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Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education

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Description of Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education

  • Year of foundation: 1960 (Campus built in 2007)
  • Location: Chula Vista, California, USA
  • Campus: 48 acres
  • School grades: Grades 9-12
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students: 981 people
  • Age of students: from 14 years
  • % of Teachers with Advanced Degree: 67%
  • Type of education: co-educational private school in San Diego
  • Overall grade - А
  • Technology Programs: Bring Your Own Laptop Program

The Mater Dei Catholic High School (MDCHS) is located in Chula Vista, California, in the beautiful area of San Diego County. Mater Dei Catholic High School was founded by Bishop Charles F. Buddy in 1960 as the first joint Catholic high school in the Diocese of San Diego. The main task of the school is to unlock the potential of each student and help students enroll in the university for a program that best suits their abilities and career intentions.

The well-maintained Mater Dei campus is an ideal place to learn: there are many sporting, artistic and cultural events. The school seeks to create a student community that includes different races, ethnic groups, offers students the opportunity to interact and learn in dynamic multicultural groups.

Graduates of the Mater Dei Catholic High School demonstrate a high percentage of admission to American and world universities due to the wide range of development options offered to high school students:

  • Academy of Sciences, a project that helps students interested in STEM do advanced science and prepare for admission to selective universities;
  • The practice-oriented internship project helps students spend 1-2 weeks in the offices of leading companies from different fields of activity whose offices are located in California;
  • The program of applied art provides an opportunity to show their skills in drawing, design and 15 more subjects related to this field of activity;
  • The program of professional and semi-professional sports in 12 sports;
  • The presence of 23 items of level AP and Honors.

Amerigo San Diego is ideal both for students who clearly plan their future and are preparing to enter the most prominent US universities, and for students who want to find themselves in an environment that will help them reach their potential and choose the future vector of professional development. 

Top 15 universities that students of Mater Dei Catholic High School attend:

  • Columbia university;
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT);
  • University of Pennsylvania;
  • California Institute of Technology;
  • Northwestern university;
  • Harvey Mudd College;
  • Brown University;
  • University of Notre Dame;
  • University of California, Berkeley;
  • University of California, Los Angeles;
  • University of Southern California;
  • University of Virginia;
  • New york university;
  • Boston University.

AP Courses

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • French Language and Culture
  • Physics 1
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Spanish Literature
  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • U.S. History
  • World history
  • Algebra 2 / Trigonometry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Dual Credit Courses

  • English 1
  • English 2
  • English 3
  • French 3
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Spanish 3
  • Environmental Science
  • Human geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Academy of Science 1
  • Academy of Science 2
  • Academy of Science 3
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chemistry in the Community
  • Computer Graphics
  • Drama

Notable Courses

  • Expository and Analytical Writing
  • Forensic Science
  • Football
  • Guitar
  • Introduction to Dance
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Journalism
  • Microeconomics
  • Music Composition
  • Piano
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Speech
  • Study Skills
  • Swimming
  • Trigonometry
  • World fiction
  • Yearbook and many more

Amerigo is an elite Comprehensive Boarding Program for high school students, providing graduates with guaranteed acceptance into a Top 50 U.S. University through the Amerigo Agreement. The Top 50 guarantee is available to any student who meets the ongoing criteria for the Honors Track program, and fulfills their duties as laid out in the Amerigo Agreement.*

Through the Amerigo Agreement, Amerigo pledges to provide students with exclusive academic opportunities, including:

  • High-level academic and university guidance with Amerigo experts
  • Tours of universities and exclusive meetings with admissions officers
  • In-depth university essay writing assistance, including regular check-ins on drafts
  • ACT, SAT and TOEFL test preparation
  • Additional study hours and tutoring as needed to assist students in maintaining strong academics and much more.

In return, the student pledges to meet the program’s entry requirements, take part in extracurricular activities and leadership roles, meet deadlines and maintain a strong academic standing throughout their time in high school.


Programs and prices, tuition fees in Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education

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from 76400.00 $ / year
from 76400.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

The school offers foreign students a comfortable residential complex with living in a hostel staff. Students live in single rooms with everything needed for a comfortable stay, including free Wi-Fi, round-the-clock security and a safe environment.

Activities Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education


Mater Dei Catholic offers a top-tier athletics program, with 22 athletic teams, including regionally competitive varsity teams.

70% of students participate in athletics, and each sport has varsity and junior varsity options.

The school holds 5 State Titles, 33 CIF Titles and 104 League Championship Titles. The school’s Golf and Water Polo teams are very strong, and the Women’s Golf Team is popular amongst international students.

Athletic teams include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Extracurricular activities

  • Academic Team
  • Animation club
  • Art Club
  • Artists and Writers
  • Band
  • Ceramics
  • Choir
  • College awareness
  • Comic book club
  • Crusader Impact
  • Culinary Club
  • Drama
  • French Club
  • Girl up
  • International Dance
  • Junior optimist
  • Key Club
  • Latinoamericano Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Software Engineer
  • Super smash bros club
  • The office club
  • The response club and many more


