The Ursuline School

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The Ursuline School (TUS)
The Ursuline School 2011.JPG
1354 North Avenue

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United States
Coordinates40°56′53.5″N 73°47′51″W / 40.948194°N 73.79750°W / 40.948194; -73.79750Coordinates: 40°56′53.5″N 73°47′51″W / 40.948194°N 73.79750°W / 40.948194; -73.79750
TypePrivate, All-Female
(I will serve)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1897; 124 years ago
FounderUrsuline Sisters
School code21
PresidentEileen Davidson
PrincipalRosemary Beirne
ChaplainMsgr. Dennis Keane
Faculty82 faculty members
Enrollment800 (2019)
Campus size13-acre (53,000 m2)
Color(s)Blue and White   
AthleticsBelongs to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and fields 33 interscholastic teams.
Team nameKoalas
AccreditationNYSAIS, New York State Association of Independent Schools
PublicationPegasus (literary magazine)
Athletic DirectorKim Saxton

The Ursuline School is an all-girls, independent, private, Roman Catholic middle and high school located on a 13-acre (53,000 m2) campus in New Rochelle, New York in Westchester County. The school was founded in 1897 by the Order of St. Ursula. The school is part of a network of 15 Ursuline schools in North America and many around the world.[1]

Ursuline is home to approximately 800 students, grades 6-12, that come from throughout the Metropolitan Area, including the Bronx, Westchester County, Rockland County, Manhattan and Connecticut.[2]

Ursuline's brother school is Iona Prep, also located in New Rochelle.


The school began as the Ursuline Seminary for Girls in September 1897, operating out of Leland Castle at what is now the College of New Rochelle. As registration increased a wing was added to the southern end of the Castle and the College of New Rochelle was founded. By 1929, The Ursuline School, then a K-12 day school, moved to its present location at 1354 North Avenue. The North Building was added in 1960, the gym in 1981, the Chapel of St. Angela in 1986 and The Mooney Hancock Arts Center in 2002.


Ursuline students must complete 24 specified credits in order to graduate, including four years of English, social studies, and religion; three years of science, mathematics, and a foreign language; a year of Latin or art/music; and a semester of computer applications and health. Physical Education is also a requirement. More than 90 percent of students take four or more years of science, math, and a foreign language.

The traditional college preparatory program includes three modern foreign languages (French, Spanish, and Italian), five years of Latin, a year of classical Greek, a broad range of fine arts courses, computer courses, and a variety of electives. Honors courses are available in all disciplines, and Advanced Placement courses are offered in art, French, Spanish, Latin, Italian, English, calculus, biology, physics, and European, U.S. history and U.S. government. The school also offers an Authentic Science Research program through which, in addition to their regular science courses, students engage in three years of directed independent study. Seventh-and eighth grade students at Ursuline have the opportunity to earn high school credit in a foreign language, mathematics, and science.[3]

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Leadership, Service and Spiritual:

  • Animal Rights Club
  • Amnesty International
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Cantors
  • Doctors without Borders
  • Heart Club
  • HOPE Soup kitchen
  • Key Club
  • National Art Society
  • National Honors Society
  • National Junior Honors Society
  • National Italian Honors Society
  • O Ambassadors
  • Operation Smile
  • SADD
  • Social Action
  • Teen Angels
  • Tutorial

Co-Curricular Clubs :

  • Art and Photography
  • Book Club
  • Physics Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Forensics and Speech Teams
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Poetry Club

Other activities:

  • Women for Women International


  • Eidelon (yearbook)
  • Pegasus (literary magazine)
  • Unison (newspaper)
  • TUS Webs (student run "eMagazine")

Language and Culture clubs:

  • Asian Society
  • Caribbean Club
  • French Club
  • Gaelic Society
  • Italian Club
  • Japanese Anime Club
  • Latin Club
  • Linguistics/NACLO Club
  • Spanish Circle


  • Choral
  • Dance Club
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Choreographic Workshop
  • Spectrum Club
  • Stage Crew
  • Tech Crew
  • Drama


  • In 2007, 80% of Ursuline's 133 Advanced Placement students who took 191 AP exams in June earned college qualifying scores of at least a 3. Over 50% earned the highest scores of 4 or 5.[4]
  • 16 members of the Class of 2007 were named AP Scholars, 3 with Honor and 7 with Distinction. The awards are based on successful performance on Advanced Placement Exams, the number of exams taken and the grades earned on those tests. Scholars earned an average composite score of 3.79 (out of 5); the Scholars with Honor 3.92 (out of 5) and the Scholars with Distinction 4.49 (out of 5). The school AP grade average is 4.21 out of 5.[5]
  • In 2010, "Team Sonia" was named the statewide "Top Youth Fundraising Team" in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Light the Night" walk. "Team Sonia" was created to honor classmate and friend, Sonia Dubey, who died from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia earlier that year.


Ursuline belongs to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, with 30 interscholastic teams in swimming, tennis, field hockey, soccer, volleyball, cross-country, cheer leading, basketball, softball, lacrosse, golf, and indoor and outdoor track. Athletic facilities include a full-size gymnasium, a multi-sport playing field, and four tennis courts. The swim team has been undefeated for 8 years as of 2013.


  • Tennis - Varsity and JV
  • Swimming
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball - Varsity, JV, 7-8
  • Field Hockey - Varsity, JV
  • Cheerleading - Varsity and JV
  • Soccer - Varsity and JV


  • Basketball - Varsity A, Varsity B, JV, 9th, 7-8, 6th
  • Cheerleading - Varsity and JV
  • Crew
  • Indoor Track and Field


  • Lacrosse - Varsity, JV, 7-8
  • Golf
  • Crew
  • Softball - Varsity, JV, 7-8, 6th/7th
  • Outdoor Track and Field


  • The Ursuline Varsity Cheerleaders placed 2nd and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders placed 2nd at the 2020 UCA National Cheerleading Competition.[6]
  • In 2007 the Golf Team placed second in the league.
  • Also in 2007; JV Tennis (10-0) and JV Soccer (13-0) finished on top of their leagues; Varsity Volleyball was undefeated in League play; The Swim Team was undefeated in Division 1, the strongest league in the Section, capturing their third consecutive Division Title; Varsity Cross Country finished 2nd in both League and County Championships; JV Cross Country won the County Championships; Freshmen Cross Country finished 3rd in the County Championships.[7]


  1. ^ "The Ursuline School, New Rochelle, NY: Facts & Figures". Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  2. ^ "The Ursuline School, New Rochelle, NY: Facts & Figures". Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  3. ^ The Ursuline website; ACADEMIC PROGRAM
  4. ^ The Ursuline School - Ursuline Advanced Placement Students Score High
  5. ^ The Ursuline School - AP Scholars Named at Ursuline
  6. ^ The Ursuline School - Ursuline Cheerleaders Place 3rd in Nationals
  7. ^ The Ursuline School - Ursuline Teams Enjoy Winning Fall Season

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