Ursuline Academy of Dallas

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Basic Information

Address: 4900 Walnut Hill Lane
County: Dallas
School District: ISAS
Phone Number: 469-232-1800
Fax Number: 469-232-1836

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Additional Information

President: Gretchen Z. Kane
School Type: All girls Catholic College Preparatory, Grade 9-12
Founded: 1874
Ages/Grades: Grades 9-12
Diocese: Dallas
School Setting:

The Ursuline Academy of Dallas campus occupies 27 acres on the southwest corner of Walnut Hill and Inwood Road in North Dallas.

School Size: Enrollment 850+
Classroom Size: 15-18
Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1


Financial Aid:

In 2019-2020, the Academy will grant approximately $1,479,000 in financial assistance and merit awards to 228 students, about 26% of the student body.


Ursuline offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with additional opportunities for elective course work to support individual growth and development. Criteria for acceptance into AP and Honors courses are specialized and selective.
Graduation Requirements - 28 Credits
English (4.0)
Mathematics (4.0)
Science (4.0)
Social Studies (4.0)
Theology (4.0)
World Language (3.0)
Electives (1.5)
Physical Education (1.0)
Fine Arts (1.0)
Computer Science (1.0)
Speech (0.5)

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
Camp Programs: Yes
Summer School: Yes
After School Programs: No
Computer Capabilities:

Technology integration is essential for the 21st century classroom. From STEM to the Arts, here are highlights of the many ways in which innovative technology supports student learning across the curriculum at Ursuline Academy.

School Championships:

Track repeated as Regional champs - fourth at State with gold in the 3,200 meters and gold in the 1,600 meters.
Ursuline Varsity Rowing - third at State.
Tennis - third in the State.
Golf - back-to-back state championships.

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Faculty, Staff, and Student parking available.

Uniform Guidelines:

The Ursuline uniform signifies membership in the student body. Students are to wear the school
uniform every day. The Ursuline Academy uniform must, at a minimum, include a blouse, a skirt, a
sweater or a blazer, socks, and a pair of uniform shoes. All uniform standards are subject to interpretation
by the Dean of Students, whose decision as to the appropriateness of any aspect of a student’s
appearance is final. Students are expected to wear the uniform properly at all times during the school day.
Additional information regarding the uniform can be found on the Ursuline website.

Admissions Requirements:

Application and Interview Process
Application Deadline: January 10, 2020

Mission Statement:

Founded in 1874, Ursuline Academy of Dallas is an independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters. The mission of Ursuline Academy is the total development of the individual student through spiritual formation, intellectual growth, service to others, and building of community. Ursuline Academy educates young women for leadership in a global society.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Infused by the spirit of Serviam (I will serve), Ursuline Academy is distinguished as a premier educational institution and center of culture and faith. Three cornerstones and signature programs combine to make Ursuline unique in the Dallas area.

Our Ursuline Heritage and Catholic Identity
We are Catholic with an Ursuline identity that forms the foundation for all decisions, planning for the future, and the ways in which cherished traditions are translated into new contexts for new generations.

We Are All Girls
Girls take center stage at Ursuline Academy of Dallas. Our students are strongly encouraged to develop their own interests. And they are empowered to become bold leaders. Studies show that girls find it easier to excel and become more confident learners in a student-centered, all-girl setting.
Learn more about the benefits of an all-girl education.

Tradition and Innovation
Throughout its 144-year history, Ursuline has lived in the center of both tradition and innovation. We are committed to providing a learning environment which stimulates creativity and curiosity, sparks innovation, and encourages collaboration.

School History:

Founded in 1874 by six Ursuline Sisters from Galveston, Ursuline Academy is the oldest continuously operating school in Dallas. Its heritage is rooted in the founding of the Ursuline Order by St. Angela Merici in Italy in 1535. The school’s Victorian-era buildings were designed by noted Texas architect Nicholas Clayton.

The Ursuline Alumnae Association, established in 1899, held its first yearly reception on Founders Day, February 2, 1914. During World War I, scholarships are funded by war stamps and bonds. In 1917, the first school uniforms were introduced and physical education became part of the curriculum.

Throughout its history, Ursuline education has educated young women for leadership in the world they will inherit. Our mission is the total development of the individual student through spiritual formation, intellectual growth, service to others, and building of community.

In 1950, Ursuline moves to the site of its present-day campus in North Dallas. Later that decade, the first major addition is made to the Walnut Hill campus with construction of the Braniff Gymnasium, and the beloved tradition of Intramurals begins.

The tradition of Ursuline education has, at its core, the value of Serviam: I will serve. Throughout its history, a commitment to innovation and excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts has also distinguished Ursuline Academy as an educational institution and as a center of culture and faith.