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A
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+
Address
1202 W Edinger Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Telephone
(714) 850-9500

Applying

Application Deadline
Application Fee
Interview Required
Required/Recommended Tests

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
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!

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
1180
419 responses
Average ACT
27
353 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.53 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.53 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 205 responses
Report
  • Rally
    22%
  • Sporting events
    19%
  • Welcome dance
    13%
  • Mass in the grotto
    10%
  • Clubs
    9%
  • Special Games
    8%
  • Basketball. NIke Extravaganza
    5%

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.59 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.59 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.59 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Poll
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.72 responses
Poll
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.72 responses
Poll
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.72 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.41 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.41 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.41 responses
Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    D
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

Mater Dei High School Reviews

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Mater Dei is incredible! The teachers are awesome and they take time to really care about my work and help me with areas I struggle. Teachers at Mater Dei don’t just sit around and slack off, they provide a pristine education with amazing advice that will not be forgotten. I highly recommend Mater Dei to anyone who is seeking an incredible Highschool experience.
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As a Mater Dei alumnus, I had an exceptional time enjoying the Mater Dei experience. The people were incredible! I really connected with the students in my class and kept my high school friends through later times of my life. Going to Mater Dei was the best decision I have ever made in my entire life.
Mater Dei is a very good school. Academically speaking, Mater Dei is very challenging, however it ensures that its students are prepared to tackle college courses. Teachers are always willing to help students with any issues that may arise. Mater Dei offers a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities and these are a must if you want to have a social life. Diversity is not lacking at Mater Dei. My only complaint is the food. There a many options however none of which are actually healthy. And what is somewhat healthy, is obviously expensive. The best thing about Mater Dei is probably the support and help you get from teachers and counselors, especially when applying to college. They really want you to succeed so they will help you in any way they can.