For more than 70 years, Ursuline Academy has encouraged young women to push past their expectations of themselves. Steeped in an environment of encouragement, support, and faith, students feel free to discover every part of their being, to be both bold and compassionate, and to find what gives them joy. In a tradition combining the best of all-girls and Catholic schools, they emerge as women of integrity who engage in their communities with purpose and presence.
We are an Ursuline school
The values of an Ursuline education were established centuries ago when Saint Angela Merici, a forward-thinking Italian religious educator and foundress of the Order of St. Ursula, dedicated her life to forming a company of young women engaged in bettering their communities. Hundreds of years later, we still believe in a world in which every young woman is empowered and supported to find her voice and be the best she can be for herself and in contribution to the world around her.
For 500 years, the women of the Ursuline Order have eagerly embraced innovation. From the moment St. Angela Merici encouraged her followers to "risk new things," the Ursulines have never hesitated to advance boldly. As a result, the Ursulines were the first women to establish a Catholic school in North America. Their school communities gave rise to the first female pharmacist in the United States and the first woman to contribute a book of literary merit, and also provided the first classes for female African-American slaves, free women of color, and Native Americans.
The Serviam shield is the emblem of loyalty known by Ursuline students throughout the world. The cross stands for faith, the foundation of all Christian action, and the seven stars represent Ursa Minor, a reminder of Saint Ursula, our patroness and a source of inspiration for Saint Angela Merici.
Some key facts
Dedham, Massachusetts, 11 miles southwest of Boston and easily accessible from Rt. 95/128 and the Mass Pike.
Bus service is available and carpools operate from many area towns.
We boast a 28-acre campus that includes a 20-classroom school building with a multi-use space, library and art studio; a Science Wing with state-of-the-art laboratories; playing fields, tennis courts and a fitness center. The new Reynolds Family Athletic & Convocation Center opened in the fall of 2017.
Approximately 380 girls from 45 communities in the Greater Boston area
Ursuline offers a comprehensive college-preparatory curriculum that encourages a commitment to scholarship. AP classes are available in 17 subjects.
We have competitive teams in 14 sports, including JV for most sports and junior high teams for some.
A variety of vocal and instrumental groups are available, and three plays are performed each year.
72 faculty/staff members; 85% of faculty hold advanced degrees
Average class size
Ursuline Academy operates under the sponsorship of the international network of Ursuline Sisters. As such, the Catholic faith is both a subject of academic study and a source of values . The Ursuline community welcomes students of all faiths.
Accreditations and memberships
Accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)
Member, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Member, National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)
Member, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS)
Ursuline Educational Network
Ursuline Academy is a member of Ursuline Educational Network (UEN), a collaborative effort of Ursuline congregations to foster education based on Gospel values and promotes the preservation and development of the Ursuline charism and mission.
Contact our Admissions Office at 781-493-7727, visit our Admissions page or fill out an inquiry form. We look forward to getting to know you!