Prospective Families

Why Mater Dei?

Choosing a high school is a big decision. The four years spent in high school – from age 14 to 18 years old – are some of the most formative years in a young person’s life. Bigger school, new friends, challenging classes, learning to drive, starting to date, learning/questioning my faith, becoming an adult…all of these life experiences form in high school.

At Mater Dei, we pride ourselves in the atmosphere that exists beyond the bricks and mortar of our building. The atmosphere of learning, service, and family has been fine-tuned for more 70 years.

President’s Message

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in Mater Dei High School. Since 1949, we have strived for educational excellence in the Catholic tradition. We are proud that our academic, extracurricular, athletic, and fine arts programs are some of the finest in the state.

We strive to provide a Catholic education for all students, regardless of financial background. Over the last few years, great efforts have taken place to provide more financial assistance through the Catholic Education Foundation for students, and we also participate in the Indiana Choice Scholarship (voucher) Program. Approximately $800,000 is awarded annually to students in need.

Thousands of students have graduated from Mater Dei High School leaving behind a legacy of academic excellence and a strong example of living a life based on faith and service. We as a community promise to continue our commitment to the highest quality education in a safe and nurturing Christian setting.

We hope you will consider visiting Mater Dei High School to better understand our offerings. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you again for your interest in Mater Dei. I look forward to talking with you in the near future about making the Mater Dei community part of your student’s future.

God Bless,

Dr. Timothy A. Dickel

President

Faith Filled Environment

While Mater Dei High School is a Catholic school, those of other religious backgrounds are always welcome! The contributions and questions of students from other beliefs and traditions benefit everyone involved.

Faith-centered activities in which students participate include student prayer, penance services, retreat days, and liturgical services.

The atmosphere at Mater Dei fosters pride and self-worth in each individual. The ability to exert self-discipline is expected. Students are treated with respect and dignity. A student/teacher ratio of approximately 14 to 1 allows for individual attention to students and a close relationship between the adults and students of Mater Dei.

Christianity is not merely an intellectual activity—it is a way of life. With this in mind, Mater Dei has developed a four-year service program that challenges our students to reach beyond themselves and to touch the lives of others. Freshmen are required to contribute at least 10 hours of service, while sophomores contribute 20, juniors contribute 30, and seniors are required to contribute at least 40 hours of service.

Academic Focus

Mater Dei High School is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and AdvancED. Approximately 97% of our graduates enroll in college. Mater Dei has been rated a 4 star school and received an “A” rating by the Indiana Department of Education each year since 2011.

Our strong academic program includes the following:

  • Advanced Placement courses in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Business and Fine Arts
  • Dual Credit courses through the University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech
  • 80% of faculty have their Master’s Degree, including 100% of Math teachers
  • World language program offering German and Spanish
  • Business-oriented courses
  • Academic and career counseling at all grade levels
  • Career and technical courses offered through a shared-time program with the public school system
  • Opportunities in study skills
  • Academic communication and progress to both students and parents through Sycamore

Social Growth

Mater Dei High School is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and AdvancED. Approximately 97% of our graduates enroll in college. Mater Dei has been rated a 4 star school and received an “A” rating by the Indiana Department of Education each year since 2011.

Our strong academic program includes the following:

  • Advanced Placement courses in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Business and Fine Arts
  • Dual Credit courses through the University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech
  • 80% of faculty have their Master’s Degree, including 100% of Math teachers
  • World language program offering German and Spanish
  • Business-oriented courses
  • Academic and career counseling at all grade levels
  • Career and technical courses offered through a shared-time program with the public school system
  • Opportunities in study skills
  • Academic communication and progress to both students and parents through Sycamore

Be a Wildcat for a Day

Any middle school or high school student interested in attending Mater Dei High School is welcome to visit and shadow a current student. This is an excellent opportunity for a prospective student to experience a day in the life of a Wildcat.

Visiting students will shadow a current student(s) with similar academic abilities and interests. Shadow opportunities can be a full day or partial.  Shadow students are treated to a free grade A lunch provided by our MD cafeteria.

Parents of prospective students are also invited visit Mater Dei anytime. We look forward to having you and/or your student visit Mater Dei and live life as a Wildcat!

 

QUESTIONS? Email Jill Seiler or call 812-426-2258 (ext. 322)

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