Saint Ursula Academy

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Basic Information

Address: 1339 E McMillan Street Cincinnati, OH 45206
County: Ohio
School District: Cincinnati
Phone Number: 5139613410
President: Lelia Keefe Kramer
Principal: Dr. Mari Thomas
School Type: Private, Girls, Catholic, College Preparatory

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Additional Information

Accreditation: AdvancED, Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association
Founded: 1910
Organization Affiliation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, College Entrance Examination Board, National Catholic Education Association, Ursuline Education Network, National Coalition of Girls Schools
Ages/Grades: Girls grades 9-12
School Setting:

Saint Ursula Academy is located in the heart of the city where teaching, learning, and new friendships flourish.
The center-city location of Saint Ursula Academy makes the school accessible to the many cultural, academic, scientific and medical institutions in Cincinnati. Longer class periods enable students at Saint Ursula Academy to make frequent use of these neighborhood classrooms.

Saint Ursula Academy is within easy access to all communities in the city and surrounding areas as it is only seconds from leading expressways I-71 and I-75. Meeting girls from other parts of our city gives an added dimension of academic and social growth to the students. Such expansion of horizons is a key component to a Saint Ursula Academy education and to fostering the depth and maturity necessary for preparing women to be successful in a global world.

School Schedule: 8am - 3pm Monday-Friday
School Holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, MLK Day, Presidents' Day, Easter

East Walnut Hills neighborhood in the City of Cincinnati

School Size: 660
Classroom Size: Average 15-20
Student/Teacher Ratio: 13-1


Financial Aid:

Available to qualified students


Saint Ursula offers a challenging curriculum to its students at many levels. All are college preparatory. Saint Ursula also offers honors, AP, and College Credit Plus courses for students who qualify for a greater challenge.

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100
Support Services:

Educational Services Program for students with documented learning disabilities. Prospective students who are interested in the Educational Services (ES) Program must submit a separate application at the time of admission to Saint Ursula Academy. In order to guarantee a high quality of service, the ES Program maintains a small number of students in each class. Our ES Program Coordinator, Ms. Geri Walsh, along with the admissions committee, reviews each application for admissions to the ES Program at the same time as the general application review.
Students also have access all year to teachers and tutors in the Bulldog

Camp Programs: Yes
Summer School: No
After School Programs: No
Computer Capabilities:

Established One-to-One PC Program for all students

School Championships:

19 state championships: golf (1994 & 1997), soccer (1991, 1993, 2007,and 2008), swimming & diving (1993-95), volleyball (1993-98, 2001,2003); cross country in 2006, and field hockey in 2010. Swimming and Diving State runner-up in 2015.
• National Division I volleyball championship 2003

School Clubs:

Academic Team
Ethics Bowl Team
Mock Trial
Model UN/World Affairs
Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)
Romans 101
Today's Issues

Dance Ensemble
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Fitness Club
Food and Nutrition
Girls Athletic Association (GAA)
Girls Athletic Association (GAA) Board
Self Defense
Ski Club
Triathlon Club
Ultimate Frisbee
Yoga Club

French Honor Society
International Thespian Honor Society
National Honor Society
National Latin Honor Society
Spanish Honors Society


Art Club
Competitive Crafting
Fashion Club
Photography Club
Saint Ursula Players
SUA Music Society

B.F.F. Best Foot Forward (Life Skills)
Dungeons and Dragons
Library Club
Mischief Managed
Senior Book
Society of Dedicated Young Alums

Feminist Club
Hands Across Campus
H.O.P.E. Club
Sisters in Cultural Unity

Bulldog Buddies
Campus Ministry
Gingers & Company
Social Justice

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Several lots for students and street parking around the school

Uniform Guidelines:

Uniform required

Admissions Deadline: November 2019 - See website for details
Mission Statement:

Saint Ursula Academy is a dynamic Catholic educational community rooted in the Ursuline core values. Saint Ursula promotes academic excellence, honors the uniqueness of each person, and transforms young women into thinkers, leaders, nurturers, and prophets committed to building a better world.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

As we live our Ursuline mission we:
Provide a rigorous college preparatory program that leads each student to knowledge and self discovery
Ensure that our Catholic mission is the cornerstone of all that we do, while at the same time respecting and welcoming students, parents, faculty, and staff of all faiths
Challenge students to be open-minded critical thinkers and lifelong learners who study all aspects of an issue and form opinions based upon inquiry and analysis
Model the joy of learning
Develop young women with self-confidence, high self-esteem and integrity, aware of their own unique gifts and the responsibility they have to use these gifts to benefit themselves and others
Expect students to assume responsibility for their actions while having the freedom to express themselves and take appropriate risks
Provide caring support for each student's academic, emotional, social, psychological, and physical needs
Embrace diversity and inclusion as we celebrate the dignity of each person
Guide students to develop empathy for others both less and more fortunate than themselves
Emphasize the importance of balance in their lives as they learn to make prudent choices
Inspire students to develop their personal relationship with God leading them to grow into the persons God created them to be
Provide students opportunities to be involved in activities that are appropriately counter-cultural, and that challenge the status quo
Ultimately Saint Ursula Academy graduates young women who are reflective thinkers, servant leaders, nurturers and prophets

