Events for Prospective Families

The members of the Mater Dei community are excited to share the unique opportunities we offer our students and their families!  Thus, we invite prospective families to attend the events listed below.

For families of students enrolled in grade 8, please print our “Journey to Joining the Class of 2025,” 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, Director of Enrollment, to receive information or to schedule an appointment.  (618-526-7216, ext 105 or


OPEN HOUSE:  Sunday, November 1, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For families with students enrolled in grades 5 through 8, our Open House provides an opportunity to receive a wealth of information regarding our development of students’ faith, extensive and multi-level curriculum, numerous and varied extracurricular activities and athletics, opportunities for scholarships and tuition assistance, and free transportation (east to Salem, north to Highland, south to Mt. Vernon, west to I-64/Air Mobility Drive).  Members of Student Ambassadors also provide guests with a tour of our campus (approximately 30 minutes).

Due to a limited number of tours, guests must pre-register using the following link: Online Registration for Open House 2020

Guided tours will begin at 12:00 p.m., 12:20 p.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:20 p.m., and 1:40 p.m.  Following the tour, guests will have the opportunity to visit informational tables in our two gymnasiums.  Please note that tour groups will be limited to three families per group, and guests must sanitize their hands upon entry and wear masks for the duration of their visit.


PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT:  Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For parents of current 8th grade students, our Parent Information Night provides information related to our spiritual, academic, and extracurricular programs, with an emphasis on academic courses for freshmen; the enrollment process; and scholarships and tuition assistance.  Following a presentation by the administration, parents will attend presentations by each of our department chairs.


PLACEMENT TEST (PSAT 8/9):  Saturday, December 12, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 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.  (There is no fee to complete the test.) 

Parent may register their child for the placement test using the following link: Online Registration for Mater Dei Placement Test

Students must bring a calculator and two #2 pencils and may choose to bring a snack and water bottle.  They must sanitize their hands upon entry and wear a mask for the duration of the test.  Seating will follow social distancing guidelines.

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 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).


REGISTRATION:  Saturday, February 20, 2021, 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 may also obtain applications for scholarships and tuition assistance.  Finally, students will complete a form to indicate their interest in marching band and athletics.  (At a later date, students will receive information regarding applicable summer activities based on their selected interests.)  Please note that the $50 non-refundable registration fee, due at the time of registration, is applied to the course and activities fee (due in August).


FRESHMAN WELCOME:  date to be announced
The Freshman Welcome, held in late May, 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 participating in social activities and receiving a 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 calendar of summer activities for marching band and fall athletics.