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ounded in 1874, Ursuline Academy of Dallas is an independent Catholic, college preparatory school for young women sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters. The mission of Ursuline Academy is the total development of the individual student through spiritual formation, intellectual growth, service to others, and building of community. Ursuline Academy educates young women for leadership in a global society.

Founded 1874 Oldest continuously operating school in Dallas

Total Enrollment (9-12) 850+ Students of Color 34% Tuition 2018-2019 $21,900

Catholic 75% Average Class Size 15-18 Student-Teacher Ratio 9:1 Faculty 102 Majority with advanced degrees


Financial Assistance

Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS)

In 2018-2019, the Academy will grant approximately

Memberships & AfďŹ liations CASE Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education Educational Records Bureau (ERB) Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG)

$1,409,000 in financial assistance and merit awards to 232 students, representing approximately 27% of the student body.

Independent Curriculum Group National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) One Schoolhouse Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) The College Board Ursuline Education Network (UEN) We are a Microsoft Showcase School.

National Merit Scholarship Program 2016-18: 8 Ursuline students were named National Merit Finalists; 46 were Commended Scholars. National Hispanic Recognition Program 2016-18: 23 Ursuline students were recognized in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

College Preparatory Curriculum

Honors and Advanced Placement Courses

Ursuline Academy offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with additional opportunities for elective course work to support individual growth and development. Criteria for acceptance into AP and Honors courses are specialized and selective.

Enrollment in these classes is competitive. Students qualify on the basis of academic performance and potential as indicated by standardized tests as well as faculty recommendations.

Graduation Requirements 28 Credits are required for graduation: English Mathematics Science* Social Studies** Theology World Language***

4.0 Electives 4.0 Physical Education 4.0 Fine Arts 4.0 Computer Science 4.0 Speech 3.0

1.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5

*Requirement: Physics I, Chemistry I, Biology I, one additional science course **Requirement: Historical Geography, World History, US History, Macroeconomics, Government ***Requirement: Same language in consecutive years, beginning with Freshman year

Grading and Ranking Policy It is the policy of Ursuline Academy not to rank our students. Our selective admission is based on an entrance test, grade school record, recommendations, interview, and application essay responses. Only semesters completed at Ursuline are included in the Ursuline GPA. Additional weighting of 0.6 for AP and Honors courses is added only in determination of the GPA and is not reflected in the numeric grade.

Honors Courses English Mathematics Science Social Studies* World Language *Social Studies honors classes are not available to Freshmen.

Advanced Placement Courses English Language & Composition English Literature & Composition Calculus AB and BC Statistics Computer Science A Computer Science Principles Biology Chemistry Environmental Science Physics I Physics C: Mechanics Art History European History US History Human Geography

US Government and Politics Comparative Government and Politics Macroeconomics Microeconomics Psychology Chinese French Language & Culture Spanish Language & Culture Spanish Literature & Culture Music Theory Studio Art: 2-D Design Studio Art: 3-D Design Studio Art: Drawing

Standardized Testing Class of 2018 SAT

Middle 50%

Evidence Based Reading and Writing 580-670 Mathematics 540-640

Grading Scale 93-100 4.0 A

83-86 3.0 B

73-76 2.0 C

90-92 3.7 A-

80-82 2.7 B-

70-72 1.7 C-

Class of 2018 ACT

87-89 3.3 B+

77-79 2.3 C+

65-69 1.0 D


Middle 50%


6 30 590 Mean

24-29 26.6

Class of 2018 Student Voices

Riley Paige Campbell

Kaitlin Marlene Codd

Hoang-Uyen Le

College Choice: The University of Texas at Austin Senior Service: Mi Escuelita Preschool

College Choice: Saint Louis University Senior Service: McShan Elementary Reading Room

College Choice: University of Notre Dame Senior Service: Reading Partners: Stephen Foster Elementary

“One of the many advantages of attending Ursuline is the exceptional environment an all-girls school creates. There is a special sisterhood that unites every student and empowers every girl’s unique qualities… I created lasting bonds with not only my peers, but also the incredible teachers and staff.”

“Ursuline provides a wide variety of courses and electives, passionate teachers, and an academically challenging environment. There are so many opportunities to learn more about the world around us. Through the various delegations and exchange programs, many girls created friendships with people from all over the world.”

“I will live out the rest of my days with Serviam always in mind. I will never forget the helpfulness and generosity I experienced at Ursuline, so I hope I can pass those on to others as well. I also learned that kindness and love will get me the furthest in life. I will always aspire to bring light, rather than darkness, to people’s lives.”

Ursuline Academy of Dallas – Educating Global Leaders

Spiritual Formation and Serviam, “I Will Serve”

Ursuline students engage in a variety of transformative experiences which help them grow in global competence. As they get to know and touch the realities of other cultures, they gain new appreciation for different perspectives and a better understanding of what it means to be a citizen of the world. They also have the opportunity to share a unique sisterhood with students around the globe. Educational and cultural exchanges take place each year with sister schools in Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, England, France, Peru, South Africa, Taiwan, and Wilmington, Delaware. Mission trips and global studies opportunities are also offered.

