Mater Dei Catholic High School

Mater Dei Catholic High School is located on a beautiful, 48-acre campus, with state-of-the-art programs and facilities. The residential high school is a quick drive away to San Diego, California.

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Chula Vista, California, outside of San Diego
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Accepting Grades 9-11
August/September, January Intakes
Language Requirement:
TOEFL equivalent 60-80
Cost of Attendance
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Off-Campus Residence
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Amerigo Select School
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Amerigo Signature School
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Why Study at Mater Dei Catholic High School?
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Elite Academy of Science Program

The Academy of Science is a unique, application-based multi-year program for advanced STEM students, with opportunities for complex coursework, internships and more.

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Microsoft Showcase School

As a top high school in California, students have access to the latest campus-wide WiFi and an IT help desk modeled after the Apple Genius Bar.

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After School Tutoring Included With Tuition

Mater Dei offers free after school tutoring, as well as ACT and SAT prep courses.

Study in San Diego, California, United States

Mater Dei is located in Chula Vista, California – a beautiful, affluent community with incredible natural beauty, located just 9 miles (14 km) from San Diego.

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San Diego has a population of 1.4 million
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Easy Access to San Diego International Airport (SAN)
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Close to top-ranked universities including California Institute of Technology (#7), University of Southern California (#28) and University of California – San Diego (#28)
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San Diego, California

Mater Dei Catholic High School Facts


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College Acceptance

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Mater Dei is a loving and accepting community to all students. Regardless of your background, you can find your own place in the school.




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I chose to be an educator because I experienced the difference a teacher could make in life.

Oscar Castaneda


Director of Campus Operations


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Annual campus visits from college and university admission departments


Average ACT Composite Score (national average is 20.3)


Senior Capstone Projects
All seniors complete a Senior Capstone Project that allows them to work closely with a professional mentor as they do a deep dive into their field of interest.   ‍

Robust Technology Program
Students can choose from a wide range of technology programs where they can take part in hands-on learning and skill development.‍

Over 140 Recently Completed Internships
Students in the Academy of Science Program took part in 140+ recent internships in a wide range of fields.

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Accommodation Options

Mater Dei international students live in fully-staffed, comfortable residences near the school campus. 

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