Why Mater Dei?

On behalf of our Mater Dei community, thank you for providing us with the opportunity to share the many unique aspects of Mater Dei Catholic High School!  We are confident you will find that the information included on our website illustrates the Mater Dei difference – a difference that positively impacts our students both during and following their four-year high school journey.

At Mater Dei, we are committed to providing our families with the best possible secondary education for their children and do not take for granted the support and trust our families place in us. We are truly honored to serve our students and families and hope to continue this tradition for your family as well!


For the benefit of our students, we ensure that our environment continually focuses on “family.”

Faith  Our students not only learn their faith, but also live and share their faith through their experiences with service, liturgies, and retreats.

Atmosphere  Our programs and our policies ensure the fulfillment of our Mission to nurture the spiritual, moral, intellectual, emotional, and social growth of young men and women in a caring environment that is respectful of individual differences.

Mentoring  Our knowledgeable and dedicated faculty offer academic, personal, and spiritual guidance with the assistance of our school psychologist, campus minister, class advisors, director of college placement, and PlusPortals (our online link between school and home).

Instruction  Our extensive, multi-level curriculum fully prepares all our students, including those needing academic accommodations, for continued academic success, as is exemplified by our ACT scores, number of Illinois State Scholars, and percentage of students who pursue higher education after graduation.

Leisure  Our numerous and varied extracurricular activities and athletics allow our students to discover, to share, and to further develop their many talents and gifts.

You  Our exceptional commitment to serving our students and our parents results in our students’ ability to achieve their highest potential.


For the key aspects of our spiritual, academic, and extracurricular programs, scholarships and tuition assistance, and free transportation, as well as testimonials from students and parents, please review our 2023-2024 “Mater Dei at a Glance” brochure.


For additional information, please contact Mrs. Maria Zurliene, Director of Enrollment.

Mrs. Maria Zurliene
Assistant Principal
work: 618-526-7216, ext 105
email: mzurliene@materdeiknights.org