It all started when…

The oldest continuously operating Catholic girls' high school in New York State, the Academy of Mount St. Ursula was founded in 1855 in East Morrisania, New York City by Ursuline Sisters who came from St. Louis, Missouri. It was chartered in 1868 and has been located at Bedford Park Boulevard and Bainbridge Avenue since 1892. The total program is based on unchanging spiritual and moral values actualized in a curriculum and co-curriculum designed to meet the needs of today's students. Throughout its long history, AMSU's family spirit has always fostered deep interpersonal bonds among students, faculty, parents, and alumnae.

Our Mission

The Academy of Mount St. Ursula is a Catholic high school, conducted in the Ursuline tradition, that serves college-bound women of diverse cultures through its programs in Academics, Arts and Service. By instilling a love of learning and a broader global view, we strive to empower young women for leadership in society in a safe and nurturing environment.

Core Values of an Ursuline Education:

  • Academic Excellence

  • Service to Society

  • Emphasis on the Individual

  • Family Atmosphere

  • Women as Leaders

  • Open to Change

  • Spiritual Awareness

  • Heritage of St. Angela

Characteristics of an Ursuline Education:

  • A personal concern for each individual.

  • The development of the whole person to her full potential.

  • The importance of religious education and the integration of values in every part of our lives.

  • Academic Excellence.

  • A strong family and community spirit.

  • Encouragement of community service.

  • The presence of St. Angela’s spirituality as a guiding force for us.