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9-12
Private
Hyattsville, MD
Students enrolled: 896

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4313 Madison Street
Hyattsville, MD 20781

(240) 764-2200
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October 12, 2012
Love this for my son! He chose this school for its name sake and mission of St. John DeMatha - a crusader who believed in the most Holy Trinity and power of the spirit overcoming all. We loved this school! As a white family not originally from Maryland we were told by EVERYONE that this was an african-american sports school with a catholic name. I was concerned. Smaller population of Catholics than I had anticipated, but what is wrong with that? My son and the leaders of this school take every opportunity to promote behavior suitable to God. The non-catholic population which were overly critical and negative about the mass and catholocism quickly learned from the Catholics that although they may disagree the Catholic faith is still a religion and faith deserving of respect. Academics are WONDERFUL! Great science program, excellent math, love the electives (CADD is my fave and very unique), foreign language options are unreal, campus ministry program is wonderful, the social sciences and studies do a great job. Each of these teachers has mastered the education of GENTLEMEN! I am a single parent and this is worth the cost. But the sports are all POLITICS!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2012
I have had 2 sons graduate from DeMatha. Each was as different as night and day; the oldest is not as strong academically as the youngest, yet outgoing and sociable. Neither did the Sports thing. As African Americans, we ended up paying the full tuition ourselves, knowing that if they had been athletes, we might have been offered some help. The work ethic, tradition & academic rigors are noteworthy. The culture is a bit off-putting; it feels like a lower-end Country Club that exposes itself to minority enrollment for quota purposes. All that aside, if you can afford the pricetag & ready for intense involvement, with a serious young man who wants a good start, go check it out. Shadowing is an excellent idea, but don't just send your son. Go yourself, attend the parent association meetings, walk the campus at varying times. You'll Know whether it's the right place for your guys or not. This is one place where you really need to do YOUR homework even before your son starts doing his own!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2012
There are 38,000 high schools in America, but there is only One DeMatha. I'm an alumnus as well as a parent of two current students. We're not a sports family. It's great and fun to see your school's name prominently featured in national publications, but it isn't what's been important for our family. For those who are thinking about where to send their sons to high school, DeMatha's most important attribute is that it is a school for 950 individual students. Each student's needs - academic, social, psychological - are considered on an individual basis. Teachers, counselors - and the principal - often take significant amounts of time to work out the curricular and other needs of the individual student. The individual needs of our sons have often been considered and factored into their curricular opportunities, including permission to take classes normally reserved for higher grade levels and independent study courses. We homeschooled our sons through eighth grade, and the thing that we like most about DeMatha is how it retains much of the spirit of homeschooling - making the school fit the student rather than the student being made to fit the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2011
I am currently enrolled at DeMatha and love it. The all boys was the biggest drawback for me when deciding. I quickly realize how much more learning you get done here then a co ed school.Also the tution easily the best for the Catholic schools in the D.C area. It is about 13,000 wich sounds like alot until you look at the other which seem to be 20,000+ to go to. Dematha also Is the best Acadimicly Athletics Community service and religon.Don't belive me go ask someone who goes there or someone who has heard of it. It is a Catholic school so The who "gay" thing was silly considering what catholics belive. Also I have yet to see the same sex relationship here. Another thing I noticed was how well the teachers taught and helped. Before Dematha I went to A public school wich was great but was a joke compared to the acadimics to DeMmtha.Another Drawback was that it was a religon school. I also realized that long as your christan and follow simalir belifs they dont care what religon you are. The last thing that i will add is that the kids in the school are not rich spoiled kids but gentelman who will help you out anytime.Overall Dematha is Excellent and helps when you go to college/job.

