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Cistercian Preparatory School is a Roman Catholic school for boys located in Irving, Texasmarker, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas. Serving grades five through twelve (though previously having a 4th grade pre-form), the school has a population of about 350 boys. Each grade is assigned a priest or a dedicated teacher as a "Form Master," who follows the class over the years and is responsible for building a feeling of community.

The school's roots lie with a group of Cistercians who came to Texas in 1956 to help found the University of Dallas, located adjacent to what would become the Cistercian campus. Later that year, an uprising in communist Hungarymarker allowed a group from Zirc Abbeymarker in western Hungary to escape, and they joined their colleagues in Texas. The monks of Zircmarker had a long tradition of teaching in the abbey's college preparatory schools, so in 1962 they started Cistercian Preparatory School to continue their work in secondary education.

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All Cistercian students follow a schedule of eight-period days. In the Middle School, the classes required include Latin, Religion, English, English Lab, Computer, Art, Health, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science (2 years), American History (2 years), World History, and Texas History. In the Upper School, the classes required include English (4 years), Moral Theology, Systematic Theology, Church History, American History, World History (2 years), Government, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. In addition, an Upper School student must choose either Spanish or French for four years (though given a teacher and a petition with 10 signatures, any other language may be taken), either Physics II, Chemistry II, or Biology II for senior year, and one elective every semester (though in special cases it is allowed for a student to replace or shorten his lunch period in order to take more than one elective class).


Students are encouraged to participate in sports in every season. Cistercian fields teams in eight varsity sports in three athletic seasons: football and cross country (fall); basketball, soccer, and swimming (winter); baseball, track & field, and tennis (spring). The school is a member of the Southwest Preparatory Conference, which hosts championship tournaments and meets at the end of every season.

School-sponsored sports are available to both Upper and Middle School students, beginning in the Third Form (7th grade). Students in Forms III and IV, and those not wishing to participate in organized sports or wanting to take advantage of the study hall given by only one athletics period, take a physical education class while their classmates are participating in athletics practices.

The school's mascot is the Hawk. Its colors are black and white.


Cistercian's literary and art magazine, Reflections, is conceived, written, and laid out by student editors and staff. Five hundred copies are printed each year, by Diebold Productions, Inc. For three years in a row, starting in 2005, Reflections won the Columbia Scholastic Press Gold Crown Award, an award which only the top 8-14 magazines throughout the nation win.

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