Information & FAQs
GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
- Looking for general information about our program?
- Click HERE for our Summer School Information document
What periods/times will classes be offered?
Please see the pages by course type for information on class times. Our final master schedule will be based on final enrollment numbers for all courses and that is not possible to know until right before Summer School begins.
Incoming Freshmen: here
Credit Recovery: here
Credit Advancement: here
If you need a certain period or your student will participate in a camp or has other commitments to schedule around, please make sure to note it on the registration form. We usually have a very high success rate in ensuring that students can take the classes requested in a schedule that works for them.
Can I request a certain class period/schedule?
We are able to accommodate most requests for class periods and can work around many athletic camps and other activities if registration is completed by our Priority deadline of May 10th, 2021 and scheduling requests are noted on the online registration form.
Missed noting the request on the registration form? Contact us
My student will be absent for more than 3 days, can they still attend?
Absences for online courses are defined as being unable to log in during the class time. If your student will be out of the local MDHS area, but able to log in for their online classes, there will be no need to notify us.
Absences longer than 3 days require prior approval from the Summer School administrators. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. If the absence is due to a student’s current school not letting out until after our Summer School starts, we can most likely accommodate this. If a student will be attending Summer School purely for enrichment (not for a grade or to meet any placement or other requirements), they can miss more than 3 days.
**Our online courses are mostly synchronous (live) and students should plan to be available during the class time.**
When will I know my student’s schedule?
Student schedules will be emailed a few days prior to the start of Summer School. If you request certain class periods and registered by our Priority deadline of May 10th, 2021 we can almost always accommodate these requests. This means that, for example, if you requested period 2, you can plan for period 2. If there is an issue accommodating a request, we will reach out as soon as we are aware of the issue.
Summer School runs June 21st-July 23rd. Are there any holidays?
Do you have different sessions starting different dates?
All courses run Monday June 21st - Friday July 23rd. All students will have a Final Exam on Friday, July 23rd.
For Credit Recovery courses, a student taking one semester of a course would be enrolled from June 21st-July 23rd. Fewer semesters of Credit Recovery lower the amount of class periods that need to be taken (lower the amount of hours per day). Each semester of Credit Recovery is one period.
My student is participating in Mater Dei athletics this Summer, can they still attend Summer School?
Mater Dei Summer School has a great relationship with Athletics. Please note participation in athletics (include which sport and level if possible) when you register. We will have the athletic camp schedule at the time of assigning your student’s classes and will make every effort to schedule around athletics. If at some point you learn there would be significant overlap, please contact the appropriate coach and contact us if unable to work around the overlap on the athletics side.
My incoming 9th grade student needs to take one class. Do they need to attend all 4 periods of the Freshmen schedule?
An Incoming Freshman student taking only one High School Preparatory class would attend during one period only (60 minutes/day, Monday-Friday).
High School Preparatory Class times:
1st Period 8:00 – 9:00 am
2nd Period 9:10 – 10:10 am
3rd Period 10:15 – 11:15 am
4th Period 11:50 – 12:50 pm
My student does not attend Mater Dei High School during the school year (and is not an incoming Freshmen). How do I ensure that they can participate in Mater Dei Summer School?
Welcome to Mater Dei! Students who do not attend Mater Dei (and will not be starting as a Mater Dei Freshmen), need to send copies of the following by June 20th, 2021:
- A copy of your transcript (submit HERE)
- Approval from your current school to attend Summer School at Mater Dei (an email or note sent to email@example.com).
- Health form (submit HERE)
What does my student need for Summer School?
A personal electronic device, such as a tablet, computer or Chromebook will be required for all classes. Mater Dei will not be able to provide iPads to check out for Summer 2021.
The personal electronic device will need to have a camera and microphone.
Math courses come with subscriptions to Math software (covered in the registration fee).
Art 1 requires a touchscreen tablet and stylus
Digital Photography 2 requires a DSLR camera (limited # of cameras are available for checkout to MDHS students; be sure to note the need of a camera on the registration form)
Teachers will inform students of any other specific requirements on the first day of class.
If a student would like to participate in Summer School, but does not have an electronic device to use at home, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When is the last day to register for Summer School?
My student needs to take a course this Summer, how do I know if they need to sign up for Credit Recovery or Credit Advancement?
Credit Recovery courses are for students who completed a course, but earned a D or F grade.
Credit Advancement courses are for students who want to get ahead by taking an entire semester or a year of a course that they have never taken. Students taking Credit Advancement courses must meet prerequisites set by the relevant departments (except Art 1, which does not have prerequisites). Prerequisites can be found in the Mater Dei Course Catalog.
My student is interested in a Credit Advancement course. How much homework will there be?
Credit Advancement courses include all of the material and skills covered during the regular school year within the 5 weeks of Summer School. A significant amount of homework and studying outside the class time are needed for success. With that being said, most of our students find balance with the help of their teacher and are able to be successful and many even participate in athletics or other activities along with their coursework.
Students taking Credit Advancement courses must meet prerequisites set by the relevant departments (except Art 1, which does not have prerequisites). Prerequisites can be found in the Mater Dei Course Catalog.
What is the dress code?
When on campus: Blue or black jeans without any rips with a Mater Dei, Summer School, or college T-shirt and tennis shoes with socks is the best outfit to plan for. Long Dockers-style shorts are allowed and Mater Dei or college sweatshirts are allowed. (No athletic shorts, sweatpants, yoga pants, sandals). Summer School t-shirts will be available for purchase ($10) when Summer School begins.
If on an online webcam course meeting: Mater Dei, Summer School, or College T-shirt or sweatshirt. If the student cannot obtain any of those specific types of T-shirts, then a plain red, gray, or white T-shirt will work. Jeans, long pants, or shorts no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
All outfits must be Christian decent.
Is food service available?
If a student is on campus and needs lunch, it will need to be pre-ordered through the Summer School Office. We will provide details on this in June.
My student has an IEP, 504 plan, or other learning accommodation. Are accommodations offered during Summer School?
Can I take MDHS Summer School classes while in another country?
- Student must be a current MDHS student and if not a US citizen must have approvals to take US courses for credit. MDHS international students, you can check with our International Student Director, Ms. Lee on this.
- Student must have reliable internet access
- Student should plan to log in with the class (be available for class time on CA time)
What if I want to take a Summer course at another school?
We offer most any course a Mater Dei student needs through Mater Dei Summer School. If your student needs a course that you don’t see on our website, please contact us. Only courses taken through Mater Dei will be listed on a student’s Mater Dei transcript. We cannot guarantee that courses from other programs will meet your student’s needs for remediation, advancement, and placement. It is important to contact your student’s Academic Counselor to review any outside program you are looking at.
How do Summer School grades look/impact the GPA?