at least in part, because they are committed to the idea of their sons living lives of consequence and distinction. We want our sons to be able to take risks, fail, and get back up again in a safe environment. We want our sons to lean to into discomfort. We want our sons to ask why. We want our sons to be unafraid to reach out and lend a hand. We want our sons to be culturally literate about themselves and the world around them. We want Cathedral boys to always be seeking to learn and do more.

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  • Boys need teachers who know how to teach boys

    Boys need time to move during the day and when they don’t, their ability to learn and contribute in school is compromised. Cathedral teachers understand, and have chosen to teach boys and deftly integrate movement into the design of the classrooms and lessons. Our Lower School boys have physical education once and recess twice daily, never sit for more than ten minutes before a focus and activity change, and classroom activities are interactive, require collaboration, and are driven by students’ questions. In the Upper School, boys continue to have physical education and recess everyday, enabling them to better focus in the classroom. Cathedral teachers know that when a boy engages in school, he can be his best self.
  • Boys need community role models

    In many ways, our connected world is actually becoming more isolated. Those who were born in the digital age report feeling ‘most alone.’ The communities in which we raise boys, therefore, hold a tremendous responsibility to be places that demonstrate empathy, respect, and openhearted compassion, modeling the traits we both want and need to see in our young men as they grow. We live this every day at Cathedral. During their years here, Cathedral boys learn about the benefits of the collective whole versus the individual, and thereby understand the impact their actions have on others.

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