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The Ursuline School

The Ursuline School (TUS)
1354 North Avenue
New Rochelle, New York, (Westchester County), 10804
 United States
Coordinates 40°56′53.5″N 73°47′51″W / 40.948194°N 73.79750°W / 40.948194; -73.79750Coordinates: 40°56′53.5″N 73°47′51″W / 40.948194°N 73.79750°W / 40.948194; -73.79750

Type Private, All-Female
Motto Serviam
(I will serve)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1897
Founder St. Angela Merici
Principal Eileen Davidson
Asst. Principal Deirdre Gaughan;
Denise Moore;
Ms. Elizabeth Lynch
Chaplain Msgr. Dennis Keane
Grades 6-12
Enrollment 800  (2008)
Campus size 13-acre (53,000 m2)
Color(s) Blue and White         
Mascot Koala
Team name Killer Koalas
Accreditation(s) Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Pegasus (literary magazine)
Newspaper 'Unison'
Yearbook 'Eidolon'
Tuition $15,675 (2011-2012)
Athletic Director Maureen Kern

The Ursuline School is an all-girls, independent, private, Roman Catholic middle and high school located on a 13-acre (53,000 m2) campus in New Rochelle, New York in Westchester County. The school was founded in 1897 by the Order of St. Ursula.

The mission of the school is to prepare young women to be lifelong learners, women of integrity, and responsible leaders committed to the Ursuline tradition of "Serviam" - I will serve.

Ursuline students come from throughout the Metropolitan Area, including the Bronx, Westchester County, Rockland County, Manhattan and Connecticut.

The principal is Mrs. Eileen Davidson.

Ursuline's brother school is Iona Prep and Iona Grammar, also located in New Rochelle.


The school began as the Ursuline Seminary for Girls, graduating its first class in 1897 and operating out of Leland Castle at what is now the College of New Rochelle. As registration increased a wing was added to the southern end of the Castle and the College of New Rochelle was founded. The Ursuline Seminary girls shared building with the college students until moving to its present location at 1354 North Avenue in 1929. The North Building was added in 1960, the gym in 1981, the Chapel of St. Angela in 1986 and The Mooney Hancock Arts Center in 2002.


Central to the philosophy of the school is the goal of providing young women with a challenging, student-centered environment in which academic and personal achievement is expected. Ursuline students must complete 24 specified credits in order to graduate, including four years of English, social studies, and religion; three years of science, mathematics, and a foreign language; a year of Latin or art/music; and a semester of computer applications and health. Physical Education is also a requirement. More than 90 percent of students take four or more years of science, math, and a foreign language.

The traditional college preparatory program includes three modern foreign languages (French, Spanish, and Italian), five years of Latin, a year of classical Greek, a broad range of fine arts courses, computer courses, and a variety of electives. Honors courses are available in all disciplines, and Advanced Placement courses are offered in art, French, Spanish, Latin, Italian, English, calculus, biology, physics, and European, U.S. history and U.S. government. The school also offers an Authentic Science Research program through which, in addition to their regular science courses, students engage in three years of directed independent study. Seventh-and eighth grade students at Ursuline have the opportunity to earn high school credit in a foreign language, mathematics, and science.[2]

Clubs and organizations

Leadership, Service and Spiritual:

  • Animal Rights Club
  • Amnesty International
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Cantors
  • Doctors without Borders
  • Heart Club
  • HOPE Soup kitchen
  • Key Club
  • National Art Society
  • National Honors Society
  • National Junior Honors Society
  • National Italian Honors Society
  • O Ambassadors
  • Operation Smile
  • SADD
  • Social Action
  • Teen Angels
  • Tutorial
  • Team Sonia

Co-Curricular Clubs :

  • Art and Photography
  • Book Club
  • Physics Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Forensics and Speech Teams
  • Math Club
  • Model UN

Other activities:

  • Women for Women International


  • Eidelon (yearbook)
  • Pegasus (literary magazine)
  • Unison (newspaper)
  • TUS Webs (student run "eMagazine")

Language and Culture clubs:

  • Asian Society
  • Caribbean Club
  • French Club
  • Gaelic Society
  • Italian Club
  • Japanese Anime Club
  • Latin Club
  • Spanish Circle


  • Choral
  • Dance Club
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Choreographic Workshop
  • Stage Crew
  • Tech Crew
  • Drama


  • In 2007, 80% of Ursuline's 133 Advanced Placement students who took 191 AP exams in June earned college qualifying scores of at least a 3. Over 50% earned the highest scores of 4 or 5.[3]
  • 16 members of the Class of 2007 were named AP Scholars, 3 with Honor and 7 with Distinction. The awards are based on successful performance on Advanced Placement Exams, the number of exams taken and the grades earned on those tests. Scholars earned an average composite score of 3.79 (out of 5); the Scholars with Honor 3.92 (out of 5) and the Scholars with Distinction 4.49 (out of 5). The school AP grade average is 4.21 out of 5.[4]
  • In 2010, "Team Sonia", led by Cristiana Caruso, was named the statewide "Top Youth Fundraising Team" in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Light the Night" walk. "Team Sonia" was created to honor fellow classmate and friend, Sonia Dubey, who died from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia earlier that year.


Ursuline belongs to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, with 30 interscholastic teams in swimming, tennis, field hockey, soccer, volleyball, cross-country, cheer leading, basketball, softball, lacrosse, golf, and indoor and outdoor track. Athletic facilities include a full-size gymnasium, a multi-sport playing field, and four tennis courts. The swim team has been undefeated for 5 years as of 2010.


  • Tennis - Varsity and JV
  • Swimming
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball - Varsity, JV, 7-8
  • Field Hockey - Varsity, JV
  • Cheerleading - Varsity and JV (newly added modified)
  • Soccer - Varsity and JV


  • Basketball - Varsity A, Varsity B, JV, 9th, 7-8, 6th
  • Cheerleading - Varsity and JV
  • Crew
  • Indoor Track and Field


  • Lacrosse - Varsity and JV
  • Golf
  • Crew
  • Softball - Varsity, JV, 7-8, 6th/7th
  • Outdoor Track and Field


  • The Ursuline Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders both placed third at the 2008 UCA National Cheerleading Competition.[5]
  • In 2007 the Golf Team placed second in the league.
  • Also in 2007; JV Tennis (10-0) and JV Soccer (13-0) finished on top of their leagues; Varsity Volleyball was undefeated in League play; The Swim Team was undefeated in Division 1, the strongest league in the Section, capturing their third consecutive Division Title; Varsity Cross Country finished 2nd in both League and County Championships; JV Cross Country won the County Championships; Freshmen Cross Country finished 3rd in the County Championships.[6]


External links

  • The Ursuline School
  • Athletics link
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