Ursuline Academy has selective admissions, which means that eighth grade students applying to Ursuline must take the high school placement test to be considered for admission. Because Ursuline is academically challenging, 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 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 deadline, there is a place in the class.
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