Who We Are

Mission & Philosophy


  • To provide an excellent education for boys at the elementary level.
  • To attract a diverse student body of strong academic potential. 
  • To provide a school committed to intellectual inquiry and rigor, centered in the Episcopal tradition, respectful of and welcoming to people of all religious traditions and beliefs.
  • To develop social responsibility through exemplary programs of outreach and service.
  • To create a community bonded by open-heartedness, hope, compassion, and concern.


Every day, Cathedral School for Boys lives its Mission as an Episcopal School with the goal of graduating capable and confident young men who are prepared to make a positive difference in the world. Our approach is student-focused and rests upon four pillars: Minds, Hearts, Hands, and Voices.

Minds: Our school strives for academic excellence. Cathedral’s intentionally small community ensures that each boy is known and appreciated by every teacher. Whether the boys are working individually or collaborating in a group, our teachers focus as much on the process of learning as on the results. Character, courage, and integrity matter as our boys learn to persevere through challenging questions that expand their minds.

Hearts: Our community is openhearted. Our boys learn empathy and respect, and they demonstrate these attributes daily. Cathedral boys care for themselves and others. They celebrate accomplishments, learn from setbacks, and help each other. They learn to compete with dignity and succeed with grace. In keeping with our Episcopal identity, our boys learn to value the unique worth of all people as they gain a sense of responsibility to their broader community.

Hands: Our teachers emphasize hands-on learning. Our interactive curriculum integrates current events and experiences outside the classroom, such as field trips, outdoor education, and service-learning. We believe that athletics and the visual and performing arts are equally important, and we help the boys develop an appreciation for both. Cathedral boys become compassionate leaders who seek to serve others inside and outside the School.

Voices: Our students are effective communicators. Within our inclusive community, our boys learn to become thoughtful listeners as they advocate for themselves and for others. From presentations in the classroom, to singing with the community, to speaking before the student body, our boys gain the confidence needed to express themselves respectfully, honestly, and with conviction.

Since its founding in 1957, Cathedral School for Boys continues to educate the whole boy ensuring that he is both academically prepared and eager to make a difference. We are committed to remaining small in size and large in influence.

Portrait of a Graduate

Our Portrait of a Graduate statement represents the values that are critical to a Cathedral School education and which we expect all of our alumni to espouse. These shared values are woven into every aspect of a Cathedral School student’s experience throughout their time at the school and at every grade level.
At Cathedral School for Boys, our students build:
Habits of Scholarship
  • “I communicate my knowledge and ideas in diverse ways”
  • “I am a curious, engaged, and effective learner”
  • “I am a cooperative learner”
  • “I set goals and work hard to achieve them”
Habits of Citizenship
  • “I support my community through both my decisions and behaviors”
  • “I am informed about and engaged in my community”
  • “I show appreciation for differences in myself and others”
Habits of Character
  • “I appreciate my strengths and I learn from my mistakes”
  • “I respond appropriately to challenges”
  • “I act honestly and with integrity”
  • “I am compassionate and caring”
The image at the top of this page is a portion of the Cathedral School for Boys mural inside Grace Cathedral. Painted by the noted artist and muralist Antonio Sotomayor (1902–1985), this piece depicts the first day of school on September 12, 1966, in the newly constructed school building.

Cathedral School for Boys

Located in San Francisco, California, Cathedral School for Boys is an independent elementary school for boys in Kindergarten – Grade 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.