Does Mater Dei provide tuition assistance for families?
Recognizing the varied financial situations of our families, our School Board and administration are committed to providing tuition assistance to families who possess a strong desire to join the Mater Dei family. Thus, we offer memorial grants to all families that qualify financially. Additionally, we encourage our families to apply for scholarships (academic and need-based) offered by Mater Dei or their parish. To view a list of scholarships, please review “Scholarships and Tuition Assistance.”
Will our family’s limited means of transportation limit our child’s participation in extracurricular activities?
Aside from athletics, a large number of our extracurricular activities hold meetings during the daily school-wide study hall, thereby minimizing, and at times eliminating, the need for meetings after school hours.
In addition, when waiting for an extracurricular activity, students are welcome to remain on campus after school hours and to utilize the library and the cafeteria. In fact, on a daily basis we observe students studying with peers or preparing a snack (the cafeteria possesses a beverage vending machine and microwaves).
Finally, families often develop carpools, thereby reducing the travel obligation for each family.
NOTE: We provide transportation to and from school for students living outside the Central Community High School district: east to Mt. Vernon, north to Greenville, north to Highland, and west to I-64 and Route 4.
Can Mater Dei meet the academic needs of my child?
We offer a comprehensive curriculum that provides opportunities for all students both to challenge themselves and to achieve success by enrolling in the level of courses that meets their needs. More importantly, recognizing that a child’s academic needs vary by discipline, we do not “track” our students.
In addition, during the daily school-wide study hall, our students possess the opportunity to receive additional assistance from their teachers and/or peers.
Finally, we are proud to offer Edline, our online link between school and home, which provides parents the opportunity to view weekly progress reports and to communicate with teachers, thereby ensuring our ability to work hand-in-hand with parents for the benefit of our students.
Parents, in their own words *
“We are very pleased with our first experience with Mater Dei. We were very concerned about our daughter adjusting and the administration and faculty have gone out of their way to target the students who need the extra attention.”
“It’s nice when your child comes home and says, ‘I just love going to Mater Dei.’”
“Mater Dei has served as an extension of my home, reinforcing the same values and morals I believe are important.”
“The twenty-minute drive with my child is the highlight of my day! It’s me and him – what a chance to really talk!”
“I appreciate the extra time taken to communicate with me (and my children) and to address our concerns (that some may view as minor) – I’m happy the “little things” are “big things” at Mater Dei.”
* Comments were provided on the “Survey for Parents of Freshmen: 2010 – 2011.”