  • The Catholic Mater Dei High School offers international students a quality education, individual support, and an extensive counseling program;
  • The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the National Catholic Association for Education (NCEA);
  • MDCHS pays great attention to community projects, assistance to the needy: each student devotes twenty-five hours of social work each year;
  • Academy of Science Business Curriculum Elite program where top students gain handson experience in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) fields
  • New and Modern Campus Amerigo’s most recently-built campus, with updated facilities, state-of-the-art technology and incredible outdoor space
  • Microsoft Showcase School Selective program that emphasizes personalized learning for students, and allows students to take advantage of top-tier technology
  • Business Curriculum Students can take a social entrepreneurship course that was founded by a retired Technology Industry CEO, where students can launch their own small businesses
  • International schools in USA offer special courses and other specialised programmes to high-achieving students. 
  • 100% College and University Attendance Rate
  • After-School Tutoring: free tutoring is provided, as well as SAT and ACT tutoring classes. Students begin preparing for the SAT and ACT exams in 9th grade
  • Internship Opportunities: Mater Dei Catholic partners with elite universities to offer students internships, advanced courses and hands-on research opportunities
  • Exceptional Outcomes: 92% of students receive a score of 3+ on AP exams, and 70% received a perfect score of 5. Students receive consistent acceptances to Top 20 universities, including MIT, Brown, Yale and CalTech
  • State-of-the-art Swimming Pool: the on-campus swimming pool has been used by the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team. It is the only outdoor swimming pool used for high school competitions in San Diego
  • 100+ AP, Honors and College Prep Courses
  • 100 % of the Class of 2019 attended college or university
  • 80 % of the Class of 2018 were accepted to U.S. News Top Tier Universities
  • 92% of students received an AP score of 3 or higher
  • 70% of students received a perfect AP score of 5

Facilities and equipment at Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education

Newly-built, 48-acre campus

  • 10,000 square feet of classrooms and learning spaces
  • Tree-lined, park-like recreation area for students to relax, study and socialize
  • On-campus swimming pool used by the U.S. Olympic Swim Team for training
  • Additional sports facilities include a large gymnasium and five athletic fields
  • Sprawling outdoor space for students to study, socialize, relax and occasionally attend class outdoors
  • Earth Bench Charging Station created in collaboration with University of San Diego’s engineering department
  • Walk-in IT help desk modeled after the Apple Genius Bar
  • Creator Space, where students gain handson experience in video creation and technology building
  • 500-seat theater also used by local professional theater companies
  • 80% of the school is powered by solar panels

Admission dates and extra charges

Detailed information about tuition fees international students can request SMAPSE local manager.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

  • Entry age - from 14 years;
  • Academic requirements - GPA - from 2.5;
  • Knowledge of English - IELTS (or equivalent) - from 5.0.

The Mater Dei High School Admission Process:

  1. Creating an account on the school website in a special section;
  2. Filling out an application for admission;
  3. Interview with the child (until February of the year preceding the start of training);
  4. HSPT entrance test;
  5. Provision of documents:
  • Application Form;
  • Recommendations from teacher;
  • Extract school grades for two years.

Scholarships Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education

Scholarships for 9 th grade Mater Dei Catholic High School:

  • Presidential Scholarship covers 100% of the cost of education for 4 years, is available to students who received the highest score in the national standings on the results of HSPT;
  • Principal Scholarship - 75% of the training for 4 years, awarded to 10 students who received the highest marks among the course on the results of HSPT;
  • Merit Scholarship is 50% of the training, awarded for 4 years for 15 students with the highest HSPT results;
  • Students must pass the Mater Dei High School Exam in January in order to be eligible for all scholarships.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

Review about Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education

I would like to share my experience) Studied at this school for 3 years before entering the university. He entered after the British school. At first the teachers were very friendly and paid a lot of attention to everyone. You could calmly approach after class if there was a question. In high school, students are expected to be more independent. That is, for example, if there is a question, teachers do not always give an answer immediately, but give, for example, materials that can be viewed to understand the topic. From an academic point of view, this is, of course, a plus. But the burden on students increases because of this. Therefore, it is not easy to study in high school. But I am grateful to Mater Dei for preparing for university admission! I got the offers quite easily, I chose Florida Polytechnic :)
Shkilyuk S.A.
My son graduated from Mater Dei this year. The school gave us a productive and diverse experience. Teachers and curators who work with foreign students are very attentive. If there were problems with studying: they immediately called me, or wrote to the mail. The school offers a large selection of clubs, the school management tries to make the choice as complete as possible in order to attract more foreigners to the school. Because of this, there was sometimes a shortage of staff. The school has excellent tutors for admission to universities. My son always had problems with meeting deadlines, but here it was clearly monitored. Many thanks to this school for the wonderful time, knowledge and preparation for the university!
My daughter is in her second year of school and we are very happy with our choice. The school and the boarding house have a family atmosphere, the class size is small. Quite a few clubs and extracurricular activities. Special thanks to the manager of Smapse Elena for help with admission, as well as curators from Amerigo, who provide accommodation. The guesthouse and the surrounding area are always clean, beautiful, it is nice that the child studies in such a wonderful and inspiring place!
Our youngest daughter studied at Mater Dei. We were transferring her from public school because my work contract was ending by then and I had to look for a boarding school. Since the child's English was almost like a native language, there were no difficulties with admission. We really like the school. The teachers are helpful and responsible. Compared to a public school, where the approach to teaching is very formal (I conducted a lesson and went), here the attitude towards students is completely different. Excellent quality of education, a diverse national composition of students, there is no predominance of any one nationality. The religious bias is practically not felt, children are not forced to attend church and sing psalms.
Bernadette Wageg
If a foreign student applying to your high school to do grade 9 and has scored the highest marks in the national exam in grade 8 in the country where they come from, will also be considered for the scholarship offered by Mater Dei Catholic High school San Diego Amerigo education or the scholarship is only for american student. Is it possible for the foreign student to sit for Mater Die High school exam in January
Good afternoon, Bernadette! Some schools provide strong students with discounts on tuition up to 40% of the cost of training. International students can also get such a discount. Send us the mail: Your contacts - phone number and mail. We will be happy to send you more detailed information.
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