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2011
Dematha is horrible. Very Very racist. They just want your money. Black kids do not get the same educational opportunities as white students. You don't see this until you have to pay full tution and try to switch your son's clases. Two sons attended the school. The one weaker academically did the best at DM, but he was good at sports and was put into classes with easier teachers. If you are not in honors clases you are bette off in public school. The oldest one still had to go to prep school because he was not academically prpeared for college.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
DeMatha is an academically rigorous school with a top music program and strong athletics. My bright, artsy senior has enjoyed excellent teachers and a very accepting environment where racism isn't a problem and gay students are fully accepted. The academics are tailored to your son's abilities-top students here are comparable with any in the country. Less academically gifted kids are valued but are not given such challenging work. These boys are proud of their school and smile so warmly when they win another gold medal at a music festival or WCAC championship or an Ivy league acceptance letter.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 27, 2010
My husband is a graduate and our son will graduate in 2011. We have thoroughly appreciated the academic and co-curricular exposure that our son has received at DeMatha. The principal is outstanding. The facilities are expanding. The academic program provides options for students to excel academically and prepare for college. If your son is a sports enthusiast, DeMatha offers so much as an athelete and a 'fan'. Great school spirit. Great relationships with colleges and universities. We wouldn't change a thing.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2009
The value of a DeMatha education goes well beyond the 4 years spent there. I would highly suggest shadowing a current student for all prospective students, as DeMatha is not for everyone. As an alumnus, I feel particularly guarded of DeMatha's reputation beyond school walls. What many people fail to realize about our athletic reputation is the amount of work, dedication, commitment, discipline, and team building that goes into each championship banner that hangs in Wooten Gymnasium. One would be foolish to think that these skills do not translate to the classroom and later on in life. Even for students that do no participate in athletics you are challenged in the classroom by teachers and are given opportunities to pursue other interests through student clubs- same pursuit of excellence. The school's motto, 'Gentlemen and Scholars' is a lifetime commitment. Consider it carefully before stepping through those doors.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 24, 2009
DeMatha has been an amazing school for our sophomore son. He has teachers who have come from Georgetown, Harvard, Oxford and the like to teach there. They are not concerned about next weekend's game. They want their students to perform in the classroom. We attended Back to School night and wished we could attend the classes taught by some of these fascinating professors ourselves! They were amazing. DeMatha is also a brotherhood that's nurtured in the classroom, in clubs, in band, and on teams. Nearly 1/2 of all DeMatha students are in DeMatha's band/chorus. Many DM athletes are also musicians. My son's coaches expect a higher GPA from his players than the Archdiocese standards. They pray as a team and support each other tremendously. It's been a great fit for our son who is an honors student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
Excellent school with excellent programs!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
My son went to DeMatha for his freshman year. I have to say that I was highly disappointed. The academics were below average for the amount of money you're paying. The school is focused more on sports than academics. We transferred him to a public school in Charles County and it's unbelievable how much of difference there is. We're offered a variety classes that Dematha didn't offer and the teachers care and communicate a lot more. Only send your son to DeMatha if you want them to get sports scholarship, not for academics. Its a glorified public school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
incredibly dedicated teachers who expect a lot, but give plenty of support

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October 03, 2009
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September 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2009
I went to DeMatha Catholic High School for 3 years. It honestly had the worst effect on my life in the worst way. I didn't learn much because most of the teachers were more concerned with what their schedules were than the well-being of the student. Having experiences like this really set my life back and I honestly regret ever stepping foot into that politically-based institution. It was a horrible experience that ended in a political decision, something I think is wrong if they are trying to prepare young men to be gentleman and scholars. I don't think the staff was being scholarly.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2009
As a student I had a great experience at DeMatha!! The teachers were great!! DeMatha prepared me for the future had in storage for me.

- submitted by a student
February 06, 2009
I am the parent of a junior & a freshman. The school has had a tremendous impact on both of them. I know the experience at DeMatha will serve them will in life.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
I m a freshman parent and impressed. From the Open House to midway of this school year, DeMatha has been professional all along the way. E-mail and phone calls are responded timely. Daily e-mail alerts and an up-to-the-minute website mean open and effective communications. Academically, my son is challenged. They placed him in courses that were the best fit for him. There are ample opportunities for socializing with females. The sports program is awesome, offering any sport you can imagine. The music program is top notch. Superior ratings in festivals and performing all state validate this. The counseling center prepares freshmen for college, with college fairs, workshops, and scholarships information. Fellow parents are helpful and willing to share. The only area that needs improvement is Edline. It s new this year. I expect to see it used more next year. Overall, I m pleased. I believe it s worth every cent, if not more.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2008
I am proud to say that I am a DeMatha alum. After coming from a public middle school, I feel as though I grew as much as an inidividual as would have if i went to Roosevelt or Bowie. I was challenged academically by the best teachers I ever had. We take pride in our sports program but it is not the most important, it is just the most publically known because of media coverage. I am proud to say I won a wcac title myself but it wasn't the best moment of my DeMatha career. That has to go to shaking Dr. McMahan's hand as I accepted my diploma at the National Shrine. Students who push themselves (i.e. taking honors classes) will be challenged and prepared to be successful in college. As a college student, now I can say that college is easier than high school.

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2008
This is one of the finest institutions for a higher learning experience for your son. The experiences that you come away with are as priceless as the education you receive. If you expect only greatness for your son, then DeMatha Catholic High School should be one of your top choices.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2008
Some of the new Freshman teachers were terrible. I was very disappointed in the education our son received. The teachers who have been there a while were fantastic. But the administration was somewhat unresponsive to problems we had... until our 4th letter and second call. My husband and family were all alumni and know many of the staff. I'm hoping next year is better

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2008
I'm a parent of a student as well as an alumnus. There is no better high school anywhere.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2008
As the parent of a former DeMatha student I was very pleased with the education my sone recieved. My son is currently enrolled in a one of the top schools in the contry were does very well, not doubt due to the academic prep he got at DeMatha.

