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Mater Dei High School

Private | 9-12 | 469 students


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Posted September 25, 2012

I have two sons, one who graduated and one who is currently attending Mater Dei. My oldest had a very positive experience during his four years. The curriculum is challenging, and the students are very bright. If memory serves me, there were 14 valedictorians, with 12 of them being Illinois scholars in the last graduating class. The combination of the teachers commitment and parental involvement make it a great school to attend. Give it a look and have your child "shadow" a student for a day.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 18, 2010

The math and science departments are top-notch, even though not a lot of AP credit is offered. The truth is that AP credit often does not transfer, but a sound education will allow your child to advance quickly thorough university programs. The social studies and history classes are a joke, but the English department does a lot to challenge students. Having a diverse population of students who are "college prep" vs. "vocational training" makes it a great learning environment (although sometimes difficult because of the different world-views). The arts and music programs have a history of excellence, and it's that expectation that continues to propel them. This school is large enough that it's known regionally, but small enough that students get to know each classmate and teacher.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 19, 2009

Mater Dei is a great school because of its great teachers and administrative personnel. The school is big enough to compete and small enough to know your name. Although we pay tuition at MD, I feel that mymoney is spent wisely.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 5, 2009

The Principal and Vice Principal work extremely well together, solidifying an already-sound foundation. Mater Dei teachers command respect, but distribute respect to their students, which is part of the reason it's such a success!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 5, 2009

Mater Dei is an excellent school that offers a college-prep academic curriculum a Catholic environment. The multitude of service-based opportunities (mission collections, Big Brothers Big Sisters, St. Vincent de Paul, Senior Service Project, etc.) enable the student to develop into a caring responsible young adult.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 5, 2009

I love Mater Dei High School because I think the teachers and administration go the extra mile. You are always able to reach a teacher if you have a question or a problem and they don't act like it bothers them. Thats why I like Mater Dei High School
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 4, 2009

MD provides an all around educational experience for every kind of student. It's like one big family!
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Posted July 19, 2009

I had a terrible experience at this school. The teachers were uncaring and seemed to be sick of teaching and of kids. The students are very clique-ish and you may have trouble fitting in if you don't quite match any clique.

Posted November 6, 2007

Excellent source of top notch academics, spiritual leadership, top rated sports programs, and caring faculty and staff.

Posted September 26, 2006

even though the fine arts such as marching band are pushed off financially and not well supported...they succeed in competitions and are very good. The Bands and Choirs at MD rank very high. They always win at Field Competitions and sometimes bring home Grand Champion.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 15, 2005

The math, upper-level science, and upper-level English instructors at Mater Dei are excellent. The social studies department is not very good because incompetent coaches make up the history faculty. The Religious education department does little to challenge students to better understand and deepen their knowledge of Catholicism. If your child is into sports, he will enjoy Mater Dei. However, the music, art, and theater programs are not as well-supported. About half of the students at Mater Dei attend because it has a 'college prep' cirriculum. Yet AP classes are in their first years of being offered, despite the fact that the school has been around for 50 years. Fortunately, parents are very involved at Mater Dei. If you live in Clinton County, this may be the best school for your child. Yet the academics and programs at Mater Dei have lots of room for improvement.
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 98% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 24%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dennis A Litteken
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  • Roman catholic
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900 Mater Dei Drive
Breese, IL 62230
Phone: (618) 526-7216


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