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Old 03-16-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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We have recived acceptances to both schools and have a son who is working hard to become a doctor( Jesuit Medical Society) , really dedicated swimmer , and enjoys a all boys enviroment but is real popular with the girls as well. Bright , up beat kid who has a high self esteem and carries himself greatly but has some problems with organization someitmes.
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:58 PM
 
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Jesuit is a much larger school. Obviously it is all boys but Jesuit kids still have good connections to the Ursuline girls. It's very focused on athletics (plays in the public school league) and is generally very successful. Academically, I do NOT find it in the top tier of Dallas private schools. There seems to be less personal attention and academics are less stressed than at ESD but it is still a good school

I have mixed feelings about ESD. It is a very good school, but not quite on the level of St. Marks, Greenhill, Hockaday, or Cistercian. It sends some graduates to top schools but a lot of kids go onto more middle of the road schools (UT, Georgia, Alabama, etc very popular). It is also very (and sometimes notoriously) social. Lots of partying in the high school and definitely a large drinking culture, although it is avoidable. It is also an extremely wealthy place, but that does not mean there isn't some socioeconomic diversity, but there is certainly more at Jesuit. The facilities at ESD are top notch, and once they work out their administrative problems (ask any ESD parents and they can tell you about that) then I think the school will be even better.

Overall I still find ESD to be the better school academically. I often find Jesuit lacking in this department despite its reputation. One thing to note however is that ESD does NOT have a swim team, so if he is planning on doing swimming at school, that could be a problem. As long as he is hard working, he will probably do well in either environment so ultimately I think the decision should be up to him.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:31 PM
 
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I don't know where the previous poster is coming from quite frankly.


My son is an '09 Jesuit grad and pre med major at a fine university. He has a 4.00 and sets the curves in roughly 1/2 his classes. Kids who go the math/science honors route at Jesuit and join the "medical club" are almost over prepared for college. My son has 5 friends from Jesuit tracking towards medical school.

If this isn't too odd I'd be happy to arrange a talk between you guys and my son.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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OP, either school offers the classes and rigor required for your son to advance on in order study pre-med and thrive. To reinforce what you already know he must own subjects like math, chemistry, physics while still acing Latin, English, etc. A strong high school "Medical Club" will arrange shadowing, community service, over-seas medically related trips and resume building.

The rub is it's easy to study pre-med in college while it's very difficult to actually get into medical school. At my son's school about 1,500 of his freshman classmates stated that they wanted to attend medical school and become doc clinicians, researchers or dentists. About 75 of the 1500 will make it.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:39 PM
 
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I don't know where the previous poster is coming from quite frankly.


My son is an '09 Jesuit grad and pre med major at a fine university. He has a 4.00 and sets the curves in roughly 1/2 his classes. Kids who go the math/science honors route at Jesuit and join the "medical club" are almost over prepared for college. My son has 5 friends from Jesuit tracking towards medical school.

If this isn't too odd I'd be happy to arrange a talk between you guys and my son.
I overlooked the part about becoming a doctor. Jesuit's medical club is absolutely wonderful and I have friends whose children are a part of it. I in NO WAY think Jesuit is a bad school I just said it can be in a lower caliber because of its larger size but that simply does not mean there aren't a plethora of students who thrive and do wonderfully there. Like I said it ultimately comes down to the environment they prefer
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