Mission and Beliefs

St. Ursula Academy prepares each of our students for college and for life. 

Our rigorous academic curriculum, empowering all-girls environment, and positive and supportive atmosphere allow each young woman to grow and thrive—in our halls and in her life beyond SUA.  

Our Mission Statement

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 since 1854.

The Ursuline Core Values of Education are the foundation of Ursuline education in Ursuline schools and institutions throughout the world.

At St. Ursula Academy, the following values inspire our school community to live in the spirit of the foundress of the Ursuline Sisters, St. Angela Merici, and of Jesus, as found in the Gospels.


Core Values and Statements of Belief

Ursuline Spirituality

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.

Academic Excellence

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.