FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MATER DEI:
Where do Mater Dei’s students come from?
Mater Dei’s students generally live in Monmouth County and represent the county’s rich diversity. The majority of our students live in Middletown, and the balance of our enrollment comes from more than twenty other local communities. They include Lincroft, Colts Neck, Holmdel, Freehold, Manalapan, Little Silver, Rumson, Red Bank, Atlantic Highlands, Sea Bright, Tinton Falls, Matawan, Long Branch, Keyport, Hazlet, Belford and Leonardo.
Isn’t Mater Dei a high school only for St. Mary School students?
More than thirty five elementary schools from Northern Monmouth County and Middlesex County send their graduates to Mater Dei. Typically our sending schools include Holy Cross School, Holy Family School,Mother Teresa Regional School, St. Ann School, St. Benedict School, St. Joseph School, St. Leo the Great School, St.Mary School, St. Thomas the Apostle School, Chesterbrook Academy, Oak Hill Academy, Ranney School, Rumson Country Day School, and Seashore School. In addition, our students come to us from numerous public middle schools in towns such as Lincroft, Holmdel, Colts Neck,Matawan, Manalapan,Middletown, Freehold, Red Bank, Old Bridge, and Tinton Falls.
Why is Mater Dei smaller than other local Catholic high schools?
Mater Dei is dedicated to being a unique school environment that emphasizes personalized education and provides students with a quality high school experience. Admission to MaterDei is selective. The school maintains an average enrollment of 400 students in grades nine through twelve in order to achieve its mission of empowering its students for success by nurturing and supporting them in a truly caring and actively involved community.
ACCREDITATIONS: Mater Dei is fully accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the National Catholic Education Association
SCHOOL SEAL: Mater Dei's school seal manifests the influences in our school life: the star represents Mary, patroness of the school; the crossed arms represent the Franciscan Sisters who opened the school; the plow represents the State of New Jersey; and the Book of Knowledge represents love of wisdom.
SCHOOL MOTTO: "Fide et Fortitudine" (Faith and Fortitude)
SCHOOL COLORS: Blue and White
SCHOOL MASCOT/NICKNAME: "The Seraphs" (The six-winged angels)