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To create a Christ-centered school community dedicated to our students’ formation in the Faith, academic excellence, and the evangelisation of society, rooted in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Learn more....


The Academy’s mission and teaching philosophy are guided by the Catholic Church's Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissimum Educationis, which sets out the fundamental principles of a comprehensive, religiously-informed, education;

"The Church is bound as a mother to give to these children of hers an education by which their whole life can be imbued with the spirit of Christ and at the same time do all she can to promote the complete perfection of the human person, the good of earthly society and the building of a world that is more human."

Why Now ?

Ireland has undergone unprecedented constitutional and social change over the past decade which have sharply challenged the existing model of state-funded Catholic education. The challenges to authentic Catholic education and school-based faith formation, has coincided with declining academic standards. The dependence on Irish state financial support clearly limits the capacity of  Ireland's existing Catholic schools to respond to this crisis.

Under the patronage of Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, Mater Dei Academy is the new paradigm for independent, Catholic second-level education in Ireland. Mater Dei Academy is faithfully Catholic. Our education model sees every learning opportunity as leading our students to the ultimate Beauty and Truth, which is God. Our Academy excels in teaching and learning, is inspired by classical tradition, and is led by an active lay community of teachers and parents. Students at Mater Dei Academy are taught by experienced, highly-qualified and motivated staff, providing teaching excellence in small classes to the highest international standards.  Mater Dei Academy is the beating heart for a new missionary pulse which seeks to revitalise Irish and European society with the values and traditions of our Catholic forefathers. 

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