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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A+
Mater Dei High School is a highly rated, private, Catholic school located in Santa Ana, CA. It has 2,152 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. Tuition is $13,900 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 76% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
1202 W Edinger Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Telephone
(714) 850-9500

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$13,900
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid

Mater Dei High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1190
398 responses
Average ACT
27
341 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.51 responses
Poll
61%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.51 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 185 responses
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  • Rally
    23%
  • Sporting events
    19%
  • Welcome dance
    14%
  • Mass in the grotto
    10%
  • Clubs
    9%
  • Special Games
    8%
  • Basketball. NIke Extravaganza
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,152
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.57 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.57 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.57 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Poll
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.70 responses
Poll
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.70 responses
Poll
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.70 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.39 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.39 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.39 responses
Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Cost of Living
    D
  4. Good for Families
    C
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$54,062
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,354
National
$949
Median Home Value
$383,900
National
$184,700
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Mater Dei High School Reviews

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My experience at Mater Dei has been amazing. I had big expectations and I was not disappointed, my first year everyone welcomed me with a open heart and mind. I felt at home there and was not upset about my choice of attending the school. I loved all of my teachers, they were nice,helpful, and understanding; everything a good teacher is. If anyone ever needed help they would not hesitate, often dropping what they are doing to go help them. Their lessons were clear and concise helping all of their students to understand. Another part is the sports. As a newcomer to running I had no idea what to expect and was nervous. I could not have met a more friendly and supportive group. Mater Dei also has many clubs and organizations. I joined CSF and Acedemic Decathlon, which is also a class. The only thing I would change is the extra curricular schedules at Mater Dei is I want to make them more compatible with each other so it is easier to do both.
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So, far I have had an excellent time at Mater Dei Highschool. It is very welcoming and there is something for everyone there. I found my love for sciences and the performing arts here and I am very grateful. However, I think there is a flaw in the food system. Mater Dei offers a healthy option menu, however, most of those options are priced higher than the regular food causing students to prefer the high calorie, sugary, and salty food more. I hope one day they may find a away to attract the students to order from the healthy option menu more often.
Mater Dei is like a mini college. With 2,000 plus students we really feel like we are walking on a college campus. From the hustling to class with five minute passing periods to going to sports games after our own sport practices. I have loved being a part of this busy lifestyle. There is never a dull moment on campus, something is always going on. Mater Dei shaped me to be more timely efficient by balancing my time between ASB meetings, volleyball practice, and AP classes. This campus is always in hustle mode.