We ARE MD. For over 65 years, Mater Dei has been the heart of Catholic education in Orange County. With a focus on the holistic development of each and every student, we encourage students to dream big and realize opportunities they might not imagine.
LEARN. Mater Dei offers a comprehensive academic program in college prep, honors and Advanced Placement.
EXPERIENCE MD. Through a visit to campus or exploring our website, your Monarch journey begins here!
GRATITUDE. As one of the nation’s premiere educational institutions, we continue to thrive because of the support of our incredible donors and volunteers. Support MD today!
TRADITION NEVER GRADUATES. With an alumni network of over 27,000, the bond of Mater Dei transcends generations through our eternal connections of Honor, Glory, and Love.
EXPLORE & CREATE. The arts offer a variety of mediums for students to gain practical and valuable experience.
GET INVOLVED. With over 95% of students involved in at least one extra or co-curricular program, students can make Mater Dei their own through avenues of leadership, faith, and shared interests
Mater Dei High School is proud to offer the following options for students in need of extra academic assistance:
Monarch Academic Program for Success (MAPS): Students that have learning differences are often just as bright, if not brighter, than their peers. However, differences in the way they process and retain information often causes them to have difficulty learning in school. A two-tiered, fee-based program designed for students with documented learning and/or attention differences has been developed to assist in narrowing the gap between intellectual ability and academic achievement, focus on not just what to learn but how to learn, and to set students up for success.
Academic Assistance Program (AAP): Drop-in, small group/individual tutoring with MDHS teachers before and after school. Click on AAP link for the daily schedule.
The Learning Center: The Learning Center (LC) is a dedicated space in the library open to all students from 7:30am to 3:30pm who need extra assistance and/or a quiet, monitored place to study. The LC is staffed full-time by two learning specialists.
Intensive Summer Prep Course: An 18-hour interactive, intensive summer course that focuses on test-taking, time management, study skills, self-advocacy, executive functioning, anxiety management, etc. Open to students entering 7th - 10th grade from all schools.
Kathleen Montemagni, PhD, Clinical Psychology
Executive Director, Learning Services
Eva Borbon, M.A., Education & Reading
MAPS Teacher Grades 10 & 12
Eva Schulte, M.S., Special Education
MAPS Teacher Grades 9 & 11
The Center for Learning and MAPS team is directed by Kathleen Montemagni, Ph.D., Executive Director of Learning Services. Dr. Montemagni completed her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Neuropsychology, as well as an M.S. in Forensic Psychology. She is the founding Clinical Director of the MDHS resource program, and has over 27 years of experience conducting neuropsychological testing and academic/therapeutic interventions at the UCI College of Medicine and within private practice. Along with MAPS teachers, Mrs. Eva Schulte ‘89, M.S., Special Education, and Mrs. Eva Borbon, M.A., Reading, the goal of The Center for Learning is to provide students with tools to succeed and set them up for success.
*Please contact Dr. Montemagni with any questions*