Letter from the Principal

SrJeannieGreetings,

Welcome to the Academy of Mount St. Ursula.

The Academy of Mount St. Ursula has been educating young women since 1855. AMSU offers an exceptional Catholic and Ursuline education to young women in grades 9-12 from the Bronx, Manhattan and lower Westchester. We challenge students to respond to the call to scholarship, leadership, and service. All our lessons and activities are infused with the values of Catholic education, rooted in the Gospels, and the spirit of St. Angela Merici and our Ursuline charism. AMSU remains strongly committed to its programs in Academics, Arts and Service.

Academics
We offer the New York State Regents Common Core Curriculum. Honors and Advanced Placement classes are offered. Our wonderful and dedicated faculty and guidance counselors work to provide a personalized education for our students. We have extra classes and tutoring sessions to provide the necessary support a student might need. This year all students will be using chromebooks and e-textbooks to aid in their learning. We are working on implementing more STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math activities into our curriculum. Our teachers are constantly updating their lessons for contemporary times.

The Class of 2018 earned 19.5 million dollars in academic scholarships. Our 90 graduates were accepted to over 175 different college and have chosen to attend 44 different colleges such as Brown University and Haverford College on full scholarships. Other students will be attending Rutgers University, Iona College, New York University, Columbia University, Mercy College, the College of Mount St. Vincent, the College of New Rochelle, Howard University, and SUNY and CUNY schools. 72 students received scholarships to 80 different colleges. 33% of the class received New York State Advanced Regents Diplomas which means students passed more than 5 Regent Exams with 65% and above. 6 students were awarded NYS Advanced Regents Diplomas with Honors meaning they scored 90% or above on 8 Regents. 41% of the class were inducted into the National Honor Society meaning they had a weighted cumulative average of 89.5% or better throughout their years at AMSU.

Arts
AMSU offers classes in visual arts, music, theatre, and media. All students must take a basic art, computer, and music courses. Electives are offered in animation, studio art, piano lab, acting/theatre and media applications. Annually our students perform in a Christmas concert, spring concert, and a spring musical production. If you visit our school, you will see students’ artwork and the trophies they have won for their exceptional work.

Service
Serviam is the motto of the Ursuline schools. AMSU proudly lives up to that motto. We have an annual Service Day each November. Students go out to the local community to help others. There is a requirement that each student performs ten service hours each year. However, many students perform much more than that. Part of the service requirement is to write a reflection paper about the experience and some students have shared their insights at assemblies. Students speak positively about how service has enriched their lives. They completed service at the Cardinal Hayes Program for Exceptional People, Concourse House, Serviam Gardens, POTS, local church activities, community centers as well as art and dance activities. They have taken part in parades, the local St. Patrick’s Day parades, the Columbus Day Parades, Bronx Week Parades, and marathons for the causes of juvenile diabetes, breast cancer, and worked for autism awareness. Our students have also tutored in elementary schools and afterschool programs. In addition, many have represented us at events, at the United Nations, and our own school events, open houses, alumnae reunions and high school nights at local grammar schools and fairs.

In the spirit of Serviam, the Class of 2018 recorded over a total of 8,442 hours of service. Two students did over 400 hours, 1 student did over 300 hours, 3 students did over 200 hours, 19 did over 100 hours, and 43 have given over 50 hours each. This adds up to 68 students who completed 50 or more hours of service during their time at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula. Serviam is alive and well at AMSU.

Leadership
We encourage all our young women for leadership in society by providing them with activities such as participation in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and through their active involvement in their academic and Serviam activities. Students speak at assemblies and represent us as ambassadors both in and out of school. Our young women have represented us in Albany in Pro-Life contests, wrote winning essays for the Police Commissioner for a Day contest, served as interns in the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program, participated in the Manhattan College Summer Literacy Institute, attended the Scales of Justice Law Academy at Fordham University, Secondary School Summer Program at Harvard University, the National Hispanic Institute programs at Villanova University, the ENLACE program at Lehman College, and the Health Professions Program at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Annually they host a World No Tobacco Day event at AMSU.

Please take your time to look over our website and learn all you can about us. We welcome families to be involved in our school and would love feedback from our current and prospective students. AMSU is forever grateful to its dedicated alumnae, benefactors, and Ursuline Sisters and we always enjoy hearing from them. We are very proud of our history and many accomplishments. Know that 25% of our current administration, faculty, and staff are AMSU alumnae.

AMSU believes that their school provides our young women with Four Years to Last A Lifetime – the education, values and friendships equip students for life. We encourage our students to BELIEVE in themselves and one another, HOPE for a better world and ACT with integrity to make our world a more just one for all.

Anyone interested in learning more about our school, please contact Ms. Silvia Cabreja, our Director of Admissions and Recruitment, at scabreja@amsu.org.

Prayers and blessings,

Sr. Jean Marie Humphries, OSU, Ph.D. ‘AMSU ‘89
jhumphries@amsu.org

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