Mater Dei High School (New Jersey)

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Mater Dei Prep
Mater Dei.jpg
Fide et Fortitudine[1]
Faith and Fortitude[1]
Address
538 Church Street
New Monmouth, NJ 07748
Coordinates40°24′50″N 74°6′7″W / 40.41389°N 74.10194°W / 40.41389; -74.10194Coordinates: 40°24′50″N 74°6′7″W / 40.41389°N 74.10194°W / 40.41389; -74.10194
Information
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1961[2]
FounderMonsignor Robert T. Bulman[2]
School districtDiocese of Trenton
PrincipalSteven Sciarappa[3]
Executive DirectorMsgr. Michael Walsh[3]
Grades912
Color(s)Blue and White         [1]
MascotSeraphs[1]
Accreditation(s)Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
PublicationInsights (literary magazine)[5]
Newspaper'The Seraph[5]
Yearbook'Theotokos[5]
Tuition$9,550 (for 2011-12)[6]
Athletic directorDennis Tobin[3]
Website
 
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Mater Dei Prep
Mater Dei.jpg
Fide et Fortitudine[1]
Faith and Fortitude[1]
Address
538 Church Street
New Monmouth, NJ 07748
Coordinates40°24′50″N 74°6′7″W / 40.41389°N 74.10194°W / 40.41389; -74.10194Coordinates: 40°24′50″N 74°6′7″W / 40.41389°N 74.10194°W / 40.41389; -74.10194
Information
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1961[2]
FounderMonsignor Robert T. Bulman[2]
School districtDiocese of Trenton
PrincipalSteven Sciarappa[3]
Executive DirectorMsgr. Michael Walsh[3]
Grades912
Color(s)Blue and White         [1]
MascotSeraphs[1]
Accreditation(s)Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
PublicationInsights (literary magazine)[5]
Newspaper'The Seraph[5]
Yearbook'Theotokos[5]
Tuition$9,550 (for 2011-12)[6]
Athletic directorDennis Tobin[3]
Website

Mater Dei Prep: A Catholic Preparatory School is a four-year Catholic coeducational high school, located in the New Monmouth section of Middletown Township, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. The school announced that the name would be changed from Mater Dei High School to Mater Dei Prep as of Jul 1, 2010, although it is still referred to as Mater Dei High School or MDHS.[7]

Mater Dei is part of St. Mary Parish and operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.[8] It has been accredited since 1991 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools[4] and is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

Mater Dei's stated mission is to empower students for lifelong success by integrating faith and service into a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and providing opportunities to learn, grow, compete, and believe.[2]

History[edit]

A hallway at Mater Dei Prep High School

The school was founded in 1961 by the Reverend Monsignor Robert T. Bulman and is located on a small portion of the parish's 32-acre (130,000 m2) campus. The school attracts students from over 30 parochial, private, and public schools in Monmouth County and Middlesex County. The school maintains an average enrollment of just under 400 students in grades nine through twelve, and takes pride in its small-school family atmosphere. Mater Dei is dedicated to being a unique school environment that emphasizes personalized education and provides students with a quality high school experience.

The virtual learning program began in 2005 and ended in 2010. Virtual learning classes included all levels,[citation needed] including Advanced Placement, in Math, Foreign Languages (Latin, Italian, and Chinese) as well as History.

The school has a state-of-the-art laptop program, with all entering students receiving leased laptops.[9]

Controversy[edit]

