Total enrollment for September 2009 is 264 boys. Our Lower School classes are no larger than twenty-four boys. Many activities are carried out in half-class groups, and some reading groups consist of smaller groups of cross-grade level boys. The Upper School is departmentalized. Upper school students receive instruction in groups of ten to seventeen students for most activities. Our student/teacher ratio is approximately nine to one.
Campus & Facilities
Our urban campus nestled in and around Grace Cathedral in the heart of San Francisco, makes for a learning environment that's as exciting as our vibrant city. Generous spaces for music, art, drama, and core classrooms, coupled with state-of-the-art tech and science labs, are all conducive to building a knowledge base for life. A newly renovated Gresham Hall offers both a professional quality theater space, and a cafeteria with the latest equipment, serving organic hot lunches everyday. A recently renovated gymnasium and unique rooftop playground, enhanced with off-site city playing fields for our after-school sports program, round out a busy day in a boy's life.
From its inception in 1957 Cathedral School for Boys has always strived to be a school that reflected “the many neighborhoods of San Francisco.” As the school has grown and matured, its definition of what makes a truly diverse community has grown and matured as well. Cathedral School strives to welcome in its community families and students of all races, faith traditions, cultural backgrounds, economic circumstances and sexual orientation. We greatly 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 truly diverse community. It is through our understanding of the other that we come to be at peace with ourselves. It is through our deepening understanding of difference that we come to know and appreciate our commonalities. And it is through the sharing of the traditions and rituals of others that we gain a deeper meaning and purpose to our own.
We believe that the school’s curriculum should represent the diversity of our community and give our students an opportunity to open their hearts and minds to a wide range of perspectives on history, culture, literature and religion. To truly become critical thinkers in a global world, our boys need a strong foundation in not only the core subjects of mathematics, language arts, science and technology, but also need a foundation in understanding the dynamics of human relationships, the values and traditions of various cultures, the balance between the needs of the individual and the needs of others, and a way to live out one’s spiritual and moral values as they are challenged and questioned each day of their lives.
We believe the curriculum and program is enriched by a diverse administration, faculty and staff. The experience of every student is enhanced by not only the different perspectives that a diverse faculty can bring, but also from seeing themselves and their experience mirrored in the community. The school is committed to achieving diversity in its hiring by using the resources available to locate and evaluate a wide range of candidates for each position.
We believe economic diversity enriches the educational opportunities for all families, and is critical to the health of the school community. Toward this end, the school is committed to making the financial resources available to ensure a need-blind admissions policy, so that economic circumstance will not be a determining factor in a child’s admission to Cathedral School.
Finally, we are aware that none of these goals are easily reached; that they take commitment, time, patience and understanding. We are aware that just as in one’s personal growth, where there is pain, there is opportunity for growth, where there is failure, there is opportunity for redemption, and that accomplishment and success mean little if it is not shared with others. It is no different in the life of a community. We welcome the challenges and opportunities that the continuing dialogue will bring.