Discover the Power Within U
Ursuline Academy is a community of sisterhood in which everyone has a place, a chance to be themselves and to find what matters most to them. Ursuline welcomes diversity. In fact, differences among our students are what make us great. We work with each individual, stressing your particular strengths, allowing you to Discover the Power Within U.
Why Choose Ursuline?
Ursuline Academy is part of a global network of over one hundred Ursuline-sponsored schools. In the spirit of St. Angela Merici, Ursuline fosters education based on Gospel values and promotes the preservation and development of the Ursuline charism and mission.
With many Catholic all-girl high schools in the St. Louis area we know it can be hard to choose which one is best for you. Ursuline offers the following unique opportunities and benefits:
- UA encourages our young women to learn about and experience STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) through unique classes and clubs. Women are still a minority in technology and engineering fields so we offer numerous classes give our students experience in these fields. We offer classes that teach programming, website design and development, coding, and engineering in addition to a variety of visual and performing arts courses.
- Academic excellence is the hallmark of Ursuline education and UA is proud to offer honors, advance placement and college-credit courses to our students in addition to six academic honor societies to recognize their achievements. In 2016, Lexie Schomaker ’17 was named as a National Merit Finalist and our 2016 graduates were awarded over $9.4 million in four-year scholarship dollars.
- Hartnett Hall opened in January 2017 and includes four state-of-the-art science classrooms, a dance studio and music room in addition to an elevator that provides accessibility to all levels of campus.
- Ursuline Academy placed second out of 11 local teams competing in the 2017 World Wide Technology STEM Student Forum, earning a $5000 team prize. Ursuline was the only all-girls school to compete. The judges offered high praise for our students as representatives of women in technology and even discussed future internship opportunities with the company.
- For two consecutive years, Ursuline has had members of the Girls Who Code Club selected as local winners of the National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Award. In 2017 a member was also named as an honorable mention recipient at the national level. The club’s moderator, Ms. Jaime Gilligan, is a recipient of the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award for her demonstrated commitment to encouraging young women to pursue a future in computer science.
- Ursuline’s dance team is nationally recognized and has competed in the Universal Dance Association National Dance Team Championship for the past two years.
- UA offers many opportunities in vocal and instrumental music for students of all levels of experience. Performance opportunities include the Christmas and spring concerts, the Music Ministry Team, Scots Song Residency, district ensembles, solo and ensemble contest, and the spring musical as well as other outreach performances that come up throughout the year. Students develop their musical skills by singing or playing many diverse styles of music in a challenging yet supportive environment.
- Robotics at Ursuline gives girls the unparalleled opportunity to be immersed in real world engineering through the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Through this experience, girls become experts in programming, electrical and mechanical design, business, and service as they work as a team to build a robot that performs various challenging tasks. In doing so, they get to see the fruits of their labor as they compete against other high schools from around the nation in a fun and exciting game format that changes from one year to the next. During the 2017 St. Louis Regional Competition the team earned the Rookie All-Star Award for current efforts and future potential, and was one of three all-girl teams out of 52 competing. What’s truly exciting about all of this is that the robotics students at Ursuline get to say what the vast majority of FRC participants can’t say: our robot runs on 100% girl power.
- The Leadership for Diversity Team works to raise awareness levels in the area of diversity. Through thought-provoking activities, discussions, speaker presentations, panels and interactions, the team focuses on understanding, appreciating and valuing similarities and differences. Members lead four class diversity days – freshman (lookism), sophomore (sexism), junior (racism), senior (future) – and host a High School Diversity Conference among other activities.
We offer Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship Opportunities
- We are one of the first Ursuline-sponsored schools in the world to offer the Ursuline Global Scholars Certificate to graduating students who have demonstrated a strong interest in global citizenship by successfully completing curricular studies with a global focus and engaging in co-curricular activities and experiences that foster the development of global competencies.
- Annual trip to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women at the U.N. Headquarters in New York.
- Entrepreneurship class + club
- Leadership for Diversity Team
- With Ursuline-sponsored schools in 36 countries students are able to travel to other Ursuline schools as well as house international student visitors.
We Offer One-to-One Attention
- Each student is assigned three adult advocates – a counselor, an adviser and a mentor.
- The advisement program fosters an atmosphere of Christian concern in which a student knows that this faculty member personally knows and cares about her plans and what she hopes to gain from the school’s academic program. Student advisement groups are made up of students from all four grade levels who stay with the same adviser during their time at UA.
- Our learning consultant is available to work with those students who have been diagnosed with learning differences.
- The quarterly alumnae-student career mentoring program promotes educational and professional connections.
Ursuline alumnae are making an impact on our world, as accomplished professionals and as Serviam women, bringing strength and leadership to their families, sharing time, talent and resources to help their neighbors in need. They are well prepared for college and beyond. Read about just a few of our amazing alumnae:
Recently named one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30. As vice president of marketing and development for Butler’s Pantry, she has played a part in more than doubling the company’s revenue since joining the team in 2009.
|Maggie Eichwald Barton '05|
Graduated with honors from Rockhurst University with degrees in nonprofit leadership studies and psychology, and was presented with the Living the Mission Advanced Leadership Award.
|Claire Burkemper '12|
A graduate student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, was awarded a research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and will serve as principal investigator. She received word of the grant upon returning from China where she had presented her research during the 2016 International Student Research Forum held at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
|Megan Bosch '08|
One of 16 recipients of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2016 Innovation Awards. Her background as a public accountant and then venture capitalist led her to found her company, Segue Partners, six years ago, providing financial consulting and accounting solutions for private funds and start-up companies. To date she has raised over $500 million in venture funds during her career.
|Michelle Murray '90|
Student, Parent and Alumnae Testimonials
Diane R, mom of Karly ’19 and Bridget ‘21
- UA has students from different demographics as well as a wide academic range.
- The school is academically diverse – both high achievers and average learners.
- During the process of visiting the school before making a decision, the teachers and current students were very welcoming and it just felt like home.
Rick E, dad of Molly ’19 and Emily ‘14
- Both daughters felt that it was “home” for them.
- There is an overall feeling of openness and Christianity that runs through the community.
- There is great diversity of students with academic achievement variance. The school welcomes each student at her individual learning level.
Tim L, dad of Phoebe ’19, Sophie ’15, Grace ‘12
- UA presents a welcoming environment that our daughters experienced during student shadow visits and high school nights.
- We were drawn to the Serviam motto that stresses Christian and community service.