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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What advice can you give me about deciding which school to attend?  
Visit each school so you are comfortable and able to make the right decision for you based on what you experience, not what you heard. You, the student, need to find the right match for you! If you’re a current 8th grader, schedule a shadow day to get the full student experience. We also host events throughout the year for students from all grades to see what it’s like to be a Bulldog.
 
2. How many girls will you accept this year? Who decides the number?
In order to allow us to best serve our students, Saint Ursula Academy plans for a freshman class between 160 and 170 students. This number is based on a constant review of proper facilities and support for our student body by our administration and Board. 
 
3. How do you decide who gets admitted?
Each student who takes the High School Placement Test (HSPT) fills out the application and submits grade school records will be considered for admission. The admissions committee reviews each candidate to ensure that she is ready for a college preparatory course load.
 
4. What kind of grades/scores do you need to get in?
Saint Ursula Academy seeks students who score above average on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) and demonstrate a solid academic record. We evaluate each applicant's records and test scores to identify potential to succeed as a participating and contributing member of the Saint Ursula student body.
 
5. Do you have to "know" someone to get into Saint Ursula?
No, our admissions requirements are the same for every applicant.
 
6. How do you decide who is appropriate for the Educational Services (ES) Program?
In order to guarantee a high quality of service, the ES Program maintains a small number of students in each class. Students in the ES Program are selected through a separate application process at the time of admission to Saint Ursula Academy. Our ES Program Coordinator, Ms. Geri Walsh, along with the admissions committee, reviews each application for admission to the ES Program. Program requirements are listed on this website.
 
7. How do I study for the High School Placement Test?
The best preparation for the High School Placement Test is to continue to do well your current classes at school. Keep up with your homework and study for all tests, even if you think you know the material. You can find specific study tactics and techniques for the High School Placement Test at www.testpreview.com.
 
8. What is the tuition at SUA?
Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $13,580. The yearly technology fee is $600. Details about payment options and financial assistance in the Afford section.
 
9. What are classes like?
Since we have a college preparatory curriculum, you will encounter a challenging but balanced course load based on your individual strengths. You will be in classes with girls who share your love of learning; you will join a nurturing community in which students support each other in their learning and work collaboratively. Courses are designed for students to succeed, and our caring teachers are passionate about supporting your growth as a student and as a young woman. We also have great resources to help you like our school counselors and the Bulldog Academic Resource Center (BARC), which is staffed by National Honor Society tutors and a math or English teacher. 

10. What is the difference between Saint Ursula Academy and other schools?
Our mission and how we live it each and every day sets us apart from other schools. Saint Ursula Academy is a nurturing Catholic educational community founded in the Ursuline tradition. Saint Ursula encourages academic excellence and empowers each student to become a woman of faith, integrity and courage committed to building a better world. One of the hallmarks of a Saint Ursula Academy education is our welcoming community. Students, faculty, and staff strive to create an inclusive, warm, and engaging environment where all students feel like they can find their niche. Saint Ursula Academy is the only all-girls school in Cincinnati to draw students from across the tristate region, with girls from more than 80 grade schools and over 40 zip codes. SUA is located in the heart of the Cincinnati’s cultural center, offering community classrooms at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Krohn Conservatory, Playhouse in the Park and much more. Saint Ursula has a full campus that blends rich tradition with state-of-the-art learning tools. The campus helps many students gain confidence for their transition to college.
 
11. What is the schedule like?
Saint Ursula Academy has a proven collegiate block schedule that allows for an all-school lunch and time for clubs/organizations to meet during the school day. The collegiate model provides four classes per day – sufficient time to stimulate thought and discussion, to write an in-class essay independently, to work cooperatively in solving a math problem, or to complete a science laboratory session with a partner. Teachers have time to introduce a concept and explain it completely, and students have time to get hands-on experience practicing the concept all in the same class period. Taking four subjects at a time will allow you to manage your time and balance the course content. Teachers also have fewer students at any given time, so they are better able to know each student and her individual progress. You can take and master more courses in the collegiate model, which allows you to take two sequential math or foreign language course in one academic year. Furthermore, the times the classes meet rotates throughout the week, allowing you to experience teachers at the best time of their day, and vice versa. This schedule also allows more time during the day for you to meet with teachers or clubs and organizations through the fifth bell activity time or the common lunch shared by all students.
 
12. What are the requirements for sport teams?
In order to play any OHSAA athletic sport, the student must live in the state of Ohio. Each season there is a team that has a “no cut” policy for students looking to participate. Several of our teams have limited rosters and do cut, but have a variety of levels available (i.e. varsity, reserve, and freshman squads).
 
13. What if I’m not Catholic?
Saint Ursula welcomes students of all religions to apply and receive the strongest educational experience available. Saint Ursula Academy provides an excellent a nurturing environment for girls as they move through their teenage years, and we believe all young women can benefit from that. While Saint Ursula is a Catholic high school, we believe young women of ANY faith can flourish by experiencing a challenging education that also teaches them to become better, stronger women by engaging in self-reflection and positive action. The mission of Saint Ursula Academy is to educate each student to become a woman of faith, integrity, and courage committed to building a better world.

14. What is the Tablet PC? 
The Tablet PC is a laptop computer with a display that spins and an “inking” or pen component. Textbooks, homework assignments, and student grades are accessible through Schoology, LanSchool, and PowerSchool using the Tablet PC. You will use the Tablet PC to write or type notes, highlight textbooks, do homework assignments, and write papers all in the same place, maximizing your organization. You will also use the Tablet PC to communicate with your teachers, collaborate on projects with fellow students, and stay up to date with sports and extracurricular activities.
 
15.  Where do students who attend Saint Ursula Academy live?
Students who attend Saint Ursula Academy come from more than 80 different grade schools and over 40 different zip codes.  Students live all over the greater Cincinnati area, including Indiana and Kentucky.
 
16.  What is the lunch program like?
The Bulldog Fresh Market provides a variety of fresh, healthy and delicious meals prepared onsite daily.  A salad bar is available as well as various wraps, sandwiches, kitchen chips, and healthy fountain drink choices as well as a featured hot main course each day.  The cookies are delicious!
 
17.  How big is the student body at SUA?  
Saint Ursula Academy currently has 654 students.
 
18.  What types of clubs and organizations are available?
With more than 60 student-led clubs and organizations, you can write an article for the school newspaper, hone your skills as a photographer, ski with your classmates on the weekend, or practice your diplomacy skills through Model UN. Most of the clubs, organizations, and honor societies meet during the school day, which means that students have access to these enrichment opportunities built right into their schedules.