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St. Ursula Academy

Private | 9-12 | 668 students


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Posted November 24, 2013

st. ursula was the best decision of my life. i'd go back in a heartbeat. graduating was one of the hardest things i've had to do because i never wanted to leave. i have 147 sisters because of that school. the school is so well-rounded. the academics have over prepared me for college, the sports were highly competitive yet fun, and the community service opportunities are endless. the majority of teachers are very challenging, but fair and will do anything to help. if i could do these 4 years over, i wouldn't change a thing.

Posted April 5, 2011

I am a current SUA student and I am here to say that this is a great school. It has something for everyone. There are tons of different clubs and student led groups. This school is meant to prepare students for college and that is exactly what it does. The academics are wonderful as well as challenging, yet manageable. Students should expect about four hours of homework per night. There are also many options for students, including CP, honors, and AP classes. It was one of the first high schools in the area to have the Tablet PC program for their students. From last year forward, all grades have tablets which enable a world of possibility. The tablets also come with responsibility so be sure you or your child feels comfortable with the use of technology every day. The sports are also another big part of the Ursula community, holding many state and even a national title. Is theater what you or your daughter enjoys? Then she will love St. Ursula Ensemble Theater which puts on a total of three plays each year, with the last being a musical performed at the Aronoff. If the price is what holds you back, just know that there are financial aid opportunities and scholarships available.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 7, 2010

We have had two daughters attend SUA. They are both very different in personality and academic ability. They both loved the school. The school has a way to bring out the very best in the students regardless of their strenghts. If you ask most high school students how they like their school, at best most say they like it. If you ask an SUA students, they say enthusiastically that they LOVE IT! The school has a strong religious program that emphasizes social justice.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2010

I'm currently a student at SUA and absolutely love it. I don't think it's sports-oriented at all. The school actually works to promote academics, sports, and theater. I don't play soccer for my school, nor do I play any other sports for it, and yet I have tons of friends. There are so many different types of people here, and you definitely do not have to play a sport in order to fit in. Everyone was welcoming my freshman year, and everyone in my class feels free to talk to each other. There aren't really any unbreakable cliques. Plus, the announcements also include other activities that people may be engaged in. The curriculum is rigorous, yes, but the benefits that you reap are enormous. I've already gotten a ton of scholarship offers, and I know that I have my SUA education to thank.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 6, 2010

My daughter could not be getting a finer academic experience - she is in all advanced classes and they are *extremely* rigorous. St. Ursula is more like a college campus with so many buildings and the classes are more collegiate in nature, as well. These girls, at least in my daughter's class, are generally very, very kind to each other, too.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2010

Wow! I just read that 13 St. Ursula students were named National Merit semifinalists. I understand that is more than 8% of the senior class. I was already impressed by the classes and the huge selection of clubs and activites, but this is really impressive. I could not have made a better choice for my daughter and I know her SUA foundation will help her through her entire life!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2010

I am thrilled that this is my senior year, for I will no longer have to care about any of the annoying high school drama. I very much regret choosing to attend SUA. There is so much social pressure put on you at this school. As a student, I only have 5 real friends. There are so many cliques at this school. In my opinion, the soccer players 'rule the school.' I did not fit in because of the cliques and also because at this school, you have to be able to afford all of the brand name accessories such as Sperrys, Uggs, etc.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 15, 2009

I think St. Ursula is the best high school choice for girls in the region. SUA students benefit from rigorous academics balanced with an endless selction of clubs, athletics and co-curriculars. The program and environment has helped my daughter develop her potential intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually. She has learned values and social responsibility that will last a lifetime!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 15, 2009

I am currently a student at SUA and I absolutely love it. It is arguably the most academically challenging private school in the city, and even though all-nighters are often required to complete homework and studying, it truly pays off in the end. The athletics are fantastic, proven by multiple sports teams repeatedly winning state titles. There are girls from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky that attend this school, and it is one of the more diverse schools Cinci has to offer. The students and faculty are very welcoming, and even though I transferred my sophomore year from a public school, it was not difficult at all to make friends. SUA has the greatest reputation out of the other all-girls schools in the area; the students are poised, polite, intelligent, and caring. I wouldn't dream of attending a different school!
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 13, 2008

i currently attend SUA and i absolutely LOVE IT!! i could go on and on about this school! The curriculum is outstanding, and the extra-curriculum's are amazing as well. The Tablet PC program is SO helpful! Since it's and all girls school, the environment is so relaxed. The principal, Mrs. Romweber, and principal-elect, Mrs. O'Donnell, are 2 of the nicest people i have ever met. It might be a bit expensive, but if you can afford it, it is so worth it!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 7, 2008

This is our family's 10th straight year at SUA, we could not have been happier with the school. Perhaps if teachers are slow to respond to parents, it is because it is appropriate for students to learn to address their academic issues first. Communication has never been an issue. As for the current principal, she is the consumate role model for young women, you could not hope for more. My senior says SUA shows a girl what she is capable of, they help girls push their limits. My oldest daughter and her friends are now out of college and have amazing opportunities. My current college student is so well prepared, she is grateful to everyone staff member of the academy. Saint Ursula Academy has been a true blessing in our lives. Observe the girls at dismissal, they leave energized and happy and ready to take on the world.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 21, 2008

This school is amazing. It challanges it's students so they will be ready for college. The students boost eachother's confidence and encourage them to be thier full potential. My daughter comes home happy everyday from this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 5, 2008

As a parent of a recent SUA grad, I would respectfully disagree with your opinion about the administration. The principal that is retiring is one of the things that truly made SUA a special place. She was constantly present to the girls, teaching them life skills, and how to develop to their full potential. My daughter left SUA with 41 college credit hours based on the excellent AP programs that they have.She LOVED SUA. I do not think she could have had a better high school experience.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 10, 2008

My daughter attended SUA as a freshman, and after a year, we decided to return to our excellent public school. Many teachers are good, truly caring for the individual, but the emphasis from the top was all about the 'image' and the 'appearance' of the girls. Teaching them skills to succeed in the real world is low on their list of priorities. There is a marked separation socio-economically. Fortunately, there is a recent change in administrators, but time will show if this will once again return SUA to the shining star it once was. Quite frankly, I'd pick MND over SUA anyday. Their sports teams are more successful, their teachers are truly involved, and their atmosphere is one of love and trust and not fear and pressure.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 3, 2006

I think this school is amazing. Although the teachers expect a lot from us, it prepares you for college. I have met so many friends, and when I first got there everyone was so welcoming. I love this school!
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 16, 2006

We were very disappointed in S.U.A. We enrolled our daughter in this school because of its excellent reputation. However, from the very first week we discovered that the teachers were very unresponsive to parent inquiry. It was difficult to get an e-mail or a phone call returned. On two separate occasions we had to contact the Academic Dean in order to get a response from a teacher. We also found this school to be very sports oriented. So, if your daughter is involved in a sport of some kind she will fit in easier at this particular school. My daughter, who was always outgoing and had no trouble making friends, had problems at this school. She found the students to be very cliquish and not willing to let an outsider in to their cliques. (By the way I found the parents to be much the same). In addition to this
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 9, 2003

Great leadership and discipline as well and quality academics .. with an overall emphasis on the ' whole young woman'.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 77%
Black 3% 19%
Asian 1% N/A
Hispanic 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Craig A. Maliborski
  • All girls
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
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1339 E McMillan St
Cincinnati, OH 45206
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