During the summer prior to any given school year at Mater Dei High School we process a number of students who transfer into our school from other high schools for the upcoming school year. For the 2010-11 school we have processed over 60 incoming transfers. Contrary to urban legend, blogosphere gossip or internet myth, these transfers are not all athletes. As a matter of fact approximately 1/3 of the incoming transfer students have indicated that they will be participating in a sport (at any level) at MDHS.
In reality, the process for a potential student-athlete wishing to transfer to Mater Dei High School is probably as rigorous as that at any school in the CIF-SS. When I became Principal of MDHS in 1994, Mater Dei High School implemented the following transfer policy and practice for all potential transfers (a policy and practice that has continued after I moved into the President’s Office in 2002):
● The file of every potential student transfer is reviewed and analyzed by an Academic Counselor and the Assistant Principal for Academic Services and Admissions to determine whether the student is on track, with the prerequisite courses, to graduate from MDHS
● If the initial analysis indicates that the student is on track, then every potential transfer student whose paperwork is in order, is interviewed by an administrative panel (NO, there are no coaches on the panel). If, during the course of the interview, it is determined that the student is a potential student-athlete at MD, then the student and their parents are asked a series of questions pertaining to pre-enrollment contact, undue influence, ability to pay tuition, etc.
● For every student who indicates during the interview process that they are a potential student-athlete, a phone call is made from the MDHS Assistant Principal or Principal to the Principal of that student’s previous school. If the Principal or Athletic Administrator of the previous school provides Mater Dei High School with clear criteria as to why we should not accept that student then Mater Dei does not accept that student for admission.
You may be surprised to hear that, over the past 10 years, Mater Dei has denied admission to a number of “high profile” athletic transfers, transfers who have ended up playing against Mater Dei in either a pre-season or Trinity League game during that year.
At Mater Dei High School we welcome any and all students, who wish to attend our great school, to apply to MDHS. However, please know that each and every one of those prospective students, who currently attend another high school, will be required to go through same admissions transfer process and that no special treatment will be afforded to potential transfer student-athletes. That is the real truth about transfers at MDHS.
Patrick Murphy, President