Ursuline Academy

  • Ursuline Academy, an independent Catholic school founded in Boston in 1946, inspires students to grow in faith, explore their academic potential, lead with confidence, and help those in need. In a tradition combining the best of all-girls and Catholic schools, Ursuline students flourish in an environment that encourages them to become women who make a difference: women who build lives of purpose, discovering who they want to be as individuals while discerning who they are meant to be as global citizens.
  • The values of an Ursuline education were established centuries ago when Saint Angela Merici, a forward-thinking Italian religious educator and foundress of the Order of St. Ursula, dedicated her life to forming a company of young women engaged in bettering their communities. Hundreds of years later, we still believe in a world in which every young woman is empowered and supported to find her voice and be the best she can be for herself and in contribution to the world around her.
  • We are an Ursuline school For 500 years, the women of the Ursuline Order have been risk-takers who eagerly embraced innovation. From the moment St. Angela Merici encouraged her followers to "risk new things," the Ursulines have never hesitated to advance boldly. As a result, the Ursulines were the first women to establish a Catholic school in North America. Their school communities gave rise to the first female pharmacist in the United States and the first woman to contribute a book of literary merit, and also provided the first classes for female African-American slaves, free women of color, and Native Americans. The Serviam shield is the emblem of loyalty known by Ursuline students throughout the world.
  • The cross stands for faith, the foundation of all Christian action, and the seven stars represent Ursa Minor, a reminder of Saint Ursula, our patroness and a source of inspiration for Saint Angela Merici.
  • Some key facts Grades 7-12 Location Dedham, Massachusetts, 11 miles southwest of Boston and easily accessible from Rt. 95/128 and the Mass Pike.
  • Transportation Bus service is available and carpools operate from many area towns.
  • Campus We boast a 28-acre campus that includes a 20-classroom school building with a multi-use space, library and art studio; a Science Wing with state-of-the-art laboratories; playing fields, tennis courts and a fitness center.
  • The new Reynolds Family Athletic & Convocation Center opened in the fall of 2017.
  • Student body 400+ girls from 45 communities in the Greater Boston area Academics Ursuline offers a comprehensive college-preparatory curriculum that encourages a commitment to scholarship. AP classes are available in 15 subjects.
  • Sports We have competitive teams in 14 sports, including JV for most sports and junior high teams for some.
  • Performing Arts A variety of vocal and instrumental groups are available, and three plays are performed each year.
  • Faculty 71 faculty/staff members; 85% of faculty hold advanced degrees Student:faculty ratio 11:1 Average class size 16 Affiliation Ursuline Academy operates under the sponsorship of the international network of Ursuline Sisters. As such, the Catholic faith is both a subject of academic study and a source of values.
  • The Ursuline community welcomes students of all faiths.Accreditations and membershipsAccredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)Member, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)Member, National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)Member, National Coalition of Girls` Schools (NCGS)Ursuline Educational Network Ursuline Academy is a member of Ursuline Educational Network (UEN), a collaborative effort of Ursuline congregations to foster education based on Gospel values and promotes the preservation and development of the Ursuline charism and mission.
  • Questions? Contact our Admissions Office at 781-493-7727, visit our Admissions page or fill out an inquiry form. We look forward to getting to know you!.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
Year Founded1958

Student Body

Total Students390 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Ursuline Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers66 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size17 students
Number of AP Courses12 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 16 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$18,900
Tuition Notesfor the 2016-2017 school year.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorMaura Polles
Admissions AssociateSusan Curlett


Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackAlpine SkiingBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
DivingField Hockey,
GolfIce Hockey,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter Track

School Notes

  • Rooted in Catholic values, committed to academic excellence and guided by the principles of St. Angela Merici, Ursuline Academy students live our motto of "Serviam" by making great intellectual and ethical contributions to each other, their school, communities and the world.
  • We are delighted you are interested in learning more about our school, and we encourage you to visit our campus to experience the mission and spirit of the Ursuline community.Our Admissions Team is here to assist you, whether it is navigating the application process or exploring all the school has to offer. We look forward to getting to know you and your daughter!
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Milton
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 258 students
    6.5 miles
    930 Brook Road
    Milton, MA 02186
    (617) 615-3014
    6.5 9-12
  • Wellesley
    Grades: 5-12 | 468 students
    6.3 miles
    45 Dana Road
    Wellesley, MA 02482
    (781) 489-1331
    6.3 5-12
  • Boston
    Winsor School
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    Grades: 5-12 | 471 students
    7.7 miles
    103 Pilgrim Road
    Boston, MA 02215
    (617) 735-9503
    7.7 5-12
  • Milton
    Grades: K-12 | 1020 students
    5.9 miles
    170 Centre Street
    Milton, MA 02186
    (617) 898-1798
    5.9 K-12
  • Dedham
    Grades: 7-12 | 590 students
    1.2 miles
    10 Campus Drive
    Dedham, MA 02026
    (781) 326-3700
    1.2 7-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
Ursuline has enabled my daughter to engage in learning and leadership opportunities in an environment that is led by caring and supportive administration and teachers. It is a true community in which students across grade levels can connect, support, and encourage each other! Her science and math experience has been a highlight so far. Her coaches have been excellent as well!
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Coming to Ursuline has been the best decision for my 9th grade daughter. She has found challenging academics, caring teachers, and 70 sisters for life in her classmates.
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