What does a typical week look like?

How do I get to Cate?

What should I pack?

How do I apply?

Registration is available online. Once you submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email within 1-2 business days.

What are the dates for Cate Summer Institute?

Cate Summer Institute 2020 will be from June 14-20, June 21-June 27 and July 26-August 1. For those that sign up for both weeks in June, we offer weekend activities and trips for those students. 

What are the ages of participants?

CSI is designed for current 6th and 7th graders (those that will be entering 7th and 8th grade the following school year). On occasion we have made exceptions, but those are on a case by case basis.

What is the cost of tuition?

The cost to attend Cate Summer Institute 2020 is $1,875 per week. Tuition includes the program fee, boarding, all meals in the dining hall, and program related field trips. Scholarships are available. To apply for aid, please email catesummerprograms@cate.org.

Will I have a roommate?

The majority of the dorm rooms at Cate School are doubles. Participants will be placed in gender and age appropriate dorms. We do our very best to accommodate every roommate request. If you have such a request, please e-mail catesummerprograms@cate.org.

What size are the beds in the dorms?

Beds are Twin Extra Long. Regular twin fitted sheets will not fit on the mattress. We offer linen rental for $50 per week. Set includes: flat sheet, fitted sheet, pillow, pillow case, blanket and bath towel. You may add linens to your child's account by emailing catesummerprograms@cate.org

What is the technology policy?

We do not permit cell phones or electronics during CSI unless they are specifically used in an enrolled class. This includes cell phones, video games, laptops, iPads, Kindle, etc… Cameras or devices that play music ONLY, such as a radio or iPod/MP3 without texting or Facetime capabilities are acceptable.

We believe Cate Summer Institute provides participants a unique opportunity to make friends with other adolescents from all over the world. By eliminating electronic consumption on campus, participants are able to focus on the program and create relationships and memories that will last a lifetime!

How can we send mail?

Because your child will not have their cell phone, we encourage care packages and letters. These will be delivered directly to your child's dorm room up on arrival. 


Please note that since we are in a rural environment, all mail is slightly delayed, including UPS, FED EX and DSL. Although packages may show as delivered, some arrive in town and are signed for and stored, then are brought up to campus the following day.


To send mail: 
Student's Name
Cate Summer Institute
1960 Cate Mesa Road
Carpinteria, CA 93013

Am I able to do laundry?

Yes! There are laundry machines located in every dorm and counselors will have laundry cards and detergent for all students to use. Students are responsible for doing their own laundry, but a counselor is available to help if needed.

Is there a day camper option?

CSI is a residential camp and we do not currently offer a day option. Dorm life is a big part of the CSI experience and evenings are a special time for students to bond with their peers and counselors.  You may find you have a more self-confident and resilient child when they return home.

When are final class options posted?

As soon as the final class options are confirmed, we will email all families that have applied to confirm their child’s final course choice. Even as we move closer to summer, anyone can change their class choice at any time as long as there are seats still available.

What do two week campers do over the weekend?

Participants saying both weeks in June, will attend counselor supervised weekend field trips. 

Saturday - Carpinteria Beach Trip. Students will have the opportunity to browse downtown shops and eateries before heading to Carpinteria Beach for a fun day of sun and sand. 

Sunday - Santa Barbara Trip. Students will head to Santa Barbara State Street to visit shops and sightsee before heading down to the Santa Barbara Pier. 

How do you handle homesickness?

We understand that homesickness is normal for kids, especially for young children and those new to sleepover programs. We educate and train our staff on how to manage homesickness. Homesickness is most common in the first few days of the week. During this time, our faculty and teaching assistant/resident advisors monitor all participants closely. We believe in open and honest communication with parents if your child is homesick. We will call you, discuss the situation, and create an action plan.

Will my child need money while at CSI?

We recommend approximately $50 per week. This can be used for evening snacks, drinks, or souvenirs from our Cate student store, the Blue Ewe. If you would like to purchase a Blue Ewe gift card, you may do this during registration. If you do not want to purchase a gift card, we suggest sending your child to camp with a Visa or MasterCard gift card in order to keep their money safe. 

How does the school store (Blue Ewe) work?

The Blue Ewe is open Monday through Friday from 8am – 4pm. You may purchase a gift card for you child that may be used in the Blue Ewe while he or she attends CSI. The store carries emergency toiletries, limited items for class use, snacks, and a broad selection of Cate School clothing. The Blue Ewe gives campers the opportunity to budget and plan for their purchases. We encourage each family to talk realistically with their child(ren) about expectations for camp store usage.

What is the food like?

Starting this summer, Cate's brand spanking new dining hall will be managed by Flik Independent School Dining. The objectives of our food program at Cate: local and organic, reducing waste and recycling, inclusive menu to satisfy our campers coming from around the world.  Lunch and dinner comes with a choice of two hot dishes with sides, and we also have a well-stocked salad and sandwich bar with numerous toppings and condiments. Breakfast always features cold and hot cereal, egg dishes, fruit yogurt, and something from the griddle. We have fresh whole and sliced fruit at every meal, and our beverage bar is soda-free. If your child has a food allergy, please let us know so that we may alert the dining staff by e-mailing catesummerprograms@cate.org.