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 St. Ursula Academy as United
States history evolved over the decades. While our country and our
society have changed and evolved dramatically, St. Ursula has set the
standard for growth and prudent change, inspired by core values that
have remained constant: The Christ Centered Spirit of St. Angela Merici
inspires us to Affirm the Dignity and Gifts of Women, Inspire students
to achieve Academic Excellence, Develop the Whole Person, Value the
Uniqueness and Gifts of Each Person, Build Family Spirit in our School,
Celebrate Difference and Diversity, and Commit ourselves to lives of
Christian Service with Optimism and Openness guiding our daily lives.
Nurtured and inspired by dedicated alumnae and parents, St. Ursula students, faculty and staff live these values every day with their unparalleled passion for learning, shared vitality, expertise in the classroom, and unyielding commitment to personal, spiritual and academic growth.
St. Angela Merici was the first woman of faith, integrity and courage in the 16th C. She challenged society's norms when she confidently formed a company of women who lived and worked in active service and spiritual growth, not separated from society in a convent or in an arranged marriage as was the norm.
Her works laid the foundation for the Ursulines of Cincinnati. The original 20 sisters travelled 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 led the way and started St. Ursula, where young women could receive a broad education, one based upon a foundation of knowledge and personal fulfillment. They chose to establish their community and St. Ursula Academy 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 St. 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 throughout the Greater Cincinnati area to 1339 East McMillan Street to receive an education rooted in Ursuline values. The neighborhood provides St. 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. Thus, they live St. Ursula's mission as women of faith, integrity and courage committed to building a better world.