Founded in the Ursuline tradition and rooted in the Catholic faith, St. Ursula Academy educates each young woman, transforming her through intellectual inquiry, personal growth, spiritual formation, and compassionate service, empowering her to lead confidently in a global society.
St. Ursula Academy, grades 6-12, is Toledo's oldest, all-female, Catholic fully-accredited, college preparatory school, and has been educating young women of today for tomorrow since 1854.
St. Ursula Academy girls are smart, strong, and spirited. At St. Ursula Academy it's not just equal opportunity - it's EVERY opportunity! Our single-sex Catholic junior academy and high school place girls first and foremost. We understand how girls learn and succeed. Plan a visit to St. Ursula Academy and find out why our girls thrive.
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Outstanding college-prep academics with 20 AP and 18 Honors Courses.
Exceptional college counseling with 100% college acceptance.
College course credit through Advanced Placement, Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo, Lourdes College, and Owens Community College. On-line courses at University of Toledo.
National and State Championship-winning athletic teams.
Nationally recognized fine arts programs in new state-of-the-art facilities.
Nationally recognized Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Team.
Leadership opportunities in over 40 clubs, including Model United Nations and Mock Trial Teams.
Annual Day of Caring when students and teachers volunteer over 2,000 hours of service in a single day.
At St. Ursula Academy, our girls are challenged in mathematics, science, English and language arts, theology, social studies, world languages, computers, life skills, business, fine arts, health, and much, much more. We'll ignite a passion for lifelong learning.
We believe that the purpose of Catholic education is to honor the past, while preparing each young woman for the present, the future, and eternity in mind, body, heart, and spirit.
We believe in providing an environment in which students, faculty, staff, and all constituents are inspired to build and deepen their relationship with God.
We believe multi-faceted college-preparatory curricula, combined with adaptable instructional practices, promote critical thinking, creative expression, and academic mastery while inspiring intellectual curiosity and growth.
We believe compassionate service and reflection are integral to our faith and to each student’s engagement in a global society, preparing her to be an ethical, engaged, and socially-conscious citizen.
We believe a single-sex environment develops confident, courageous, self-directed leaders who are prepared for this complex and continually changing world.
We believe a trusting and nurturing community, dedicated to living the common mission, leads to individuals who can encourage and learn from one another.
We believe in celebrating traditions with our past, present and future community members in the spirit of St. Angela Merici’s enduring vision of togetherness.
Openness to Change
We believe that while some truths remain constant, openness to thoughtful change is necessary in this dynamic world and generates a culture of lifelong learners.
Care of the Individual
We believe in cultivating each student’s individual strengths and interests and empowering her to achieve her highest potential.
We believe that students thrive in an emotionally and physically safe environment.
We believe that everyone should be treated with grace, dignity, and respect.
Development of the Whole Person
We believe spiritual, intellectual, physical, aesthetic, and emotional development is achieved through a broad range of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities.
We believe moral fortitude, self-discipline, and perseverance are integral to the development of the whole person.
We believe a supportive faith-based environment with committed faculty and staff enhances and guides the development of each student.
St. Ursula Academy's history reaches back to December 1854 when four Ursuline nuns arrived in Toledo, Ohio from neighboring Cleveland. Four days after their arrival, classes began in the convent on Cherry Street when the nuns opened their doors to 200 children of all ages and grade levels. In 1859 the nuns moved into a new convent and academy located on Cherry and Erie Streets.
Records show that the early curriculum included courses in English, German, French, history, art, music, natural sciences, mathematics, cooking and sewing. Mainly residential, the school included two departments: elementary and collegiate. The collegiate department consisted of six classes to be completed in six years, two preparatory and two collegiate. The excellence of the educational program secured a charter from the Ohio Department of Education with the privilege of granting degrees on the highest level. The first St. Ursula Academy commencement was held on July 8, 1873 with the exercises lasting the entire day.
At the close of the nineteenth century, the St. Ursula Academy Alumnae Association came into being with the first officers elected in January of 1900. The organization initiated a series of cultural and social activities, which brought together the graduates and their former teachers. From its inception the Alumnae Association was an active member of the International Federation of Catholic Alumnae.
The turn of the century also marked the purchase of property on Collingwood Boulevard, where the school relocated in 1905 after a local architect, Mr. E.O. Fallis, created plans for a new convent and academy. St. Ursula Academy opened its doors at the Collingwood location on September 4, 1905. The first commencement exercises in the auditorium took place on June 25, 1906.
In 1919, the St. Ursula Academy Student League, the forerunner of the present Student Council, was organized to unify religious, social, and intellectual activities at the Academy.
With the growth of Mary Manse College, which opened its doors in 1922, the Ursuline Community decided once again to move the school, this time to a property on Indian Road purchased from Frank J. Linnenkugel. The architectural firm of Britsch, Macelwane, Lubeck and Poseler was chosen to design the new building. Ground breaking took place on July 16, 1958 and the building was officially opened for classes in 1959. The building was dedicated on December 10, 1959. To further meet the needs of its students, St. Ursula Academy expanded it campus in 2000, with the addition of the Mary Ann LaValley Activities Center, which added four new classrooms, athletic offices, a state-of-the-art field house, fitness center and a dance studio.
From residential to day school, from Cherry Street to Collingwood to Indian Road, St. Ursula Academy has developed and flourished during its long history in Toledo, but its focus remains the same: to educate young women of today for tomorrow.