Visit Us

We welcome the opportunity to showcase the unique aspects of Mater Dei on a more personal level!  Therefore, we invite families to schedule a family tour or a day for their child to shadow a knight, or both!

Detailed information for both family tours and our Shadow a Knight program are provided below.  Please note that dates for these events are scheduled to meet the individual needs of each family.

For additional information or to schedule a family tour or shadow day, please contact Mrs. Maria Zurliene, Director of Enrollment.

Maria Zurliene, Director of Enrollment
work: 618-526-7216, ext. 105

Family Tour

We invite families to schedule a personal family tour, as we welcome the opportunity to simultaneously share information and showcase our campus!

Specifically, we will guide our guests to the following locations: chapel, student center, media center, one of the four computer labs, one of the three science labs, art room, band room, woodworking shop, both gymnasiums, College Placement Office, and Campus Ministry Office.  In addition, during the tour, we will share information related to our spiritual, academic, and extracurricular programs.  Finally, we will conclude with a brief question-and-answer session to ensure we have fully addressed our guests' questions.

Recognizing the hectic nature of family schedules, tours are "by appointment" for individual families and available during the school day or in the evening.

We hope to see you soon!


For additional information or to schedule a family tour, please contact Mrs. Maria Zurliene, Director of Enrollment.

Mrs. Maria Zurliene, Director of Enrollment
work: 618-526-7216, ext. 105

Shadow a Knight

In order to truly experience the Mater Dei spirit, students enrolled in grades 7 and 8 are invited to join us for a day of school!  By shadowing a knight, which includes attending classes, enjoying lunch, touring the campus, and receiving a shirt, prospective students gain valuable insight into life at Mater Dei.

Accept our invitation today, and enjoy a day with the Mater Dei family!


“Before participating in the Shadow a Knight program, we each had mixed emotions about attending Mater Dei.  However, we agree that when we shadowed, we were able to experience aspects of Mater Dei that we could never learn by reading a brochure.  For example, we saw how teachers taught and how students interacted with each other, received answers to our questions, and enjoyed lunch.  (The tater tots were amazing!)  Overall, we were able to experience life as a Mater Dei student.  The day was enjoyable and made a positive difference.  We strongly recommend shadowing a knight!”
Carley Emig, Ellen Nuxoll, and Madelyn Vogelbacher; Class of 2023; Highland


To schedule a day to shadow a knight, please contact Director of Enrollment Mrs. Maria Zurliene (618-526-7216 or

Note that we do not schedule shadows on the following days during the 2021–20222 school year (due to no school, early dismissal, or semester exams): September 3 and 6; October 8, 11, and 29; November 11, 25, and 26; December 17 through 31; January 3, 14, and 17; February 18 and 21; March 17, 18, and 21; April 14, 15, 18, and 22; May 6; after May 18.



Selection of a Knight  You may shadow a knight of your choice or request the selection of a knight with similar interests.

Transportation  You are welcome to arrange transportation to and/or from Mater Dei or to ride the applicable bus to and/or from Mater Dei.  Students living outside the Central Community High School district are welcome to ride the Mater Dei bus that serves their area.  We provide bus transportation east to Salem, north to Highland, south to Mr. Vernon, and west to I-64/Air Mobility Drive.

Dress Code  Our students wear polo shirts or sweatshirts with a Mater logo and black, khaki, or navy pants.  Therefore, we kindly request that you do not wear jeans.

Schedule  Our school day begins at 8:10 a.m.  Please arrive at the main office at 8:00 a.m. to meet your knight.  In addition to observing classes and enjoying lunch, you will receive a personal tour of our campus.  Our school day ends at 2:50 p.m.

Lunch  Lunch is on us!  Our daily selection includes a “traditional” lunch that varies daily, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, tater tots, deli sandwiches, salad, fruit, nachos, chips, dessert snacks, ice cream, milk, lemonade, tea, soda, and water.  (For chips, dessert snacks, and ice cream, please bring $2.)  On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, we also serve pizza.  Please note that a microwave is available if you choose to bring your lunch.

Reading Material  In case you observe a class during which our school-wide study hall occurs or students complete a test, please bring a book or an electronic device with reading material.

Water Bottle  You are welcome to bring a water bottle, as students are unable to utilize the water fountains at this time due to COVID-19 precautions.

Masks  Per the current state mandate, masks must be worn at all times while in the building, regardless of vaccination status.


For additional information regarding the Shadow a Knight program, please contact Mrs. Maria Zurliene, Director of Enrollment.

Mrs. Maria Zurliene, Director of Enrollment
work: 618-526-7216, ext. 105