Cistercian Preparatory School

  • The Cistercians came to Texas with a vision: to build a secondary school that would combine academic excellence with Christian faith, morals, and spirituality.
  • The Cistercians' outlook on life served as the basis for their educational philosophy. Foremost in their minds was the conviction that the search for God was the purpose of every human life.
  • They also sought to promote all human values and integrate all forms of learning into the journey toward God.
  • Our school's motto is Ardere et Lucere, to be enkindled and to enlighten.
  • At its best, Cistercian Preparatory School is a community in which every boy's natural capacity to know and to work for the good of others is enkindled so that he can then go forth and enlighten the world in which he will live.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the South West (ISAS)
Texas Catholic Conference Education Department
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 5-12
Year Founded1962
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students347 students
Student Body TypeAll-boys
% Students of Color
13%
State avg.: 39%
Students by GradeCistercian Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
79%
Average Class Size22 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1470
Average ACT score31
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 26
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,075
Tuition NotesTuition is $19,075 for MS and $20,225 for US.
% on Financial Aid
21%
Admissions DirectorJim Taylor
Admissions AssociateLisa Richard
Endowment Size$10.642 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and FieldBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFootball,
SoccerSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,

School Notes

  • The curriculum of the Upper School presupposes what is offered in lower grades, while the curriculum of the first years anticipates and prepares for what is offered on more advanced levels. Several of the courses in the Middle School, especially in the Third and Fourth Forms, cover material that is elsewhere routinely taught at the high school level. Thus, compared to the traditional junior and senior high school programs, ours is increasingly accelerated and, in fact, culminates in college-level courses and the opportunity to earn a substantial amount of college credit by the time of graduation from Cistercian.
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