Welcome to Mater Dei Catholic High School!

Mater Dei Catholic High School is an amazing place to continue your education and to learn, live and grow as an individual and a member of the global community. With over 500 applicants every year for 9th grade, we have a wide variety of students who demonstrate academic excellence, promising leadership skills, commitment to service, and diverse talents. We strongly encourage you to visit our campus and set up a personal family tour or a virtual tour. Click on any one of the photos below to contact our admissions team directly.

Admissions Application

If you would like to join the Mater Dei family, please register for a SchoolAdmin account by clicking the button below.  Then fill-out and submit your application for admission.

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In-Person Family Tours

Anyone interested in a tour may contact the Director of Admissions, Mr. Roy Vasquez HERE or choose a date via the Inquiry form by click the button below.

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High School Placement Test (HSPT)

Sign up for an Online HSPT Make-Up Test.

The High School Placement Test must be taken on campus at Mater Dei Catholic High School to be considered for any and all scholarships.


The Mater Dei Admissions Process

Create a SchoolAdmin account by clicking HERE.  if you already have a SchoolAdmin account simply login.

Complete and submit your child’s application in SchoolAdmin. Once the application has been submitted, you will have access to the additional required forms. The nonrefundable application fee is $50.

Please schedule an applicant interview w/ a member of the admissions team after submitting your child’s admission application and before February 4, 2022. If your child has not completed the interview by that time, we will be holding an official interview night in early February. Your child’s entire file does not need to be complete before scheduling the interview.

Register your child for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) by clicking HERE. The High School Placement Test must be taken at Mater Dei Catholic High School on January 22, 2022 to be considered for any and all scholarships.

Crucial to the admissions process is an applicant’s academic readiness and transcript of grades for the last two years. Citizenship is also a critical component to the admissions process. Mater Dei requires the Behavioral/Social-Emotional Reports for each applicant (see #7).

In your SchoolAdmin account, you may forward links to your current Principal and teachers so they may fill out these forms electronically.

Parents must print, sign, and submit this The Consent of Information form to your current school’s registrar/secretary. This form grants permission for your current school to share all behavioral/social-emotional records with MDCHS, and is a required part of the application process.

The Crusader for the Day is an opportunity for prospective students to get a hands-on feel for life at Mater Dei Catholic High School. Your student will spend a day with an MDCHS Ambassador, attending classes.

*Please note that in accordance with our protocols for COVID-19, we are not hosting Crusader for the Day at this time.

Students will be informed of their acceptance for the 2022/2023 school year beginning March 1, 2022. Parents will receive an email from the MDCHS business office with log-in information for open enrollment/registration starting March 4, 2022. With only 250 available spots for the incoming ninth grade class, we encourage parents to register and reserve their child’s spot for the Fall 2022 ASAP.

*Students with Learning Differences: Parents must provide current documentation of an IEP, 504 Plan, or private Neuropsychological or Psychoeducational evaluation (3 years or less) when the Admissions Application is completed. Documents must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office before January 14, 2022. Students will receive extra time on the HSPT according to their qualifying documentation, if proper documentation is received prior to Friday, January 14, 2022.

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

What does my 8th grader need to apply to Mater Dei?

The admissions process at Mater Dei requires the High School Placement Test (HSPT), a formal interview and review of transcripts from 7th and 8th grade. Decision letters go out with scholarship and tuition assistance awards, if applicable, on March 1, 2022. Online enrollment opens on March 7, 2022 and the deadline to register is March 19, 2022.

Why should my student apply to Mater Dei?

Mater Dei prides itself on offering an exceptional, high-quality Catholic high school experience. Our beautiful 48-acre campus includes facilities dedicated to athletics, arts, theater, and spiritual development. Mater Dei has a commitment to creating well-rounded individuals, as well as excellent students.

Some of the key differentiators that have propelled Mater Dei over the past decade include its award-winning Academy of Science, which helps to place hundreds of high school students in internships with some of the most prestigious research institutions; the vast number of students getting into the nation’s top universities; an outstanding offering of student leadership opportunities; its diverse student body; strong athletics and quality of education.

What are all of the criteria that goes into the acceptance process?

