St. Ursula Academy (Toledo, Ohio)

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St. Ursula Academy
SUA crest.png
4025 Indian Road
Toledo, (Lucas County), Ohio 43606-2226
United States
Coordinates 41°40′15″N 83°38′28″W / 41.67083°N 83.64111°W / 41.67083; -83.64111Coordinates: 41°40′15″N 83°38′28″W / 41.67083°N 83.64111°W / 41.67083; -83.64111
Type Private, College-prep, All-Girls
Motto "Soli Deo Gloria"
(Glory to God Alone)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1854
Founder Ursuline Sisters (1854)
President Mrs. Mary Werner '74
Chairman Mrs. Marsha Manahan '73
Principal Mrs. Nichole Flores '89
Grades 612
Enrollment 563[1] (2014)
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Athletics 15 varsity sports, 4 club sports
Athletics conference Three Rivers Athletic Conference
Mascot Arrows
Newspaper The Ursuline
Director of Admissions Mrs. Rita Hayes
Athletic Director Mr. Mike Donnelly
Director of Campus Ministry Mr. Kevin Shannon

St. Ursula Academy is Toledo’s oldest, all-female, Catholic fully accredited, college preparatory school serving girls in grades 6-12 and has been in business since 1854. The mission of St. Ursula Academy is to educate young women to develop their spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional well-being in light of the values found in the Gospel and reflected in the life of St. Angela Merici. St. Ursula Academy bases its philosophy of Catholic education on the premise that it exists to prepare today's young women for the present, the future, and eternity. The school provides a process by which a student may develop her potential to lead a full and productive life both for her own personal enrichment and for the enrichment of others.

St. Ursula's motto is "Soli Deo Gloria" meaning "For the Glory of God alone".


In December 1854, four Ursuline nuns arrived in Toledo, Ohio. Several days after their arrival from nearby Cleveland, Ohio, they began to operate classes on Cherry Street in downtown Toledo. These classes were offered roughly two hundred students, ranging in grade level. The nuns moved into a property located on Cherry and Erie streets in 1859.[3] The early curriculum consisted of courses in English, German, French, history, art, music, natural sciences, mathematics, cooking, and sewing. There were two primary departments in the school: elementary and collegiate.

In 1905, the school relocated to Collingwood Boulevard to a recently purchased facility that included a new convent and academy. As the school began to expand and Mary Manse College opened in 1922, the Ursulines decided to move to a new location on Indian Road. The new building opened for the first time for classes in 1959. Renovations in 2000 included the addition of the Mary Ann LaValley Activities Center, which added four new classrooms, athletic offices, a state-of-the-art field house, fitness center and a dance studio.[4]


SUA operates on the collegiate block schedule (also referred to as the 4x4 block). Students take four 80-minute classes [5] in each semester and rotate most classes at the end of the first semester. Exceptions to this are extended AP courses or 9-week, "term-long" classes. In the middle of the day, students also have a "seminar" period in which they can work on homework, seek assistance from teachers, and collaborate on group projects.

Core courses provide a student with 23 academic credits for graduation, out of 31.5 units of academic credit required: English (4.5 units), Math (4 units), Social Studies (3 units), Science (3 units), Foreign Language (2 units), Theology (4 units), Computer Application (.5 unit), Health (.5 unit), Fine Art (1 unit), Physical Education (.5 unit), and Personal Finance (.5 credit).[1]

Eighteen of these classes are offered in honors, such as English, American Literature, Pre-Calculus, Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, World History, French, German, Satellite Remote Sensing, Spanish, Vocal Music, and Instrumental Music. Sixteen classes are offered at an AP level as well, including Calculus, Chemistry, English Literature, Human Geography, Psychology, Statistics, Latin, US Government, and US History.[6]

SUA also offers many elective courses, including Engineering, Film, Speech, Science and Literature, Economics, Geoscience, Computer Web Page Design, Single Survival Life Skills, Psychology, Women's Health, and Minority Voices.

Student life[edit]

Campus Ministry[edit]

As a Catholic school, SUA is devoted to developing women in all areas of life, including spirituality. Campus Ministry focuses on spiritual growth and sponsors Lenten Projects, supports Catholic Heartwork mission trips, and plans annual class retreats, including Kairos. Campus Ministry encourages students to reach out by volunteering and helps them to earn 60 hours of volunteer credit required for graduation.[7] In 2006, SUA students volunteered more than 11,000 hours working in nursing homes, tutoring underprivileged children, and assisting with disaster relief.


St. Ursula has summer camps, a personal trainer, and a brand new fitness room to support its fifteen varsity sports, including basketball, bowling, crew, cross country, dance, diving, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. SUA had been a member of the Toledo City League for all athletic competition until joining the Three Rivers Athletic Conference in 2011. SUA also has many club sports, such as broomball, equestrian, fencing, and sailing teams.[8]

State championships[edit]


At the beginning of each new school year, SUA students sign up for activities. Some of these activities are designed to provide insights into career choices, while other clubs are just for fun.

There are language and culture clubs, such as the Afro-American Club, German Club, Anime Club, Chinese Club, Hispanic Club, Latin Club, Spanish Club, and French Club. Government and law clubs include the Mock Trial Team, Model UN, Peace and Justice Club, Princeton Model Congress, and Student Council. There are several fitness clubs, as well: Dance Team, Fencing Club, Equestrian Team, Sailing Club, and Yoga Club. Academic and leadership clubs are available, such as Go Girl Leadership Club, Quiz Bowl, Future Teachers of America, JETS, National Honor Society, and. Technology, and Teen Institute. A few clubs even do performances, such as the Hip hop Club, Drama Club, and Speech Team.

Many other clubs are created each year. Some of these include the Art Club, Fashion Club, Knitting Club, Video Club, Website Design, Yearbook, Zonta Club, Newspaper, Harry Potter Club, Science Club, Spirit Club, and Architecture Club.[12]


ALTA (Arrows Listening To Arrows) is a weekly small group gathering of students, faculty, and staff. These gatherings are meant to be community-building experiences that connect an adult faculty/staff member to each student in a non-academic setting. It is also intended to create bonds across grade levels with all students benefitting from shared wisdom. It speaks to the school's strong expression of Christian values while encouraging participants to positively approach and encounter fellow Arrows of different religious, racial, cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.[13]


Students may be dropped off or picked up at the main entrance of the high school.

SUA's campus on Indian Road sits on a property adjacent to the Ursuline Center, which is home to many Ursuline sisters and other residents. The school campus includes the school building, a softball field, and a multi-use recreational field. Soccer and lacrosse games take place on this space in the fall and spring, respectively.

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