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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 within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and under the trusteeship of the Ursuline Sisters of the New Orleans Community, part of the Ursuline Central Province of North America. Founded in 1727, the Academy is the oldest Catholic school and the oldest school for females in the United States.

Ursuline Academy
2635 State Street


United States
Coordinates29°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
TypePrivate, All-Girls
("I will serve")
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PresidentDr. Karen McNay
Color(s)Navy and White         
SportsBasketball, Volleyball, Softball, Golf, Swimming, Soccer, Cross Country, Dance, Cheer, Tennis, Track & Field, Indoor Track, Gymnastics
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools[1][2]
Principal (ES)Shannon Culotta
Principal(HS)Alice Bairnsfather
Ursuline Academy main entrance



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]

National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, on the Ursuline campus


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


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]

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  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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