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9-12
Private
Middletown, NJ
Students enrolled: 287
 

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538 Church Street
Middletown, NJ 07748

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(732) 671-9100
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April 11, 2015
I love Mater Dei! I'm at the school now and so far it's almost like Paradise. The Campus is beautiful, the staff is kind and understanding, 9-12th grades coexist with each other, and it is very Catholic! We have a Chapel, Religious pictures and statues throughout the school, and a Jesuit-based retreat for Juniors and Seniors. Also a few students go to the Youth Group called Lifeteen which believes in having a living Relationship with Jesus. I would recommend this place to any 8th Grader, it's a great 4 year experience!

- submitted by a student

July 27, 2014
I was going to write this long, thought-out review, but to sum it up, just make sure you went to the grammar school tied to it: St. Mary's. Honestly, if you didn't, you're at a disadvantage, academically, socially, and even athletically. Personally, I'd already learned everything Mater Dei had to offer, making my freshman year a waste -- and they're still making me take freshman history at my new school as a sophomore. Everyone's already known each other, so you should hope your child can make friends with the St. Mary's kids fast, though that's pretty hard to do if you don't have an older child already there. The coaches even know the St. Mary's kids beforehand and start them instead of other kids due to that fact. Sensing a pattern? Bluntly put, my education went to the toilet, and I really couldn't be happier that I moved after my freshman year. I really hope this gets through to you. Thanks for reading.

- submitted by a community member

February 20, 2014
IMBASEDCANT LIFE PHIL CANT GOES THERE NOW WHY THIS CRUEL WORLD MAKES HIM LEAVE HIS OLD SCHOOL TO GO TO THIS. MAITER DEI. THEY EVEN SPELT DAY WRONG. REALLY NOW DAY... ANYWAYS, I HOPE YOU TREAT MR. CANT WITH RESPECT AND HONOR BECAUSE HE IS LEGIT.

- submitted by a community member

January 07, 2014
Mater Dei Prep has definitely upped their game. Each student receives a laptop. The classes are well taught. The school is very small and religion is a big part of the curriculum. This school has definitely prepared my child for college. Other schools such as SJV, RBC, and CBA can't compare. Mater Dei Prep in my opinion is the most superior Catholic Preparatory school in all of Monmouth County. If you want your child to have a great high school experience and a superior education consider sending your child to Mater Dei Prep.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2013
This school was a monumental waste of money, morality, and education. If you compare the academics to SJV, RBC, RBR, MN, MS, RHS, they simply cannot offer the same level of advanced classes as any of these public or private schools. I am an alumni of this place and refuse to give 1 penny to this failed institution. This school fails to show any competitive advantage to the afforementioned schools besides student/Teacher ratio, and any teacher worth their weight has already left for other Parochial or public school where Meritocracy is valued above Cronyism.

- submitted by a student

June 04, 2012
This is a very small school. If your child is not part of the "in" crowd they will not like it here. As far as the teaching goes they are okay, but for the price I would send my child to SJV or RBC instead. They are bigger and better staffed schools. There are a lot of kids in this school with learning disorders and those who had problems fitting in to other schools. The staff plays favorites with certain kids. It really is a very insular community here and if you aren't one of the players (aka teacher, coach or staff) your child will not get far.

- submitted by a community member

June 12, 2010
Just like with anything else in life, Mater Dei is what you make of it. It has a small but dedicated staff who go that extra mile. We have been late with payments here and there and have NEVER found the office staff to be rude or condescending. They actually have worked with us over the years. One of our children graduated from MD and is now in college. Our other child is presently enrolled at MDHS. Our experiences there have been WONDERFUL!

- submitted by a student

June 09, 2010
This is the second year in this school and my last. I have seen favoritism one too many times and the office staff are rude and condescending. There are about 3 good teachers but the rest can't teach.

- submitted by a student

May 20, 2010
This school has a lazy administration and guidance staff, if you could call it that. No one really does anything all day, and the teachers fail you unless you donate a lot of money to the school. There are no rules or deadlines. The school's enrollment has decreased to under 300 and will inevitably close.

- submitted by a student

May 01, 2010
The school is wonderful. The teachers are caring and concerned for every student. They have put in place many programs for accelerated college studies. College placements are very strong.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2009
Both my children graduated from Mater Dei with honors. Great teachers, great school.

- submitted by a parent

October 17, 2009
MD is an excellent alternative to a public high school. its deffinatley the 'door holding' and 'conversation with anyone' type of crowd. teachers really look after you like one of their own. it can be a little tricky if you dont find a group of friends right away, but thats true of any school. the athletic programs are inclusive and wants everyone to participate no matter what. theres so much respect among the student body, and although theres very little diversity, we are all very different. i would highly reccomend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a student

March 15, 2009
i love mater dei. I honestly believe that mater dei is the reason that I have been accepted into many top colleges and recieved a lot of money to them. Mater Dei is a great school, but you have to be prepared to work hard.

