A+
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B
Address
3660 Cistercian Rd
Irving, TX 75039
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Telephone
(469) 499-5400
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NAIS

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$18,800
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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1450
47 responses
Average ACT
33
28 responses

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Students

Diversity
B-
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Students
349
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
7:1
National
16:1
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100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.6 responses
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83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.6 responses
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100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.6 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses
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Cistercian has been a wonderful experience for our two sons. The academics are challenging, but the boys are very well-prepared for college and usually breeze through their freshman year at a university. The small student body (40-45 boys per grade) provides the opportunity for a lot of boys to play three different sports in fall, winter and spring. Half of their teachers are Catholic monks and the vast majority of faculty have masters degrees and there are a few PhD's as well.
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Outsiders who know the school call Cistercian 'Dead Poets Society' ... insiders do too. Spent 8 years of my life with a vast majority of the class of 1995 at Cistercian and our bond is amazing. 20 years later we still talk about the same things we did as middle schoolers. From about 36 of who started, we had a graduating class of 32 where 20 of us had been there for all 8 years. The academics were amazing, rigorous and the environment required you to thrive academically. Frank downsides are the undersized school never had a dedicated sister school which made things awkward at times, although some how, some way things were figured out during homecomings and dances and everyone seemed to have dates ... i just think the hockadays and ursilines of the world raised really nice girls who just couldn't say no to Cistercian pre-pubescent charm i guess...
Cistercian is most likely the top school in Texas, and one of the top schools in the United States. Cistercian however is rigid and does not have any room for schedule flexibility. The Form (the class) takes the same courses throughout Middle School, but in High School you can choose one class (the rest of the classes you take are the same as the other boys in your Form). Although this may seem like a negative, it is a positive due to the size of the class. With only ~44 boys in your Form, the entire Form helps each other with classwork.

The most major negative about Cistercian is accommodations for those with learning disabilities. A close friend of mine has Dyslexia, but receives absolutely no accommodations from the school (i.e. no extra time on tests).

The teachers are what make academics at Cistercian what they are. They demand, teach, and test at the college level (many alumni comment on how they often tutor in college using their notes and tests from Cistercian).

The foreign language department is the weakest department at Cistercian, but they have hired a brand new teaching staff in the last 3 years.