Education Overview

Mater Dei School welcomes the challenge of meeting each of our students where they are academically, socially and emotionally

Academic Focus
We champion reading as the foundation for all learning and scholastic progress and work to develop strong reading skills in all students.

Our school follows Sioux City Diocesan standards which are based on the most recent education research, best practices and recommendations from the Iowa Department of Education in the areas of literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and 21st century learning.

Our teachers review how students are meeting standards and work to enhance the progress of each student. Our teachers engage students using instruction with iPads, interactive whiteboards, laptop computers and more. Rigorous standards that go beyond public schools requirements have been a hallmark of Catholic education. By holding our students to the highest standards, we are ensuring that this tradition of excellence in education continues.

Higher Test Scores
Our student test scores are higher than local, state and national averages.

Remedial Help
For students needing extra attention, we offer tutoring, student mentoring, area education agency services and other individualized programs.

Faith Formation and Service
We begin each school day with student led prayer and end the day with prayer. There is a strong tradition of spiritual formation and academic achievement by our students as they progress from PK through 8th grade. Students attend Mass each week and have opportunities to be actively involved in the liturgy. Students are involved in community service projects during Homecoming Week, Advent, Lent and other times of the year. Middle school students are invited to be part of the LIFE Team which works on special service projects and takes part in mission trips.

Guidance and Counseling
A full-time school counselor regularly visits classrooms to promote positive attitudes, choices, and interpersonal relationships among students. In individual and group interactions, our counselors focus on the personal and academic needs of students. By helping students deal with classroom and personal challenges, they help students succeed in school.

We offer trained volunteer mentors to interact with select students through our TeamMates program which works to enhance the success of our students.

           

 

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