- submitted by a student
no rating
January 08, 2009
I LOVE Mater Dei! The teachers are great- really seem to care about us as individuals. Glad I chose it.

- submitted by a student

November 23, 2008
I love the school, the teachers are the best, I am learning everything that I will need in the future. I recommend this school to anyone. You have to work hard. Anyone giving a bad review simply can't handle the school rules and work. They should go to public school where no one cares what you do for the most part.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 21, 2008
I hate this school so much. As bad of a reputation as it had it is even worse than you think. The school is no fun. But the good things are mr. Miltner mr. Matassa and ms. Lattimer other than that and big all rabuffo this school is absolutly horrible

- submitted by a student

July 07, 2008
I am going into my third year at Mater Dei, and as much as some people like to complain about it, I believe that in Mater Dei you reap what you sew. I put a lot of effort into my studies and I am recieving a good education. I know other kids that don't try at all in school and they will not be prepared for college. A lot of people choose to blame the school and administration for their child's unsatisfactory progress; but is it really the school's fault if a child is unwilling to learn? Mater Dei is trying to prepare students for their adult lives and when you are an adult, you will not be spoon-fed. I know that I am no smarter than the next guy, I am only more dedicated and that is why I am succeeding.

- submitted by a student

January 25, 2008
This school's enrollment has been steadily dropping over the past four years. It's the same favoritism, 'old-boy' network going on, based on how much money has been given to the church. The 'laptop' learning technology they advertise still does not work. It's very expensive, with a small return on investment.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2007
I am currently a sophomore at Mater Dei High School. I went to a public grammar school and I am very happy that I chose to go to Mater Dei for High School.The students are all very nice and you get a chance to know all of them because of the small size. Parents are very involved in volunteering and PTA. We have several interesting school events that benefit our school and the community. These included the fashion show, In Bloom Fashion Show (all clothes in the In Bloom show were designed by students), the walk-a-thon, and the polar plunge. Since I did not know anyone going into the school I decided to join the field hockey team. I had never played field hockey before but everyone helped me out. I became pretty good at field hockey and I made many good friends. I would recommend MDHS to anybody.

- submitted by a student

January 20, 2007
There are very few academic programs, aside from some very basic courses. The quality of the students is disappointing to say the least. Not the best environment or learning atmosphere. The school focuses largely on sports programs, but has very few extracurricular activities. School has very poor policy regarding student discipline, thus there is a constant sense of anarchy and pandemonium.

- submitted by a student

January 20, 2007
Mater Dei is an expensive school, not at all worth the cost. The teaching staff is lacking in some cases. The students themselves are not a very nice crowd. They aren't nice to one another, are disrespectful to teachers, and teachers have minimal control of what is going on. If you are considering this school because it is a Catholic school, be forewarned: it is not a 'Catholic' environment. Your money is better spent elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

November 21, 2006
Our daughter is a junior at MDHS and is getting an excellent education. She transferred from a public high school and we feel she NOW is getting the academic preparation needed for college. The teachers care about the students and take the time to get to know them. We are very happy with our decision to send her to MDHS and NOT public high school.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2006
I'm currently a senior at Mater Dei High School. It has given me amazing opportunities to excel in the arts outside of the classroom. Unfortunately, the administration of MD is clueless about how to appeal to alumni and prospective students. The school also puts far too much emphasis on football, when a 400-person school can't really compete with larger schools. Our Track team won the state championship last year, but the team is still underappreciated. I'm currently tryinig to change some of this, but there's only so much you can do. Despite my complaints, MD has a real family oriented type of feel. Certain classes here have changed the person who I am. (especially those taught by Mrs. Grzybowski)

- submitted by a student
no rating
February 09, 2006
My son is currently in his second year at Mater Dei. Mater Dei is a well rounded school. The teacher/student ratio is an advantage. Meter Dei is a very nice school. My son is doing extremely well thanks to caring teacher and counselors.

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2004
As a senior here at Mater Dei, I would like to reccomend this fine school to anyone and everyone. Mater Dei is a family of faith, friends and fun. All the teachers are excellent, and willing to help. Athletics are turning for the better once again. There are plenty of clubs and activities...Good school...good staff..

- submitted by a student

June 05, 2004
This is a good school that needs some change in administration , in particular the athletic director. The principal is a good man , however he seems to be lost with how to maintain success with the decline in athletic programs since he arrived. He has increased the number of sports but has lost the level of success existing sports once enjoyed. Thsi has hurt the schools image in the eyes of many parents and is not offset by token PR attempts. Thsi will be what hurts the school down the road. The principal also seems to care little about school tradition and has alienated the alumni despite his token appearances at alumni functions. The schools attempt tp bring grade school students in to take classes at Mater Dei is a flawed concept since most students who attend don't plan to reurn for their high school years.

- submitted by a parent

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Mater Dei Prep High School
538 Church Street, Middletown, NJ  07748
(732) 671-9100
Last modified Mater Dei Prep High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Mater Dei Prep High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top