Welcome from the Admissions Director
Television, newspaper, social media, and the internet all feature DeMatha's athletic programs, and quite a bit. Father James, our school President, states that "DeMatha's athletic prowess is both the crown we wear, and the cross we bear." A championship athletic tradition, the crown we wear, does bring positive name recognition, a sense of pride, and builds community. It also helps us understand why many do initially come to know DeMatha via a sports connection. When that same successful sports tradition is what many ONLY know us for, nothing else--then it is also the cross we bear.
A part of my role as Director of Admissions is to inform others that DeMatha is indeed more than just a "sports school." And when I do, I first share with them the first paragraph of our Mission Statement.
"DeMatha Catholic High School is a college preparatory institution dedicated to educating young men in the Trinitarian tradition. DeMatha’s historic and ongoing mission is to serve students of differing abilities, interests, and backgrounds from the culturally rich and diverse greater Washington Metropolitan area."
While other high schools provide sound academic preparation for their students' future, DeMatha does this and so much more. We are a school that is intentionally inclusive and diverse by mission-- challenging and supporting academically, in our co-curricular offerings, and where our students come from and what they look like. When young men graduate, as Faith-filled Gentlemen Scholars, they have spent four formative years in a unique, competitive environment allowing for future success not only on a college campus, but in life. As a 1997 graduate, I can attest to this.
If the Admissions Office, in addition to the information found on our website, can be of assistance, please contact us. Best of luck in your high school selection process. Go Stags!
Tommy Paolucci '97, M.A.
Director of Admissions
Faith-filled Gentlemen and Scholars