News & Highlights

Did you know that Ursuline has a co-ed Early Childhood Montessori program? Beginning Monday, April 9th, we invite you to join us for a special tour of our Montessori classrooms. Come see for yourself why this extraordinary program has been a part of our Lower School for over 50 years!

To register for a Montessori Monday tour, please contact Jenna Jackson at (302) 658-7158 ext. 210 or Walk-ins are also welcome! Tour times are 9-11am every Monday in April (beginning April 9th). We look forward to meeting you soon!



Wonder Girls: Innovate! was led by Ursuline’s Innovation and Leadership teacher, Erin McNichol, who empowers girls by teaching them to think outside the box. By looking at the world as a blank canvas, she guided them through the idea generation process of designing animal and nature inspired innovations. Girls teamed up with our current Upper School Innovation students to create idea boards and models that represent designs that could help make our lives better in some way.



The Inaugural TEDxYouth@UrsulineAcademy will be held on May 20th, 2018 in the Raskob Auditorium.

This year our theme “Pioneers and Poets” aims to spark discussion and connection in the city of Wilmington. The foundation of the theme is that while pioneers explore the unknown, the poet must craft something beautiful from their explorations.

TEDxYouth@UrsulineAcademy talk topics will include:

  • Technology
  • Gratitude
  • Environmentalism
  • Global issues


Tickets are on sale now! Click here for event information and to purchase your ticket today!



A very special alumna came to visit our Lower, Middle, and Upper School students. Elena Delle Donne, MVP of the WNBA, Olympian, and author, is a true inspiration to UA. She was so excited to spend the morning at her Alma Mater and have the opportunity to share her personal and professional experiences with our students. She told us all about her two new books and even offered our students a nice Question and Answer session! We learned about how she handled bullying as a child, what her favorite hobbies are aside from basketball, how she prepares herself for a big game, and so much more! Elena also signed books for her young fans here at the school. We are grateful to Elena for visiting us and showing our students the importance of hard work!



On March 8th, 23 Upper School students attended the International Women’s Day Luncheon honoring Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long at the University & Whist Club.  Students were given private time with the Lt. Governor prior to the start of the luncheon where she candidly shared her experiences in politics as a female leader.  A highly respected nurse and nurse educator, Dr. Hall-Long talked openly with our students about how she navigates a traditionally male-dominated environment.  Carly Ann Palkon ’19 asked the Lt. Governor how she marries her experience in the medical field with her focus on public policy. The Lt. Governor explained that she “reminds herself of the challenges that she experienced through her patients in the medical field as she is working with her team to help make critical policy decisions.”

At the luncheon, students were matched with female leaders who hold positions in career fields of interest to them. Throughout the luncheon, our students engaged with the professionals, asking questions about their careers, college experiences, and skills that they look for in young professionals entering their field. As the event ended, our students collected business cards and personal invitations to reach out to build their professional network. It was a wonderful way for our young leaders to connect with those who have helped pave the way for their success in the world.



On Sunday, March 11, 2018 the Ursuline Academy 2018 Distinguished Alumnae Hall of Fame honored Ursuline alums who have brought distinction to our school through their talents as demonstrated in their career and/or throughout the community. They instill and continue the tradition of excellence rooted in Serviam and the Catholic faith that has been characteristic of Ursuline Academy. Honorees encourage current students to model the many opportunities available through determination, dedication, and service to the community as exemplified by the nominee.




On February 25th, Elena Delle Donne came back to UA to host the De11e Donne Academy Basketball Camp for girls ages 5-14. This camp provided all levels of coaching for girls looking to take their game to the next level. Campers were encouraged to build on individual skills and develop a better understanding of teamwork and what it takes to be a basketball player. The curriculum made up by Elena allowed girls to train exactly like an Olympic Gold Medalist!





Katie Carrig ’20 was chosen to participate in the inaugural cohort of Dual School. She selected food waste as her problem to solve, and her project was creating a donation program for uneaten school food that would support those who need it most.
The event was held on January 30th at Paul McConnell’s 1313 Innovation Center in Downtown Wilmington. This event was a celebration of the 13 students who were part of the inaugural cohort and included breakout sessions from each participant presenting their Dual School experience, their trials and tribulations, their successes, and their next steps. With the success of the fall cohort, Dual School is now in the process of planning for the spring group. We had 10 students apply and look forward to having more of our students experience this unique opportunity.
Our Upper School teacher Erin McNichol has been instrumental in Ursuline’s involvement in Dual School. Erin not only served on the initial planning team that helped develop Dual School but also served as a mentor for one of the students in the fall cohort. Click here to read more about Dual School.


Recently, a number of our students submitted their work to the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards. We are excited to announce that over 40 awards and recognitions were given to students at Ursuline Academy Middle School and Upper School for their writing, art, and photography! Click here to see the full list of names.




On Thursday, December 7th, Dr. Lisa Damour, Ph.D., author of  Untangled:  Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood spoke at our campus!  We were thrilled to welcome her!  Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of the internationally renowned Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls and regular contributor for the New York Times and CBS News, pulled back the curtain on the teenage years and showed why your daughter’s erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural.  Untangled, an instant New York Times best seller, explains what’s going on, prepares parents for what’s to come, and lets them know when it’s time to worry.




Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team who won the state championship on Monday, November 13th!  They defeated Padua Academy for the title.  This is the 12th State Title the team has earned!






Megan Roesser ’18 was inspired by the work Lt. Dan Selekman is doing in Wilmington’s West Center City. Together, they came up with a plan that involved Megan raising money to purchase DART passes for low-income and homeless people in the city.  With the support of her classmates and fundraising events at school, she raised $1,334!



Congratulations to Olivia Mason, Maggie Connolly and Heidi Dickson who participated in National Signing-Day on Wednesday.  Olivia will be playing basketball for Niagara University, Maggie will be playing basketball for  Princeton University and Heidi will be swimming for Seton Hall University.





The 2018 Best Schools in America rankings, as published by Niche, were released in August of 2017.  Ursuline was voted #3 Best Catholic High School in Delaware!

Click here for the full list!