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Ursuline Academy Elementary

Private | PK-7 | 330 students

The oldest school for girls and the oldest Catholic school in the United States
 
 

 
 

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Posted January 6, 2014

My 5 year old is thriving at Ursuline! We looked at many schools but ultimately we chose Ursuline for our independent, inquisitive, yet sensitive social butterfly. At first, I was concerned that in her preK 4 class, there wasn't enough focus on reading and phonics etc; however, I noticed something in my daughter that is hard to teach in books: leadership and confidence. Soon, with her new found confidence, she took on trying to read the "hard words" and take on "tricky math." My only complaint is that I wish the school had a more diverse teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2013

Awesome school that is authentically Catholic! They faculty and staff are truly educating the hearts and minds of the girls.


Posted February 15, 2012

Ursuline Academy is great catholic all girls school. My daughter has attended Ursuline for five years and loves it. The academics are tough and the teacher's really push the girls to do their best. I wouldn't send my daughter anywhere else. The parent involement is excellent the parents really look out for each other and are like family. The only down side is the tutition is really expensive but it's worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

Ursuline has a structured, diversified, warm and family oriented environment with a host of reliable educational resources. The faculty, principal and teachers are thorough communicators with parents and the community. The teachers motivate and encourage the girls to a higher degree of learning. My daughter loves it and so do I!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Ursuline is an all girl Catholic school that accepts students from Toddler 2 thru 12th grade. It is the oldest continuously running all girls school in America. The Ursuline nuns first came here in 1727 to educate young women. They are very concerned with the individual, and proved many opportunities for girls to find the expand their strengths while giving them an excellent college preparatory education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

This school has been a major dissappointment. They'll tell you all of the wonderful things you want to hear when you visit and show intrest, however it's all lip service. This school is all about the money,if your not politically connected or have lots of time and money to donate, you can forget about fitting in. My advise is to stay away for the well being of your daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

I have had nothing but a great experience at Ursuline. My daughter has flourished and couldn't be happier. The academics are challenging. In fact, a friend's son who is a grade higher than my daughter came to visit, saw her homework papers, and announced that he was doing the exact same thing at his school! It is a great family atmosphere and the faculty is always available to talk or hear concerns. The girls are from diverse backgrounds. The class sizes are just right. It has been a great experience and I'm sure it will continue to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

My daughters have attended Ursuline for the past several years We have become increasingly disappointed with numerous aspects of the school and administration. We have had numerous issues with the unprofessionalism of the staff.Issues are not addressed in a timely manner, if ever followed up on at all. The academics are average at best. For a child not to have to study and still make the A-B honor roll, the curriculum can not be very challenging. My daughter seems bored and unchallenged much of the time. They do not allow for individualism and actually seem to discourage any deviation from the 'norm'. The arts program is practically non existent. The playground is deplorable. If you are thinking about Ursuline for your daughter, you could do much better elsewhere. We are certainly looking for a better option, and have no doubt we will find it! What a disappointment this school is!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2008

This is my daughter first year at Ursuline and she loves it. The communication between the teachers and parents are great. She wakes up on Saturday and asks if she has school. My daughter was so shy, Ursuline has help build her self-esteem and confidence. The girls are so loving toward each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2005

Excellent education. When we evacuated during Katrina, my daughters attended a parochial school in Virginia. I was delighted to learn that they were academically ahead of their Virginia classmates.
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Posted January 18, 2005

My daughter is a first grade student at Ursuline Academy. She has been at this school since Toddler Three and I would not send her anywhere else. The students are exposed to a liberal arts education rich in moral values. The teachers are efficient and send home curriculum requirements for each subject area including PE, art, music, and French. The population is diverse and comprised of varios social-economic families. The all female enviornment allows the school to focus on the develoopmental needs of the the young lady where co-ed schools sometimes focus more on their male population in athletics, math and science. More over, the family atmosphere and open communication between administration, teachers, students and parents is the best I have experienced in all of my years in education. I would like to see the school improve in the area of technology.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 47%
Black 22% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Hispanic 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Ursulettes Dance Team
  • Drama club
  • Origami club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kim Harper
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Private Tours Available by Appointment
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • All girls
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Fax number
  • (504) 866-5293

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • Reggio Emilia
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Academic Games
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Ursulettes Dance Team
  • Drama club
  • Girls on the run
  • Junior Beta Club
  • Math club
  • Origami club
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$8000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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2635 State St
New Orleans, LA 70118
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Phone: (504) 866-5292

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