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Mater Dolorosa Catholic School is a PreK-3 through 8th-grade parochial school located in the center of Tangipahoa Parish. Nestled beneath the stately oaks in the quiet town of Independence, Louisiana. The school has provided a quality Catholic education to the young people of the area for the past 97 years. The school's mission is to Teach Morals and Values of the Catholic faith, Instill Strong Leadership qualities, and Promote Academic Growth and Excellence. 

The school is proud of its qualified, dedicated, and caring pastor, principal, faculty, and staff who strive to provide the students with the academic foundation and Christian values needed to succeed in life. The school's success comes from its commitment to provide not only an outstanding academic program, but also an excellent religion program that teaches church history, doctrine, Christian values, and service to God and others. 

Our students in PreK-3 through 8th grade participate in Drug Awareness Program, weekly computer classes, and weekly library classes. Physical education classes and sport activates are held in our gymnasium. Students also attend a weekly school Mass and participate in numerous apostolic service projects throughout the year to help them look beyond themselves and learn to serve others as God would have us do. 

Extra-curricular activities include National Junior Beta Club, boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, flag football, Honor Society, Altar Servers, drama club, Yearbook Club, Cheerleaders, Chess club, Rosary club, and Library Club. 

Mater Dolorosa is also fortunate to have a very active Advisory Board and Home School Association whose members provide valuable services to the school as volunteers, parent leaders, and organizers of a variety of fundraisers. The administration and faculty strive to keep open lines of communication between home and school as parents and teachers work together as one team- God's Team- in helping each student reach his/her full potential. 

The school has become a symbol of pride as it prepares its graduates for future success. This is evident from the academic achievements of its graduates and the service our alumni give to the community in their adult lives. 

Many say there is a special feeling when you enter the school's front doors. It spreads out into the community---carried in the hearts of our students and their families. This special feeling comes from our commitment to a mission ---- a mission of providing a nurturing and Christian environment where the love of God and others is stressed.