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Shadow A Monarch

Shadow a Monarch

Thank you for your interest in the Mater Dei High School Shadow Program!  This program is catered to students and provides them the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a Monarch, first-hand!  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 thru May. We recommend current 7th graders wait until January to shadow.  

The number of Shadows on campus on any given day is limited to 20. 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. 

How to Schedule a Shadow
To sign up for a RALLY SHADOW DAY, you must select “RALLY” as your answer to the question “What would you most like to learn about during your visit?” to access the Spirit Rally date options. The 2023-2024 Rally schedule is as follows: 9/1 (Fall Sports Rally), 12/1 (Christmas & Winter Rally), and 3/8 (Spring Sports Rally) *Rally dates subject to change. 
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 grade, 8th grade, and transfer 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 pants or jeans in good condition
  •         Current school uniform (if you have one)
  •         Shoes with covered toes and heels (Tennis shoes ok)
  •         No low or revealing necklines
  •         No bare midriffs      
  •         No T-shirts
  •         No visible tattoos      
  •         No sandals, flip-flops, open toed or backless shoes, slippers 
 Boys – Appropriate Dress Guidelines  
  •         Dress pants/shorts (i.e.khakis, Dockers) or jeans in good condition
  •         Collared shirt – polo or button down
  •         Current school uniform (if you have one)
  •         Shoes with covered toes and heels (Tennis shoes ok)
  •         No T-shirts (must wear a collared shirt)
  •         No excessively baggy attire
  •         No facial hair or piercings of any kind (including earrings) 
  •         No sandals, flip-flops, open toed or backless shoes, slippers
Q: How long is a typical Shadow Day?  
A: Shadow students will arrive at 8:30 am and dismissal is typically at 2:10pm or 2:20pm.  Your confirmation e-mail will give you the official schedule for your Shadow Day.  Students should be dropped off and picked up in the MD Grotto 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. $5 is typically enough to purchase lunch. 
Q: Who do I contact if I have more questions?
A: Please contact the Admissions Office at [email protected] or (714) 754-1175 with any additional questions.