Ursuline has selective admissions which means that eighth grade students must take the high school placement test administered at the school in November. Because Ursuline is so challenging academically, the test is an important indicator of a student’s potential for success within the Ursuline curriculum.
Admission is based primarily on the student’s test score, but also on seventh and eighth grade performance and elementary school standardized tests. After a period of time determined by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, students are then sent a letter stating that they are either accepted, not accepted or waitlisted. For every student who receives a letter of acceptance and complies with the registration date, there is a place in the class. Although waitlisted students are often accepted, registration at an alternative school is advisable.
Ursuline Academy strives to provide a creative educational environment in which young women are assisted and encouraged to assume responsibility for their education. Admission is contingent upon the following:
- Successful completion of the previous school year
- Recommendation from the previous school
- A satisfactory composite score on the Scholastic Testing Service High School Placement Test
Students will be considered on the basis of merit. Placement in the class will be available within a designated time period for all students to whom admission has been offered.
After being admitted to Ursuline, placement in classes is determined according to the following criteria::
- Honors courses - Ascertained by pertinent entrance test scores
- Higher level courses - Ascertained by ability to successfully complete a diagnostic test in the pertinent subject area
All such placement is done with parental approval.