Ursuline Academy (New Orleans)

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Ursuline Academy
Address
2635 State Street
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70118
United States
Coordinates 29°56′27.5″N 90°6′48.27″W / 29.940972°N 90.1134083°W / 29.940972; -90.1134083Coordinates: 29°56′27.5″N 90°6′48.27″W / 29.940972°N 90.1134083°W / 29.940972; -90.1134083
Information
Motto Serviam
("I will serve")
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1727
President Karen McNay
Grades T212
Gender Female
Color(s) Navy and White         
Sports Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Golf, Swimming, Soccer, Cross Country, Dance, Cheer, Tennis, Track & Field, Indoor Track, Gymnastics
Mascot Lions
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1][2]
Tuition $8,800
Principal (ES) Kim Harper
Principal(HS) Alice Bairnsfather
Website

Ursuline Academy is a private, Roman Catholic, all-girls high school and elementary school (Toddler 2 through 12th grade) in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. Founded in 1727, the Academy is the oldest Catholic school and the oldest school for women in the United States.

History[edit]

The Ursuline Academy was founded in 1727 by the Sisters of the Order of Saint Ursula, in New Orleans. It is the oldest, continuously-operating school for girls, and the oldest Catholic school in the United States.[3]

The Academy included the first convent, the first free school, and the first retreat center for ladies. It offered the first classes for female African-American slaves, free women of color and Native Americans.[3]

Academics[edit]

An Ursuline education is based on the philosophy of Saint Angela Merici.[3]

Traditions[edit]

Rally began in 1948 as a way for classes to show their school spirit in the areas of volleyball intramurals, through skits, posters, songs, and cheers. Each class was given a name (Skip, Mac, or Sioux) to replace existing sororities on campus and carried them until they graduated and passed them on to a little sister class.[4][5]

Notable alumnae[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Institution Summary [for Ursuline Academy Elementary School]". AdvancED. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Institution Summary [for Ursuline Academy]". AdvancED. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Robenstine, Clark (Summer 1992). "French Colonial Policy and the Education of Women and Minorities: Louisiana in the Early Eighteenth Century". History of Education Quarterly 32 (2): 193–211. ISSN 0018-2680. JSTOR 368985. 
  4. ^ "Origins of Rally". Ursuline Academy. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Message from the Academy President – Karen McNay". Ursuline Update. Ursuline Academy. October 29, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 

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