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1202 West Edinger Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92707

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September 01, 2014
This school is great for athletics you can get the same academic classes and levels at a normal public high school. The teachers and administration will sugarcoat the academic programs but in truth, they are just trying to hang onto another student from going to another school.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2013
The campus is nice, some teachers are great and caring, others you will go the whole year without hearing from them. Definitely a big school feel. My son is involved in ASB and sports. The basketball program is a complete sham. You pay to play. If you are willing to donate an extra 5k a year to the program, your son can play with the big boys even if they can't dribble! I've never seen a sports program charge 1k for the year and another 1k for summer. It's almost unheard of. You are basically paying the tuition of the star players that get recruited. In addition, your son will compete with 20+boys on a team and it's all based on politics not talent. Definitely not worth the headache unless your son is 6'5'' and you happen to be a celebrity or NBA prospect. I have made requests to meet with the administration but have never received a response. Hard to be involved in the school unless you know exactly what you would like to do and who to speak with. I chose this school for the course offerings and opportunity, but your child cannot test for honors or AP unless they have a 3.5 each semester. On the other hand, the campus is safe and the security staff is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
I'm in my Freshman year, Mater Dei is an amazing school, I' not catholic but I'm still involved in it's sports, and academics. I'm aiming for all honors classes next year, this year I'm in Honors Algebra II / Trig and a couple other classes. My religion class is challenging due to me not being a catholic, but I love Mater Dei, all my cousins went here, and I'm proud to be a Mater Dei Monarch!

- submitted by a student
no rating April 18, 2010
Teachers at MDHS have no degree, no credential, and no Bible teaching, only Religous

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 20, 2009
I have a freshman who is loving Mater Dei. She is not involved in any clubs yet, there are so many choices. The faculty, staff and students all band together to make everyone feel at home and make high school a fun and 'want to be there' place. Excellent expectations put on the students-no slacking in the freshman classes. Great communication between teacher and student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 30, 2009
My son is just finishing his freshman year at Mater Dei. Overall, we have been pleased with his rigorous coursework and caring teachers. Mater Dei does a great job recognizing academic achievement. The athletics are competitive, but that was no surprise. Our son still had a great experience in the two sports he participated in this year despite the favoritism and recruiting that goes on.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2008
School has a great campus, teachers are interested in their students and want them to do their best. All of the schools in OC should try and duplicate for their is a future with the student's diploma.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
I loved Mater Dei and I am grateful for my experiences there. I did not attend private school for elementary or middle school and entered only knowing four people, but quickly made friends. I was a two sport athlete and benefited from the excellent coaching and caliber of the teams. I was able to receive a full scholarship to my top school choice. I graduated with over a 4.0, so I did not actually need athletics to gain access to college. My AP and honors classes prepared me well. I now have a 3.9 gpa as I enter my junior year at UCLA as a science major. I have the option to graduate a year early due to the AP credits I received at MD. I often think that some of my classes at Mater Dei were harder than classes here. I would highly recommend this school to others!

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August 13, 2008
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June 18, 2008
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January 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 12, 2007
I graduated from MDHS with a 3.85 GPA. I participated in no sports (I went to 1 football game in 4 years) & was active in AP & Honors classes, arts & music, took Latin & was enrolled in a program to help lower income families. By no means, was I a stereotypical MD student. I had a wonderful experience & a few of my teachers still have lasting impacts on who I am today. These teachers fostered my natural abilities & helped me cultivate an open mind which was so beneficial in college. Many of my college schoolmates went into shock that first semester with the amount of writing & work that needed to be done for GE classes - it was the same routine & discipline that was expected of me at MD, so I easily graduated from college a year early with hard work & a 3.5 GPA.

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September 03, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
July 17, 2007
This school is good overall they have the best teachers and the absolute worst I've ever seen at the same time. Sports are king and definitely rule all decisions I've seen. The academics are excellent. My concern is the unforgiving, unmoving discipline policy that is sometimes 100% unfair. They can suspend a kid with no proof of anything and nobody will return your calls of protest. So if you have a kid who can't walk the straight line 100% of the time- watch out. They discipline severly and permanently for looking at someone wrong.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2007
This school has an inattentive, apathetic administration. I was disappointed in the lack of professionalism and apathy of about a third of my teachers. On the other hand, the school's renovations are very nice, and some teachers make going to class enjoyable. Based on the cost of tuition and the quality of the education I received from this school, I definitely would not recommend attending.

- submitted by a student
May 18, 2007
Attended MDHS myself, as a result of my education I was able to enter my freshman year at UCLA with enough credits to become a 'sophomore' within 1 semester. The opportunities for involvement (no, I was not in any sports team or a cheerleader) and advancement were numerous, diverse, and plentiful. As with all schools, the degree with which students benefit from opportunities equates to the degree in which they take advantage of them. However, I'm not aware of a school that isn't. Initially as a freshman I was fearful of those, but quickly learned that the stereotypes I held were my own prejudices and all high school kids regardless of background share the same insecurities but simply manifest them differently.

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April 27, 2007
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April 22, 2007
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January 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2007
School that only cares about sports.

- submitted by a student
January 12, 2007
I attend MD and I think that it is a great high school. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. The sports program is great and so is the academic programs. The students at MD have a lot of school spirit. I haven't seen any other school with as much school spirit as we do. Everyone here is so nice, the teachers and the students. It's kind of like have a second family. I feel like I belong here. When I came in my freshman year, I felt very welcomed. The pep rallies are great. The teachers, students, and parents are very involved in the school activities. The academic courses are quite challenging but I find that good. I'm always learning new things and the teachers are always inspiring me to do better. MD is a great school! I love it here!