On April 12, 2011, William Miltner, a former teacher and former dean at the school, was arrested for having engaged in sexual relations with an underage female student.[10] The Monmouth County Prosecutor charged Miltner with 2nd Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, and 4th Degree Aggravated Sexual Criminal Conduct.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Facts & Figures, Mater Dei Prep. Accessed August 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Mission & Philosophy, Mater Dei Prep. Accessed August 15, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c 2010 - 2011 FACULTY & STAFF DIRECTORY, Mater Dei Prep. Accessed August 15, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Mater Dei High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 13, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Extracurricular Activities & Clubs, Mater Dei prep. Accessed August 15, 2011.
  6. ^ Financial Information, Mater Dei prep. Accessed August 15, 2011.
  7. ^ Staff. "Mater Dei High School to be called Mater Dei Prep", Atlantic Highlands Herald, July 5, 2010. Accessed June 9, 2012."Mater Dei High School has announced it will change the school’s name to Mater Dei Prep: A Catholic Preparatory School, effective July 1, 2010."
  8. ^ School Directory, Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton. Accessed June 13, 2011.
  9. ^ Technology enables students to push themselves to their limits, Asbury Park Press, March 28, 2006.
  10. ^ Staff. "Former Mater Dei Dean of Students Charged with Sex Assault of Minor", Atlantic Highlands Herald, April 13, 2011. Accessed February 2, 2012. "The Middletown Police Department has charged the former Dean of Students at Mater Dei High School, located on Cherry Tree Farm Road, with sexually assaulting a former student who was sixteen years old at the time of the assault. Detective Kelly Godley charged William Miltner, age 28, from Acker Drive in Middletown with second degree Aggravated Sexual Assault and fourth degree Aggravated Sexual Contact."
  11. ^ Yates, Toni. "Prep school Dean arrested for sexual assault", WABC-TV, April 13, 2011. Accessed July 20, 2011. "At just 28-years-old, William Miltner was a Dean, teacher, and the soccer coach at Mater Dei Catholic High School. He was arrested Tuesday and charged with 2nd Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, and 4th Degree Aggravated Sexual Criminal Conduct, the Monmouth County prosecutor says with a 16-year-old girl at Mater Dei."
  12. ^ Hemhauser, Danielle. "Setting the stage: Setting the stage", Asbury Park Press, March 28, 2006. Accessed July 19, 2008. "Mater Dei High School is connected to Broadway through Gerard Canonico, 16, a junior from Matawan."
  13. ^ Garafolo, Mike. "Monmouth County's Billy Devaney now making waves as GM of the St. Louis Rams", The Star-Ledger, April 21, 2009. Accessed July 20, 2011. "'He's very happy right now. And I can tell he is, too,' said Mike Corley, Devaney's best friend from before their days together at Mater Dei High School in New Monmouth.... It was a fitting career path for a self-proclaimed "draftnik" (before there were draftniks) who used to take the bus from Leonardo -- a section of Middletown -- to Port Authority in Manhattan to pick up a copy of Street & Smith's draft guide."
  14. ^ "Saint Peter's To Name Patrick Elliott Director of Athletics - MAACSports.com - The Official Website of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference". MAACSports.com. 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  15. ^ Gillespie, Nick. "Really Strange Bedfellows IIA final word (for now) on libertarians vs. conservatives", Reason (magazine), December 20, 2001. Accessed February 2, 2012. "It's been a long, long while since I've been accused of impairing the morals of a minor (really). In fact, the last time I can remember such a claim being leveled against me was back in high school when I coaxed some classmates at good old Mater Dei High School into seeing Monty Python's Life of Brian rather than a less theologically charged movie."
  16. ^ Chmiel, David. "His Heart Belongs to Jersey: Anchorman Brian Williams is as comfortable hosting Saturday Night Live as he is interviewing world leaders for NBC Nightly News. An avowed Springsteen fanatic, car nut, and adrenaline junkie, the Middletown native still clings to his Garden State roots.", New Jersey Monthly, June 9, 2008. Accessed July 20, 2011. "NBC anchor Brian Williams returns to Mater Dei High School in New Monmouth, where he was a member of the class of '77."
  17. ^ Giase, Frank. "Red Bulls fire longtime assistant coaches Richie Williams, Des McAleenan", The Star-Ledger, February 28, 2011. Accessed July 20, 2011. "Williams, a Mater Dei graduate who played eight years in MLS, including stints with the MetroStars in 2001 and 2003, was entering his sixth year as an assistant coach, but he has been much more important to the team than that."

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