The Guidance Department strives to support students within the context of Ursuline core values and philosophy: attention to the needs of the individual; emphasis on the development of the student as a whole person; openness to diversity; recognition of the gifts and dignity of every student; promotion of academic excellence; and empowerment of the student. The Guidance Department provides individual counseling, guidance classes, test preparation and interpretation, and college readiness tools. The department works with students on academic, behavioral, social, and emotional concerns. A key component of the program is ongoing collaboration with students, faculty, and parents.


Course Selection Resources

Summer School registration

Credit Flexibility application

January 27, 2015 Freshman/Sophomore Parent Course Selection presentation

January 21, 2015 Junior Parent College Night presentation

Class of 2019 Cirriculum Night Presentation


Services Available To All Students

  • Guidance classes
  • Individual counseling with school counselor and school psychologist
  • Language-learning interventions including study/test taking skills and organizational skills
  • Naviance/Family Connections
  • Learning Style identification
  • Parent Information Breakfasts and Evenings for College Admissions
  • College application process
  • Class scheduling support
  • Guest speakers
  • Standardized Tests (ASPIRE, PSAT, OGT)


Family Connection

Family Connection is a comprehensive website that you and your daughter can use to explore interests, identify strengths, and help in making plans about careers and colleges. Family Connections also provides resources and individual tools to assist students with the transition to high school. Family Connection is linked with Naviance Succeed, a service that Ursuline uses to track and analyze data about college and career plans of our graduates.

     Family Connection will allow you and your daughter to:

  • Get involved in the planning process for college and careers. Learn more about your strengths and abilities by completing interest inventories, surveys, and assessments.
  • Research colleges and compare GPAs, test scores, and other statistics to historical data for our graduates.
  • Research hundreds of careers and career clusters and take career assessments.
  • Connect to many outside resources, including college websites, scholarships, standardized test sites, NCAA clearinghouse, etc.


Each student has a personal page on Family Connections. Freshman students will be introduced to Family Connections in Freshman Guidance. The guidance classes in subsequent years will continue to use the many tools and features of Family Connections, culminating in senior year, when students use Family Connections to apply to college.

Parents will also receive activation codes to access the many features of Family Connections. 

Click here to learn more about Family Connection

Special Services

Psychology. School psychological services are available to students and parents for consultation, counseling, and assessment regarding academic, behavioral, and emotional concerns. 

Speech and Language. School speech and language services are provided by our language-learning specialist four days a week to develop and improve language-based learning strategies for students needing such assistance.  Individual and/or small group sessions can be scheduled. 

Student Assistance Council (SAC). The SAC council meets regularly to address individual student issues that may be having a significant, adverse effect on educational performance. The council is comprised of an administrator, school counselors, school psychologist, and the speech-language pathologist (language-learning specialist). 

Health Care. The school nurse is involved in the total health program of the school.  Her responsibilities include immunization and health history reviews and record-keeping, health screenings and the subsequent follow-up of any referrals, first aid and health care, policy formation and implementation and consultation.

At Ursuline Academy, supports for students are developed within the context of Ursuline core values and philosophy:  attention to the needs of the individual; emphasis on the development of the student as a whole person; openness to diversity; recognition of the gifts and dignity of every student; promotion of academic excellence;  and empowerment of the student.


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