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Shadow Program Information

SHADOW PROGRAM

Thank you for your interest in the Mater Dei High School Shadow Program!  This program provides your student the opportunity to see a day in the life of a Monarch.  To sign up for a Shadow Day, please read carefully and follow the instructions below.  We welcome 8th graders and high school transfers to shadow September – May and 7th graders to shadow February – May.  This is so 8th graders and transfer students have the opportunity to shadow before the admissions deadline.  

 

Important tips and instructions to schedule a Shadow Day: 

  1. Please carefully read through all instructions below, then CLICK HERE to access the inquiry form and check the box for “Attend a Shadow Day”.
  2. If your student knows a Mater Dei student that he/she would like to request as a host for the day, please enter his/her name in the section “Name of Mater Dei Student Host.”  Otherwise, we will select the student host based on the interests you provide on the form. 
  3. In the section “What do you most want to see while you are here?” please select the subject/activity that your student is MOST interested in. Your selection will determine the available shadow dates for that particular activity/class and will assist us in choosing the student host.  * If you are interested in shadowing on a Rally Day, you must select “Rally” in this section to access the Rally date options.   The Rally schedule is as follows: 12/2 (Winter Sports Rally), 1/26 (Performing Arts Showcase), 3/17 (Spring Sports Rally), 4/28 (Renaissance Rally).  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 12/2 RALLY SHADOW DAY IS NOW FULL. You may e-mail shadowprogram@materdei.org to be put on a wait list, however we currently have over 20 students on that wait list.
  4. In the section “Broadening Horizons” check off all additional subjects/activities that your student is interested in so we may learn more about him/her.

Once you have filled out the form you will instantly receive a confirmation e-mail that will give you the details of the Shadow Day.  You will receive a reminder e-mail two business days prior to your scheduled Shadow Day with the name of the Mater Dei student host. If you have any questions about the Shadow Program, please e-mail shadowprogram@materdei.org or call (714) 850-9534. 

 

SHADOW PROGRAM FAQ's 

 

Q: What is the Shadow Program?
A: The Shadow Program is an opportunity for prospective students to get a hands-on feel for Mater Dei life. Your student will spend a day with a Mater Dei student host, attending classes and lunch as well as a campus tour.

Q: Who will host the visiting student for the day?

A: If your student knows a current Mater Dei student, in good standing, you may request to shadow him/her. Otherwise, your student will be paired with a Mater Dei student based on the interests you provide on the shadow form (i.e. activities, subjects, sports, etc.) OR with a member of our Associated Student Body (ASB). Sibling shadows are also permitted. 

Q: Does a student have to be accepted to Mater Dei before they participate in this program? 
A: Acceptance is not required; however the program is reserved for prospective 7th and 8th grade students or high school students interested in transferring from another school to Mater Dei. 

Q: What should visiting students wear when they Shadow?
A: The dress code for shadow students is very similar to that of the Mater Dei students.  Please see below: 

Girls – Appropriate Dress Guidelines 

        Skirt (no shorter than 3" above the knee)

        Blouse/nice shirt

        Dress (no shorter than 3" above the knee)      

        Dress pants

        Current school uniform (if you have one)

        Shoes with covered toes and heels      

        Tennis shoes 

Girls – RESTRICTIONS 

        No denim of any kind (i.e. jeans, jean skirt)

        No low or revealing necklines

        No bare midriffs      

        No T-shirts

        No facial piercings (other than earrings)      

        No visible tattoos      

        No sandals, flip-flops, open toed or backless shoes, slippers 

Boys – Appropriate Dress Guidelines 

        Dress pants/shorts (i.e. khakis, Dockers)

        Collared shirt – polo or button down

        Current school uniform (if you have one)

        Shoes with covered toes and heels

        Tennis shoes

        MUST BE CLEAN SHAVEN 

Boys – RESTRICTIONS 

        No denim of any kind (i.e. jeans, jean shirt)

        No T-shirts (must wear a collared shirt)

        No excessively baggy attire

        No facial piercings of any kind (including earrings)

        No visible tattoos

        No sandals, flip-flops, open toed or backless shoes, slippers 

 

**ALL STUDENTS MUST DRESS WITHIN THE GUIDELINES OF CHRISTIAN DECENCY**   

Q: How long is a typical Shadow Day? 
A: Shadow students will arrive at 8:00 am.  Dismissal on Gray Days is at 2:15 pm and on Red Days is at 2:30 pm.  Your confirmation e-mail will give you the official schedule for your Shadow Day.  Students should be dropped off and picked up in the Office of Advancement and must be signed in and out upon arrival and dismissal. 

Q: Do visiting students need to pack a lunch? 
A: Your student is welcome to bring his or her own sack lunch, or $5.00 is enough to purchase lunch here on campus.  CLICK HERE (hyperlink 
https://materdei.sodexomyway.net/dining-choices/index.html) to view our extensive variety of menu options.

IMPORTANT SHADOW DATE INFORMATION

 

Mater Dei High School offers the Shadow Program to 8th grade students and high school transfer students during September through May and to 7th grade students during February through May. The number of Shadows on campus on any given day is limited to 30. Please note that dates fill up very quickly, especially Spirit Rally days!   All Shadow Dates are subject to change.

PLEASE NOTE: The Shadow Program is not to be used just to visit friends for the day. The program is designed for students interested in making Mater Dei their possible high school home. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.