Ursuline education is rooted in the belief that spiritual life is to be nurtured and developed. Students discover the possibilities that faith in Jesus Christ offers through an array of curricular and extracurricular activities including Theology studies, integration of Catholic social teachings in coursework, annual retreats, school-wide liturgies, student-led prayer services, and daily prayer. All Ursuline schools share a commitment to forming students as servant leaders. In the spirit of Serviam, (Latin for “I will Serve”), students and alumnae reach out to society through service projects initiated by students and service learning incorporated into classroom instruction.

Portrait of an Ursuline Graduate Act, move, strive, hope, cry out to God with all your heart… – St. Angela Merici, Foundress of the Ursuline Order

An Ursuline graduate • Is a woman of faith and reflection. • Embodies Serviam by using her gifts to learn from and serve others. • Appreciates multiple perspectives and celebrates the uniqueness of all locally and globally. • Encourages and exemplifies integrity and resiliency. • Is a life-long learner who engages with others ethically, critically, empathetically. • Is an independent, innovative thinker who instigates and embraces change. • Strives to build a strong sense of community.

Valeria Marques

Emily Ann Musso

Oria Wilson-Iguade

College Choice: Cornell University Senior Service: ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship

College Choice: The University of Oklahoma Senior Service: George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Academy

College Choice: Rice University Senior Service: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

“The rich variety of sports, clubs, and extracurriculars means that every girl can become a leader in her own way. From working on a group project to carrying the team to a state victory, Ursuline girls know how to lead with more than just themselves in mind, but as a community working toward a common goal.”

“I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda, and it was such an amazing experience. I learned so much about a different culture and experienced it first hand because the people we interacted with were so open and friendly. It was eye-opening to go through the day with them and see how they live their lives.”

“Serviam has instilled in me a greater appreciation for community and a greater desire to serve others. I work to only put forth my unconventional best…I have found that my best occurs when I work with others, striving toward a goal together and helping each other along the way.”

phone: 469.232.1800

School Code: 441825

University and College Acceptances 2018 Class of 2018

4900 Walnut Hill Lane Dallas, Texas 75229-6599 President Gretchen Z. Kane 469.232.3590 Principal Andrea Shurley 469.232.1801 College Counseling Alicia Estes, Chair 469.232.1837 Jan Freund, Counselor 469.232.1823 Laura Harrington, Counselor 469.232.1838 Jamie Byrum, Counselor 469.232.1853 Vandana Blankenship, Coordinator 469.232.1834 Admissions and Enrollment Management Rebekah Gilbert, Director 469.232.1803 Registrar Cristelle Elias 469.232.1813

Ursuline Academy Core Values •

 piritual formation and faith S development

 espect for the uniqueness of the R individual

Development of the whole person

 evelopment of a nurturing D community spirit

• Commitment • Serviam

to peacemaking

(I will serve) as a lived

reality  cademic excellence is a hallmark A of an Ursuline school.

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Size of Class: 214 young women students College Placement: 99% four-year colleges Merit Awards: The Class of 2018 was offered more than $26 million in merit-based scholarships.


Abilene Christian University Austin College Austin Community College Baylor University Blinn College Houston Baptist University Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio Rice University Southern Methodist University Southwestern University St. Edward’s University St. Mary’s University of San Antonio Stephen F. Austin State University Texas A&M University Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Texas Christian University Texas State University Texas Tech University Texas Woman’s University The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Austin The University of Texas at Dallas The University of Texas at San Antonio Trinity University University of Dallas University of Houston University of Mary Hardin-Baylor University of North Texas University of the Incarnate Word University of St. Thomas West Texas A&M University

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The University of Rhode Island The University of Tampa The University of Tennessee, Knoxville The University of Tulsa The University of Vermont Thomas Aquinas College Tulane University United States Coast Guard Academy United States Military Academy United States Naval Academy University of Arkansas University of California, Irvine University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz University of Central Arkansas University of Colorado at Boulder University of Colorado at Denver University of Connecticut University of Delaware University of Denver University of Florida University of Georgia University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Kansas University of Kentucky University of Maryland, College Park University of Miami University of Mississippi University of Missouri Columbia University of Nebraska at Lincoln University of Notre Dame University of Oregon University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh Bradford University of Portland University of Puget Sound University of Richmond University of Rochester University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of South Carolina University of Southern California University of Utah University of Washington Vanderbilt University Vassar College Villanova University Virginia Tech Washington University in St. Louis West Virginia University Westminster College Williams College Xavier University Xavier University of Louisiana

Out of Country

Durham University The University of British Columbia The University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus The University of Manchester Trinity College Dublin University of Bristol University of Glasgow University of St Andrews University of Toronto University of Warwick

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