I love Ursuline! Ursuline is designed for the female student who wants to succeed academically and have a good social life. I did not come from one of the Catholic feeder schools (St. Rita, St. Johns, All Saints, Prince of Peace, etc.) but all the girls accepted me immediately. The extra-curricular activities are excellent. There is pretty much a club for everyone at UA, and if you can't find one that's right for you, you can start one! The teachers are fantastic at their subjects and are helpful to every student. It is true that teachers/administrators do not want to hear from parents, but that is because they want to girls to learn to speak up for themselves, as a part of becoming mature. Like the last commenter, I did not get any honors classes my first year, but they are willing to help anyone who shows interest in advancing further. Their math and science department are fantastic, so I'm no sure what those comments are all about. Overall, Ursuline is a kind, challenging environment where girls are interested in learning and doing their very best. If you have a daughter and are looking for a good private high school, do not pass UA up!
I graduated from Ursuline back in 2011 and it seems like just yesterday I was there. For parents/students who didn't consider Ursuline as a first choice for your child, don't worry. Ursuline wasn't my first choice but I went there after getting financial aid. I can honestly say now that I'm happy I chose to go here. The classes were challenging but they are do-able. Go into the Academy with an open mind. I was so happy to find that people at school were helpful and really cared. I'm still in contact with some of my former teachers and I absolutely love the friends I made while I was at Ursuline.
From day one of freshman year, teachers are prepared to work with students. Each year, teachers teach differently according to the student's grade level. Ultimately, Ursuline Academy high school students are college level graduates who can work independently off of texts and can handle academic discussion. Additionally, they graduate from a school that values tradition and their motto of "SERVIAM" or "I WILL SERVE".
I graduated from Ursuline and loved every minute of high school and, because I was prepared and ready for it, I have loved every minute of college. Ursuline trains students to take pride in their work, to be independent citizens and to balance their academic and social lives.
I LOVE URSULINE. Although it is challenging, I'm so peppered for college academically and socially. I have made life long friends here. I was the only person from my school to make it to UA and absolutely loved it. Yes, its true if you don't work hard, you definitely won't make it but it builds character. Plus, everyone else is in the same position you are. As for the administration not caring, i find that to be false as well. All my teachers dedicated time to my understanding of the concepts being taught. Its a great place, great environment and prepares students for the future.
My daughter will graduate from UA this year in the top 10% of her class, with great grades and fabulous test scores. But she paid a steep price. She had no life outside of academics. Ursuline prepares them for college by immersing them in 4 years of competitive college level work. (I teach college.) Parents have no voice whatsoever. The rules and curriculum are unyielding. The administration does NOT care to hear from parents at all except to donate money. Teachers do not have longevity, and the math and college counseling dept are exceptionally poor. My daughter will be prepared academically for college but not socially. I would not send another child there, despite the excellent academic preparation. It's not worth it.
Ursuline is the best, period. I have never spent time with such genuine girls. The environment is competitive but highly collaborative and supportive-- girls build each other up instead of tear each other down. Another great thing about Ursuline is its approachable, involved teachers and the quirky but firm administration. The academics are excellent-- except for the math department, which is laughably incompetent to the point where I have given up on it. UA is very strong in humanities with a variety of social studies electives to chose from. The English and history departments are excellent. Teachers lecture without notes and makes these classes engaging and discussion-based. I have so much fun here it doesn't even feel like school. I'm a junior now, and Ursuline has yet to "get old". Ursuline takes naive teenagers and turns them into young women. I've seen the change in myself and in my classmates. The alma mater does not lie when it says "Ursuline Academy, in our hearts you'll always be". Thank you, Ursuline.
I went to Ursuline for a year and it was the worst learning environment that I have ever encountered. The teachers do not care about individual students, if you do not have a high aptitude for a subject then expect to be ignored. If you dont come from one of the big private grade schools (st. Rita, st. Marks, st. Monica, st. Pats) that you will probably have lots of trouble making friends. Ursuline is a school for genius park city princesses.
I have two very different daughters that attend Ursuline. They both found their own paths to success while they've been there (one has a learning disability that Ursuline accommodates.) The teachers and administration genuinely want the girls to succeed and will do what it takes for them to reach their goals.
