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Raise the bar on raising boys

At Cathedral School for Boys, we believe we must continue to define what it means to educate and raise boys. We devote each day to the spirited dialogue, dynamic lessons, and intentional character building that guide each young boy to engage in the way that best fits him, while he simultaneously develops respect and empathy for the world around him. Because Cathedral is here to raise the bar on raising boys .



As the parent of two Cathedral students, I know that raising boys is a journey, and families need a school that can navigate that journey alongside them. Cathedral School for Boys has been my partner in raising thoughtful, empathetic, and ethical boys who are inspired, curious, and eager to make their mark on the world. Cathedral teaches boys to look out for others, speak up when they see something is amiss, and step up with moral courage. Cathedral cares as much about the content of their character as their education. Now, more than ever, the school is committed to teaching boys to think deeply about the things that matter. I invite you to learn more about Cathedral today!


Joining the Cathedral community means joining a village of families and educators equally committed to raising boys of good character.


Tara Boland Director of Admission

Cathedral gives boys time and space to think beyond themselves.

Why Cathedral? At Cathedral, we fully support each boy’s academic growth and character development with the goal of graduating capable and confident young men who are prepared to make a positive difference in the world.



To become ethical, empathetic people, boys need both positive role models and deep engagement in conversations about the world around them. Cathedral presents boys with a myriad of ways to pursue their interests, live their passions, contribute constructively, and define themselves as people. Cathedral boys thrive as artists and athletes; readers and activists; poets and mathematicians.

Cathedral School for Boys is nationally recognized for the strength, rigor, and quality of the educational experience we offer. The School sets high academic standards for each student, and our small size allows us to support each student to meet and exceed those standards. This approach prepares our students to enter demanding secondary schools, both in the Bay Area and throughout the country, with confidence and success.


Chapel gives us the time and space to think about our place in the bigger world. Regardless of how each boy approaches his own faith and spirituality, his voice is valued. We learn about the religions of the world and the enduring values that connect each of us. Boys listen, share their perspectives, and before they graduate, deliver a Chapel Talk to the community about a life lesson they have learned. With our open-hearted approach, each boy feels a sense of belonging.

Why a Values-Based Education?


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, re-examine, and give voice to their own beliefs with a deep respect for others and a sense of wonder. Cathedral boys learn to honor, affirm, and protect the dignity and worth of every person in our own community as they gain a sense of responsibility to the broader community.

We begin and conclude each week in Grace Cathedral, one of our city’s greatest landmarks , gathering as a community for Chapel. We listen to one another. We learn from one another. We sing with one another.

Think deeply about the things that matter.

“Cathedral creates a deliberate and thoughtful path that enables each boy to rise to a higher standard of self.”

—Megan, Parent

“My boys practice empathy by learning to think and reflect about what others

“My love for Cathedral is not based on the many quantifiable aspects of excellent instruction that it so capably provides, but rather on those intangible qualities that always seem to matter more in love of all kinds— the way the teachers speak to my child, the way the community shapes my son’s values, and the way we sound when we sing together in Chapel.”

are feeling and experiencing.”

—Shipley, Parent & Trustee

—Elizabeth, Parent & Trustee

Why a Small School?



Our school has intentionally stayed small so that every boy can feel known and understood for who he is. We are committed to remaining small in size and large in influence.

Our teachers approach each boy individually, identifying his strengths and opportunities for growth. Because each boy is known by the community, learning happens not only in the classroom, but also in the hallways, at recess, and on the sports fields. Whenever they have the opportunity, Cathedral alumni return to campus to visit their former teachers and the school that shaped who they are.

With programs that emphasize compassion and generosity of spirit, students form a brotherhood in which boys help each other rather than competing with one another. You see it in a wave and smile in the hallway from a sixth grader to a third grader, the pride in a little boy’s face when his “Big Brother” delivers his Chapel Talk, or when the whole school comes out for a championship soccer game.

Strong relationships build empathy, respect, and open-hearted compassion.

Why Uniforms? Our uniforms signify equity, purpose, tradition, and belonging. Boys arrive at Cathedral in the morning dressed ready to learn and be held to a higher standard. To be a Cathedral boy is to wear a Cathedral uniform.



We believe that to thrive in a diverse environment, every member of our community must experience an enduring state of belonging and feel that their voices and actions matter. When all boys dress alike, displays of socioeconomic status are diminished, and boys’ sense of belonging is bolstered. This is a choice grounded in Cathedral values.

When we ask boys to dress with intention for their school day, they learn respect for themselves and their schoolwork. Today’s Cathedral students wear nearly the same uniform that their predecessors wore over sixty years ago when the School was founded. While we’re not a traditional school, we’re a school with traditions.

We are each responsible for creating a community where everyone belongs.

Our Community At Cathedral School for Boys, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to



• 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. • Acceptance with empathy: Inside and outside the classroom, our boys learn the importance of working to understand what others are feeling. • Connectedness with recognition: Our boys learn to work collaboratively and to appreciate and acknowledge each other’s individual talents. 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.

We endeavor to make a Cathedral education accessible to families regardless of their financial circumstances. Please visit or contact Tara Boland, Director of Admission, at to learn more.

the educational experience. We are committed to fostering and supporting a community that embraces a wide variety of beliefs and perspectives.

Together let’s raise the bar!

“Cathedral School advances an essentially different approach to independent education. Rather than being a place where students go to gain advantages over others, or in some cases perpetuate privileges that already exist, families are drawn to Cathedral because they recognize its generosity of spirit, its compassion, and its commitment to the greater good. We work with each student to help him recognize his responsibilities to the broader world.”

—Headmaster Burns Jones

Tara Boland Director of Admission

José Zamora Assistant Director of Admission and Outreach


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