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December 15, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 29, 2007
I'm a student at DeMatha and I've looked over what some of these parents have said. Racism is not a problem. There may be a couple issues but any school you go to there will always be those types of things. The acedemics are great, and they always push you to do better. The sports are awesome everywhere, but while you're in school that's not the school's focus.

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
September 11, 2007
I have two sons currently attending DeMatha and they love it. There is a wide ranging curriculum with levels to fit a variety of levels. The sports are wonderful but I have one son interested in the law and another interested in engineering. Both are getting what they need to continue in these paths. It's a great school; we're very happy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 05, 2007
This is my sons second year at Dematha. My son is academically challenged and very well disciplined. I love that the coaches stress, First you are a student and then you're an athlete. The schools morals and values are strong and I am proud to be a DeMatha parent! Neither me nor my son has viewed or experienced any racism at the school, my son is an african american and he has many friends of all races.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 17, 2007
Take away the uniforms, the outrageous tuition, and make it co-ed and you've got a mediocre public school. The academics are weak, the athletes do get preferential treatment, and there is a false arrogance among the student body and the faculty. Yes, there are plenty of extra-curricular activities but what school doesn't have those? The school also nickels and dimes parents/students. How many high school's actually charge admission to their own school's basketball games? If you're a parent, you might as well add on another few grand to that tuition because the pressure to do so will be too great. It was too bad P.G. Public school's were worse than Dematha.

- submitted by a former student
August 16, 2007
My son is currently a DeMatha student and I love the school. The academics and sports are strong. I find the young men who attend DeMatha seem to take pride in their school and have bonded very well. My son loves being at DeMatha and I' very pleased as well. I love the comradery of the students and parents! I am pleased to have been able to afford my son the opportunity to attend DeMatha.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
DeMatha is the furthest thing from racist. I think this is the only school where theres a positive interaction between all races. The athletics are obviously tops anywhere, the band program is also nationally recognized and the academics are just as good anywhere

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2006
Our son is entering his sophomore year at DeMatha. The academics are as rigorous as any of the top schools in Fairfax or Montgomery Counties, including IB schools. True, they are known for their sports programs, of which our son competed, their music program is one of the best in the nation. As far as racism, our son didn't really notice any problems with racism and he has friends of all backgrounds. DeMatha is one of this country's best kept secrets...a great institutition that develops boys into great young men of honor and integrity.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2006
This was an amaziing experience for my son! But I also agree with the problem of racism. This school needs to understand diversity.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2006
The school is mainly focused on sports, with weak acedemics. ...Very ovverated. Also the seems to be a big problem with racism. I don't think that is good in a child's enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2006
It is a great school which offers many challenges. They teach discipline and honor. Along with academics, the students learn how to be gentlemen and prepare for college and later the real world

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2005
DeMatha has been a wonderful experience for two of my sons. They too have spoken of racism, but it has been towards them. They happen to be caucasian. Unfortunately racism exists, it exists for all races. It is the manner in which the faculty and staff handle this issue that makes or breaks a school. I have found DeMatha handles the issue quite adeaquately. Neither of my sons were active in sports, this did not affect their relationship with teachers, students, or other staff members. They worked hard and have received an excellent education. But do not assume it is a ticket into college.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2005
I know other people feel this way, but I hate this school. Most boys here act like idiots and some of the teachers really don't care. They also talk way too much about their sports. I mean we are here to learn, not talk about sports! Overall I do not like this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2005
I just graduated from DeMatha last year and I can admit that at times racism may be present, but if you think about it, where isn't it present? No matter where you go in this social issue always arises. At the same time, the respect that the students should be receiving, should be earned as well. From my point-of-view I saw students that demanded respect from the faculty, but did not show the maturity to deserve it. Personally I feel that anyone who goes to DeMatha and plans to take advantage of the academic and extracurricular activities available will be successful if they work at it. Those individuals who are not serious about their education will struggle and usually end up being the individuals who do not gain the respect of the faculty. Although it is true that DeMatha has faults of its own, it is still a great high school.

- submitted by a former student
April 18, 2004
My son had been saying that he wanted to attend DeMatha since he was in the 5th grade. It turns out that he loves it more than he even imagined. The curriculum is tough but the teachers are great. The love for the school shows through everyone that's associated with DeMatha. It's nice to see the principal with a DeMatha Lettermans Jacket entering the school on a Monday morning.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
DeMatha provided a great education and an excellent foundation for college. The teachers were great and very demanding academically, and the curriculum was solid. Overall, an outstanding academic experience for young men!

- submitted by a former student
October 02, 2003
The school has a good curriculum. The problem happens to be more of a social one. Some of the African-American young men tend to encounter a great deal of racism. Unfortunely, this seems to be a reoccurring problem. Hopefully, the school leadership will incorporate professional development workshops on how to deal with diverse populations.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2003
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Dematha Catholic High School
4313 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD  20781
(240) 764-2200
Last modified Dematha Catholic High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Dematha Catholic High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top