Letter from the Principal

SrJeannieGreetings,

Welcome to the Academy of Mount St. Ursula.

The Academy of Mount St. Ursula is starting its 163rd year. AMSU offers an exceptional 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. 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. The Class of 2017 earned 17.5 million dollars in academic scholarships.

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. In the spirit of Serviam, the class of 2017 recorded overall a total of 6,744 hours of service. Two students performed over 200 hours each. 25 students performed over 100 hours each and 29 students have given over 50 hours each. This adds up to 66 students (81% of the class) who completed 50 or more hours of service during their time at AMSU. 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. Our students have tutored in elementary schools and afterschool programs. 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, the National Hispanic Institute programs at Villanova University and the ENLACE program at Lehman College. Annually they host a World No Tobacco Day event at AMSU.

Know that we are constantly working to improve our technology and academic program to make sure our students are well-prepared. This year we will have enough Google Chromebooks in the school for students to use one during every class. Teachers are participating in Professional Development Coaching Sessions on Instructional Technology and Blending Learning. We are working on implementing more STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math activities into our curriculum.

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.

Anyone interested in learning more about our school, please contact Ms. Alana Rose Davis, AMSU’ 12, our Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment, at adavis@amsu.org

Prayers and blessings,

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

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