Ursuline Academy (Delaware)

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Ursuline Academy
Wilmington, Delaware, (New Castle County) 19806
United States
Coordinates 39°45′10″N 75°33′32″W / 39.75278°N 75.55889°W / 39.75278; -75.55889Coordinates: 39°45′10″N 75°33′32″W / 39.75278°N 75.55889°W / 39.75278; -75.55889
Type Private, All-Girls
Motto Serviam
(I will serve)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. Angela Merici
Established 1893
Founder St. Angela Merici
President Cathie Field Lloyd '70
Chairperson Thomas Tattersall
Grades Montessori 3,4,5, PreK/ Kindergarten 3,4,5 - 12th grade
Average class size 14-1
Color(s) Red and White         
Song Ursuline Academy Alma Mater
Athletics 13 Varsity Sports, athletics start in 3rd grade
Athletics conference Catholic Conference
Mascot Raider
Team name Raiders
Rival Padua Academy
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper Ursuline Chronicle
Tuition $4,304-$18,340
Alumni 4,800

Ursuline Academy is a private school in Wilmington, Delaware, which offers Early Childhood (Montessori and PreK/ Kindergarten) and elementary (grades 1-5) school for both girls and boys, Middle (Grades 6-8), and Upper (Grades 9-12) school classes for girls. Established in 1893 by the Ursulines, it is run independently within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.


Saint Angela Merici founded the Ursuline Order in 1535. Her mission was to educate girls and her goal became known throughout the world.

On July 31, 1893, the Ursuline Nuns arrived in Wilmington. They came from Bedford Park, New York to succeed the Visitation Nuns who, up to that time, had conducted a boarding and day school at another location. Thus Ursuline Academy in Wilmington was created. Students received a strict education along with training in the Fine Arts.

It was in 1926 that the cornerstone of the present Ursuline Academy was laid. By then, the student body had grown thoroughly.

In 1954, a new building was constructed to accommodate the Lower School classes. A major development program was begun in the summer of 1977. At that time, the Lower School Auditorium-gymnasium was converted into instructional areas. After a period of temporary use of the auditorium and gymnasium by all Ursuline students, a modern gymnasium complex was constructed for use by the Academy in 1979. In 1992, classroom additions were constructed adjoining the Upper School to accommodate Middle School students.

In the summer of 1994, the convent was renovated to accommodate the Fine Arts Center. The full name of this building is the Rollins Fine Arts Center.

In the fall of 1998, the Academy introduced technology to students, calling the program "Learning With Laptops". Starting in 7th grade, students receive a laptop. Much of the curriculum includes technology.

The entire second and third floors of the Upper School were renovated during the summer of 2002. In the fall of 2002, the second floor science labs and third floor instructional areas opened. In addition, the third floor is the home of the Chapel of St. Angela, where students go for reflection and prayer. Also in 2002, the Academy purchased the former Christian Scientist Church adjacent to the campus. The building is now Ursuline Academy's Performing Arts Center. Not to be confused with the Rollins Fine Arts Center, the Performing Arts Center (PAC) is the location of some school masses and performances. [2]


Ursuline Academy is located in the Cool Spring and Tilton Park section of the West Side of Wilmington.


The urban campus includes Lower and Middle and Upper School buildings in addition to the Rollins Fine Arts Center, Performing Arts Center, and the Gerardine House. The Lower School contains a developmentally appropriate library in addition to a playground, a cafeteria, a computer lab, and an outdoor classroom. The Middle and Upper School houses its own library, computer lab, cafeteria, as well as a shared auditorium, fitness center, and school store. The Ursuline Academy Upper School is home to among the most advanced science laboratories in the state.

Serviam Field, located less than five miles away, hosts the school's track, field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer teams.


Montessori The hallmark of the Montessori Method is individualized instruction using concrete materials designed to be sequential and to relate to other materials in the classroom.

Pre-K/K A curriculum for pre-K/K children would include open-ended Language Arts, reading skills, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, and an appreciation of the arts, technology, and activities that focus on fine and gross motor skills. Pre-reading and language skills are taught through thematic units, which focus on phonemic awareness and children’s literature.

Primary A curriculum for primary children includes Religion, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, and an appreciation of the fine and performing arts.

Intermediate A curriculum for intermediate girls includes Religion, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, and involves critical thinking, problem solving, higher order thinking skills, and creativity and exploration through various forms of the fine and performing arts. This is accomplished through teacher-directed activities and cooperative learning, reading, discussion, varied strategies, and continuous assessment.

Middle School

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Religion (8 hours community service) Religion (15 hours community service)
Language Arts (Writer's Workshop, Reading Workshop...) Language Arts (...Literature, Vocabulary)
Foreign Language (Spanish I, French I, Chinese I) Foreign Language (Spanish I, French I, Chinese I)
American History I American History II
Pre-Algebra Algebra I
Physical Science Earth Science
Chorus, Studio Art, Drama, Dance, Music, Band Chorus, Studio Art, Drama, Dance, Music, Band
Physical Education/Health Physical Education/Health

Upper School

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Theology Theology Theology Theology
English English English English
Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies, Math, Science...
Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics ...and/or Foreign Language
Foreign Language Foreign Language Foreign Language Physical Education
Lab Science Lab Science Lab Science Elective
Physical Education Physical Education Physical Education Elective
Health Driver Education Elective Elective
Elective Elective

Advanced Placement courses are offered in Art History, Human Geography, European History, United States History, United States Government, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, French, Spanish, Calculus, Statistics, English Language, English Literature, and Studio Art.

Academic accomplishments[edit]

In 2013 Ursuline Academy named 30 AP Scholars. Two students were named National AP Scholars. The school is first in the state for the rate of girls receiving the distinction. Students from Ursuline are accepted to some of the top post-secondary institutions in the country, including St. John's College Annapolis, American University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Wesleyan University, Swarthmore College, Vanderbilt University, Brandeis University, Duke University, College of William and Mary, Haverford College, Rice University, Yale, Harvard, the University of Delaware, Dartmouth College, and the United States Naval Academy.


Beginning in 3rd grade, students may participate in sports. 3rd to 8th graders participate in CYM sports, while 9th to 12th graders participate in the Division II Diamond State Catholic Conference. Sports offered in the high school are cross country, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, swimming, dance, indoor track & field, golf, lacrosse, outdoor track & field, soccer, and softball. If a student in 8th grade excels in a certain sport, she may be able to participate on the high school team.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CIWA. "MSA-Committee on Institution-Wide Accreditation". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  2. ^ Ursuline Academy Handbook, 2009