Who We Are
Ursuline Academy, founded in 1946, is an independent school rooted in the Catholic faith. We seek to prepare young women for higher education and for life by providing them with a rigorous college-preparatory education, a nurturing environment that supports character development, and an orientation toward service to others. These values 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 the education of young women. 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 her community.
You’re invited to succeed
An Ursuline education seeks to cultivate a lifelong drive to discover and develop each girl's talents. We offer every student enrolled here a unique opportunity to bring out her full potential. Today, each young woman at Ursuline is appreciated for her existing talents and encouraged to bring her hidden gifts to the forefront.
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. The seven stars, representing Ursa Minor, are a reminder of our patroness, Saint Ursula, and stand for our guiding values: Soul, Scholarship, Spirituality, Sharing our Light, Sportsmanship, Solidarity and Serviam.
Some key facts
Dedham, Massachusetts; 11 miles southwest of Boston
28-acre campus that includes a 20-classroom school building with a gymnasium/auditorium, 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.
430 girls from 55 communities in the Greater Boston area
59 faculty/staff members; 60% hold advanced degrees
Average class size
The Catholic faith is both a subject of academic study and the source of values at Ursuline Academy. The UA community is open to 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!