We use a holistic approach that looks at a variety of factors. The Admissions Committee utilizes the data from the HSPT along with report cards and teacher recommendations to help determine the best possible course placement for incoming 9th graders.

How much is tuition?

Tuition is currently $18,210.

Does Mater Dei offer tuition assistance?

Yes, Mater Dei offers need-based tuition assistance to families who might otherwise not be able to afford full tuition. Priority will be given to students who have taken the entrance exam at Mater Dei Catholic High School in January 2022. Each award is made on a case-by-case basis.

Is tuition assistance different from financial aid?

No. These terms are interchangeable.

When is the tuition assistance application due?

February 1, 2022

How do you determine tuition assistance eligibility?

Families apply for need-based tuition assistance through a third-party application called FACTS, which utilizes an algorithm to determine eligibility and the amount of tuition assistance awarded.

What is the High School Placement Test?

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is a requirement for incoming 9th grade students seeking admission to Mater Dei Catholic High School as a freshman. The HSPT is scheduled for ​Saturday, January 22, 20212. The HSPT, by definition, helps in the placement of students into English and Math classes for the freshman year. There will not be an essay portion of the test this year.

What are the benefits of taking the HSPT at Mater Dei’s campus on January 22, 2022?

Scholarship Eligibility

One of our key differentiators at Mater Dei is our robust merit-based scholarship program which allows students who take the HSPT on Mater Dei’s campus on January 22, 2022 an opportunity for a four-year scholarship based on their national score ranking. Mater Dei has the largest scholarship program of all the Catholic High Schools in San Diego County.

Last year alone, Mater Dei awarded 29 students either the Presidential (100% 4-Year Scholarship), Principal (75% 4-Year Scholarship) or Merit (50% 4-Year) Scholarship. Only incoming 9th graders are eligible for these scholarships. In total, Mater Dei has 124 students out of our total student body of 1034, who currently have been awarded a merit-based scholarship. For more information on the different scholarship levels, click here.

Do we have to take the HSPT test at Mater Dei?

No. Mater Dei does accept HSPT scores from other schools throughout the county, state and country. However, taking the test on a different campus eliminates eligibility to receive a Mater Dei scholarship.

Do transfer students have to take the HSPT test?

No, they do not.

After my student completes the HSPT, what are the next steps?

If you have not done so already, you should schedule your student’s interview through SchoolAdmin. Interviews are planned for February 3, 2022 and time slots are available directly from your SchoolAdmin portal.

What does the interview process look like?

On February 3, 2022 from 4:00-6:00pm we will be conducting online interviews through Zoom. Interviews last about 15 minutes. Parents are welcome to join the interview meeting. The interview will provide an opportunity to get to know your student, learn about their interests and why they would like to attend Mater Dei. If you need to reschedule your interview, you may do so on your SchoolAdmin account or by contacting admissions@mdchs.net. These interviews will not be recorded.

Do I need to submit my student’s report card?

Yes. There is a form called the Release of Information Form which needs to go to your school registrar/secretary in order for your student’s report card to be sent to our school.

Do I need to submit a letter of recommendation?

Sending a letter of recommendation is optional. One letter of recommendation is sufficient. This letter should come from someone outside of your family such as a pastor, current or past teacher or principal. You need to request your recommender to write and send the letter to Mater Dei admissions admissions@mdchs.net. You may also forward the letter of recommendation to our admissions office.

I have completed all of my checklist items, now what?

Decision letters will be mailed the first week in March. The decision letter will contain a copy of your student’s HSPT results, scholarship or tuition-assistance award (if applicable) and vital information about the next steps regarding registering and securing your child’s space in the class of 2026.

Do you offer sports scholarships?

No. Offering sports scholarships is against CIF regulations.

Do you offer military discounts on tuition?

No. All tuition assistance requests go through our FACTS application and are based specifically on financial need of household.

How many students will you be accepting for Fall 2021?

We are looking for a freshman class of 290 students.

Your admissions team.

Please contact us with any questions.

Ms. Margarita Hernández

Registrar | Admissions Assistant

(619) 423-2121 x 128

Mr. Roy Vasquez P’22

Director of Admissions | International Student Program | Ambassadors for Christ

(619) 423-2121 x 106 (619) 423-6910