Why A Girls' School?
Every community has a culture, its own personality and character. Ursuline Academy's vibrant, caring culture reflects our respect for the intrinsic worth of each individual. Together, our faculty, staff, and students create a joyful, supportive community.
The Ursuline experience encourages students to grow in all areas of their lives – academically, socially, spiritually, and physically. Throughout their years at Ursuline Academy, students enthusiastically explore their talents, discover new interests, and cultivate leadership skills. We inspire young women to live meaningful lives, to make a difference not only to their family and friends, but to leave a mark on their community through the way they live.
Living with Integrity
St. Angela Merici believed that an Ursuline education should guide young women to adopt high ethical standards, make sound judgments, and live with integrity. With a focus on the comprehensive education of young women, our educators offer specialized knowledge of their social and intellectual development and help students face the challenges of growing up. Teachers and coaches reinforce the values of friendship, honesty, and team work in all social and academic endeavors. Under their guidance, Ursuline students foster a climate of friendship and acceptance.
Ursuline Academy Builds Confidence
Single-sex education offers significant benefits, including a nurturing environment where students feel comfortable and are willing to try new activities without fear or embarrassment. Here, young women are valued for what is in their hearts and minds. They captain teams, lead organizations, speak and debate confidently, and learn to make their own decisions. In an environment where their opinions matter and leadership opportunities abound, students learn to set and meet high expectations. Confidence and a strong sense of self are hallmarks of Ursuline Academy graduates.
Serving Our Community
Ursuline students are privileged to be part of a caring community and eager to share their gifts with others to fulfill the school motto, Serviam: "I will serve." Through service, students experience the profound, personal rewards of giving of themselves and learn that they can make a difference, a powerful experience that builds compassion and a sense of responsibility. Every student serves the community according to her abilities and interests. Some collect clothes and food for shelters, raise funds for medical research, or tutor children with special needs. Students in grades 7, 8 and 9 are required to give 30 hours of service each year; those in grades 10, 11 and 12 must complete 40 hours, with seniors spending another three weeks of release time on service projects of their own design.
Pride in Our Traditions
Ursuline Academy students are part of a tradition dating back more than 500 years. We are proud that our values have stood the test of time. To the rich traditions of our predecessors, we have added many of our own; some formal, some just plain fun. At the annual Mission Day, students transform the campus into a fairground for games and celebrations to raise funds for local charities and Ursuline missions. Everyone looks forward to the annual Father-Daughter Dance, the Junior Ring Ceremony, sophomore class trips to New York City, proms, and Senior Night, when graduating students and faculty reminisce about their favorite moments and marvel at how far they have come together. Finally, Ursuline Academy's graduation ceremonies are occasions for pride and pageantry, with rituals and symbols shared at Ursuline schools around the world