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An Ursuline School

For 75 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. 

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.