Discovering personal greatness in pre-school through grade 8 students - Burlington, Vermont

How to Apply

Welcome to Mater Christi School

We are so happy you would like to learn more about Mater Christi School. Mater Christi School has been a part of this community since the Sisters of Mercy opened a school at this location in 1886. More than a century later, Mater Christi continues the tradition of education as a private, Catholic school, sponsored by the Mercy Education of the Americas (MESA), and offers education from preschool through grade 8.

Mater Christi provides a values-based education, with high academic standards and a rigorous curriculum that offers robust math and science instruction along with French, Social Studies, Technology, Religion, and separate classes in English grammar and literature in the middle school.

The core values of the school are rooted in the Catholic faith, and transcend all religions. The six Core values are: Spiritual Growth and Development, Personal and Educational Excellence, Concern for Human Dignity, Global Vision and Responsibility, Compassion and Service, Collaboration.

Mater Christi School welcomes all faiths; currently 50% of the students come from diverse, non-Catholic backgrounds.

Enrollment Timeline

We are currently accepting applications for all grades, preschool through grade 8.

Registration for preschool and prekindergarten opens January 8.

Priority registration for current families ends on March 8.

Registration for new families opens on March 9.

Application Process


The first step in the admissions process is attending an open house or requesting a personal tour of our campus, conveniently located adjacent to UVM and the UVM Medical Center. Tours can be arranged on school days, and may include your child, if you wish. Please contact Melissa Senesac to arrange a tour. Parking is available.

 Shadow Day

As part of the application process, we offer a Shadow Day for your student, during which s/he will experience a school day at Mater Christi School. During the Shadow Day, your child will be assessed by our Director of Student Support Services to determine grade readiness.

As part of the process, parents will have the opportunity to meet with the Head of School and other members of the administration.


When notified of acceptance, new families will be sent a registration package.

The registration packet includes the following:

  • Enrollment & Tuition Agreement
  • Tuition Payment Policy
  • Afterschool Program Registration, if applicable

Afterschool Program

Mater Christi School runs a popular Afterschool program. In order to accommodate all our families and maintain appropriate staffing, we ask that you register for the Afterschool program when you complete your school registration form. Changes in schedules can be accommodated as detailed in the registration forms. We cannot guarantee placement in the program if you register after June 1 for the upcoming academic year as we complete hiring for this program during the summer months.

Register for our Afterschool Enrollment 2019-2020

Parent Referral Program

Mater Christi offers a benefit for current families. If you assist in recruiting a new family into grades preschool through grade 5, your family will receive a $1,000 tuition credit for the academic year of enrollment of the new family.  If you assist in recruiting a new family into grades 6-8, your family will receive a $500 tuition credit for the academic year of enrollment of the new family.  Please contact Melissa Senesac for information

Parent Referral Form 

Benefit Program for Partner Employers

Mater Christi offers a special benefit to students, faculty and employees of the following businesses and schools:

Champlain College
Keller Williams
Keurig Green Mountain
Nordic Soccer Club
Northwestern Medical Center
Saint Michael’s College
UVM and UVM Medical Center

Meet us

Melissa Senesac leads the admissions process and will be your primary contact as you learn about Mater Christi School. Mrs. Senesac is a parent of a Mater Christi School student and has worked at the school for four years. She is fluent in Spanish, and is a citizen of both the US and Peru. She can be reached at 802-658-3992 or at