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Mater Dei High School
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  • Private, Catholic
  • SANTA ANA, CA

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Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Diversity
    grade A+
  3. Teachers
    grade A minus
  4. College Prep
    grade A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    grade A+
  6. Sports
    grade A+

About

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$75
Interview Required
No
Required/Recommended Tests
HSPT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$16,900
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
55%
Average Financial Aid
$5,400
From Mater Dei High School

Founded in 1950, Mater Dei is more than a high school. We are a community built on fellowship and intellectual rigor, dedicated to developing our students' talents as they pursue their dreams of academic excellence, artistic distinction, athletic glory, and spiritual growth.

Mater Dei and its students have influenced Orange County through campus ministry, the arts, academics and athletics. Mater Dei students continue to become National Merit finalists, scientific scholars, CIF champions, award-winning artists and more! Our students are characterized by curiosity, ambition and service to others. Mater Dei students take these lessons with them as they move on to some of the most prestigious universities and well into their professional lives in the worlds of medicine, law, technology, finance, education, entertainment, government, business and ministry.

Whether you’re a prospective student or parent, know that Mater Dei is a place to call home. We are a family. We are MD!

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Mater Dei High School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1190
569 responses
Average ACT
28
491 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
87%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school. 75 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there. 75 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 281 responses
  • Rally
    21%
  • Sporting events
    19%
  • Welcome dance
    13%
  • Clubs
    11%
  • Mass in the grotto
    8%
  • Special Games
    7%
  • Basketball. NIke Extravaganza
    5%

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Students

Diversity
grade A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,159
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive. 81 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy. 81 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic. 81 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Poll
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons. 94 responses
Poll
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students. 94 responses
Poll
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom. 94 responses

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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
grade A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
No data available  
Boys Athletic Participation
No data available  
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. 63 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need. 63 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations. 63 responses

Living in the Area

grade C minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Cost of Living
    grade D+
  2. Good for Families
    grade C
  3. Housing
    grade D+
Median Household Income
$86,199
National
$62,843
Median Rent
$1,861
National
$1,062
Median Home Value
$449,973
National
$217,500

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