Shadow Program Information



Thank you for your interest in the Shadow Program at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana!  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 invite 8th graders and high school transfers to shadow September - May and 7th graders to shadow January – May (this is so 8th graders and transfer students have the opportunity to shadow before the early qualification deadline in December).  


Important tips and instructions to schedule your Shadow Day:


1. Please carefully read through all instructions below, then CLICK HERE to access the inquiry form.  Make sure to check the box at the top titled “Attend a Shadow Day”.

2. In the section “Select which class/activity you would most like to learn about during your visit” please choose the class/activity that your student is MOST interested in.  Your selection will determine the available shadow dates for that particular class/activity and will assist us in choosing the student host.  


RALLY SHADOW DAY SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: you must select “RALLY” as your answer to the question “Select which class/activity you would most like to learn about during your visit” in order to access the Rally date options.  You will be able to list all of your student's interests further down on the form.


The 19-20 Rally schedule is as follows:

8/30/19 (Fall Sports Rally)

1/17/20 (Winter Sports Rally)

2/12/20 (Performing Arts Showcase)

4/2/20 (Spring Sports Rally)

*Rally dates subject to change


3. CLICK HERE to schedule your Shadow Day.  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 days prior to your scheduled Shadow Day confirming the name of the Mater Dei student host. If you have any questions about the Shadow Program, please e-mail or call (714) 850-9534.





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


  • No denim of any kind (i.e. jeans, jean skirt, jean shorts)
  • No revealing necklines or 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, Dickies)
  • 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


  • No denim of any kind (i.e. jeans, jean shirt)
  • No T-shirts (must wear a collared shirt)
  • No facial piercings of any kind (including earrings)
  • No visible tattoos
  • No sandals, flip-flops, open toed or backless shoes, slippers 
  • No facial hair



Q: How long is a typical Shadow Day? 
A: Shadow students will arrive at 8:00 am on Red Days and 8:30 am on Gray Days.  Dismissal on Red Days is at 2:30 pm and on Gray Days is at 2:15 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 you may purchase lunch here on campus.  



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 January through May. The number of Shadows on campus on any given day is limited to 25. 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.