School History:

Our founding Sisters, the Ursulines of Cincinnati, started Saint Ursula Academy based on the teachings of Saint Angela Merici. Saint Angela founded the Company of Saint Ursula in 1535. At that time, the young women of Brescia, Italy had two options in life: they could marry or enter a cloister. Angela gave them a new option: they could live with their families and stay at their workplaces, while living a life dedicated to God and to the service of others.

The inspiration of this brave, innovative young woman is at the foundation of our mission and core values today. Based on St. Angela's teachings and the example of the Ursulines of Cincinnati, Saint Ursula Academy has developed a culture and programs to ensure our students are developing their whole person through education, faith, character development, appreciation for the differences and gifts of others, and Christian service to our community and the world.

Faith, integrity and courage accompanied our founding Sisters when Saint Ursula Academy opened 1910, over 100 years ago. These values guided the Sisters and the stewards of Saint Ursula Academy.
Saint Ursula has set the standard for growth and prudent change for decades to keep Saint Ursula Academy a top choice for education. Nurtured and inspired by dedicated alumnae and parents, Saint Ursula students, faculty and staff live the Saint Ursula mission every day with their unparalleled passion for learning, shared vitality, expertise in the classroom, and unyielding commitment to personal, spiritual and academic growth. They share a commitment to educate women of faith, integrity and courage committed to building a better world.

St. Angela Merici laid the foundation for the Ursulines of Cincinnati. The original 20 sisters traveled to the city from Brown County, OH, at the request of Archbishop Henry Moeller, who asked them to educate the children of a new wave of immigrants in local parish schools.

Mother Fidelis Coleman and Mother Baptista Fraener started Saint Ursula, where young students could receive a broad education, one based upon a foundation of knowledge and personal fulfillment. They chose to establish their community and Saint Ursula Academy and Convent in East Walnut Hills, a diverse neighborhood perfect for carrying out their mission of service, education and development of the whole person.

Anyone whose life has been touched by Saint Ursula Academy knows that it is more than a place of learning, it is a family and a community-based in rich Ursuline tradition.

For over 100 years, girls have come from across the Greater Cincinnati area to 1339 East McMillan Street to receive an education rooted in Ursuline values. The neighborhood provides Saint Ursula students with a unique "neighborhood classroom" rich in cultural attractions within walking distance and the downtown area within a five-minute drive.

Guided by a talented and dedicated faculty and staff, who carry on the tradition of the founding sisters, thousands of young women have developed their potential and become Academy Alums: Reflective Thinkers, Leaders who Serve the Community, Nurturers, and Prophets who live their beliefs in the world.

Programs and Services:

Saint Ursula Academy offers an intensive four-year program in the fields of English, mathematics, science, social studies, French, Spanish, Latin, and religion. Four-year programs also are offered in Art, Design, and Theatre. There is a rich selection of electives, many exclusive to SUA. A high school placement test is required of all prospective freshmen students.

Social Media:

Facebook: SUA Bulldogs
Twitter: SUABulldogs
Instagram: Saintursulaacademy

Notes/School Information:

Saint Ursula Academy is a Catholic, college-preparatory, secondary school for young women, sponsored by the Ursulines of Cincinnati in the spirit of St. Angela Merici, their foundress. Educating students since 1910, the Academy carries a distinguished tradition of academic excellence, innovation and service. Saint Ursula educates the whole person and prepares young women for leadership in a global society.

Talented administrators, faculty and staff are dedicated to the school's mission of encouraging academic excellence and empowering each student to become a woman of faith, integrity and courage committed to building a better world.

The Academy also offers a program for college-bound, highly motivated young women of above average ability who have dyslexia or other learning disabilities. Students with diagnosed learning disabilities are completely mainstreamed within the college-preparatory curriculum through the Educational Services Program, which began in 1983 at Saint Ursula.

A Saint Ursula education offers much more than strong academics. It intertwines moral values and standards of excellence, exercises in Christian leadership and service in family, Church, and society. Saint Ursula Academy seeks cultural and socio-economic diversity by drawing students from the entire Cincinnati area to its beautiful campus centrally located in East Walnut Hills.

Saint Ursula Academy is proud of its picturesque campus that is centrally located and easy to reach from anywhere in Greater Cincinnati. It occupies nearly 10 acres in East Walnut Hills near Eden Park.