I wrote an interview earlier this year and over these couple of months, the curriculum is challenging. If you do not do your work, you are going to be behind. You have to be on your toes at all times and try your best. If not, good luck to you. I have been doing very well and I have God to thank for that! Our motto, Serviam, is being drilled into our lives by the teachers and head leaders of this school. It is almost the end of the semester and I hope the next of the year goes great for me, my classmates, and my teachers!
Great school; curriculum and teachers. Recommended. My older sis attended and went on to earn a degree in Philosophy. She credits Ursuline for prepping her well for advanced University studies.
Caring and hard-working teachers, responsive and positive attidude of students, challenging curriculum, many extracurricular activities. The students are joyful and friendly.
As an alumni of Ursuline Academy of Dallas, I have to disagree with most of the other parent reviews. I spent four years struggling in math classes. After many parents complained about the math department, nothing changed. The principle is old and outdated. The school needs to add a more modern look. The school raises and spends millions of dollars on a new math and science building, but cannot afford a soccer field even though the UA soccer team has won 20 consecutive state titles. I've heard UA administrations try not to put an emphasis on athletics, but athletics are a huge part of most of the girls lives Overall, strongly consider sending your daughter to Ursuline. Talk to many of the students and get their opinions before making your decision. Some parents are confused on the true feelings of most Ursuline students.
If your Catholic and want your child to go to a Catholic college then Ursuline is great, if not .. think twice. A broad range of girls go into a small funnel based on the Ursuline core ideals and come out very similar to each after 4 years. I loved the service and responsibility aspects but the down side is that the regimented academic requirements, plus 4 years of religion mean that under normal circumstances your child will take only about 2 electives in 4 years. At other schools that number is between 6-8 electives. This really hurt in the college selection and application process. And yes, there is too much emphasis on ISEE grades. Don t plan on honors/AP even after scoring very well (70 s) on the PSAT. The dye is cast the day you walk in the school.
Ursuline is a great school, especially for girls who want a plethora of unique and varied extracurricular activities. If you're an honors/AP student be prepared to work 24/7 to maintain a good GPA - life at UA can be extremely stressful and at times cuthroat competition erupts concerning grades, test scores, and college choices. Also be aware that politics and money dominate the campus, so don't be surprised to find out some administrator's daughter got into an honors class over you or that some girl who was just expelled is back after daddy wrote a check. Don't let the Maseratis, BMWs, Mercedes, or Hummers in the student parking lots fool you, Ursuline does have some down to earth girls who do desire to be more than just trophy wives. As a former student of UA, I am forever grateful for the amazing friendships I formed while in high school.
My daughter attended UA for high school and went to her first choice college and was academically prepared. Our biggest issue with UA was that the administration did nothing to empower the girls. Her ISEE scores did not qualify her for any honors courses her freshman year even though she had been a straight A student during middle school. We were told that she would be crushed under the weight of honors courses. For her soph year several teachers recommended her for honors courses but she was not placed in any because her ISEE scores from the 8th grade were not high enough (!!??!!). She did well on the PSAT so she was put in 4 AP classes for her JR yr. Not only was she not crushed she excelled--scoring 3 5's and a 4 on the AP tests. Girls and parents should be given more say in class choice.
I currently attend Ursuline Academy. The academics are above average and will prepare you for college, however, some departments are lacking. There are plenty of new teachers every year. A few cons...to be completely honest, if you're in hard classes, you will have no life after freshman year. If you don't know any guys before you go into Ursuline, chances are, you won't meet many till you're a junior unless you do extra-curricular activites. However, the sports are plentiful and competitive. There are also a number of clubs you can participate in...Ursuline, like any other high school, is what you make it. You will, for sure, make friends for life. It is a different kind of experience.
I recently graduated in 2007 and I think that attending Ursuline Academy was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It prepared me extremely well for college and I learned valuable life lessons. The teachers are wonderful, and they teach you not to let anything keep you from pursuing your goals. I am not Catholic, and I never had a relative at UA, so I wasn't sure I would fit in. But honestly if I had to go back in time and choose whether or not to go to Ursuline, I would choose yes over and over again.
Ursuline Academy of Dallas is not what it is cracked out to be. Many of the departments are lacking. Almost every year a new teacher comes in and then the very next year they aren't asked back (that says something about who they choose to teach there). I feel that the principal could do more to figure out what is going on in the lives of the students. Overall, there were things that our family felt were excellent, yet still, the things that stick out to us were not so swell.
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