Welcome to Mater Dei Catholic High School
MDCHS is located in Chula Vista, CA, in a beautiful newly-developed area in San Diego County. We are a private, coeducational institution that is under the guidance of the San Diego Diocese. The school is fully accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), and has a firm commitment to having each of our students gain acceptance to a four-year university after graduation. We continually strive to make our campus a place for the community, with many sports, arts and cultural events that are open to the public.
The school is internationally recognized and deeply committed to diversity. We actively strive for a student body that includes a variety of races and ethnicities in the belief that classroom dialogues are more dynamic and more informed when students have the opportunity to interact and learn with others of different backgrounds.
Mater Dei is a Place for Everyone
“Education cannot be neutral. It is either positive or negative; either it enriches or it impoverishes…. The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful. And this occurs through a rich path made up of many ingredients. This is why there are so many subjects — because development is the results of different elements that act together and stimulate intelligence, knowledge, the emotions, the body, and so on.”
Pope Francis, May 2014
Mater Dei is a comprehensive educational institution providing an outstanding education to all students with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. We balance face-to-face teaching with the use of state-of-the-art technological tools, community partnerships, and many opportunities for out-of-the-classroom education. We have services to help English language learners and students with diagnosed special needs. Our motto that Mater Dei is “A Place for Everyone” means we give personalized attention to each student, as we strive to help them succeed, and we do everything we can to support that philosophy.
With modern facilities dedicated to athletics, arts, theater, and spiritual development, Mater Dei has
a commitment to creating well-rounded individuals, as well as excellent students. From Ceramics to Guitar,
Financial Literacy to Campus Ministry, and over 20 competitive athletic teams, our students have a variety of ways to grow emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
In addition, with the goal of humanizing education, we have a strong focus on service and social justice. The Catholic Church has a long history of social justice in our communities, and in our world, and we expect our students to continue this tradition by becoming advocates for people in need, and by working to protect human dignity. We require our students to perform twenty-five service hours each year they attend Mater Dei Catholic; a requirement for graduation.