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Breese, IL
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900 Mater Dei Drive
Breese, IL 62230

(618) 526-7216
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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.

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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.

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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.

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October 05, 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!

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October 05, 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.

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October 05, 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

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October 04, 2009
MD provides an all around educational experience for every kind of student. It's like one big family!

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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.

- submitted by a community member

November 06, 2007
Excellent source of top notch academics, spiritual leadership, top rated sports programs, and caring faculty and staff.

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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 student

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 student

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Mater Dei High School
900 Mater Dei Drive, Breese, IL  62230
(618) 526-7216
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 12 reviews. Top