Events for Prospective Families

Our Mater Dei community is excited to share the unique opportunities we offer our students and their families!  Therefore, we invite prospective families to attend the events listed below.

For families of current 8th-grade students, please print our “Journey to Joining the Class of 2028,” which lists dates for and descriptions of all steps included in the enrollment process.

Families who are unable to attend an event are invited to contact Mrs. Maria Zurliene, Assistant Principal, to receive information or to schedule an appointment (618-526-7216, ext 105 or



OPEN HOUSE (past event)
For families who were unable to attend our Open House in November, we welcome the opportunity to provide an informational folder and to schedule a family tour.

Please contact Mrs. Maria Zurliene, Assistant Principal (618-526-7216, ext 105 or



PLACEMENT TEST (PSAT 8/9):  Saturday, December 9, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
The results of the placement test (PSAT 8/9) are utilized by our department chairs to determine course recommendations.  The course recommendations are provided to families at the time of registration. 

Note that there is no fee to complete the test.  Additionally, completion of the test is recommended, but not required for enrollment.) 

To register, please select the following link: Placement Test Registration Link


–  Two #2 pencils (not mechanical)
–  Calculator (A scientific calculator is acceptable, but calculators on phones or other electronic
devices are not permitted.)
–  A water bottle and/or snack (optional)


NOTE: Students enrolled at the following schools will complete the test through their school on a different date:  Albers, All Saints Academy, Aviston, Bartelso, Breese, Damiansville, Germantown, and St. Rose.  These students are not required to take the test at Mater Dei, as we will automatically receive the results.

NOTE: A student who is not enrolled in the previously listed schools, but who completes the PSAT 8/9 test at his/her school, may provide the results to Mater Dei (and not retake the test at Mater Dei).



CLASS OF 2028 INFORMATION NIGHT:  Thursday, January 18, 2024, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For families of students enrolled in grade 8, our Class of 2028 Information Night provides parents and students with the opportunity to obtain information related to our spiritual, academic, and extracurricular programs, with an emphasis on the freshman experience; the enrollment process; and scholarships and grants.

Following a presentation by the administration, parents will attend sessions with our department chairs, and students will attend sessions with our Student Ambassadors.



REGISTRATION:  Saturday, February 24, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Prior to registration, parents will receive a packet of information and required forms.  At registration, parents and students will meet with a teacher to discuss the course recommendations and to select courses.  Parents will also have the opportunity to obtain applications for scholarships and grants.  Finally, students will return a form to indicate their interest in extracurricular activities (activities and athletics).  (At a later date, students will receive information regarding applicable summer activities based on their selected interests.)  The $50 non-refundable registration fee, due at the time of registration, is applied to the course and activities fee (due in August).

NOTE: February 24, 2024, is only the “opening day” of registration, as we will continue to register students on an individual basis.  We do not have a registration deadline. 

NOTE: The scholarship application (for scholarships awarded by Mater Dei) is due May 3.  The memorial grant application is due June 10; however, families who register after June 10 may still apply for a memorial grant.



FRESHMAN WELCOME:  traditionally in late May (date tba)
The Freshman Welcome provides an opportunity for registered incoming freshmen to celebrate joining the Mater Dei family and to meet their future classmates.  Welcoming in nature, the event includes activation of student email accounts, participation in social activities, and distribution of Mater Dei spirit items, including a shirt.  Following the event, families receive information related to preparing for the new school year, including a supply list, a list of Parent Ambassadors (to contact for information), and a list of the opening days of the new school year.