Our community passes through the Cathedral School for Boys' doors representing diverse cultural backgrounds, lived experiences, and ways of thinking.
Our ability to integrate multiple perspectives and identities into the soul of our community brings a level of intentionality to our community.
Our belief is that for one to purposefully contribute and thrive in a diverse environment, one must experience an enduring state of belonging. The feeling that one’s voice and actions matter within our institution is critical to engagement, personal growth, and learning.
Because that is belonging at Cathedral School for Boys
"Without belonging, our sense of self, sense of well-being atrophies, it goes away."
- John A. Powell
(Graphic Concept: Turner Consulting Group)
As you experience the Cathedral School for Boys community, you can expect:
At Cathedral School for Boys, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to the educational experience. We are committed to fostering and supporting a community that embraces a wide variety of beliefs and perspectives. We welcome all people in the many ways they may identify, including by race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, family composition, physical ability, religion, culture, and socioeconomic background.
In order for students to thrive, they must experience an enduring state of belonging and feel that their ideas and actions matter. Nurturing a truly equitable and joyful community takes commitment and courage. Our Episcopal values of inclusion, compassion, and service provide us with the foundation to help our students continuously challenge, reexamine, and give voice to their own beliefs with a deep respect for others and a sense of wonder.
Within our community, we strive for:
Acceptance with empathy: Inside and outside the classroom, our boys learn the importance of working to understand what others are feeling.
Accountability with affection: In a supportive and understanding environment, we hold our boys to high expectations and ask them to take responsibility for their choices.
Connectedness with recognition: Our boys learn to work collaboratively and to appreciate and acknowledge each other’s individual talents.
We strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion so that every member of our community has the opportunity to participate fully in school life. We value as part of our boys’ educational experience the varying perspectives and learning styles, the richness of culture, the sharing of tradition, and the working through and resolution of conflict that comes from being a caring community. We are each responsible for creating a community where everyone belongs.
Cathedral School for Boys believes that there are as many paths to success as there are boys at the school. We are committed to providing an education to all students who identify as boys, regardless of their sex assigned at birth. Children who identify as boys are encouraged to apply, and those who are accepted will be provided access to all educational opportunities at Cathedral School for Boys.
Should an enrolled student begin to identify elsewhere on the gender spectrum, we will partner with the family to support the student and to develop a plan for that particular child. If an enrolled student no longer identifies as a boy or is no longer comfortable being identified as a boy, we will work with the student and family to determine the most supportive approach for that student. Our goal is for all students to feel safe and included so that they may thrive academically, emotionally, and physically.
Cathedral School for Boys is dedicated to being a community in which transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students, alumni, and adults are fully supported, respected, and included. We will continue to educate our boys, families, faculty, and staff on the expectations of respectfulness and understanding of people on the gender spectrum in the spirit of the Episcopalian tradition.
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.