- submitted by a student
November 24, 2006
This school is only good for athletes. Academically it is sub-par. My daughter who is now in college is having to take remedial English courses to overcome the MD shortcomings. She graduated with a 3.4 GPA yet she was never encouraged to take AP courses. For the money, it is not an academically sound education. One daughter had to take another language course. We thought our kids would be given a better opportunity to get into one of the better colleges, but she was not accepted at anything better than a state university. On the positive side, MD gives students a great environment. There is a great deal of school pride. But I don't think that is enough to justify the cost.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 24, 2006
Mater Dei High School is a wonderful Catholic school with a strong academic curriculum. It offers all the core subjects as well as a vast array of extracurricular activities. Mater Dei teachers are very devoted to teaching. Additionally, students are disciplined and given red slips if they misbehave or are out of line. Overall, I believe Mater Dei provides a quality education which gets one ready for college and above.

- submitted by a former student
January 30, 2006
This school is really great

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
Great school for athletes and motivated kids. Strict discipline for those who need it.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2006
I believe this is one of the best catholic high schools in the nation! My two sons both attended school here and loved it! They got a great education and were both very involved in football! They are a Good program and the school is great!

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October 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2005
Extremely high quality in academics and sports programs. High percentage goes to college and many goes to highly rated private colleges and UC schools. Parents are encouraged to volunteer as well as students to the school activities, and students are required to do 80 hours of community service in order to graduate. Every year, they hold a Special Olympics which is run by the students themselves. I highly recommend it. Unfortunately, also expensive.

- submitted by a former student
September 30, 2005
Mdhs was 4 of the greatest years of my life. The teachers were great, I learned so much and at the same time I had a lot of fun. Academecally mdhs prepared me for everything that I am experiencing now. College is actually easier then being at mdhs. I was a student athlete at mdhs and I still am at the collegiant level. I learned how to work hard in and out of the class room because that is what is expected from you at mdhs. The parents I think are the ones that make everything possible at this school. Every dance, dinner, lunch, and atheletic event is made possible because of the parents. They are so involved in everything that we do. Mater dei high school is school with a lot of pride and I am still proud to say that I am a monarch.

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June 13, 2005
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June 08, 2005
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May 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
Academics for the most part are very, very good. The school really focuses on getting your student into the college he/she chooses. There is great comradere. Teaching of the Bible and emphasizing it's standards is poor. I expected much more.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I'm not a parent - I taught there for 10 years. MD is a great school overall - superior teachers and administration - Parents are very involved. High level of participation in sports/extracurriculars - best for average to high level students.

- submitted by a teacher
February 11, 2005
I haven't had first hand experience with this school but my niece and nephew go here. Their parent love this school.the exteacurricular activities are great. Teacher prepare student well for university.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2004
Also known, as the athletic 'nemesis' to Long Beach Poly. Coach Bruce Rollinson definitely has Jerry Jaso's number.

- submitted by a staff
November 26, 2004
Is one of the Best High School in OC. Has a great balance of different backgrow of students. The school motivates to be focus to go to college. Has a great curriculum for students to be exposure to diferents subjects (Sports, social work and cultural). The students in general are polite and respect the rules of the school. The studens has a great suport system that help them to achive the goals that they spect. The oportunity for parent involment is great and you get to make great friends. Also is a school with support system for the parents. The spiritual feling in the school is great does not goes to the stremes is just real and great. I am thankful that I have the oportunity to have mu dauther enroled in Mater Dei. Elvira Diaz.

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November 01, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
June 29, 2004
This is an outstanding environment for kids. The education is not superior, but the atmosphere is phenomenal. Compared to area public schools MD lacks in elective course variety, honors coursework and total of Advanced Placement options. The teachers are not all state certified, and some are not of the highest quality. Some seem only to be concerned with how long they can make a final exam. (ie: religion final exam included 175 questions to be completed in 60 minutes). A positive aspect is how MD handles personnel needs. When a counselor was needed last year (due to the large freshmen class) they just hired one without hesitation. Overall, the school is a very good educational environment. It is the best environment you can buy, but students can get a better education at area public schools. Our daughter is extremely happy at MD, but our other children will go elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2003
Our daughter graduated in 1994 and went on graduate from USC. MD truly prepared her for college. MD also provided varied extracurricular activities. MD was a great experience for her and was a time of personal and intellectual growth. She developed good social skills as well as good study habits. She is a wondeful accomplished young lady. MD was worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Great environment for students! M.D. manages to bring a college prep education while also bringing values, discipline, community awareness, with a sense of family and pride to the students. And of course, just for fun--outstanding athletic programs.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 22, 2003
As a former student I can say that I had an amazing four years at Mater Dei. The social scene is very open and friendly, the school spirit is fun but not over the top, and the academics are outstanding. I am now attending a great four year university because of the great teachers I had at Mater Dei. (I highly recommend taking the French program--Madame Andtink is the best teacher I've ever had)

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
A truly outstanding overall experience for my son in every sense: academically, morally, athletically, socially, and in adult citizenship and stewardship. Mater Dei made my son a better person, and I got real value for the $8,000/year tuition and athletic expenses. This is the best statement any parent can make about a school. Highly recommended without reservation.

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August 19, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
Excellent extracurricular activities while giving the students a college prep education.

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August 10, 2003
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Mater Dei High School
1202 West Edinger Avenue, Santa Ana, CA  92707
(714) 754-7711
Last modified Mater Dei High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Mater Dei High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top