Saint Ursula Academy in East Walnut Hills offers a top-notch academic experience and delivers a community of support beyond the classroom. With enrollment day on January 29 quickly approaching, here’s how the all-girls preparatory high school stands out from others in the Cincinnati area.
In the classroom, renowned faculty and staff prepare students for college and the future. SUA students have earned more than $100 million in college scholarships over the past five years—a statement to the readiness and exceptional students that walk the halls at SUA.
SUA is also the only girls’ high school in Cincinnati to be a member of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, an advocacy program that provides professional development and support for girls’ schools. “We know girls learn differently,” says SUA Principal Dr. Mari Thomas. “We offer instruction and programming to capitalize on their unique learning styles [and] we believe this gives our students an edge.”
Aside from academic excellence, SUA empowers young women to grow spiritually and socially. Graduates are critical thinkers, confident leaders, nurturers of themselves and others, and prophets who inspire to make a difference. To ensure every student is well-rounded, SUA offers a robust support system. “Our girls work hard and invest in themselves,” Thomas says. “We know that when she succeeds in high school, she will have the confidence to face any challenges that meet her in her future.”
An example of school support includes SUA’s counseling department. The department provides one-on-one attention as well as small group interactions and grade-level meetings. Seven counselors provide academic, social, emotional, college, and career counseling. Nationally recognized for their efforts, the SUA Counseling team impacts each student through a successful student-support model. From annual schedule reviews to goal preparation, counselors help students achieve their goals and gain an edge in the competitive college arena.
Other ways SUA is impacting young lives:
- Bulldog Academic Resource Center (BARC): To help students who are struggling in a class, the center is staffed by faculty and National Honor Society students. BARC is open several days each week for drop-in assistance.
- Hope Squad: An evidence-based peer-to-peer suicide prevention program that teaches students, staff, and community members to recognize the signs of suicide and equips them with the tools to connect at-risk students with appropriate mental health resources.
- Educational Services Program: Serving girls with learning disabilities and AD/HD, this program provides accommodations for students identified in the student’s service plan or IEP.
- Brave Ones Program: Provides support to students who are the only student from their grade school that chose to attend SUA. The group celebrates students’ bravery for making a bold choice and creates a network of friends who share a similar experience.