Prospective Families – Shadow A Knight

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In order to truly experience the Mater Dei spirit, students enrolled in grades 7 and 8 are invited to join us for a day of school!  By shadowing a knight, which includes attending classes, enjoying lunch, touring the campus, and receiving a shirt, prospective students gain valuable insight into life at Mater Dei.

Accept our invitation today, and enjoy a day with the Mater Dei family!


“Before participating in the Shadow a Knight program, we each had mixed emotions about attending Mater Dei.  However, we agree that when we shadowed, we were able to experience aspects of Mater Dei that we could never learn by reading a brochure.  For example, we saw how teachers taught and how students interacted with each other, received answers to our questions, and enjoyed lunch.  (The tater tots were amazing!)  Overall, we were able to experience life as a Mater Dei student.  The day was enjoyable and made a positive difference.  We strongly recommend shadowing a knight!”
Carley Emig, Ellen Nuxoll, and Madelyn Vogelbacher; Class of 2023; Highland


To schedule a day to shadow a knight, please contact Director of Enrollment Mrs. Maria Zurliene (618-526-7216 or

Note that we do not schedule shadows on the following days during the 2022–2023 school year (due to no school, early dismissal, or semester exams): September 2 and 5; October 7, 10, and 28; November 11, 24, and 25; December 19 through 31; January 2, 3, 13, and 16; February 17 and 20; March 9, 10, and 13; April 6, 7, and 10; May 5; and after May 17.



Selection of a Knight  You may shadow a knight of your choice or request the selection of a knight with similar interests.

Transportation  You are welcome to arrange transportation to and/or from Mater Dei or to ride the applicable bus to and/or from Mater Dei.  Students living outside the Central Community High School district are welcome to ride the Mater Dei bus that serves their area.  We provide bus transportation south to Mt. Vernon/east to Salem (Mt. Vernon—Salem—Odin—Sandoval—Carlyle), north to Highland, and west to I-64/Air Mobility Drive (O’Fallon—Lebanon—New Baden—Trenton).

Dress Code  Our students wear polo shirts or sweatshirts with a Mater logo and black, khaki, or navy pants.  Therefore, we kindly request that you do not wear jeans.

Schedule  Our school day begins at 8:10 a.m.  Please arrive at the main office at 8:00 a.m. to meet your knight.  In addition to observing classes and enjoying lunch, you will receive a personal tour of our campus.  Our school day ends at 2:50 p.m.

Lunch  Lunch is on us!  Our daily selection includes a “traditional” lunch that varies daily, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, tater tots, a salad bar, fruit, nachos, chips, dessert snacks, ice cream, milk, lemonade, tea, soda, and water.  (For chips, dessert snacks, and ice cream, please bring $2.)  On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, we also serve pizza.  Please note that a microwave is available if you choose to bring your lunch.

Reading Material  In case you observe a class during which our school-wide study hall occurs or in which students complete an assignment, quiz, or test, please bring assignments or a book or an electronic device with reading material.


For additional information regarding the Shadow a Knight program, please contact Mrs. Maria Zurliene, Director of Enrollment.

Mrs. Maria Zurliene, Director of Enrollment
work: 618-526-7216, ext. 105

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